Saturday, June 21, 2008

Indigenous Youth Running Camp Provides Insight to Elite Navajo Runners

The Northern Arizona University Center for High Altitude Training in partnership with Nideiltihi Navajo Elite Runners (NNER) will host a running camp for 31 Native American high school runners.

The “Four Corners’ Introductory Altitude Camp” to be held on June 23-25 at Northern Arizona University and will provide top Native American runners an insight on how elite athletes train and a typical Olympic training schedule.


These young athletes will interact with world-renowned running coach, Jack Daniels, and train with some of the nation's top distance runners. We also hope to have present, Navajo elite runners Alvina Begay, Terry Bia, and Craig Curley from Pima Community College Cross Country and Track Team in Tucson, AZ. They will be participating at the camp, which will be a wonderful opportunity for them to serve as role models for the young runners. Alvina advanced to U.S. Olympic Trials in the women's marathon last April. While she did not make the team, this was a tremendous achievement and we commend Alvina for her dedication and inspiration. Terry Bia, an emerging Navajo elite runner, and Craig Curley will be one of five volunteer chaperon's for the running camp.

The student-athletes will be split into six groups according to the six sacred mountains and led by chaperons including board members from Tucson to Connecticut and local Navajo runners, Rachel Novak and Helen Benally. A Nideiltihi Navajo Elite Runners camp wrap-up & closing celebration will be held on Wednesday June 25th from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at The High Country Conference Center-Fremont Room on the corner of Milton and Butler next to Drury Inn & Suites. Presentations include a motivational cultural presentation by NNER Parents are invited.

The following student-athletes will be attending the 2008 Summer Camp:

First Name

Last Name

Area

Marqia

Begaye

Chinle

Dominick

Bitsui

Chinle

Adrian

Herder

Chinle

Tatiyanah

Johnson

E. Navajo

Vernard

Martinez

E. Navajo

Sammy

Smith

E. Navajo

Marcus

Toya

E. Navajo

Dustin

Walthall

E. Navajo

Monique

Iron Shell

Ft. Defiance

Montana

Nez

Ft. Defiance

Wilburt

Barton

Ft. Defiance

Sam

Sandoval

Ft. Defiance

Chad

Singer

Ft. Defiance

Monte

Yazzie

Ft. Defiance

Kolette

Dayish

N. Navajo

Briana

Ashley-Willie

Shiprock

Myka

Benally

Shiprock

Amanda

Kerr

Shiprock

Evan

Bekes

Shiprock

Kory

Ben

Shiprock

Alyson (Roy)

Thompson

Shiprock

April

Tracy

Tuba City

Gertrude

Tsinnie

Tuba City

Jennifer

Williams

Tuba City

Caitlin

Williams

Tuba City

Dominique

Tsinnie

Tuba City

Lance

Williams

Tuba City

Latrisha

Blackstar

W. Navajo

Kristen

Haskie

W.Navajo

Leanne

Lee

Zuni Tribe

Thomas

Zunie

Zuni Tribe



More information on the Nideiltihi Navajo Elite Runners can be found here.

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2 comments:

Mo said...

The Navajo are an amazing race - no pun intended. Did you know about their part in helping to win WWII? Check out the book - Navajo: Code Talkers.

Peter N. Jones said...

Yes, they have a very long tradition of running. Good point about their part in WWII - many other Native American tribes also participated in the same program. We owe many debts to their efforts.

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