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Eastern Cherokees sending 11 to run in Marine Corps Marathon


Eleven members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians from North Carolina will be participating in the Marine Corps Marathon this year.

Gerri Grady, Robin Swimmer, Stephen Swimmer, Chris Reed, Jimmy Oocumma and Brian Burgess are part of the Cherokee Runners group on the reservation. They will run the 26.2-mile marathon while Dawna Paul, Pam Sneed, Marlene Arch, Brian Driver and Grady’s husband Sean will compete in the 10K portion.

“Each one has trained at his or her own pace with the encouragement of the entire group as well as from all of our families and the Tribe," Grady told The Cherokee One Feather "We will represent the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians with pride.”

The event takes place October 31 in Washington, D.C.

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Tribal Members to participate in Marine Corps Marathon (The Cherokee One Feather 10/20)