About Tsé Bit'a'í
Shiprock is the English name for Tsé Bit'a'í,
is the Dine' name meaning "Rock with Wings". Because it is
sacred to the Dine', climbing around on it is strictly forbidden.
Tsé Bit'a'í figures into several stories, and is part of several
ceremonies. This is what makes it sacred- it is part of the
current Dine' history and ceremonial life.
Geologically, Tsé Bit'a'í is the remnant of an
extinct volcano. Called a diatreme, it is one of many such
features throughout the region. Considered to be 27 million years
old, Tsé Bit'a'í is quite young in relation to the sedimentary
rocks through which it emerges, which make up the Colorado Plateau, and
are hundreds of millions of years old. For more information about
the Shiprock area, visit the Shiprock
page at Wikipedia.
Thanks to the efforts of many volunteers over the
years, the Shiprock Marathon has been hosted here annually for the past
32 years. The marathon, half marathon, and marathon relay pass right by Tsé Bit'a'í on their way
to the town of Shiprock where the run ends. From its simple
beginning in 1984, the Shiprock Marathon has grown to include over 1500
runners. It is a USATF-certified event (#NM14011JF), and may be run to qualify
for the Boston Marathon.
The 2017 Shiprock Marathon includes the following
- Full Marathon
- Half Marathon
- 5-Person Relay
- 10K Race
- 5K Trail Run
- Kids' Marathon
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