Meryl Marsh – Runner
Meryl is a resident of Traverse City, Michigan where she has worked for the Michigan based non-profit Archangel Ancient Tree Archive as the Global Operations Coordinator since 2009.
Her passion for trees and running motivated her to join the Run Across Palestine, but she knew very little about the West Bank and the Palestinian people before going in. Watch how this project and experience changed her outlook, and touched her heart.
Joshua Davis – Musician
Joshua is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, traveler and educator who is especially interested in the ways music can serve to bring communities together, to educate and to foster peace and understanding.
This Jewish-American folk musician was brought up in a household that strongly supports Israel, and he had previously visited the holy land on a birth-right trip. He was motivated to join the RAP team because of his heart for peace and truth, and because of his connection to the land. Many of his family and friends had misgivings about his involvement. Throughout the film his internal conflict is clear, but he discovers that goodness goes beyond barriers as he befriends the warm and welcoming Palestinian people the team meets along the journey. Joshua shared the universal language of music each day of the run, playing for and with the people of Palestine. He also wrote and produced an album about his experience during this trip: A Miracle of Birds
Nasser Abufarha – Supporter
Nasser is the founder of Canaan Fair Trade and The Palestine Fair Trade Association. When he discovered fair trade coffee in early 2001, he realized that fair trade is what could help his people. So he made it happen by bringing home the concept of fair trade cooperatives using traditional farming methods to produce high quality organic foods that would reach markets across the globe while joining the farmers of the West Bank together. Today there are more than 2500 farming families that are making a fair wage from their work because of Nasser’s motivation to live out “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Nasser played an important role with the RAP, as he helped coordinate the route, organize the support team and motivate the runners. He is also at the center of some of the most dramatic parts of the film.
Timothy Young– R.A.P. Team Leader
Timothy is founder, president and chef of Food For Thought, Inc., creators of organic and wild-harvested gourmet specialty and fair trade foods in northern Michigan. He is passionate about Fair Trade, and is a founding board member of the Domestic Fair Trade Association, and On The Ground, the non-profit organization that organized the Run Across Palestine.
Timothy was the RAP team leader, and worked diligently to keep the teams spirits high during the emotionally and physically draining ultra-marathon. He ran every mile of the grueling run while working to find solutions to many obstacles that the team faced.
Randi Lyn Stolz
(And the hundreds of Palestinians that joined in along the way!)