Monument Valley Veterans Marathon

Fri November 20 - Sun November 22 Directions
Monument Valley Tribal Park

Monument Valley Veterans


Virtual Race Weekend: Friday, November 20 – Sunday, November 22

The MV Veterans Marathon and Half Marathon will be taking place over a 3-day window over the race weekend of November 20-22.  All races are VIRTUAL and will not take place in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.  You pick the location of your run, and submit your time after the event.

There are two races to choose from:

  • Solo Marathon
  • Team Half Marathon

The marathon solo race is a 26.2 mile event on dirt road and trail.  We ask that you choose a similar route near home as your own course.  There is no elevation gain requirement, and there is no need to bring in truckloads of sand (you would need train loads of the soft stuff to get even close!).  Just hit that 26.2 on dirt and you are good.

The team half marathon is a 13.1 mile virtual run that will be based on four-person teams.  Each member of the team must complete the full 13.1 miles, and all runners will be listed in order of their time. Team scores will be based upon the place of each of the four runners. (For example: let’s say your four runners came in 2nd, 8th, 10th and 25th overall place. Your team score will be 55 points.) It is not the combined running time, but the place of the four individual finishers that determines the team’s standing. Teams should be co-ed, with at least one member of each gender. (A team may be all-male or all-female, but such teams do not qualify for awards.) A runner may compete the half marathon solo if you do not wish to be part of a team, just use your own name as the team name at registration.

REGISTRATION – Online registration for the Marathon and Half Marathon is currently open and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2020.  To set up a half
marathon team, each of the four members will sign up individually for the half marathon.  The first one to sign up creates the team name and then the other three select that team when they register.

Your registration of $30 includes a long-sleeve performance t-shirt, finisher’s award for first 100 to sign up, a souvenir bib, Monument Valley decal and the chance for age-
group and/or overall awards. We cover the cost of shipping for all of the above. All proceeds benefit community health and wellness programs on the Navajo Nation.

If you are currently registered for the marathon or half, you may roll over to next year’s race or you can use your current registration to cover your virtual race plus a friend’s
virtual race. If you want to do this, just e-mail Josh at and he can set you up.

AWARDS – There will be individual overall and age-group awards for the marathon and team awards in the team half marathon race.

Marathon Awards - We will award overall winner and runner-up, male and female for the top marathon finishers.  Age-group winners will be awarded a dreamcatcher or jewelry as awards in the following age-groups:

  • Youth (18U), 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+.

The first 100 registered marathon/half marathon runners will receive a finisher’s medal.

Team Half Marathon Awards – Team awards include awards for each of the team members in team categories:

  • Overall 1 st Place
  • Overall 2 nd Place
  • Best Team Name (selected by our runners on FB)
  • Fastest Youth Team (all runners must be 18U, and team will be co-ed)
  • Local Only Team (all runners must be from MV, Oljeto or K-town area)

In the team half marathon, we will present individual awards for overall winner and runner-up.

The MV Veteran’s Marathon and the Navajo Parks Race Series are co-sponsored by the nonprofit organization NavajoYES and Navajo Parks & Recreation, with major support from The View Hotel, Utah Navajo Health System, the Navajo Rangers, Goulding’s Lodge, Kayenta Township, Kayenta Fire Department, Navajo EMS, Oljeto Veteran’s Organization and Monument Valley Fire Dept.  Though you won’t see these friends and supporters during your virtual race, they are pulling for you and hope to see you in person for the MV Ultra on March 6!


CONTACTS – Tom:; 928.429.0345



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