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SHIPROCK, NEW MEXICO Eve's Fund is proud to announce it will be one of the sponsors of this year's Shiprock Marathon, to be held May 5, in Shiprock, NM. The event is organized by NavajoYES.
In addition to a full marathon, half marathon, and five-person marathon relay, the day's events include a 10K trail run/walk and 1K Fun Run for younger children. More than 1,200 participants are expected.
“We are happy to offer our support to the Shiprock Marathon,”
said Barbara Crowell Roy, president of Eve's Fund.
“The event aligns with our mission of promoting health and wellness among Native youth, and we are thrilled that so many young people will have the opportunity to participate in this year's 10K and Fun Run.”
As part of its sponsorship, Eve's Fund will donate safety helmets to all youth finishers. While many children on the Navajo Nation have access to shared bicycles (or ATVs), helmets are in short supply. As a result, the young population is at higher risk for preventable brain and spinal cord injuries.
“We began raising money for safety helmets last year as part of our ThinkFirst Navajo program,”
“Through an online campaign called Running for Eve's Fund, we encouraged people to raise money for our cause when participating in their next 5K, 10K or marathon.”
Christa Zubieta, a public health nurse with the Four Corners Regional Health Center, has already raised more than $800 on behalf of Eve's Fund. She and her running partners hope to raise $3,000 - enough for 375 safety helmets - by race day on May 5.
To learn more about Eve's Fund's programs on the Navajo Nation, visit www.evecrowellsfund.org
updated April 27, 2012 1:20 pm edt; posted April 26, 2012 6:20 am edt