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Videos MESSENGERS - A Running Story of Bears Ears & Grand Staircase-Escalante

1 February 2018, 10:40 pm

On December 4, 2017, President Trump declared a drastic reduction of Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments. This is the largest elimination of protected land in American history…and the President had made his decision without ever stepping foot there.

On January 13, 2018, we gathered a group of friends and ran 250 miles across both monuments in a single weekend to see for ourselves what would be left protected.

Now more than ever we believe in celebrating the things that unite us. Our run was about finding commonalities in the midst of a divisive political landscape and standing in coalescence— tribal members, athletes, dirtbags — for our public lands. We hope our footsteps carry a message: wild places are worth protecting, and sometimes the first step in doing that is to take another.

To learn more about the run, visit

Andy Cochrane
Johnie Gall
Greg Balkin

DP/Editor: Greg Balkin

Music: Cleod9 Music (

Andy Cochrane
Magda Boulet
Clare Gallagher
Len Necefer
Sheyenne Lewis
Jorge Moreno
Katie Boué
Gil Levy
Carolyn Morse
Alice Baker
Craig Prendergast
Lenny Strnad
Brianna Madia
Keith Madia
Wyatt Roscoe
Maggie George
Daniel McLaughlin


Special Thanks to:
Cleod9 Music
Karl Scherzberg
Bureau of Land Management
The Navajo, Paiute, Goshute, Shoshone, and Ute Tribes

Cast: Yeehaw Donkey and Cleod9 Music

Tags: Bears Ears, Grand Stairecase, Escalante, Utah, Running, Ragnar, Navajo, Monuments for all, Messengers, Messengers Run, Canon C200, C200 and Yeehaw Donkey


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