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Published on Apr 22, 2011
thousand of pilgrims making their annual trip to chimayo. today our gadi schwartz hit the pilgrim trail to talk to the faithful about what's kept them walking for miles. he has this report from chimayo. here along the pilgrim trail some walk for hours others walk for days but from the point that we are at right now- we are 7 miles to chimayo which means there is still a lot of time for reflection. "i promised god that i would do this and just to comfort my dad and my auntie and my uncle and just to comfort those the sick the veterans the people at war." pilgrims share more than just a path on their way to chimayo-- many are walking for others... "we dedicate this run to people that we know and family members new babies just laying down petitions for people kind of like stones in front of us." on the trail- pilgrims also share a faith seems to streach for miles. on 599 south of santa fe- from pojoaque to nambe- up from espanola and down from truchas and penasco. esus had a long way to go but he still did it didn't he?" the crowds also share a single destination--- the santuario de chimayo- a sacred place that many beilve has the power to heal. like 77 year old shepard - ceclila yazzie as she makes it over the last hill. she has no time to talk now... she is almost to the santuary. coming up at 6pm we'll make it to el santuario de chimayo with some of the pilgrims who say that is where they find rejuvination. new mexico's faithful also made their way to tome hill in valencia county today. the journey is a centuries old tradition... revived after world war two when a local veteran made the climb to honor his fallen comrades. the three crosses at the top of the hill symbolize jesus' ascent to the site of his crucifixion. we spoke with people along the path to the summit... who say they're thankful just to be able to make it to the top. "it's a sacrifice you make on your own body to make it up there on the top of this hill, and it's an awesome feeling." "we do it every year, we love god, we appreciate him and we come to pray." this year there were new rules as people made the trek to tome hill. vendors weren't allowed to sell anything, people weren't allowed to put up memorials... and pets couldn't take part in the walk. hundreds also turned out for the annual good friday pilgrimage from hagerman to dexter. organizers say the 7 mile walk is to remember christ's crusifiction. walkers sang songs and recited scripture along the way. this is the seventh year for the walk