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 FRESH DIRT

A Rare Run on Navajo Lands
Racing across desert, sand and sky in Arizona's inaugural Monument Valley 50
By Jennifer Zakroff

As we shivered in the predawn stillness, a Navajo elder blessed the dawn, offering thanks for a new day. A young man blew four sharp hoots on his wooden flute as the elder offered cornmeal to each of the four directions: south, west, north and, last, east, where dawn burned yellow over the blackened lip of the horizon.

Then, one by one, each Monument Valley 50 runner released a pinch of cornmeal to honor this day and our vitality, and we sailed down a red sand dune into the desert expanse below.

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 Check out the 2014 Trophy Series Races

Pacific/Desert    
04/20 Ka'ena PT Trail Run 10K; North Shore, HI
04/26 Capitol Peak Ultramarathons 55K, 50M; Olympia, WA ; www.capitolpeakultras.com

04/26 Folsom Lake Trail Runs 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Folsom, CA
04/26 Night Sweats Trail Marathon Series #2 26.2M; Sausalito, CA
04/26 OAT Run 12K, 13.1M; Port Angeles, WA
04/26 Sasquatch Scramble 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Oakland, CA
04/26 Ultimate Hike Sedona 26.2M; Sedona, AZ
04/26 Zane Grey Highline Trail 50 Mile 50M; Pine, AZ
04/27 Mt Si Relay & Ultra Runs 50K, 50M, 59R; Snoqualmie, WA
04/27 Presidio Trails Run 10K; San Francisco, CA
04/27 Soaring Eagle Trail Run 5M, 10M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Sammamish, WA
04/27 Spokane River Run 5K, 10K, 25K, 50K; Spokane, WA ; www.spokaneriverrun.com

05/03 Armstron Redwoods Trail & Ultra Run 9K, 17K, 30K, 50K; Guerneville, CA
05/03 Canyons 50k 50K; Foresthill, CA
05/03 Grand Ridge Trail Run #1 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Issaquah, WA
05/03 Miwok 100K; Marin Headlands, CA
05/03 Prescott YMCA Whiskey Row Marathon 2M, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Prescott, AZ
05/03 Sinister Night Trail Runs 9K, 27K, 54K; Queen Creek, AZ
05/03 Western Pacific Marathon 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Fremont, CA
05/04 Little Mountain Trail Run 10K, 13.1M; Mount Vernon, WA
05/04 Rucky Chucky Roundabout 50K & 50K Relay 50K; Foresthill, CA
05/10 Cinderella Trail Run #1 10K, 13.1M, 30K, 26.2M, 50K; Oakland, CA
05/10 Dirty Secret Trail Runs 5.8M, 10.3M; Cool, CA
05/10 Gold Rush 100K 50K, 100K; Folsom, CA
05/10 Horse Lake Half 13.1M; Wenatchee, WA
05/10 Liberty Lake Trail Run 8M; Liberty Lake, WA
05/10 Los Altos Hills Pathways Run 1M, 5K, 10K; Los Altos Hills, CA
05/10 McDonald Forest 50K 50K; Corvallis, OR
05/10 Me-Ow Marathons 26.2M, 50M; Unknown, CA
05/10 Mt. Diablo Trail and Ultra Run 8K, 25K, 50K; Clayton, CA
05/10 PCT 50 Miler 50M; Campo, CA
05/10 Quicksilver 50K, 50M; San Jose, CA
05/10 Ring the Bell Trail Run 8M, 16M; Coto de Caza, CA
05/10 Scott Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series #1 5M, 8M; Newcastle, WA
05/10 Sunflower Marathon and Relay Event 26.2M; Winthrop, WA
05/10 Whoo's in El Moro 25K, 50K; Newport Beach, CA
05/17 Bishop High Sierra Ultra-Marathons 20M, 50K, 50M, 100K; Bishop, CA
05/17 Born To Run Ultra Marathons 10M, 50K, 100K, 100M; Los Olivos, CA
05/17 Coyote Lake Trail Run 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Morgan Hill, CA
05/17 Grand Canyon 100 50K, 50M, 100M; Grand Canyon City, AZ
05/17 Mud Mountain Melee 8k 2.5M, 8K; Enumclaw, WA
05/17 Paiute Meadows 2M, 4.5M; Susanville, CA
05/17 Renegade Three Mile Trail Run Challenge 3M; San Dimas, CA
05/17 Ride the Wind Trail Races 20M, 50M, 100M; Las Vegas, NV
05/17 Silver State 50K/50M Endurance Runs 13.2M, 50K, 50M; Reno, NV
05/17 Sun Mountain 25K, 50K, 50M; Winthrop, WA
05/17 Watershed Preserve 12 Hour Race 12H; Redmond, WA
05/17 Wild Boar Run Trail Races 10K, 13.1M; Mill Valley, CA
05/17 XTERRA Malibu Creek Challenge 6K, 22K; Malibu, CA
05/17 Xterra Renegade Off-Road Triathlon San Dimas, CA
05/18 Horseshoe Lake 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Palo Alto, CA
05/18 Ohlone Wilderness 50K Trail Run 50K; Fremont, CA ; www.ohlone50k.com

