Asaayi Mountain Run 10k & 20k on 8/20/16


Rustic camping is available at Camp Asaayi on Friday night and there is indoor camping in the Camp Asaayi lodge on the camp. There will be portajohns at the site.


The route is all trail and dirt road. Both races loop around Lake Asaayi and climb in to the surrounding hills, with beautiful sweeping views of the valley 500 – feet below. There is a major descent in the second half of both races and a gradual climb back to the finish line (and your car) over the final ½ mile.


Packet pick-up will be available between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on race morning.

Both races begin at 10:00a.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2016.


There will be overall and age – group awards in both 20k and 10k events.

Overall winners and runners-up receive Nike sports duffle bags, while age – group winners receive Asaayi Mountain Run beanies.

Age group categories for both male and female, in both events are: 12 and under, 13-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49. 50-59 and 60+.

The Asaayi Mountain Runs 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 Navajo Parks & Recreation, Office of Navajo President & Vice President, Division of Natural Resources and GU Energy.

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Tom: 928.429.0345

Jim: 608.201.8175

FCM 7/23- Chili cook off & more


Four Corners Monument Community Celebration on July 23, 2016 at 10:00am
Blue Corn Mush Contest
Chił Chin Contest
Salsa Contest
Chili Cook Off

Requirement: Individual must have a valid food handlers permit. Bring own food to prepare for contest. Bring own utensils to use (cutting board, knives, ladles, pots and grill/burner)

Prizes for each category

(NNPRD will not be liable for any injury due to accidents, theft, bodily injury and personal injury)


Monument Valley Community Celebration

Monument Valley – 6/24 Friday “Honoring our Ancestors & Culture Through Ké” at Welcome Center Monument Valley. Trail Ride at 6am. Concert $20 John Michael Montgomery 8pm-10pm at MVHS-UT Football Field. Call 435-727-5870 /5871

6:00am Trail Ride Train Rock Larry Holiday
Archery/Run Welcome Ctr Marlene Valentine
Zumba Welcome Ctr Dorothea Sullivan
9:00am Posting of Colors Oljato Veterans
Invocation Albert Holiday, Oljacto Vice President
Welcome Address Herman Daniels Jr, NOST Council Delegate
Office of the President and Vice President
Event Schedule Ward Tsingine, Com. Center Supervisor
9:30am-3pm Health Fair
Flea Market Dorothea Sullivan
Beach Volleyball Doreen Sullivan
Kids Activities Dorothea Sullivan
Educational Displays Navajo Nation Zoo
9:00am Black Creek
9:30am Jay Begaye
10:00am Apache Crown Dancers
10:30am Honey
11:00am Dineh Brand Music
11:30am Writtyn
12:00pm Martin Girls
Catered Luncheon
12:30pm Martin Girls
1:00pm Black Creek
1:30pm Writtyn
2:00pm Zachariah George
2:30pm Honey
Watermelon Bust
3:00pm Dineh Brand Music
3:30pm Jay Begaye
4:00pm Apache Crown Dancers
4:30pm Zachariah George
8pm John Michael Montgomery Concert $20
MVHS, UT Football Field


Four Corners Annual Appreciation Day 7/23


FOUR CORNERS MONUMENT –  Annual Appreciation Day on Saturday July 23, 2016 at Four Corners Monument (Navajo Nation Time/Daylight Savings Time)

FUN WALK will be at Shorthair’s resident which is south of the San Juan River. Participants will receive t-shirts, water and refreshments.
7am – Registration
8am – Walk Begins at Shorthair’s residence and will conclude at Four Corners Monument


9:30am – Posting of Colors by Red Mesa Veterans Group
9:45am –  Invocation  by Roselta Jones
10:00am –  Welcome Address by Karen Yazzie
am – Welcome Address by Karen Yazzie
10:15am – Introduction of guests & remarks by Martin L. Begaye
Vice President Jonathan Nez
10:30am – Entertainment by Four Corners Singers
11:00am – Keynote Speaker by Herman Farley from Red Mesa Chapter
11:25am – Entertainment by Chizzbah
11:50am – Entertainment by Ute Mtn Bear Dancers
11:55am – Luncheon for first 300 people sponsored by Navajo Parks & Recreation
Gourd Session during lunch
1:00pm –  Special Recognition of Appreciation Four Corner Monument Staff
1:30pm – Entertainment by Ute Mtn Bear Dancers
1:50pm – Entertainment by Chizzbah
2:00pm – Entertainment by Four Corners Singers
2:20pm –  Back to School Giveaway presented by Four Corners Monument Staff
2:30pm – Entertainment by James & Ernie Comedy Show
3:15pm – Closing Remarks by Victoria Dee
Retrieving of Colors

KTNN AM 660 will be on site for LIVE Remote Broadcasting


For information contact Navajo Parks & Recreation at 928-206-2540.

