excellent marathon, gorgeous course (General Comments)|
A Runner from Oakland, California (5/16/01)
I ran this marathon in 2001, it?s in the far Northwest corner of New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation. The course is spectacular, with the 1,700-foot high actual Shiprock - the 'rock with wings' in Navajo legend - in sight most of the way. Support from volunteers was tremendous. And this is small, community-based event sponsored mainly by Dine college, the main higher educational institution run by and for the Navajo people; it doesn?t have any big sponsors or any kind of big budget. Even so, it rivals any of the dozen marathons I?ve now run, and I?ve done some gorgeous courses (Humboldt Redwoods, Clarence DeMar, Napa Valley)as well as big-city heavyweights (Boston). The race starts at 6,000 feet and has some rolling hills so I doubt many folks will achieve a PR, but the experience will be that much more inspiring for taking a little longer.