Rockies
04/20 Westminster Trail Half Marathon 10K, 13.1M; Westminster, CO
04/25 Ragnar Trail Zion 120M; Zion national Park, UT
04/25 Salt Flats 100/50 Mile Endurance Runs 50M, 100M; Wendover, UT
04/26 Cheyenne Mountain Trail Races 25K, 50K; Colorado Springs, CO
04/26 Fort Collins Trail Run 10K, 13.1M; Livermore, CO
04/26 Weiser River Trail 50K Relay & Solo Run 50K; Council, ID
05/03 Amasa 6.5M, 9.5M, 15.5M; Moab, UT ; www.grassrootsevents.net
05/03 Collegiate Peaks 25M, 50M; Buena Vista, CO ; www.CollegiatePeaksTrailRun.org

05/03 Greenland Trail Races 8M, 25K, 50K; Larkspur, CO
05/10 Don't Fence Me In Trail Runs 5K, 12K, 30K; Helena, MT
05/10 Fear The Deer Trail 1/2 Marathon 13.1M; Littleton, CO
05/10 Quad Rock 50 25M, 50M; Fort Collins, CO
05/17 Baldy Blitz 110M; Bozeman, MT
05/17 Big Mountain Trail Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Colorado Springs, CO
05/17 La Sportiva Vail Boneyard Boogie 11K; Eagle, CO
05/17 Sage Burner 50k/25k 25K, 50K; Gunnison, CO ; www.sageburnertrailrun.com/

05/17 SPS #1 Farragut State Park 5M, 13.1M; Athol, ID
05/18 Crazy Legs 10K 10K; Loveland, CO ; www.paulstofko.com

Heartland
04/20 Dirty Herd Spring Classic Fun Run 2.5M, 5M; Grand Rapids, MI
04/26 Chippewa Moraine Trail 10K, 50K; New Auburn, WI
04/26 Dash at the Dunes Trail Run/Walk 5K; Two Rivers, WI
04/26 DINO Trail Run Series - Town Run Trail 5K, 15K; Indianapolis, IN
04/26 Earth Day 50K/15 Mile 50K, 15M; Crystal Lake, IL
04/26 FlatRock 101 101K; Independence, KS
04/26 Hurt the Dirt 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Rockford, MI
04/26 Indiana Trail 100 50M, 100M; Albion, IN
04/26 Irish Ridge Trail Run 4M; Corning, OH
04/26 Iron Furnace Trail Run 5M, 20K; McArthur, OH
04/26 Lung Bustin' Justin Trail Run 5K; Sparta, WI
04/26 O24-Outrun 24 Hour Trail Run 24H; Kirtland, OH
04/26 OWBC Redbud Trail Challenge 10K; Summerfield, OH
04/26 Screaming Eagle Ultra 1H, 3H, 6H; Hermitage, MO
04/26 Trail Marathon Weekend 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Pinckney, MI
04/27 Adrenaline Marathon on the Eisenbahn Trail 6.55M, 13.1M, 26.2M; West Bend, WI
04/27 Kokosing Miles Trail Running Festival 5K, 10K; Gambier, OH
04/27 Maple Syrup Fun Run 5K, 10K; Faribault, MN
05/03 7@7 Trail Races 1K, 5K, 7M; Mankato, MN
05/03 Flirt with Dirt 10K; Boston Township, OH
05/03 Tie Dye Trail Run 50K; Dayton, OH
05/06 George Rodgers Clark 5K, 10K; Dayton, OH
05/10 CLE Trail Marathon 26.2M; Willoughby Hills, OH
05/10 Dances With Dirt Gnaw Bone 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50R, 50M; Nashville, IN
05/10 Flirt With Dirt 5K; Novi, MI
05/10 Ice Age Trail 13.1M, 50K, 50M; La Grange, WI
05/10 Rock-On! Lake Perry 50K, 13.1M, 5K; Meriden, KS ; www.psychowyco.com/lakeperrytrailruns.com

