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Running to Remember: 10 Images From the Fort Robinson Outbreak Spiritual Run

The Fort Robinson Outbreak Spiritual Run is held annually to remember ancestors who died in 1879 breaking out of Fort Robinson in Nebraska.

The seven-day, 400-mile journey across four states began on January 9 in Nebraska. It was just 16 degrees when runners, ranging in age from 8 to 85, broke out of the Fort Robinson barracks, just as their ancestors did in 1879.

The run ends in Busby, Montana where more than two dozen men, women and children killed during the outbreak are buried.

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Participants from the Fort Robinson Outbreak Spiritual Run listen to a guest speaker.

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A group of runners pose for a photograph inside the barracks just moments before the start of the run.

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All run participants stand in a circle for final instructions and prayer before departing Nebraska’s Fort Robinson for South Dakota.??

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Elroy Weasal Bear leads a group of young runners.

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Krystal Two Bulls drove a van named “Sacred Energy” by the runners.

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Lynette Two Bulls, run organizer.?

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Running on the highways can be dangerous. A semi-truck passes two of the runners.

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Torey Wolfvoice and Sharlyce Parker running into Belle Fourche.

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Two of the youngest runners on a gravel road north of Chadron, Nebraska.?

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