Diabetes Awareness: Longest Walk 3 kicks off Feb. 14 in California


The Longest Walk 3, Reversing Diabetes 2011 is set to begin Feb. 14 starting in LaJolla, Calif. Read on for more details. Here is the rundown from the organizers:

This is a 5,000+ mile walk across America to bring awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes and how it can be reversed by changing our entire diet and lifestyle! This disease is at epidemic levels across America, and throughout Indian Country.

We will hold community talks along the way about reversing diabetes, and heart disease. We will be advocating for major changes in our eating habits, while promoting beneficial exercise programs. Our goal will be to REVERSE DIABETES AND RAISE THE CONSCIOUS OF AMERICA THAT WE MUST HALT THE WORST DIET IN THE WORLD!

We will be leaving La Jolla, California on February 14, 2011 (Valentine’s Day – Heart Day) following a pipe ceremony, and other events, and entering Washington DC on July 8th, 2011 (Note: Facebook only allows events to be posted that are 4 months or less — this walk is actually about 5 months).

California- Feb 14 – Feb 24
Arizona – Feb 24 – Mar 16
New Mexico – Mar 16 – Apr 6
Texas(panhandle) – April 6 – Apr 8
Oklahoma – Apr 8 – Apr28
Arkansas – Apr 28 – May 1
Louisiana – May 1 – May 17
Mississippi – May 17 – May 20
Alabama – May 20 – May 22
Florida – May 22 – June 12
Georgia – June 12 – June 19
South Carolina – June 19 – June 25
North Carolina – June 25 – July 2
Virginia – July 2 – July 8

There will be a Mid-walk break from May 11 – 17th, while we’re in Louisiana for the walkers to travel back home, or help the communities in that state.

We also welcome a Link run coming in from Rapid City, South Dakota, meeting us in Oklahoma. For more info on this, please contact Tokala Banks.

Each day the walkers will walk a total of 15 – 25 miles, and the runners will run between 50 – 100 miles. This event has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY on DRUGS/ALCOHOL — this will be your only warning.

We are currently in need of local event planners, volunteers, supporters, and musicians willing to play benefit concerts along the route. If you are interested in making a commitment of this type, or know of anyone, please contact us via email or phone. We will then put you in contact with one of our State Coordinators in your area.

We have only 8 months before the start of this historic event. Our route is taking us along much of the southern coastline. We have and will address any needs while the walk is in your state, with adequate notice. So please let us know ahead of time.

Tatanka Banks
President, Dennis Banks Co.
(952) 220-9046

Goodie Cloud
National Coordinator
The Longest Walk 3/Reversing Diabetes 2011
(218) 209-7066

Phil Bautista
National Coordinator
The Longest Walk 3/Reversing Diabetes 2011
(414) 688-6443



Dennis J. Banks
Ojibwa Warrior