United States 29 June: Ingomar, MT - Miles City, MT
Running our final stages of Montana
After some heavy rain and hail last evening the sky cleared up in the morning and we had a cool day to run from Ingomar.
This is the only business (a Saloon, Eatery and gift shop) on the only the main street in this town.
The early morning team was trilled to start the run as the conditions were cool and ideal for running.
Elementary school teacher Julie Reimer (holding the torch) and her friends stopped and join us to get to know more about the run. She was excited to know the run would be visiting her town in Minnesota.
The women's team took over the running and ran through some corn fields and gravel roads of Montana.
In the late afternoon the mens team arrived in Miles City to attend a ceremony with the kids from the ROCKS program. They welcomed us with a great spirit and roar.
They were so excited they wanted to run with the torch right at the beginning. This was a new experience for some of us as it generally happens at the end of the ceremony.
These kids sang three songs for us with choreography. They have been practicing these songs from past couple of days and they gave us an excellent performance.
Joyce Vera, ROCKS program coordinator, led the singing with her incredibly beautiful voice. She is also the local choir director and organist at local church.
We were very thankful to Miss Vera for her efforts and enthusiasm in putting together this ceremony for us.
Arpan and Atul went to get a hair cut at the Fosters Barber Shop in Miles City. Upon knowing about the run these hairdressers were eager to hold the torch and kindly offered us a free hair cut. This ended up being an impromptu ceremony for us.