Yaateeh runners! Welcome to the 12 Hours of Asaayi Endurance Run!
REGISTRATION – Online registration for both the 12 hour, 6 hour, and 3 hour is now open
through noon on Friday, August 16 at the NavajoYES website: www.navajoyes.org There
is no on-site registration. Registration includes a performance t-shirt, course support, post-race
food, camping, professional timing, overall and age-group awards. Native runners may use the coupon code ULTRA18 for 50% discount on the events.
FOOD & SUPPORT – Your registration includes food throughout the day, including Honey
Stinger products, sweet and salty snacks, fresh fruit, Coke, Gatorade, water, hot soup and stew,
noodles, quesadillas, pickles and more. You may have a drop bag at the checkpoint on each
lap if you have food/drink items or gear that you want to exchange.
You will have access to food, medical support, music, portable toilets, a drop bag and your
vehicle on each lap.
CAMPING – Rustic camping is available at Camp Asaayi on Friday and Saturday nnight and
there is available indoor camping in the Camp Asaayi lodge. There will be portajohns at the
site. There is no power, running water, modern restrooms or wi-fi at the camp, and very limited
COURSE – The 2.5 miles loop route is about two miles trail and half-mile dirt road. The route is
very challenging and scenic. Asaayi has the largest population of bears on the Navajo Nation,
and runners should be aware of rattlesnakes, cougars and other potential wildlife on the remote
sections of trail. Runners will log as many laps/miles as possible on the course during their 12
hour or 6 hour time period.
PACKET PICK-UP – Packet pick-up will be available between 6:00-7:00 a.m. on race morning
at the ramada, which is the start/finish location for each lap.
AWARDS – There will be overall and age-group awards.
The 12 Hours of Asaayi and the Navajo Parks Race Series are co-sponsored by the nonprofit
organization NavajoYES and Navajo Parks & Recreation, with major support from the Office of
Navajo President & Vice President, Navajo Transitional Energy Corp (NTEC), The View Hotel
(Monument Valley), Teec Nos Pos Trading Post, Navajo EMS, Division of Natural Resources,
Navajo Rangers, Honey Stinger and Tailwind Nutrition.
Tom: 928.429.0345; [email protected]
DIRECTONS – Camp Asaayi is located in Bowl Canyon Recreation Area in the Chuska
Mountains. Access is easiest on the new paved road, just north of Navajo, New Mexico. A good
graded dirt road on the north side of the lake, begins off NM Hwy 134 near Crystal, New Mexico.
The start, finish, parking and camping are at Camp Asaayi, not Lake Asaayi (which is
about ½ mile away). Camp Asaayi is just east of the Lake.
From east (if travelling from Shiprock, Newcomb, etc.) Travel over Narbona Pass from
Sheep Springs, heading west. Travel ½ mile west of Crystal on NM Hwy 134. Turn left (south)
at the large Bowl Canyon sign and travel south seven miles on the graded dirt road to Lake
Asaayi and Camp Asaayi, which is located at the “Group Campgrounds” on the map below.
From south (Window Rock, Ganado, Gallup, etc.) Travel 20 miles north from WR to the
newly paved road 8000, about three miles north of Navajo, New Mexico. Head east on route
8000 about eight miles up to road 311. Turn left (north) on 311 and travel three miles to Camp
Asaayi, which is located at the “Group Campgrounds” on the map below.
From north (Tsaile, Chinle, Lukachukai, Red Valley, Rock Point, Kayenta) Head south past
Wheatfield to NM Hwy 134 at NHA housing and turn left (east). Travel four miles on 134 until
you see the large Bowl Canyon sign. Turn right (south) and travel eight miles to the Camp. Turn
right (south) and head eight miles to Camp Asaayi.