Hosted by The Pueblo of Pojoaque at The Downs at Santa Fe and co-sponsored by the New York Road Runners Foundation, Wings was proud to provide a quality 5K and kid’s 2K the sunday after Indian Market FREE OF CHARGE. Though many registrants ultimately chose not to show up to claim their bib on race day, we are proud of the 206 competitors (173 in the 5K, 33 in the youth 2K) that showed up to run! We hope those of you that competed had a wonderful time and that you’ll join us for future Indian Market 5K’s for years to come.
Thanks once again to all the volunteers that helped register participants, mark the course, print shirts, prepare bibs, hand out shirts and monitor the course. We could not have done it without you!
Also, a huge shootout to The Pueblo of Pojoaque and the New Your Road Runners Foundation for providing the venue and funds that enabled us to put on a free family event.
The scene out from under the registration tent to runners preparing for the 5K.
5K competitors battle up one of the last hills before making it to the long grass flats at the end.
Competitors in the kids 2K warm up as a group before their race.
Wings summer facilitator and 2014 Indian Market 5K winner, Andy Yazzie, trots alongside Wings summer R&F Camp participant and Kids 2K winner, Brian Madalena (age 6), as he high gears past the first kilometer mark.
Here comes the future!!
Wings founder and Board Chair congratulates the women’s 4th place overall finisher, Kathryn Becker, on a job well done.
FREE registration is now available for the annual “Indian Market 5K”. This event will celebrate another successful summer of Running & Fitness Camps and the organization’s 26th anniversary of promoting health and wellness amongst youth in Indian Country. FREE race t-shirts will be dispersed on a first registered, first-served basis. Quantities are limited to 192 pieces, adult and youth sizes combined.
Peep at the official 2014 Wings 5K race shirt!
We are excited to host the event at The Downs of Santa Fe for the first time. The move will give participants the opportunity to run a true cross country course complete with rolling grass hills and some quality dirt path. Perhaps even a few competitors will spike up? Expect to see hay bales on the course too!
Aside from the 5K, we will run a 2K on the in-field for our up-and-coming track stars ages 4-11. Registration includes a race t-shirt (see graphics below) and refreshments after the run.
Race registration packet pick up will be held on Saturday, August 23rd at our SWAIA booth located in the Cathedral Park (booth #8 across from the Children’s Art Tent) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. That’s not all, this year we will have a FREE BACK TO SCHOOL SHOE DISTRIBUTION for any and all American Indian Youth. So please stop by our booth this weekend. **Your student(s)/Child(ren) must be present to receive a pair of shoes. Sizes and styles are limited.**
**Spikes will be permitted on the course. 1/4″ or smaller recommended.**
Parking in a dirt lot at the track is FREE. All participants will be required to walk to the center of the track to start the race via the tunnel beneath the south turn. Port-a-potties will be the only restroom facilities available. Water and post-race refreshments will be available for all registered participants.
**Day-of registration (for both the 5K and the 2K kids race) will close 30 minutes prior to the start of each race. NO EXCEPTIONS**
Awards will go to the top three finishers in each of the following categories for the 5K ONLY:
This past Saturday, May 24th, Wings of America took a team to Lower Old Oraibi to run the Hakintonmuya Relays. Organized by Juwan Nuvayokva of “Run Hopi”, this unique race challenges participants with some of the sandiest and steepest terrain on the Hopi Reservation. Each team entered is co-ed. This years Wings’ team was made up of Binahnii Curley, Daangoina Haven, Nikesha Eagleman and Dion John. As the team arrived early at 6am on Saturday morning, the weather was cool after the rain of the previous days, which had left the air beautifully clear for each runners’ 4 mile leg of the 16 mile relay. This helped with the initial challenging sand hill that runners face on the relay course! All four runners ran a successful race, with the team coming in first place overall for the relays. They were each awarded prizes of Run Hopi sweatshirts and Nike duffle bags. Winners in other categories earned other Nike apparel provided by Wings. Congratulations B, Dion, Daan, Nikesha and everyone else who competed last Saturday!
Wings of America is gearing up for its Sixteenth Annual American Indian Running Coaches’ Clinic! The 2014 Coaches’ Clinic will held in Albuquerque, NM, from June 5th – 7th and will be hosted by Futures for Children.
Join Wings of America’s summer Facilitators-In-Training as these youth mentors gain the knowledge they need to become better athletes, leaders, coaches and community members. Presenters include, among others: Chester Carl, (Narbona Pass Classic Race Director) “A Lifetime Running on the Rez”; Shaun Martin, (Athletic Director, Diné College) “Updates from a Runner’s Paradise”; Chuck Foster, (Utah Indian Education Director, American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee) “The Influence of Running on a Career in Education”; and Arturo Barrios, WR Holder, 10,000M (’89-’93) “Digging Deep to Achieve Greatness”. Clinic attendees will gain new perspectives on the history of Native Running and learn ways to take their passion to the next level.
Registration is $75, and includes a Wings t-shirt, presentations and materials and meals (dinner Thursday; breakfast & lunch Friday and Saturday). There are only 30 spots available, and Registration closes June 2nd, so make sure to register now by clicking here, or by calling (505)-982-6761.
