Welcome to the 7th Annual Monument Valley Ultra Weekend!
The 7th Annual Monument Valley Ultra is the second event on the Navajo Parks Race Series schedule and the largest
ultra event in the Series. The Monument Valley Ultra consists of four races: 50-miler, 50K, Half Marathon, plus a 4-mile fun run.
Silence... then, Navajo Prayer, chanting, drumming...runners gather for the Monument Valley Ultra, as iconic rock formations become increasingly visible in early light; the depth of running-tradition seems palpable , east to greet dawn, in this land, sacred to the Navajo, and the privilege of being able to move on the earth, at this time, in this place, infuses the experience of those offering themselves to it.
The land is beautiful, powerful beyond words, the culture welcoming, and there are so many special touches in the event; also, the splurge of staying in the Navajo-owned and run View Hotel, ( the nicest in which I’ve ever stayed!), right by the start, is well worth it! Run in Beauty!!!
REGISTRATION – Online registration is available at the NavajoYES website: www.navajoyes.org. The Native American runner discounts are:
ULTRA20 (all caps, no space, 50% off).
Online registration for all events is now open through Friday, February 28 or until the caps are met.
(updated 01/14/2020) Bad news, good news. The bad is that the 50-miler is sold out. The good news is that you can still get in, plus you can do some good along the way. Here’s the deal: our “charity bib” program allows you to fund-raise for our youth and community programs on the Navajo Nation and it gets you a spot in the race. The charity bibs require you to raise $1000 through the fund-raising platform. As a bonus, the top fund-raiser earns a free night’s stay before or after the race in a local B & B Hogan, plus a beautiful Pendleton blanket for your awesome efforts. As always, you can reach us at 928-429-0345 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Your registration includes professional timing, race poster, on-course support (including
bountiful food and drink, medical support and portajohns), performance shirt, overall and
age-group awards, unique finisher’s award and post-race food. All proceeds benefit
community health and wellness programs on the Navajo Nation.
LOCATION – Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is located 23 miles northeast of Kayenta,
Arizona and 20 miles south of Mexican Hat, Utah. The park straddles the Arizona/Utah border,
and the races all start and finish in Arizona.
PACKET PICK-UP & PASTA DINNER
PACKET PICK-UP & PASTA DINNER – Packet pick-up will take place at the MV Welcome
Center (located at the jct of Hwy 163 and the park entrance), from 3:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday.
There will be last minute pick-up one hour before each race at the start line. The pasta dinner
will be held at the Welcome Center on Friday afternoon/evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Runners’ meals are included with registration; family members may purchase a meal for $10.00
RACES AND COURSE
RACES – The 50-mile race is capped at 50 runners, while the 50K race is capped at 150
runners. Both of these races are challenging routes, with the majority of miles on singletrack
trail, dirt roads and a few miles on the Valley Drive. The 50-mile starts at 7:00 a.m. (cut-off is 15
hours) and the 50K at 7:00 (cut-off is 12 hours). You may need a headlamp in the final miles of
the race. The very scenic Half Marathon Trail Race course near Sentinel Mesa is capped at
250 runners and begins at 8:00 a.m. The route is a very challenging singletrack track course for
the majority of the route, with some sandy doubletrack at the end.
COURSE – The routes of all races are very scenic and challenging. Please study the course
map and “MV Ultra Course Guide” to get a feel for the course. It is important that you know the
routes prior to the race and develop your energy and hydration plan. There will be medical support throughout and music along the course to keep you motivated.
AID STATIONS – There are well-stocked aid stations throughout the course, providing
hydration, medical support and a variety of nutrition. Stations will include an assortment of the
following: Honey Stinger energy gels and chews, Tailwind Nutrition, salty snacks, fresh fruit and
sweet snacks. The menu for 50K and 50-miler will also include Nutella wraps, sandwiches,
quesadillas, hummus wraps, broth, and other hearty fare. We will have major medical support
at Three Sisters Aid Station and the Start/Finish area, along with first responders on the course
at Mitchell Mesa, the Arches Loop, Valley Drive and Wildcat Trail.
PACERS & CREWS – Pacers are allowed on the final Rain God Mesa loop and the 3.5 mile
finale to the finish line, which is essentially the race’s final eight miles. Crews may access their
runners at Three Sisters Aid Station, which is the hub of the 50K and 50-mile race, throughout
the day. Crews may also access their runners along the Valley Drive and at Stables Aid
DROP BAGS AND TRASH
TOILETS & TRASH – There will be portajohns spread throughout the course, including Three
Sisters Aid Station, the Hub viewpoint, near Sand Springs and North Window. Please use
common backcountry etiquette if using the restroom elsewhere: dig a cat-hole for the waste and
pack out used toilet paper. There will be trash bags at each aid station for small items. This is a cup-less event so please plan to have a hand-held bottle or hydration pack for
use throughout the day.
DROP BAGS – Drop bags are available for the 50K and 50Mile race, at the Three Sisters Aid
Station. Drop bags must be left in the drop location near the start line before the start of the
race. Please include your name and bib # on the drop bag. Drop bags will be returned to the
finish line one hour after Three Sisters A.S. closes. You may also pick up your drop bag on
Sunday morning on the MV Visitor Center patio.
AWARDS – There are unique finisher’s medals for all finishers, plus pottery awards by
artist/runner Herbert Stash for the top finishers. There are overall pottery pieces for winner and
runner-up, male and female, in each race, plus top two in age groups. The Monument Valley View Hotel is offering $1,000.00 gift certificates for the overall male and female winners in each race, plus $100.00 awards for age-group winners. The certificates are redeemable in The View’s world-renown arts & crafts gift shops, and includes a wide array of quality Navajo rugs, jewelry and art.
WEATHER AND LODGING
WEATHER – The average March high temp in MV is 60, with an average low of 37. The
weather in the high desert is variable and early spring weather, wind and rain are possible, as
are much more mild conditions.
LODGING – Our host hotel for race weekend is The Monument Valley View Hotel. You can
reach them at 435-727-5555 for reservations in the hotel, cabins and campground. All are
within a few minutes walk of the start/finish area. (They expect to sell out quickly). You can
see more about The View at the website: http://monumentvalleyview.com/
If you are interested in more rustic camping or staying in a hogan, please contact Jamieson
and Lorraine Black at Dineh Trailriders at (928) 209-2692. The Blacks campsite is at the
Three Sisters Aid Station, which makes it an ideal base for family members. The Blacks also
offer horseback rides and guided tours, for interested families.
Additional lodging and camping is available at Gouldings Lodge and Gouldings
Campground, about five minutes from the start line. You can reach them at 435.727.3235; visit
their website at www.gouldings.com.
Kayenta, Arizona (25 minutes) and Mexican Hat, Utah (20 minutes) also have additional
The MV Marathon and the Navajo Parks Race Series are co-sponsored by the nonprofit
organization NavajoYES, The View Hotel and Navajo Parks & Recreation with major support
from Goulding’s Lodge, Utah Navajo Health System, the Navajo Rangers, MV Fire, Navajo
EMS, Office of President and Vice President, and Kayenta Fire.
Local time: 3:32 AM
Registration questions: 608.201.8175; email@example.com
Timing questions: 970.403.2794; firstname.lastname@example.org
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