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NavajoYES is a program geared to fitness and youth empowerment across Diné Bikeyah

EMPOWERING OUR YOUTH WITH AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE

Take part in one of many Navajo Parks Race Series events and enjoy the journey

ENJOY THE OUTDOORS WITH OUR TRAIL PROJECTS

Trails, hikes and fresh air is what awaits you!

EDUCATING DINE YOUTH WITH LIFE SKILLS

Our programs are designed to advocate the success of each participant

ABOUT NAVAJOYES

About Us:  NavajoYES is comprised of a team of avid outdoor enthusiasts committed to the philosophy that enjoying nature’s natural playground can lead to a healthy and more balanced lifestyle

NAVAJO PARKS RACE SERIES

Navajo Parks Race Series:  Learn more about our Navajo Parks Race Series, registration dates and other exciting events taking place throughout Diné Bikeyah

TRAILS PROJECTS

Trails Projects:  Trails are essential to our mission in empowering youth and promoting a sense that they can affect positive, long-term change in their community.  Restoring old routes, developing and building new trails and promoting trails across the Nation are part of the project.

BIKE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

Our new Bike Exchange Program is a new effort of NavajoYES to promote fitness at the grassroots level by providing mountain bikes to local communities as a means of surrounding our youth and communities with an “infrastructure of wellness”. Through the program, NavajoYES acquires decent used bikes of all types that we then refurbish and upgrade.

EDUCATION & OUTREACH

Education and Outreach:  We believe passionately in our mission of “promoting community wellness, lifelong fitness and youth empowerment across Dine’ Bikeyah” and we strive to share that message in schools and communities throughout the year

BIKE EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2016!  Bikes have been a big part of the NavajoYES program since our inception and particularly following the birth of Tour de Rez in 1991.

EVENTS ON THE HORIZON

2017 Little Colorado River Half Marathon and 10K Run
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LCR Race Info Sheet

LCR Course Map

The LCR Half Marathon and 10K is a mid-winter trail run in one of the natural wonders in Dine’ Bikeyah.  Race day entertainment features Talibah Begay and James & Ernice, plus a full post-race meal.  Registration includes performance tee, race poster, light pre-race breakfast, professional timing, finisher’s medal for the half and age-group/overall awards.

Paradise Loop Ride
April 22/23, 2016 9:00 a.m.  Registration is now open!

Download Race Info Sheet

This unique ride offers two options: an 18-mile loop up around Navajo National Monument and a 32-miler that heads north from Shonto to Tall Mountain, across the ride north of Inscription House on the Navajo Mountain road and then the loop back to Shonto. Both are dirt road routes and offer spectacular sweeping views of the surrounding country. Both courses will have support.

There is camping and dinner available at Shonto Prep School on Friday night the 22nd, with entertainment by Navajo flute musician Jimbo Keith and other local musicians. Should be a nice evening.

Your registration includes PLR t-shirt, three meals (Friday dinner, light Saturday breakfast and post-race meal), on-course support, poster and entertainment.

Shiprock Marathon
Cove Classic Mountain Bike
May 20, 21, 2016 Registration now open!

The most extreme bike race on the Navajo Nation is back in 2016!

The Cove Classic will take riders on some of the most challenging and scenic country throughout this wonderful Red Rock Community, tackling miles of old mine roads and game trails in the northern Chuska Mountains above Cove,AZ.

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There will be 3 Race Courses:

50+/- Mile Race for not the faint-of-heart with 5,000 ft.+/- of climbing

30 Mile Tour for 13+ Year Old with 3,000 ft. of climbing

Kids Race (age 13-17) very challenging 10-mile race

Kids Tour (age 7-17)  challenging 10-mile ride

Camping, showers and meals will be available throughout the weekend.

Chuska 150 Run
“Running for a Stronger & Healthier Navajo Nation”

Starting at Red Mesa on Monday, July 11, and going all week long to Window Rock on Sunday, July 17, the first Chuska 150 Run will go through the Chuska Mountains.

Chuska 150 Itinerary

Asaayi Mountain Runs
August 19, 2017 Registration opens soon!