05/10 Thoen Stone Seven 7M; Spearfish, SD
05/17 Growing Green Challenge 5K, 10M; Rush City, MN
05/17 Playin' Possum 50K Trail Run 50K; Delaware, OH
05/17 Superior "Spring" Trail Races 25K, 50K; Lutsen, MN

Northeast
04/26 Hyner View Trail Challenge 25K, 50K; Hyner, PA ; www.hikerun.com

04/26 Promise Land 50K 50K; Bedford, VA
04/26 TARC Spring Classic 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Weston, MA
04/26 Triple Crown Trail Races 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Newark, DE
04/26 Whale Of A 5k Trail Race and Fun Run 5K; Rye, NH
04/27 Blue Hills Trail Races 3M, 10M; Milton, MA
04/27 Into The Mud Challege 2.5M; Gorham, ME
04/27 Ironmaster's Challenge 15K, 25K, 50K; Gardners, PA ; www.ironmasterschallenge.com

04/27 Leatherman's Loop 10K; Cross River, NY
04/27 Spring Backyard Burn Trail Running Race #4 5M, 10M; Triangle, VA
04/27 Treehugger 5k 5K; Owings Mills, MD
05/02 24-Hour Adventure Trail Run 24H; Triangle, VA
05/03 Genesee Valley Tom LaMonica Memorial Trail Run 5K; Parkton, MD
05/03 Joe English Trail Challenge 25K; Amherst, NH
05/03 Rock the Ridge 50M; New Paltz, NY
05/03 The North Face Endurance Challenge 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50M; New York, NY
05/03 The North Face® Endurance Challenge Series - Northeast Regional 5K, 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K, 50M; Bear Mountain, NY
05/03 Trail Nut 10K, 13.1M; Bedford, VA
05/03 XTERRA Big Pocono Trail Run 5K, 11K; Tannersville, PA
05/04 7 Sisters Trail Race 12M; Amherst, MA
05/04 Hither Hills Off-Road Half Marathon 13.1M; Montauk, NY
05/04 Medved Madness 15M; Mendon, NY
05/10 Beidleheimer Sidewinder 10K; State College, PA ; www.tusseymountainback.com

05/10 Capon Valley 50K Run 50K; Yellow Spring, WV
05/10 Don't Mess with Mother Nature Trail Races 2K, 4.7M, 8M; Stuart, VA
05/10 Farm Park Challenge 3H, 6H, 26.2M, 50M; Derwood, MD
05/10 Long Island Greenbelt 25K, 50K; Plainview, NY ; www.glirc.org

05/10 Paws for Life May Day Trail Run/Walk 5K; Chesapeake City, MD
05/10 Salmon River Run 5.5M; Colchester, CT
05/10 Stateline Woods 9K/5K Trail Race for Conservation 5K, 9K; Kennett Square, PA
05/10 Thom B Trail Runs 13K, 26K; Ithaca, NY
05/16 Dominion Riverrock Filthy 5k Mud Run 5K; Richmond, VA
05/17 Dandelion Run 10K, 13.1M; Derby, VT
05/17 Dirty Dog 15K Trail Run 15K; Charleston, WV ; www.wvmtr.org

05/17 Dominion Riverrock James River Scramble 10K; Richmond, VA
05/17 Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County Race to Build 5K; Harrington Park, NJ
05/17 Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run 100M; Fort Valley, VA
05/17 Trail 2 Trail Series: Kettletown State Park 5K, 10K, 20K, 50K; Southbury, CT ; www.facebook.com/trail2trailseries

