About the event
Shiprock Youth Center – Friday, May 3 & Saturday, May 4, 2024
The 2024 Shiprock Marathon will provide a unique and memorable running experience the first weekend of May in Shiprock, New Mexico!
A 5K Trail Race will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5 on the Blueberry Hill course, beginning and ending at the Youth Center. There are plaque and/or medal awards for overall and age-group top finishers in the 5K. Runners will receive a performance t-shirt and post-race snacks.
The Marathon will begin at 7:00 a.m. with the start/finish area in Shiprock. Runners who expect to compete for overall or age-group awards should start in the front of the mass start at 7:00. Shiprock Marathon is a USATF Certified Course.
The Half Marathon will start at 7:30 a.m.
The out-and-back road course includes views of Shiprock Pinnacle and a gentle long downhill slope on the return. There will be great course support and live music along the way. Expect to see the likes of Dark Sky, Red Hawk, Pinon Pickers, Mountain Spring and Skoolboykook, sharing a variety of traditional, country, Navajo blues, classic rock and rez metal sounds.
Packet pick-up will be staged at the large Shiprock Youth Center parking lot on Friday from 2:00-7:00 p.m. and again from 6:00-6:45 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Saturday’s Race Day Parking
Race day in Shiprock is exciting and busy, so please take a minute to review this information about parking.
From Farmington hotels – drive west on Hwy 64, approximately 30 miles. Once in Shiprock, continue straight through a stoplight (near Wells Fargo and church), across the San Juan River and to the second stoplight (near gas stations). Keep going straight again, past Basha’s and the post office until you see event parking on your right.
Quality Inn (555 Scott Ave in Farmington, NM 87401) offers great rates for runners. You can reach them directly at 505-716-4138, and mention “Shiprock Marathon”. The hotel is located a couple minutes’ walk from the riverfront trails.
Comfort Suites at 1951 Cortland Drive has great rooms and an early 5:00 a.m. breakfast for runners. You can reach them at 505-325-9414 and mention "Shiprock Marathon".
Kokopelli House is a B&B in Shiprock who is offering up their space to racers. Contact NaTasha at 505-330-7732 to make your reservation.
Farmington has a vast array of lodging options, for all levels of comfort and price.
If you are coming from the south, you will encounter the event parking on your left just as you enter Shiprock. Our parking team will help you get parked and situated for your big event!
Results & Timing – The team from Rocky Mountain Timing is timing both races. RESULTS will be available via QR codes – posted throughout the finish area – or at www.rmtiming.co All awards are based on gun time.The Course and Course Support – Aid stations will be available every single mile along the Marathon and Half Marathon courses. Aid stations will include Honey Stinger gels, fresh fruit, Gatorade and water, and sweets and salties. Portajohns will be available at the start lines and along the course. There will be medical support throughout the route and at the finish.
Race Day Logistics
The Finish LineFood Area – You will receive a hearty snack box when you cross the finish line, which will also have a variety of beverages – water, Gatorade and chocolate milk. Be sure to visit the Domino’s food truck and flash your bib for your slice of Domino’s pizza. There will also be a fresh fruit tent next to Domino’s, if you are looking for a banana, orange or apple.
Post-Race Party & Awards – We will have live music, great food and awards at the finish line. All Marathon and Half Marathon finishers will receive a well-earned medal when they finish. Results will be available instantly and awards will be presented to overall and age-group winners as soon as possible. All awards are based on gun time. Any awards that are not presented will be mailed or delivered to the winners. There will be overall awards (top three, male and female) and age-group awards based on 10-year age groups. Awards include medallions, plaques and/or Native arts and crafts; age-group podium awards will go four deep.
Kudos to all of our amazing Safety and Medical Team – Navajo Nation EMS, Shiprock Fire Dept., Shiprock Police Dept, Beclabito CERT, the Navajo Rangers, Red Valley CERT, Sanostee CERT, T’iis Nazbas Fire Dept, Newcomb Fire Dept, Ojo Amarillo Fire Dept and New Mexico State Police.
Special mention to our SRM partners!! And “ahe’hee” to our incredible race team and over 200 race weekend volunteers! Proceeds of the Shiprock Marathon benefit year-round outdoor adventure programs for Dine’ youth and families. Find out more about NavajoYES and our programs at www.navajoyes.org or at www.Facebook.com/NavajoYES
This year’s race is USATF-certified and is a Boston qualifier!
And Shiprock Marathon will be a qualifier for the
Abbott Marathon Majors Masters World Championships!
See you in Shiprock on May 3 & 4, 2024 for the 41st running of Shiprock Marathon!
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