The race is the only Navajo-owned ultramarathon, taking runners through 34 miles (55 kilometers) of sacred land among towering formations of red sandstone.
“As children, we’re taught to wake up and run, to run to the east, where the holy creator is awake and out at the birth of a new day.” Shaun explains.
“As we grow, we learn the tools that running provides us, and we use those tools to become more successful in whatever our endeavors may be.”
Balance (above) is the short film about the essence of America’s public lands and their ability to unite us in their capacity for healing. It tells the story of Liz Townley, a ranger with the Forest Service who entered the profession because of her love of public lands like these and everything in them, everything they give us, and their central role in the soul of small towns.