Experience the Run with Champions event in Oaxaca, a blend of athleticism and community spirit. Read about this unique morning session filled with running, cultural connections, and support for local talent at Polideportivo Venustiano Carranza
In the early hours of November 1st, as the Day of the Dead celebrations began to stir the city of Oaxaca, a unique event unfolded. Hosted by Oax Sport Inc., “Run Oaxaca – A Historic Journey with Local Athletes” brought together individuals from diverse backgrounds, united by a love for running and culture. Among the participants was Lisa from Scout Designs, joining our guiding hosts, Mane and Diana, in what was to be more than just a run – it was a celebration of Oaxacan heritage, community, and the unifying power of sport.
The Ascent of El Fortin
Our journey started with the El Fortin stairs, a challenging yet invigorating 300-meter climb that set the tone for the day. Mane described the ascent as “a physical embodiment of our connection with Oaxaca’s rich history and vibrant culture.” The climb was not just a test of endurance but a symbolic journey into the heart of Oaxaca, surrounded by the lush canopy of trees and the energy of fellow runners and local residents, all sharing the early morning’s tranquility and anticipation.
At the Summit: A View Like No Other
Upon reaching the top, the group was greeted by the breathtaking sight of Oaxaca City awakening. The early morning light painted the city in golden hues, and the historic statue of Benito Juarez added a sense of timelessness to the view. Diana, reflecting on this moment, shared, “Watching the sunrise here, you’re not just seeing a new day; you’re witnessing the enduring spirit of Oaxaca.”
The Vibrant Streets of Xochimilco
Descending back into the heart of the city, the runners entered the historic neighborhood of Xochimilco. Mane guided the group through its streets, where murals vibrant with colors and symbolism came to life, narrating tales of life, death, and rebirth. “Each mural here is a piece of our collective story, a celebration of the cycle of life that resonates deeply during the Day of the Dead,” he explained.
Connecting Through Shared Passions
As they ran, Lisa, Diana, and Mane found common ground in their discussions about the importance of community, the joy of running, and the role of cultural traditions in shaping identities. “Discovering our shared passions was a reminder of the unifying power of sports and culture,” Diana remarked. Their conversation flowed seamlessly, bridging cultural gaps and fostering a sense of camaraderie.
Through Tradition and Modernity
The run continued through Colonia Reforma, showcasing the modern face of Oaxaca, where contemporary life and businesses flourished alongside traditional values. This contrast highlighted the city’s dynamic evolution while maintaining its cultural roots.
Embracing the Day of the Dead Spirit
Moving back to the old town, the group entered El Llano Park and Jalatlaco, each brimming with the essence of the Day of the Dead. Mane commented, “Running through Jalatlaco during this festival is like running through a living, breathing celebration of our ancestors.” The streets, lined with altars and traditional decorations, offered an immersive experience into the heart of Oaxacan culture.
A Gesture of Unity and Gratitude
The event concluded back at the starting point, leaving all participants enriched by the day’s experiences. Lisa, representing Scout Designs, generously gifted high-quality sports apparel to our female athletes, a gesture that underscored the spirit of support and community integral to Oax Sport Inc. “This gift from Scout Designs, based in Los Angeles, California, is more than just apparel; it’s a symbol of our shared commitment to empowering women in sports,” Lisa expressed.
At Oax Sport Inc., events like “Run Oaxaca” are not just about running; they are about creating experiences that blend fitness with cultural celebration, forging connections, and building a community. Join us for future events, where every stride is a step towards a deeper understanding and appreciation of our rich cultural heritage.