Navajo Runner Alvina Begay Qualifies for Olympic Trials
Alvina Begay, Navajo, has qualified to run in the US Olympic trials on June 22 at the Hayward Field at the University of Oregon thanks to winning the 10,000 meter run in the Event 60 at the Payton Cardinal Invitational. According to LetsRun.com she finished the race in 32:34.76.
Begay is a Nike N7 Ambassador for Indian Country, and has a running pedigree that goes back to her upbringing on the Navajo Reservation in Ganado, Arizona. As her N7 profile states, Begay grew up running at an elevation of 6,000+ feet, on “endless, dusty dirt roads and trails of her hometown.”