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Shiprock Marathon is a unique event that offers runners a chance to race on the Navajo Nation. Events include a USATF-certified Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay and 10K Trail Walk. Runners from all 50 states and from around the world have participated in this soul-stirring high desert classic. The core of an ancient volcano, the Shiprock juts 1800 feet into the reservation sky, providing a scenic landmark for the duration of the race.
The Shiprock Marathon course is certified by USATF (NM04003DS). The Marathon and5-Person Relay begin in Red Valley near the Arizona-New Mexico border. The course finishes in Shiprock. The course has a net loss of over 1200 feet and includes some significant inclines along the way. Although altitude and hills do not make for your typical PR course, many people find their times better than expected, perhaps due to generally mild spring weather, the downhill trend and great scenery. A course map and a detailed altitude graph are available on the website: http://www.shiprockmarathon.com/
The Half Marathon begins one hour after the marathon at mile 13.1 of the marathon course and follows the route into town. The 10K Trail Walk begins and ends in town at Dine College and covers a gently rolling out-and-back course with stunning views of the Shiprock.
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The 10K Trail Walk
The non-competitive 10K Trail Walk will start and end at the Marathon finish line area in Shiprock. The easy and scenic trail follows a path up and around what is known as Blueberry Hill to local residents.