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SCHEDULE OF RACES – A marathon and half marathon will be completed each day, Thursday through Sunday. All races begin at 8:30 a.m., except for Sunday (New Mexico), which starts at 8:00 a.m. 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 will feature a marathon beginning and ending in Arizona; Friday is Utah. Saturday will be Colorado, while Sunday will begin and end in New Mexico. There are 80 slots for series runners, and 20 charity bibs. There will be a single-day marathon and half on Sunday the 4th.
There is also a 2-mile Community Fun Run on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. There is no fee or awards for this event.
All races are timed by Rocky Mountain Timing.
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 – Online registration for the Marathon and Half Marathon is now open through Wednesday of race week at the NavajoYES website: www.navajoyes.org. (The registration cap is 80 four-day series runners, with 20 charity bibs available.) Registration will close at 12 noon on Wednesday, November 30. Your registration includes on-course support (including fluids, Honey Stinger products, fresh fruit, and sweet and salty snacks.), race swag, entertainment throughout the weekend and post-race food each day. All proceeds benefit youth adventure and community wellness programs on the Navajo Nation.
PACKET PICK-UP – The gates will open at 7:30 a.m, daily and packet pick-up will be available at 7:30 a.m.
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. Runners will also have access to their vehicle throughout the day.
COURSE – [Courses for the races are subject to change, based upon the discretion of park officials, race organizers and the weather.]
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 5.25 mile trail/dirt road course, which runners will complete five times; half runners do two laps and out-and-back to Ray’s A.S. 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 5.25 mile trail course that runners will complete five times; half runners do two laps and a shorter final loop.
The loop nature of the events will allow runners to have regular access to their personal kit and to course support – food, medical support and live music.
FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT – There will be snack boxes and other foods available after each day’s race. We will also have a variety of live entertainment each day on and near the course, including drummer Gary Elthie, Navajo blues musician Nolan James, a variety of local royalty, local favorite Red Hawk, the Mountain Spring Band, among others.
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/trucker cap, winter gear kit, event poster, mug, koozie, towel, etc. There will be overall male and female award to Series winner in the marathon and half series. There are not age-group and overall awards in the daily races. All four-state finishers will also receive a beautiful, unique award on Sunday.
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 good 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. If you want to stay on the Navajo Nation, the closest hotels are in Kayenta, Arizona (with several nice options), which is about 75 miles from Four Corners on Hwy 160.
The Four Corners Quad Keyah Marathon Series is co-sponsored by the nonprofit organization NavajoYES, Four Corners Monument, and Navajo Parks & Recreation Dept., with major support from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Beclabito CERT Team, Teec Nos Pos Chapter, Utah Navajo Health System and Teec Nos Pos Trading Post.
COVID GUIDELINES – The race will abide by COVID guidelines as laid out by the Health Command & Operations Center.
Runners must wear a mask when picking up their race packet and when around the start/finish area. There will be sanitizer stations throughout the race venue, and we request that all runners, spectators and volunteers practice social distancing. There will be one minimal aid station with gels and water, to minimize risk. We will have snack boxes to-go at the finish line, and request that runners not linger at the finish line. Thank you for your cooperation.
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