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After months of discussion and planning, we had hoped to be able to keep MV live, but that’s not going to happen. The event will be virtual this year (more on that in a second), and we hope to be back on the trail in 2021.
Regarding registration, you can roll it over to the 2021 MV, or you can donate your registration fee to our nonprofit programs (www.navajoyes.org) . Josh will be able to assist you on these actions, so feel free to reach out to them at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registered runners also have free entry in to this year’s virtual race.
So what does this virtual race look like? The virtual MV Veterans Marathon will be a solo 26.2 and check out the MV Half, with a twist. This will be a team event (think high school xc); each of your four members run the half and your combined place is the team score. There will be some cool team categories, so check out the website. . All the details are on the website, or call us with any questions. For $30, you get a performance tee, race bib, NPRS koozie, decal and a shot at some overall/age-group awards.
We hope to be able to host live events again in 2021, and sure look forward to seeing you all again. We have scheduled LCR for February 6, MV Ultra on March 6 and Shiprock Marathon for May 1, but none of those events are open just yet. We are hoping they will be soon.
As always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just want to talk about the situation and your alternatives. You can reach us at 928.429.0345 or email@example.com with any questions at all. This has certainly not been the year for which we had all hoped, but the run must go on!
We hope you are all doing well and staying active. Take care, and we will be together soon.
Tom, Navajo Parks & the MV Team
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:
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!)
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 45 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.
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 martathon team, each of the four members will sign up for the half marathon and then e-mail Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of your team and its four runners.
Your registration of $40 includes a long-sleeve performance t-shirt, finisher’s award, race bib, Monument Valley decal and the chance for age-group and/or overall awards, plus 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 half marathon, 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 email@example.com and he can set you up.
AWARDS – There will be plaque awards for individuals and teams in both the marathon and half marathon team races.
Individual awards will be overall champion and runner-up, plus age-group awards for 1st place, male and female, in the following age groups: Youth (18U), Masters (40-59), Senior (60+). All finishers will receive a unique Monument Valley Veterans Marathon finisher’s award.
Team awards include trophies for each of the team members in team places
Overall 1st Place
Overall 2nd Place
Best Team Name (other runners pick the top three names, and the top finisher of these three wins the award)
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)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; 928.429.0345
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