33rd Annual Shiprock Marathon 5/6-5/7


Registration closes either when an event category fills up, or else on May 5.

2016 Shiprock Marathon Race Weekend Schedule

Friday, May 6, 2016

Packet Pick-up, 12:00 noon – 8:00 p.m. – Shiprock Youth Center

Health & Wellness Expo, 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.

Entertainment Stage: Jimmy Keith (noon-2); Delbert Anderson Trio (2-5); Tumbleweeds (5-8)

Kids Marathon “Final Mile”, 5:00 p.m.

5K Trail Run & 10K Race, 6:00 p.m.

Pasta Party, 4:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Navajo Marathoner & Olympic Trials Runner Linnabah Snyder
  • Jonathon Nez – Navajo Nation Vice President & Marathoner
  • Native flutist Jimbo Keith
  • Wheelchair marathoner Pierre Mark
  • Race Preview & Course Highlights – Race Director Tom Riggenbach

Door Prizes and Silent Auction

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Bus Shuttles to Start Lines, 5:55 a.m.-8:35 p.m.

(see bus schedule for specific times for all events)

Marathon, 7:00 a.m.

Marathon Relay, 7:00 a.m.

Half Marathon, 8:00 a.m.

Entertainment, Food & Massage at Finish Line, 9:00-2:00 p.m.

Awards at Shiprock Youth Center, 11:00 a.m.

Race Director Tom Riggenbach:    928.429.0345       
Registration Coordinator Jim  608.201.8175
Medical Coordinator Sandy Saganey  505.486.4632
Kids Marathon  Ellie Yazzie 928.206.1016


Navajo Nation Equine Expo 5/13, 14

May 13 and 14, 2016 at Navajo Nation Museum and Navajo Nation Fairgrounds
Day 1: Presentations at NNMuseum 8:15-12:00, includes traditional equine stories, health and proper saddle fitting & tack.
Interactivity at NNFairgrounds from 1:00pm-5:00pm, includes how to identify good horse hay, trailering and horse selection.

Day 2: Presentations at Navajo Nation Museum 8:15-12:00noon, includes Equine first aid, nutrition, disease, medication/dosing.
Interactivity at NNFairgrounds from 1:00pm-5:00pm, includes physical exams, wound care and bandaging*must register for First Aid with

Sponsored by: Navajo Dept of Agriculture, Navajo Parks & Recreation, U of A Agriculture & Life Sciences and Tsehootsooi Medical Center

928-871-6605 or 7686

Navajo Nation Equine Expo
Navajo Nation Equine Expo

Shiprock Marathon 5/6, 5/7


Welcome to the 33rd Annual Shiprock Marathon & Relays!

Packet Pick- up, Expo & Pasta Party

Packet pick up and parking on Friday will be at the Shiprock Youth Center. Packet pick up continues from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. If you are unable to pick up your packet on Friday, you may do so early on Saturday morning beginning at 5:00 a.m.

Please make every effort to pick up your packet on Friday

Please call 608.201.8175 or 928.429.0345

Inaugural Little Colorado River Gorge Half Marathon & 10K on 2/6

CAMERON, AZWelcome to the Little Colorado River Gorge Half Marathon & 10K will be held this Saturday 2/6/16. The course runs along and above the rim. See course map below.

REGISTRATION – Online registration for the LCR Half Marathon and 10K is now open through Thursday, 2/4 at : There will be on-site registration at the start line at the LCR Tribal Park.

– The LCR Navajo Tribal Park is located 9.5 miles west of Cameron, Arizona on Hwy 64. There is ample parking at the Tribal Park, which includes dramatic overlooks and arts & crafts vendors. There are permanent pit toilets at the Tribal Park.

– Our host hotel is Cameron Trading Post, which is offering $69/night rooms. Contact Bernetta Jensen at 928.679.2231 for details and to confirm a room.

– Packet pick-up will be available between 8:00-10:00 at the Start Line at LCR Navajo Tribal Park on Saturday morning from 8:00-10:00 a.m. All races begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

– There will not be a baggage drop, as race parking is at the start/finish line area.

– Winter weather in the Cameron/LCR area can vary from wintry to mild. The average high is 58, while the average February low is 27  (Check -Cameron, Az)

– The half marathon course begins and ends at the LCR Navajo Tribal. The half marathon course will begin with a short loop within the Park out to the rim and onto a local route that heads over 6½ miles up to the upper overlook along rugged dirt roads, double-track and trails. The 10K course begins with the opening .45 mile loop in the Park at the start before heading out to old roadbed for a 5.45 mile out-and-back run before returning to the Park for the final .2 mile. (Course is subject to minor adjustments.)

