About Ignite

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Talking to Orion: An ordinary runner in extraordinary times

Michele DeSilva



Born and raised in the south, Michele moved to Bend 10 years ago and fell in love with the high desert. She works as a librarian and enjoys running, fly fishing, cross country skiing, and gardening.

I started running when I was 11 or 12. Because it was hot and humid where I lived - and because I grew up in a family of morning people - I ran in the early pre-dawn dark, a habit I've continued to this day. I'm an entirely ordinary runner, but the morning is a magical time. Over the years, I've come to view the morning as a place rather than a time of day. In my talk, I will share my experiences of exploring the morning and lessons I've learned from being outside before sunrise.



Next Event

Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE

Tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event.


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