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Shiprock Youth Center – Friday, May 5 & Saturday, May 6
The 2023 Shiprock Marathon will provide a unique and memorable running experience the first weekend of May in Shiprock, New Mexico!
A 5K Trail Race will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5 on the Blueberry Hill course, beginning and ending at the Youth Center. There are plaque and/or medal awards for overall and age-group top finishers in the 5K. Runners will receive a performance t-shirt and post-race snacks.
The Marathon will begin at 7:00 a.m. with the start/finish area in Shiprock. Runners who expect to compete for overall or age-group awards should start in the front of the mass start at 7:00.
The Half Marathon will start at 7:30 a.m.
The out-and-back road course includes views of Shiprock Pinnacle and a gentle long downhill slope on the return. There will be great course support and live music along the way. Expect to see the likes of Dark Sky, Red Hawk, Pinon Pickers, Mountain Spring and Skoolboykook, sharing a variety of traditional, country, Navajo blues, classic rock and rez metal sounds.
Packet pick-up will be staged at the large Shiprock Youth Center parking lot on Friday from 2:00-7:00 p.m. and again from 6:00-6:45 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Saturday’s Race Day Parking
Race day in Shiprock is exciting and busy, so please take a minute to review this information about parking.
From Farmington hotels – drive west on Hwy 64, approximately 30 miles. Once in Shiprock, continue straight through a stoplight (near Wells Fargo and church), across the San Juan River and to the second stoplight (near gas stations). Keep going straight again, past Basha’s and the post office until you see event parking on your right.
Quality Inn (555 Scott Ave in Farmington, NM 87401) offers great rates for runners. You can reach them directly at 505-716-4138, and mention “Shiprock Marathon”. The hotel is located a couple minutes’ walk from the riverfront trails. Farmington has a vast array of lodging options, for all levels of comfort and price.
If you are coming from the south, you will encounter the event parking on your left just as you enter Shiprock. Our parking team will help you get parked and situated for your big event!
Race Day Logistics
The Finish Line
Kudos to all of our amazing Safety and Medical Team – Navajo Nation EMS, Shiprock Fire Dept., Shiprock Police Dept, Beclabito CERT, the Navajo Rangers, Red Valley CERT, Sanostee CERT, T’iis Nazbas Fire Dept, Newcomb Fire Dept, Ojo Amarillo Fire Dept and New Mexico State Police.
Special mention to our SRM partners!! And “ahe’hee” to our incredible race team and over 200 race weekend volunteers! Proceeds of the Shiprock Marathon benefit year-round outdoor adventure programs for Dine’ youth and families. Find out more about NavajoYES and our programs at www.navajoyes.org or at www.Facebook.com/NavajoYES
This year’s race is USATF-certified and is a Boston qualifier!
And for the first time, a New Mexico race will be a qualifier for the
Abbott Marathon Majors Masters World Championships!
See you in Shiprock on May 4 & 5, 2024 for the 40th running of Shiprock Marathon!
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