– There are overall and age-group awards in both the half marathon and 10K. Age-groups winners receive awards in the following half marathon and 10K categories: 12-17; 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60+. All half marathon finishers receive a unique LCR finishers medal. The LCR Half Marathon and 10K and the Navajo Parks Race Series are organized by the Navajo Nation-based nonprofit organization Y.E.S. for Dine’ Bikeyah (NavajoYES), with major support from Navajo Parks &Recreation, Office of Navajo President & Vice President, Navajo United Way, Division of Natural Resources and GU Energy.

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PRINT LCR Half Marathon Registration Form


LCR Navajo Race Series course map
Tom: 928.429.0345
Jim: 608.201.8175



Embrace Mother Nature to Get Fit



January 12, 2016

WINDOW ROCK, AZ. – Embrace Mother Nature.

That’s how Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye wants everyone to begin their new year.

‘God has blessed the Navajo Nation with one of the most beautiful scenic places in the world,” Begaye stated. “Mother Nature has carved out magnificent rock formations within our four sacred mountains so we need to go outside and enjoy our great outdoors.”

The Navajo Nation is working collaboratively with to launch a series of running events and other outdoor recreation activities throughout the Navajo Nation this year.

“If you take care of your bodies, you will live a long life,” Begaye noted. “You don’t have to run, you can also walk. There’s nothing like enjoying our great outdoors with your family and friends. I am strongly encouraging the Navajo people to live a healthy lifestyle, which begins with exercising. This in turn will help you have a healthy mind and spirit.”

Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez who once weighed more than 300 pounds has made an about face and is walking the talk – he began running in the year 2012 and is a new man so to speak. He said it was a comment from a Navajo youth who inspired him to re-evaluate himself and begin practicing what he preaches.

“I use to hate running, but now, I enjoy running,” Nez commented.

Today, Nez has run several half marathons, marathons and even a first-ever 50-mile marathon at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in early 2015.

Echoing Begaye’s comments, Nez said, “President Begaye and I are promoting healthy living and tourism on the Navajo Nation. We have many visitors who come to our tribal parks, but we don’t have that many Navajo people visiting our parks. We want to show the younger generation that we have beautiful parks in their own backyard. We are working to develop events in places that most people can’t normally see. We are committed to good health.”

Nez is working with Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation, CEO Tom Riggenbach, the Navajo Nation Division of Health and other entities throughout the Navajo Nation to plan and develop new outdoor recreation activities not only for the Navajo people, but for visitors.

“My motto is to never leave anyone behind,” Nez explained. “I always encourage runners that they can do it…that’s what we do as runners. And that’s what I want to do today. President Begay and I want to encourage the Navajo people to begin steps to living healthy.”

As a result of their collaborated efforts, a Navajo Nation Park Race Series was developed, which included three running events last year. In the year 2106, it will begin with a marathon, half marathon and kids run at Little Colorado River Gorge on February 6th. The adventure begins at 10 a.m.

Other 2016 scheduled events include the Shiprock Marathon on May 6-7th; Navajo Code Talker 29K on August 14th; Asaayi Mountain Run on September 10th; Four Corners Marathon on October 6-10th; Rainbow Bridge Trail Ultra on November 19th and Monument Valley Marathon on December 12th.

Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department Manager Martin L. Begaye said, “We are very excited to launch and promote a series of new events and activities on the Navajo Nation, which are geared toward the Navajo people and guests who visit our tribal parks. The events that were held last year were very successful. We look forward to an even better year in the year 2016. I want to commend all the people who work diligently behind the scenes to make these events come into fruition.”

Nez encouraged the Navajo people to reframe their resolution and reinvest in themselves. He said his new plan for the year 2016 also includes the development of a new Navajo Nation Wellness Policy that will allow tribal employees to exercise during their workday.

“Tribal employees will no longer only have to exercise during their lunch hour. We want to develop new venues to live a healthy lifestyle because we want a healthy and strong nation. Studies show that exercise relieves stress and it will cut health care costs of the Navajo Nation,” Nez explained. CEO Tom Riggenbach said the year 2015 was an empowering journey not only for the runners, but for all the people who worked tirelessly to endure the changing climate and terrain.

Riggenbach who is also an avid runner noted, “Part of the Navajo Park Race Series was built on a great Navajo running tradition. We wanted to develop a health challenge, which is a positive way to address this issue. The Navajo Nation has some of the most beautiful lands in the world. It is truly a magically place, which is why we had so many runners from Europe at our Monument Valley Marathon last year. ”

He explained that at Little Colorado Gorge, intrepid globe trotters and locals will have an opportunity to view and experience 2,000 vertical feet into the canyon then run into a peaceful course of old and new trails.

For more information about how to register for the Little Colorado Gorge Event and other events, contact or contact Tom Riggenbach at (928) 429-0345.

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