Nearly 1,500 runners turned the 29th annual Shiprock Marathon, in Arizona, into the largest marathon event in the school's history. The Shiprock Marathon included a full marathon, half marathon, marathon relay and a 10-kilometer trail run.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the Shiprock Marathon, held this past Saturday, had to increase both the marathon and half marathon's total number of runners allowed to handle the growing interest in long distance running in Navajo Nation.
""This is our land, these are our people and it's a beautiful place to run a marathon," Shaun Martin, a 30-year-old man from Chinle, Arizona told the Sun-News. Martin won the marathon in 2 hours 34 minutes and 57 seconds, breaking his own course record, and teaches cross country and track and field at Chinle High School. "Running itself is very close to Navajo traditions. I was taught as a kid the act of running is a celebration of life and everything positive in the world," he told the Sun-News.
The first female runner to cross the finish line was Robin Halloran, a 38-year old who lives in Durango, Arizona. She posted an impressive winning time of 3 hours and 32 minutes. Many participants, such as Davina Morris, of Tsaile, Arizona who ran the 10K with her 11-year old daughter, Elena, discussed health concerns as their motivation. "Diabetes runs in our family on both sides so I want to encourage my family to keep exercising," Davina told the Sun-News.
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