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One Thousand People Ran Across the US-Mexico Border and the Border Patrol was Cool with It

More than 1,000 people gathered in El Paso this weekend for Run Internacional.

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It was a 10k run that took participants from El Paso to Ciudad Juárez.

Reenacting the run. #runinternacional #runinternational #10K #itsallgoodep #elpaso #juarez

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It was the first time runners were allowed to cross the US-Mexico border since 9/11.

The run was once an annual event, but it was halted 15 years ago after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in an effort to keep the border secure.

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The run was organized by the El Paso Community Foundation and the office of U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

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O’Rourke said he hoped the event would give people a different impression of the US-Mexico border.

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Photo Credit: Congressman Beto O’Rourke / Facebook

O’Rourke told the El Paso times: “In this time of Donald Trump, it’s important we remind ourselves and the country at large just how wonderful the border is and what a significant part in America’s success the border has been.”

O’Rourke even wore a Trump-style hat with a message for for the GOP candidate:

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Photo Credit: Congressman Beto O’Rourke / Facebook

“The border makes America great.”

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Many El Pasoans were grateful for the opportunity to reconnect with their neighbors in Juárez.

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Sara Collins told The Dallas Morning News: “Borders are meant to be crossed. This community is meant to be connected, not broken.”

And who wouldn’t want to run across the border for tamales and champurrado?

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