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Filmmaker John Ford made landscapes like this one at Monument Valley, Utah, famous. Now runners can enjoy the same scenery during upcoming running events in Navajoland.

Running in Navajoland: Multiple Races Scheduled


The land of the Navajo people is described as a “haven of unparalleled beauty” in a press release, and it’s a destination for tourists and the film industry. Why not make it a running destination as well?

As a nod to healthier lifestyles, the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department has created a series of running events that will be held at its tribal parks. “Not only is running a great way to exercise your body, but it is also an excellent way to exercise your mind and spirit,” Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said in the release.

The Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department is collaborating with NavajoYes, a nonprofit organization that promotes community wellness, lifelong fitness, and youth empowerment on the Navajo reservation.

The Navajo Parks Race Series will include the Asaayi Mountain Run on November 14 and the Monument Valley Marathon at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park on December 12. For 2016, races include the Little Colorado River Gorge on February 13, the Shiprock Marathon on May 6 and 7, the Asaayi Mountain Run on August 13, the Navajo Code Talker 29K on September 11, the Four Corners Marathon from October 7 to 10, the Rainbow Bridge Trail Ultra on November 19, and the Monument Valley Marathon on December 10.

For information about the Navajo Parks Race Series, registration, or entry fees, contact Tom Riggenbach at 928-429-0345 or [email protected].

Visitors can also contact the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department at 928-871-6647 for information about Navajo cultural events and other events and activities or visit the website at

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