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Yaateeh runners! Welcome to the MV Marathon weekend!
REGISTRATION – Online registration for the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K is now open through Friday, November 15. Native runners may use the coupon code RUNNER19 for 25% discount on the marathon and half marathon. If there are still open slots, on-site registration will be held at the race dinner on Friday evening and at the MV Visitor’s Center in the Park on Saturday morning between 8:00-9:30 a.m. Your registration includes professional timing, light pre-race food between 8:00-9:30, a race poster, on-course support (including Honey Stinger gels, Tailwind Nutrition, sweet and salty snacks, fresh fruit plus medical support and portable toilets), long-sleeve tech shirt, race bag and post-race food and entertainment. All proceeds benefit community health and wellness programs on the Navajo Nation.
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 – Packet pick-up will be available at Tsebinezghai Elementary School (near the
junction of the park road and Hwy 163) from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday and on the patio near the
MV Visitor Center on Saturday morning from 8:00-9:45 a.m. The marathon and half marathon
begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. The 10K begins at 10:15 a.m.
RACES – The Marathon is capped at 100 runners. The course begins and ends in Arizona
neat the AZ/Utah state line. The route includes several miles in the back country 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 10K Trail Race will be held on the Wildcat Trail around and between
East and West Mitten on a singletrack horse route. The Wildcat Trail Fun Run is a four-mile
trail fun run open to the general public on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. The Kids Marathon
will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, with students completing their “final mile”.
For all races, there will be signage and pin flags at main junctions and along the course.
Please study the course map to get a feel for the course and to develop your energy and
PRE-RACE DINNER – You do not want to miss the Friday night pre-race banquet at the
Monument Valley Welcome Center, just five minutes from the park on hwy 163. This event will
begin at 5:00 p.m. and will include spaghetti, salad, bread, corn-on-the-cob, a cookie and drinks.
The evening will include a race preview, entertainment and a silent auction to benefit youth and
community wellness programs on the Nation.
AID STATIONS – There are aid stations throughout the course, providing hydration, medical
support and a variety of nutrition: Honey Stinger gels, Tailwind nutrition, salty and sweet snacks
and fresh fruit. There will be portajohns on the course, along with excellent course support by
Navajo EMS, Utah Navajo Health System, Kayenta Fire Department and the Navajo Rangers.
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 Gouldings Lodge and Gouldings Campground,
about five minutes from the start line. You can reach Gouldings at 435.727.3235; visit their
website at www.gouldings.com.
Kayenta, Arizona (25 minutes) and Mexican Hat, Utah (20 minutes) also have additional
lodging options if The View and Goulding’s sell out.
AWARDS – There are pottery awards for Overall (winner and runner-up, male and female) in
the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K. First place finishers in age-groups finishers receive
pottery in the following marathon categories: 14 & under, 15-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-
69 and 70+. Age-group 2 nd place receive a unique NPRS tumbler.
The Monument Valley View Hotel is offering $1000 gift certificates for the overall male and
female winners in the marathon and half marathon, plus $100 awards for age-group winners.
The certificates are redeemable in The View’s world-renown arts & crafts gift shops, and
includes a wide array of quality Navajo rugs, jewelry and art.
POST-RACE PARTY – The event at the finish line will welcome all runners with medals, food,
drink, medical assistance and massage, along with age-group/overall pottery awards. A major
part of the MV Veterans Marathon will be live music and recognition of veterans from the Navajo
Nation and beyond throughout the day. Among the special guests will be Navajo Code Talker
John Kinsel, Sr. and Bataan Death March survivor Paul Kerchum.
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, rain are possible, as are
much more warm, mild conditions.
The MV Marathon and the Navajo Parks Race Series are co-sponsored by the nonprofit
organization NavajoYES, Navajo Parks & Recreation, with major support from The View Hotel,
NTEC, Navajo United Way, Utah Navajo Health System, the Navajo Rangers, Kayenta
Township, Teec Nos Pos Trading Post, Kayenta Fire, Navajo EMS, MV Fire and Amigo Café.
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