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A Race to Remember: Ultra Marathon in March

Road through the desert in Monument Valley

Embark on an extraordinary adventure through surreal landscapes at the Monument Valley Ultra, offering one of the most breathtaking race experiences in the Southwest. Set against the iconic backdrop of Monument Valley, this event takes place on the first weekend of March and features a 50-mile race, a challenging 50K, and a scenic trail half marathon. 

Immerse yourself in the unique charm of this race with on-course support, an abundance of delicious food, and the uplifting tunes of live local music along the trails. The highlight of the course is the exhilarating 1500-foot ascent of Mitchell Mesa in just over a mile, leading you to the mesa rim for unparalleled views that will leave you in awe.

Monument Valley Ultra Marathon: An Epic Challenge

An ultra-marathon, by definition, extends beyond the traditional 26.2 miles of a standard marathon. The most common distances are 50-100K or 50-100 miles. Unlike marathons, which are typically run on paved surfaces, ultra marathons are usually run on more challenging terrain.

Woman trail running in Monument Valley

The Monument Valley Ultra Marathon pushes the boundaries with a 50 miler, 50K, and a challenging half-marathon. It’s a true test of endurance, mental fortitude, and the unyielding spirit of those who take on the challenge.

The Monument Valley Ultra Marathon is not just a race; it’s a journey through one of the most mesmerizing landscapes on Earth.

This course, meticulously designed to showcase the natural wonders of Monument Valley, presents participants with a unique blend of arduous trails, challenging elevations, and awe-inspiring scenery.

The Navajo Parks Race Series

While the Monument Valley Ultra Marathon holds a prominent place in the Navajo Parks Race Series, it is just one element of a comprehensive initiative promoting health, wellness, and cultural awareness. The series features a range of races designed for various skill levels and offers something for everyone.

  1. Shiprock Marathon: The Shiprock Marathon stands as the oldest and largest marathon in the series, offering awe-inspiring views of a volcanic core that majestically soars 1800 feet into the desert sky. The Shiprock Kids Marathon draws over 500 young runners, each pacing themselves through a personalized “marathon.”
  2. 12 Hours of Asaayi: Experience the challenging yet exhilarating 12 hours of Assayi and 6 Hours of Asaayi, fixed-time trail running events set in the picturesque southern Chuska Mountains of the Navajo Nation.
  3. The Naatsisaan Trail Run: Experience the unparalleled beauty of Dine’ Bikeyah at the Naatsisaan Trail Ultra on Navajo Mountain, where unique courses unfold in one of the most breathtaking locales. This race weekend features a 5K trail fun run and race and a Kids Fun Run.
  4. Monument Valley Veterans Marathon and Half Marathon: Embark on a remarkable running journey within the heart of the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. This event pays tribute to all Dine warriors and military heroes both from and beyond the Nation.

The Spectacle of Monument Valley

Whether you’re a seasoned runner, a casual observer, or someone simply looking for a unique adventure, attending the Monument Valley Ultra Marathon and other races in the Navajo Parks Race Series promises an experience like no other.

Immersive Cultural Experience

Beyond the physical challenge, these races offer a deep dive into the rich culture and history of the Navajo Nation. From traditional music and dance performances to local artisans showcasing their crafts, spectators are treated to an immersive cultural experience that extends far beyond the racecourse.

Breathtaking Scenery

Monument Valley’s iconic red mesas and towering buttes provide a stunning backdrop for the races. Spectators can marvel at the landscape’s sheer beauty, capturing moments beyond the race.

Community Engagement

While enjoying the Monument Valley Ultra Marathon, you’ll also find a sense of community and camaraderie among participants and spectators alike. Local communities come together to support the runners, creating an atmosphere of encouragement and shared achievement.

Inspiration and Motivation

Witnessing runners conquer the challenges of the Monument Valley Ultra Marathon can be a powerful source of inspiration. Whether cheering on friends and family or simply marveling at strangers’ determination, the event will surely leave an indelible mark on your spirit.

As March approaches, consider making your way to the heart of the Navajo Nation for an unforgettable experience. The Monument Valley Ultra Marathon and the Navajo Parks Race Series are not just about racing; they are about celebrating the human spirit, embracing cultural diversity, and forging connections that transcend borders.

Come be a part of a race to remember.

Stay at Goulding’s Lodge

Enhance your Monument Valley Ultra Marathon by immersing yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Monument Valley at Goulding’s Lodge, the top-tier lodging and recreation destination in the region. Whether you opt for the lodge, RV park, or campgrounds, expect endless views with resort-style amenities.