The Sixteenth Annual American Indian Running Coaches’ Clinic is hosted by Futures for Children and sponsored by the Navajo Nation JMI, and Nike N7.
Though the fall Cross Country season has officially come to a close, Wings has asked fourteen young Native runners to train through the holidays in preparation for the 2014 USATF Cross Country Championships. These talented student-athletes were selected from a pool of over 75 applicants from across the United States to represent Wings in the “Junior” race on February 15th in Boulder, CO. Each participated in an NXN or Footlocker regional champion race to post a qualifying time for the Wings Team. Congratulations to these hard-working young men and women:
Selected Athlete (Tribal Affiliation), School, Town
Binahnii Curley (Navajo), Central Arizona College, Coolidge, AZ
Sampson Sage of Piedra Vista High School (Farmington, NM) and Laverne Lomakema of Hopi Senior High have been named honorary coaches of the all-star squad. Both will travel with the team to Boulder to serve as mentors and advisors as Wings athletes prepare for the race.
For a full list of all applicants who ran a qualifying time at their regional championship race, please see: SELECTION POOL & TIMES
For more information about the Wings National Team selection criteria and process, please click HERE
The organization will cover travel expenses and room and board for the fourteen young men and women selected to race in Wings uniforms. Aside from competing, the group will get the opportunity to absorb the culture of Boulder and the surrounding area through a number of site visits and activities planned and paid for by Wings.
Wings created this opportunity in order to showcase the talents and positive achievements of American Indian youth and provide them with a cross-cultural learning experience. The program brings Native youth together from across the nation to compete as a team in an elite field of both high school and college runners. Many program alumni have earned the attention of college coaches with their performance in this race. Wings runners have captured twenty four national junior team titles since 1988.
Wings would once again like to thank The HB Oppenheimer Fund for its contribution to the organization to help fund recruitment and promotion efforts. With stimulus from The Fund, Wings was able to assist nearly 40 student-athletes with race registrations, travel and lodging costs as they attended their regional qualifying races.
Wings athletes pose near the finish line of the NXN South championships on November 23rd in Woodlands, TX.
The Gila River Indian Community’s color guard presented the flag during the National anthem at the NXN SW championships on November 23rd in Mesa, AZ
Wings of America will celebrate 25 years of service to Native youth in style with a fundraiser event in Santa Fe on Thursdsay, August 15, 2013 from 4:30 pm-7:30 p.m. Hosted by board member Dr. Letitia Chambers, Wings will honor 1964 Olympic Gold Medalst, Billy Mills, and three founding members Will Channing, Andrew Hixon and Oren Lyons.
Plans include cocktail reception, silent auction (donors: Adrian Wall, Kathleen Wall, Penny Singer, Patricia Michaels, Phillip Haozous, Alan Houser, and so much more), live art auction by Bunky Echohawk, III, entertainment by Matthew Andrae and special guest Chance Rush. Tickets are $50 per person, all fundraising efforts will go towards more Running & Fitness camps on the Native reservations across our Country. You may contact Delight Talawepi at 505-982-6761 to reserve your spot in this once-in-a-lifetime celebration of serving Native youth since 1988. This is a fundraising effort, if you are unable to attend, PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TO WINGS OF AMERICA WITH THE MISSION TO SERVE MORE NATIVE YOUTH AS WE CONTINUE TO “DANCE ON MOTHER EARTH”. To download a contribution card, click here: Reply Card.
In conjuntion of our 25th Anniversary, please remember Wings will host the Wings of America Indian Market 5K Race and Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at the Santa Fe Indian School Football/Track & Field. A commemorative t-shirt designed by Wings Program Director, Dustin Martin and long-time Wings supporter and artist, Tony Abeyta, will be available to all paid participants, don’t miss out on the beautiful design. Click here for more information: http://www.wingsofamerica.org/ai1ec_event/2013-indian-market-5k-run/?instance_id=1314
Thanks to Dana Martinez of the Cibola Beacon for taking the time to write a story about our two-day Running & Fitness Camp at Acoma a few weeks ago! Wings is proud to hear participants from multiple generations talk about the positive affects of running and our programs. Click HERE to read the article in full. Scroll down to see a few additional pictures from a great camp. Much appreciation to the Acoma Community Center and its staff for so graciously hosting our facilitators. We hope we get the privilege to do it again next year.
Join Wings on Sunday, August 18th, 2013 for our annual “Indian Market 5K”. Bring the whole Family to walk, jog or run the 3-mile course set our over the Santa Fe Indian School grounds.
Registration is $25.00 and includes a limited edition t-shirt designed by Wings Program Director, Dustin Martin, and world-renowned Santa Fe artist, Tony Abeyta. Join Wings in a fun-filled day of fellowship through exercise as WE CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT IN INDIAN COUNTRY.
Registration can be completed online at ACTIVE.COM
PLEASE JOIN Wings of America and the Santa Fe Public Schools Native American Student Services (NASS) for the annual Summer Family Fun Run & Field Day this coming Saturday, June 22nd. On-Site registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the morning starting off with a run and then some fun games for the WHOLE family!
Location this year will be at Alto Park, 1043 Alto Street from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. For more information contact Nancy Davis at 505-467-2644 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org; OR Delight Talawepi at 505-982-6761, email: email@example.com.