Asaayi Bike Race

Sat July 30, 2022 Directions
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://navajoyes.org/.

Place
END OF THE PAVEMENT ON N31
Description

Asaayi Mountain Races

Asaayi Bike Race – Kids Bike Race – 12 Hours of Asaayi  Asaayi 10K Trail Race

 END OF THE PAVEMENT ON N31, NOT CAMP ASAAYI

Saturday, July 30

 

**RECENT CHANGES, PLEASE NOTE: 

The Asaayi area has seen heavy rains and flooding over the past week.  The heaviest rains are expected within the next 48 hours on Friday and Saturday.  Road conditions in the area will be treacherous and trails in the park have seen deposits of major debris and mud. 

All races will be staged in the area at the end of the pavement on N31, which is 8 1/2 miles from its junction with N12.

The 10K start time is being adjust to NOON (12pm) due to the afternoon weather conditions.

THE 12 AND 6-HOUR RACES WILL NOW BE STAGED FROM THE END OF THE PAVEMENT ON N31, NOT CAMP ASAAYI.  THE VENUE IS 8.5 MILES FROM N12.  BOTH RACES BEGIN AT 7:00 A.M.  THE 10K HAS BEEN MOVED TO 12:00 NOON DUE TO EXPECTED AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORMS.  IT WILL BE RAN ON PAVEMENT UNLESS LOCAL DIRT ROAD ROUTE IS RUNNABLE.  THE BIKE RACE WILL GO AS SCHEDULE AT 8:30 A.M. ON THE REGULAR ROUTE.

There will be informal camping at the staging area at the end of N31.  Due to extreme mud and expected rain, there is no camping at Camp Asaayi or the Lake.


Please share this information with other runners and riders that you know.  See you Saturday! If you have need for any information or updates on Saturday, contact Jim at 608-201-8175.

 

Yá'át'ééh runners and riders!  Welcome to Asaayi!

 

This year’s Asaayi Mountain Races will include four events:

 

REGISTRATION – Registration for the bike race includes professional timing, a performance t-shirt, light post-race food, finisher’s medals to first 40, course support and plaque awards to top finishers. Online registration can be found at Run Sign Up. Race day registration will also take place an hour before the start of the race at Asaayi Jct. (which is the end of the pavement on the road from Navajo, NM).

 

Registration for the Kids bike race includes a t-shirt, course support, post-race snack and a chance at awards.  The fee for the Kids Bike Race is $10.

 

Registration for the 12 Hours of Asaayi will include a performance t-shirt, food and support through the event, post race food, unique 12 Hours swag and awards to top finishers.   The 12 Hours of Asaayi fee is $80. 

 

Registration for the Asaayi 10K Trail Race will include a performance t-shirt, course support, post race food, and awards to top finishers.   The fee for the Asaayi 10K is $40

 

 

ROUTES – The Asaayi Bike Race course is a 20.6 mile paved course from the Asaayi Jct to Hwy 12 just north of Navajo, on to Crystal Jct and finally on NM Hwy 134 to Narbona Pass. The first portion of the route is scenic, among the red rock buttes and towers of the area, and the final climb to the top finishes at one of the iconic spots on the Nation!  The road will be open to public traffic and a summer Saturday is a busy time in the Lake Asaayi area, so please be aware of your surroundings and vehicles on the roads.

   

The youth bike race will be a 5K distance on the paved road, going out 1.6 miles (just as the adults started) and then returning to the finish line.  

    

The 12 Hours course will be a set loop within the Camp that will be ran continuously throughout the duration of the event.  The route is primarily singletrack with some of the park’s dirt road included.  The route is between 7700 ft elevation and 8000 ft., among a thick ponderosa pine forest, with some aspen and shrub oak included.  There are scenic views along the route, which will alternate directions every three hours.

  

The 10K Trail Race will begin and end at Camp Asaayi.  The course begins with a loop around the shoreline of Lake Asaayi and then begins a 500-foot ascent of the trail overlooking the camp.  Once topping off on the ridge, runners begin their descent back to the camp.  The terrain is challenging and the views are stellar.  The late afternoon start at high elevation should make for a beautiful highcountry running experience.

 

 

BIKE RACE SUPPORT – Your registration includes light medical and minor mechanical support, There will be an aid station, roughly half-way along the route, and a post-race station at the finish line atop Narbona Pass.  There will be Navajo Rangers and course marshals monitoring the race throughout, and assistance will be available as needed.  Riders are encouraged to carry some light mechanical items and pump.  

 

12 HOURS OF ASAAYI SUPPORT: There will be a major aid station that runners will encounter on each lap, offering food, Honey Stinger products, fluids (cold and hot), minor medical, live music and runner drop bags.  There will be fire barrels or heaters, if needed.  Runners may have their own personal kit at the aid station.

 

WEATHER – Expect summer conditions.  While the race is at 7500-8000 feet elevation, the temperatures are still likely to be in the 70’s and 80’s.  Cloud cover, wind or precipitation (even monsoons, of course) are possible in late July.  It is advisable to look ahead at the forecast a few days before the race, checking Window Rock, AZ.

 

AWARDS – There are finisher’s medals for for the first 40 finishers of the Bike Race.  All 12 Hour finishers receive a hand-made dreamcatcher by Jimmy Keith.  There will be plaque awards for overall top finishers, along with youth, masters and grand masters in both the 12 Hours of Asaayi (6 and 12 hour divisions) and the Asaayi Bike Race.

 

CONTACTS:

Tom:  928.429.0345   chuskaman@yahoo.com 

Rygie: 505-686-2300

Josh: 970.403.2794 info@rmtiming.co (Timing and Result questions)

www.navajoyes.org 

 

The Asaayi Bike Race is hosted by the nonprofit organization NavajoYES, in partnership with Navajo Parks & Recreation

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END OF THE PAVEMENT ON N31

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