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FOUR CORNERS QUAD KEYAH MARATHON SERIES
Four Corners Monument Navajo Tribal Park
December 3-6, 2020
The Four Corners Quad Keyah is tentatively set to occur on December 3-6, pending approval by Navajo tribal officials.
The Navajo Nation has been impacted significantly by COVID-19, so we are taking every precaution to plan a safe and fun event for participants, volunteers and spectators. The race may or may not occur this year and additional safety and social distancing measures may be implemented.
Stayed tuned for more details and for the opening of registration.
SCHEDULE OF RACES – If the Quad Keyah occurs, a marathon and half marathon will be completed each day, Thursday through Sunday. We are working with tribal park officials on a start-line schedule for each race, which will likely involve a rolling start between 8:00-9:00 a.m., in order to avoid the start line congestion. Each day will begin and end in one of the four states: Thursday, December 3 will feature a marathon beginning and ending in Arizona; Friday the 4th is Utah. Saturday the 5th will be Colorado, while Sunday, December 6 will begin and end in New Mexico.
All races are timed by Rocky Mountain Timing.
COURSE – Each day’s race will begin and end in the same distinct state, offering runners a chance to complete four marathons in four states in four days. Runners may choose to compete on a trail or a one-mile paved option each day. The routes consist of a variety of terrain and scenery, and offer runners a variety of experiences. Routes may be adjusted by race organizers due to weather conditions and other factors, and are subject to change.
The Arizona and New Mexico trail routes will utilize a 5.75 mile trail/dirt road course, which runners will complete four times, with a 3.2 mile out-and-back for the final distance. Utah will feature a 3.75 mile loop course, including some challenging singletrack in the beautiful surrounding canyons. Colorado will have a scenic and very runnable 5.2+ mile trail course that runners will complete five times.
The loop nature of the events will allow runners to have regular access to their personal kit and to course support – food, heated space, medical support and live music.
LOCATION: The Four Corners Quad Keyah (“Four Lands” in the Navajo language) will be staged at the Four Corners Monument near Teec Nos Pos, Arizona on the Navajo Nation.
The closest airports are Cortez, Colorado (CEZ, 40 minutes), Durango, Colorado (DGO, two hours), Farmington, New Mexico (FMN, one hour) and Albuquerque, New Mexico (ABQ). Four Corners Monument is approximately four hours from Albuquerque or Flagstaff, two hours from Durango, six hours from Las Vegas and eight hours from Denver.
REGISTRATION & PACKET PICK-UP – Online registration is now paused. If the event is OK’d by tribal leaders, registration will resume at: www.navajoyes.org and tight caps will be employed for both the Marathon and Half Marathon events. There will be no on-site registration.
Your registration includes on-course support (including Honey Stinger gels, sweet and salty snacks and fresh fruit plus medical support), race swag, Quad Keyah poster, some entertainment throughout the weekend and light post-race food each day. All proceeds benefit youth adventure and community wellness programs on the Navajo Nation.
Packet pick-up will be done in a socially-distant manner. The details of packet pick-up will be announced and e-mailed to runners prior to race week. There will be no on-site registration on race days.
FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT – There will be post-race food each day but, unlike past years, the food offerings will be minimal with more of a to-go format. We will have some live entertainment throughout the weekend.
AWARDS & GEAR – All finishers receive a unique finisher’s medal for each race, depicting the state they completed that day. Runners receive a variety of swag throughout the event, including a variety of the following: long-sleeve performance t-shirt, beanie/headband, event poster and an NPRS/Navajo Parks bag. There will be overall male and female award to Series winner in the marathon and half. There are not age-group and overall awards in the daily races.
BAGGAGE DROP – There will be a bag drop at a safe, dry location at the Four Corners Aid Station, where runners may drop or retrieve bags as they need throughout the day. This bag drop area will not be manned by volunteers.
LODGING – There are several lodging options within 40 minutes of the Monument. Ute Mountain Casino is the closest lodging to the 4C Monument, about 30 minutes. Cortez, Colorado (40 minutes) has a host of lodging and dining options. Farmington, New Mexico is just over an hour from the Monument, with many food and lodging choices while Bluff, Utah has a small-town vibe, just under an hour from the Monument.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be offering indoor camping at the Beclabito chapter house this year.
The Quad Keyah Marathon Series and the Navajo Parks Race Series are co-sponsored by the nonprofit organization NavajoYES and Navajo Parks & Recreation with major support from Teec Nos Pos Trading Post, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Four Corners Monument, Beclabito Chapter and CERT Team , Navajo Nation EMS, Teec Nos Pos Chapter, UNHS and Honey Stinger.
CONTACTS: Tom: 928.429.0345; firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim (Registration): 608.201.8175 || Josh/Rocky Mountain Timing (Timing/Results): 970.403.2794
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