Posted: Oct 31, 2012 2:06 PM by Janine Reyes
Updated: Oct 31, 2012 7:00 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- A group on a mission made their way across the Coastal Bend on foot. They're a group from Mexico City, pounding the pavement for peace. We tagged along for just a small part of their 2,000 mile journey, and it was quite a sight.
It's not every day you see a running nun. We saw one is pounding the pavement this morning, though, for peace. She was part of a caravan of about 30 people.
About 30 people ran across the Coastal Bend today, including 15-year-old Jose Alvarado.
"I want all the violence to stop," he said, "so that's why I'm running."
This run and the torch actually started out in Mexico City on september 22nd.
The goal is to make it mile after mile to New York City by foot, in a plea for peace. That's more than 2500 miles.
"We're going to New York City, so I wouldn't be able to tell you how many miles, but it's pretty long," said one organizer.
Each community offers up their own runners for the cause, so the people pounding the pavement today are all participants from the Coastal Bend.
"Right now we're very blessed. We have very fast runners, so we're going pretty fast," said the organizer.
People of all ages and backgrounds are participating.
Delia Rios and Cristina Vela told us this is their 4th year participating. "We're running for world peace," said Rios. "The torch represents world peace throughout the whole world," Vela told us. Both go to Holy Family Church. They'll carry the torch from Corpus Christi to Beeville today to do their part.
Also along for the ride are two paintings brought from Mexico City.
For this year's run, participants also hope to raise awareness on immigration issues. They're hoping to increase support for the Dream Act, too. "Actually its an offering, we're offering it with that intention, to bring awareness to pass the Dream Act," said one participant.
This is the 11th year that organizers have put together this run. They hope to end in New York City on December 12th for the day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
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