FOUR CORNERS MONUMENT – Upcoming Four Corners Keyah Marathon Series will be from December 8 – 11, 2016. Register at www.navajoyes.org until Dec. 6. Each day’s race will begin and end in the same distinct state, offering runners a chance to complete four marathons in four states in four days. #NavajoRaceSeries
See link for race information at: http://www.navajoyes.org/wp-conte…/…/2016/10/4C_raceinfo.pdf
Race week schedule starts on Dec. 7 – http://www.navajoyes.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/4C_raceweek.pdf
LOCATION: The Four Corners Quad Keyah (“Four Lands” in the Navajo language) will be staged at the Four Corners Monument near Teec Nos Pos, Arizona. The closest airports are Cortez, Colorado (CEZ), Durango, Colorado (DGO), Farmington, New Mexico (FMN) and Albuquerque, New Mexico (ABQ).
RACE SCHEDULE – A marathon and half marathon will be completed each day, Thursday through Sunday.
REGISTRATION – Online registration for the Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay is now open through Tuesday, December 6 at the NavajoYES website: www.navajoyes.org If there are still open slots, on-site will be held at the race site at Four Corners on race morning each day two hours prior to race time up to the start. Your registration includes a light pre-race breakfast each morning, on-course support (including energy gels, sweet and salty snacks and fresh fruit plus medical support), a ton of race swag, race poster and post-race food and entertainment. All proceeds benefit youth adventure and community wellness programs on the Navajo Nation.
COURSE – Each day’s race will begin and end in the same distinct state, offering runners a chance to complete four marathons in four states in four days. Thursday, December 8 will be Arizona; Friday is Utah; Saturday is Colorado; and Sunday is New Mexico. (All races are recognized by the 50 State Marathon Club.) Each day’s course will begin and end in the designated state, with loops of varying distance. Each loop will include a combination of dirt and pavement. The current routes are have been adjusted based on runner feedback and are
Arizona: 5.5 mile loop, run five times
Utah: 1.0 mile loop, run 26 times
Colorado: 3.0 mile loop, run 8 1⁄2 times
New Mexico: 5.5 mile loop, run five times
The routes make up a variety of terrain and scenery, and should offer runners a variety of experiences. Routes may be adjusted due to weather conditions and other factors. The loop nature of the events will allow runners to have easy access to their personal kit and to course support – food, heated space, medical support, etc.
POST-RACE CELEBRATION – There will be post-race food each day in the main heated event tent at the Monument. The Office of Navajo President and Vice President will sponsor a celebratory meal, complete with traditional entertainment, at the 4C Monument on Sunday, December 11.
LODGING – Runners have two main options for lodging. The Beclabito Chapter House (just 15 minutes from the Monument) will be offering indoor camping for runners. We will provide cots and bedrolls available to the first runners to sign up; you should confirm availability or bring your own bedroll. All runners will have access to hot showers and restroom. If you prefer hotel/motel lodging, there are several options just a bit farther from the
Monument. Ute Mountain Casino is the closest lodging to the 4C Monument, at about 30 minutes, while Cortez, Colorado (40 minutes) has a host of lodging and dining options. Farmington, New Mexico is just over an hour from the Monument and also has many lodging and dining choices. Local food vendors will be available each night at Beclabito Chapter House, selling a variety of fare. There is no organized transportation between the chapter house and the race site.
PACKET PICK-UP – Packet pick-up will be available beginning one hour before each race.
BAGGAGE DROP – There will be no baggage drop, as runners begin and end at the Monument, where ample runner parking will be available.
AWARDS – All finishers receive a unique finisher’s medal for each race, depicting the state they completed that day. Runners also receive various gear each day: t-shirt, beanie, sweatshirt, poster and fleece or jacket. A unique Navajo sandpainting award will be presented to all four-state finishers (both marathon and half marathons), to hold their four states’ medals. Each four-state finisher will also receive a special hand-painted Christmas ornament in honor of their completion of the Quad Keyah. There are not age-group and overall awards in the daily races.
The Quad Keyah Series and the Navajo Parks Race Series is organized by the Navajo Nation based nonprofit organization Y.E.S. for Dine’ Bikeyah (NavajoYES), with major support from Four Corners Monument, Navajo Parks & Recreation, Office of Navajo President & Vice President, Navajo United Way, Navajo Division of Natural Resources, the Navajo Rangers, Four Corners Orthodontics and Navajo Arts & Crafts.