STRONGONES first started as a project to highlight and promote only Hopi running with inspiration drawn from the famous Olympic runner Louis Tewanima, the first and only Hopi Olympian to represent the United States in the Olympics. Competing in the 1908 and 1912 Olympic Games, Louis won a Silver medal and set an American record for the 10,000 meter race in the 1912 Games. A record that stood until it was broken by another famous Native runner, Billy Mills, in 1964.
STRONGONES now has the focus to highlight ALL tribes and cultures of running. As we continuusly interact with runners of all calibers from many backgrounds, we continue to discover that many of us hold a history of running within our respective cultures. In 2012, a video was created to highlight the strength of Hopi running. In the process we became motivated by the words these runners spoke, and then determined to do something that would strengthen the pride within all native tribes that look to running as key contributor to a person's overall wellbeing.
If you believe running is more than just a physical sport, you are a strong one.