Located in the heart of the Chuska Mountains, the Asaayi Mountain Run take place at Camp Asaayi in the Bowl Canyon Recreation Area.  The 2017 Asaayi Mountain Runs trail races will be held on Saturday, August 19 on the dirt roads and trails around Lake Asaayi.  The events will include 10K and 20K races.  Packet pick-up will take place beginning at 8:00 a.m. Both races begin at 10:00 a.m.  Event registration includes performance t-shirt, race poster, age-group awards, on-course support/food and finish-line food. Camping is available near the start/finish line.  Contact chuskaman@yahoo.com or for more information.

Race Info Posted Soon!

2016 Results

2015 Results

Code Talker 29K
September 10, 2017  Registration opens soon!

Honor the legendary Navajo Code Talkers with a run on the final day of the Navajo Nation Fair.  Distances are 29K (in honor of the original 29 Code Talkers) or 10K. This year’s event is set for Sunday, September 10, beginning and ending at the Window Rock Veteran’s Park. The course is part pavement and part trail.  Registration includes performance t-shirt, course support, age-group awards, post-race food, finisher’s medals and professional timing. Contact chuskaman@yahoo.com or for more information.

2016 Results

2015 Results

Chuska Challenge Mountain Bike Ride
October 13-15, 2016 Registration is now OPEN!

Located in the Chuska Mountains, the Chuska Challenge is the premier mountain bike ride of the year.  The 2016 Chuska Challenge will be held on Saturday, August 15 on the dirt roads and trails around Roof Butte.  Entry fees are $30 for riders 18-over, and $10 for riders under 18.  There are a variety of tour and race options for riders. Registration includes t-shirts, race poster, all meals Saturday, and a Sunday breakfast.  Camping is available near the start/finish line.

Chuska Challenge Info Sheet

Chuska Challenge Flyer

Contact chuskaman@yahoo.com or for more information.

Naatsis'áán Trail Ultra
Saturday, October 21, 2017  Registration opens soon!

The Naatsis’áán Trail Ultra is an epic 50-mile run from Navajo Mountain Chapter House at the base of Navajo Mountain, on road and primarily singletrack trail around the mountain, through rugged canyons en route to Rainbow Bridge, and back.  There is also a team division, in which runners run either to or from Rainbow, and their partner runs the other half.  Registration for the Saturday, October 21 event includes Friday’s pre-race meal, full course support, pottery award for all 50-mile finishers, medical support, finisher’s medal, post-race meal, available camping and boat transport for relay runners.  Contact chuskaman@yahoo.com or for more information.

Course Map

2016 Results Here

Monument Valley Marathon
Saturday, November 19, 2017  Registration opens soon!

The 2016 Monument Valley Marathon races will be held on Saturday, November 19 during the Monument Valley Balloon Festival.  The race and the balloon event will take place at MV Tribal Park, 23 miles northeast of Kayenta, Arizona.  Events include a Marathon, Half Marathon, 4 or 5-Person Relay, 3-Mile Fun Run, and a Kid’s Marathon.  The course is comprised of dirt roads and double-track routes. Packet pick-up is available on race morning beginning at 7:30 a.m.; race time is 10:00 a.m. Event registration includes long-sleeve tech shirts, race poster, age-group awards and pre-race, on-course and finish line food.  A pre-race dinner, including traditional entertainment and speakers, will be held on Friday evening at the local school.   Discounted hotel rates will apply, and camping is available.  Contact chuskaman@yahoo.com or for more information.

MV Marathon Map

MV Half Marathon Map

2016 Results

2015 Results

Four Corners Quad Keyah Marathon
Thursday, December 7 – Sunday, November 10, 2017  Registration Opens Soon!

The Four Corners Quad Keyah will be held December 7-10 at Four Corners Monument near the community of Teec Nos Pos, Arizona.  There will be options of trail and paved routes each day, which will feature local music acts and a heated food tent.  Registration includes performance t-shirt, finisher’s medal each day, pre-race breakfast, professional timing and multiple pieces of race gear, including unique four-state finisher’s award.  Contact chuskaman@yahoo.com or for more information.

2016 Results

Testimonials

Rue Nelson
Navajo YES is one of the very few Navajo Nation non-profit Youth and Community Organizations that is truly 'grass-roots'. All monies generated go right back in to Youth Programs. The Executive Director and all Board Members of Navajo YES serve on a voluntary basis.
Rue Nelson

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