05/18 Dirty German Endurance Fest 25K, 50K, 50M; Philadelphia, PA
05/18 Fountainhead Off-Road Half Marathon and 10K 10K, 13.1M; Fairfax Station, VA
05/18 Soapstone Mountain Trail Races 6K, 24K; Stafford Springs, CT

South
04/20 Backside Trail Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Louisville, KY
04/26 Augusta Canal 24 Hour Endurance Run 6H, 12H, 24H; Augusta, SC
04/26 Augusta Canal Adventure Race 6H, 12H, 24H; Augusta, GA
04/26 Bluebonnet Adventure Race 2H; Burnet, TX
04/26 Bluebonnet Trail Run 5K, 15K; Burnet, TX
04/26 Brazos Bend 50 & 100 25K, 50K, 50M, 100M; Needville, TX
04/26 Durty Spur Trail Run 10K, 30K; Hamilton, TX
04/26 Ft Clinch Endurance Runs 50M, 100M; Fernandina Beach, FL
04/26 JW Corbett 50M/50K 50K, 50M; Loxahatchee, FL
04/26 Mountain Ranger Run 5K, 15K, 34K; Dahlonega, GA
04/26 Ouachita Trail 50 50K, 50M; Little Rock, AR ; www.RunArkansas.com

04/26 Owl's Roost Rumble 3.5M, 13.1M; Greensboro, NC
04/26 Scenic City Trail Marathon and Half Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Chattanooga, TN ; www.rockcreek.com

04/26 South Padre Island Sand Crab Nighttime Beach Run 5K, 10K; South Padre Island, TX
04/26 Turtle Trot 5K; Largo, FL
04/27 Xterra Claw Trail Run 5M, 15K; Lithia, FL
05/03 Pandora's Box of Rox 10K, 13.1K, 26.2M, 50M; Burnet, TX
05/03 Purple Cloth 5K; Cary, NC
05/03 Run For Kids Challenge 10K, 50K, 12H; Birmingham, AL ; www.runforkidschallenge.com

05/03 Ultimate Hike Lone Star Trail 28.3M; Huntsville, TX
05/03 Wambaw Swamp Stomp 50M; Cordesville, SC ; www.2014wambawswampstomp.eventbrite.com

05/10 Texas Flower Country Women's Run 5K, 10K; Fredricksburg, TX
05/16 Cruel Jewel 100M; Blueridge, GA
05/16 Thunder Rock 100 100M; Chattanooga, TN ; www.rockcreek.com/thunder-rock.rco

05/17 Black Mountain Monster 5K, 6H, 12H, 24H; Black Mountain, NC
05/17 El Chupacabra De Houston 5K, 10K; Houston, TX
05/17 Panther Creek Challenge 5K, 10M; Morristown, TN
05/17 Twisted Ankle 13.1M, 26.2M; Summerville, GA
05/17 Whispering Pines Trail Run 10M, 25K, 50K; Tyler, TX
05/18 XTERRA Oak Mountain Mud Runs 5K, 10K, 21K, 42K; Pelham, AL

International
04/20 Trail Des Citadelles 73K; Lavelanet, France
04/26 Rose Valley Trail Race 8K, 16K; Kelowna, BC
04/26 TrailCross - Chilliwack 1M; Chilliwack, AB ; www.trailcross.ca

05/02 Galapagos Running Adventure 26.2M; Isabela Island, Galapagos
05/02 Galapagos Running and Sierra Negra Volcano Marathon 26.2M; Guayaquil, Ecuador
05/03 North Shore Enduro 6H; North Vancouver, BC
05/04 The North Face Dirty Feet Kal Park 50 8K, 25K, 50K; Vernon, BC ; www.dirtyfeet.ca

05/10 5 Peaks Trail Run - Golden Ears Province 8.8K, 14K; Maple Ridge, BC
05/10 5 Peaks Trail Run - Terwillegar Park 8K, 16K; Edmonton, AB
05/10 Royal Raid 13.4K, 35K, 80K; Cascavelle-Bel Ombre, Mauritius
05/10 Seaton Trail Race 13K, 25K, 50K; Pickering, ON
05/10 Spruce Woods Ultras 50K, 50M, 100M; Spruce Woods, MB
05/11 Kassios Dias 21K; Kassiopi Corfu, Greece
05/11 POTENCIANA TRAIL 21K, 45K; Pusical, San Jose, Costa Rica

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