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Yaateeh runners! Welcome to the Four Corners Quad Keyah Marathon Series.
REGISTRATION – Online registration for the Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay is now open through Tuesday, December 3rd. Native runners can use the coupon code ULTRA19 for 50% off either the marathon series or half marathon series. Native runners can use the coupon code RUNNER19 for 25% off any individual marathon or half marathon. If there are still open slots, on-site will be held at the race site at Four Corners on race morning each day an hour prior to race time up to the start. Your registration includes a light pre-race breakfast each morning, on-course support (including energy gels, sweet and salty snacks and fresh fruit plus medical support), race swag, Four Corners poster, entertainment throughout the weekend and post-race food each day. All proceeds benefit youth adventure and community wellness programs on the Navajo Nation.
SCHEDULE OF RACES – A marathon and half marathon will be completed each day, Thursday through Sunday. All races begin at 8:30 a.m. daily. There is no course limit and all runners will have the chance to finish the race each day. Each day will begin and end in one of the four states: Thursday, December 5th will feature a marathon beginning and ending in Arizona; Friday the 6th is Utah. Saturday the 7th will be Colorado, while Sunday, December 8th will begin and end in New Mexico.
There is also a 2-mile and 5K Community Fun Run on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. There is no fee or awards for this event; runners receive a t-shirt at the finish line.
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.
The Arizona and New Mexico trail routes will utilize a 6.5 mile trail course, which runners will complete four times, with a short out-and-back for the final distance. Utah will also have a trail option. Colorado will have a challenging 4.35 mile trail course that runners will complete six 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.
FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT – There will be post-race food each day in the main heated event tent at the Monument, including hot soup, pizza, build-your-own sandwiches, hummus wraps, fresh fruit and salty snacks. We will also have a variety of live entertainment each day near the event tent, including drummer Gary Elthie, Navajo blues musician Nolan James, a variety of Dine’ and Ute royalty, local band Red Hawk and the Four Corners Singers.
PACKET PICK-UP – Packet pick-up will be available beginning when the monument gate opens at 8am.
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. (In 2017, the swag included long-sleeve performance t-shirt, short-sleeve cotton tee, unique 4C Christmas ornament, Race Series mug/bottle/glass, event poster and race 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 no baggage drop, as runners begin and end at the Monument, where ample runner parking will be available.
LODGING – There are several lodging options within 40 minutes of the Monument. Ute Mountain Casino is the closest lodging to the 4C Monument, at 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. The Beclabito Chapter House (just 15 minutes from the Monument) will be offering limited indoor camping for runners. We will provide cots and bedrolls to the first confirmed runners. You should confirm availability or plan to bring your own bedroll. All runners will have access to hot showers and restroom. There is no organized transportation between the chapter house and the race site. There will be a local food vendor who will have be selling meals each evening. A kitchen at the chapter house will be available for runners’ use.
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 the Office of Navajo President & Vice President, Navajo United Way, NTEC/North American Coal, Division of Natural Resources, the Navajo Rangers, Navajo Nation EMS, Honey Stinger and Church’s Chicken.
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