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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
November 20, 2021
This year’s MV Veterans Marathon is abiding by all guidelines and policies of the Navajo Health Command and Operations Center. Schedules of events, camping, and other elements of the weekend will adhere to guidance of the HCOC and President Nez. Please be advised of all guidelines via our Facebook posts and registration pages.
REGISTRATION – Online registration for the Marathon, Half Marathon and Wildcat 4-Miler is now open through Friday, November 19. Veterans, please use the coupon code MVVET at checkout to save 50% off your registration.
Your registration includes professional timing, light pre-race food, finisher’s medal, on-course support, long-sleeve tech shirt, post-race food and entertainment. All proceeds benefit community health and wellness programs on the Navajo Nation.
We are also offering a virtual event for each race at Monument Valley. Can't make it to the live event, still join us and run virtually. Your packet will be mailed to your registration address.
LOCATION – Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is located 23 miles northeast of Kayenta, Arizona and 20 miles south of Mexican Hat, Utah. The park straddles the Arizona/Utah border, and the races all start and finish in Arizona.
PACKET PICK-UP – Drive-thru packet pick-up will be available in front of the Visitor Center (near the flag poles) on Saturday morning. Please show up no more than 30 minutes before the start of your wave. The marathon begins at 9:00 a.m. and the half marathon begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. The Wildcat 4-miler is set for a 2:00 p.m. start. All races will have a wave start, to be explained in pre-race e-mails.
RACES – The Marathon is capped at 100 runners. The course begins and ends in Arizona neat the AZ/Utah stateline. The route includes several miles in the backcountry of the Valley through some dramatic, rarely seen landscapes. This is a challenging marathon mostly on dirt and jeep roads and is one of the most scenic routes in the country. There is a significant amount of sand on this route. Highlights include the Arches loop and Totem Pole. The Half Marathon is the main Valley loop road – a graded dirt road; the event is capped at 300 runners. A competitive, rigorous 4-mileTrail Race – the Wildcat 4-Miler – will be held on the Wildcat Trail around and between East and West Mitten on a challenging route. For all races, there will be signage and pin flags at main junctions and along the course. There will be spotters at key locations.
AID STATIONS – There are aid stations throughout the course, providing hydration, medical support and a variety of nutrition: Honey Stinger gels, Gatorade, salty and sweet snacks and fresh fruit. There will be portajohns on the course, along with excellent course support by Utah Navajo Health System, Kayenta Fire Department, the Navajo Rangers and Navajo EMS. This is a cupless event, so please plan to have your own personal hydration system. Volunteers will fill your bottle or bag at the aid stations.
LODGING – Our host hotel is The View Hotel in Monument Valley Tribal Park. You can reach them at 435-727-5555. (They expect to sell out quickly). You can see more about The View at the website: http://monumentvalleyview.com/ .
Additional lodging and camping is available at Goulding’s Lodge and Goulding’s Campground, about five minutes from the start line. You can reach Goulding’s at 435.727.3231 (ext 0); visit their website at www.gouldings.com. Code “RunMV” will get you a discount at Goulding’s.
Kayenta, Arizona (25 minutes) and Mexican Hat, Utah (20 minutes) also have additional lodging options if The View and Goulding’s do not have space available.
AWARDS – There are awards for Overall (winner and runner-up, male and female) in the Marathon, Half Marathon and Wildcat 4-miler. There are awards, two-deep, for first and second place finishers in age-groups categories in the following categories: 14 & under, 15-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+.
POST-RACE – Post-race festivities will include to-go food boxes and live music, along with the presentation of finisher’s medals once you hit the line! There will also be medical assistance and massage, along with age-group/overall awards at the finish. There will be veterans recognition and other community events on Sunday, November 21 on the Visitor Center patio for those able to attend.
WEATHER – The average November high in MV is 54, with an average low of 26. The weather in the high desert is variable, of course, and winter weather, wind and rain are possible, as are much warmer, milder conditions.
The MV Marathon and the Navajo Parks Race Series are co-sponsored by the nonprofit organization NavajoYES, Navajo Parks & Recreation, with support from The View Hotel, Utah Navajo Health System, the Navajo Rangers, Goulding’s Lodge, Kayenta Township, Kayenta Fire, Navajo EMS and MV Fire.
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