Published December 16, 2017
FOUR CORNERS – Runners throughout the Navajo Nation and the country ran for four days, in four states and for four full-marathons or half-marathons at the Four Corners Monument for the Four Corners Quad Keyah Marathon Series from Dec. 7-10.
“For four days, runners have been challenging their mental and physical strength to finish the Four Corners Quad Keyah,” Vice President Jonathan Nez said. “Congratulations to all those who completed the run and thank you to everyone that participated.”
Vice President Nez gave special congratulations to Roger Stash, a Navajo runner who took first place, to his family and all the Navajo runners at the event.
The race began with 52 runners and, of that group, 45 completed all four races. Vice President Nez, who participated, ran for a combined total of 91.7 miles over the course of four days.
The four-day overall winners for the men’s and woman’s half-marathon were Erica Dalziel and Jason Porter. The winners of the full-marathon were Karen Vollan and, of course, Stash.
Among the runners who completed the four marathons, there was also Dave Jones who is currently attempting to become the first person to run a public marathon in all 50 states and all seven continents within the course of a year. With Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico off his list, he has three more states left to go before the end of January: Arkansas, Louisiana and Hawaii.
Runners also spoke to students at the T’iis Nazbas Community School about health and wellness after the Arizona race. On Saturday, there was the Four Corners Community Christmas Celebration sponsored by Navajo Parks and Recreation.
The Quad Keyah Marathon Series is part of the Navajo Parks Race Series and was organized by Navajo Youth Empowerment Services (YES). Support for the race came from Four Corners Monument, Navajo Parks & Recreation, Office of Navajo President & Vice President, Navajo United Way, Navajo Division of Natural Resources, Navajo Rangers, Four Corners Orthodontics and Navajo Arts & Crafts.
“It was fun to be able to host this event for our local runners as well as visitors to be able to experience the Four Corners in a unique way and to continue celebrating all the amazing parks within the Navajo parks system,” Tom Riggenbach, executive director of Navajo YES said.
The next run with the Navajo Parks Race Series is the Little Colorado River Half-Marathon scheduled for Feb. 10, 2018, at the Little Colorado River Gorge near Cameron, Arizona. After that, there will be the Monument Valley Ultra on March 3, 2018, at Monument Valley, Utah.
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