Prayer run for water set for Sunday

A prayer run for water will begin at the Llano Quemado Hot Springs, pictured here as Franciso Gonzales blesses himself with the water at the in this 2010 file photo. Taos News file photo

The New Mexico branch of the International Indigenous Youth Council is hosting a prayer run Sunday (April 14) to bring attention to water issues in the Taos Valley.

"We are running to pray for the same water that brings everyone in this valley life. Pay attention and protect our liquid relative. She is our first medicine. Join us and help amplify, 'water is life,'" said Lauren Howland, the New Mexico representative to the youth council.

The run will begin at the Ponce de Leon hot springs in Llano Quemado at 7 a.m. and end at the Manby Hot Springs in Arroyo Hondo by about 1:30 p.m.

The run is being done in a relay style.

"Bring your prayers, running spirits and meet us at Ponce de Leon springs before 7:30 a.m. We will have pilot cars following along the entire route to ensure the runners' safety," read a Facebook post for the event.

Non-runners are invited to two brief prayer stops: the Taos Plaza at 9:30 a.m. and the Midway well on U.S. 64 West at noon.

For more information or to donate supplies, contact Howland at

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