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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.

Running into Mexico today! #runinternacional #10k #elpaso #juarez

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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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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?

What do you think about this historic event? mitú wants to know. Leave a comment below. 

This is the Latino Rock Star from Latin America's Google Doodle

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This is the Latino Rock Star from Latin America’s Google Doodle

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Did you see today’s Google Doodle?

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If you’re using Google in Latin America, there’s a curly-haired guy strumming a guitar. The phrase “¡gracias totales!” also pops up. Wondering what the deal is?

It’s none other than Argentine rock legend Gustavo Cerati.

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He was the frontman for the influential rock group Soda Stereo.

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Soda Stereo was one of the biggest rock bands in Latin America throughout the ’80s and ’90s. After breaking up in the late ’90s, the band reunited in 2007 for the Me Verás Volver tour.

Cerati died last year after spending four years in a coma.

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He was 55. The coma was brought on by a stroke he suffered in 2010.  A new book titled Cerati: La Biografía, recounts Cerati’s career and final days before his death.

This how fans in Argentina reacted on the day of his funeral.

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Yep. He was a big deal.

Cerati also had an accomplished solo career.

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After the break-up of Soda Stereo, Cerati could have called it a career and retired as a superstar. But he continued on as a solo artist, releasing six solo albums, included the critically-acclaimed Bocanada.

Today, August 11, would have been Cerati’s 56th birthday.

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So Google is celebrating his birthday with their doodle. And the doodle says “¡gracias totales! because…

“Gracias totales” were Cerati’s last words during Soda Stereo’s farewell concert in 1997.

Credit: MTV Latin America / BMG Ariola / YouTube

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