Congratulations to all runners who finished the Bears Ears Run 2019!

Start of the 5k and 10k for the Bears Run 2019! Photo Credit: Ravon Yazzie.
One of our participants wearing this year’s Bears Ears Run 2019 T-Shirts designed by Ernest Lewis. Photo Credit: Ravon Yazzie.

We had over 300 hundred runners at the Bears Ears Run 2019 this year the Bears Ears Summer Gathering in San Juan County, Utah! This was by the far the largest turn out we have ever had and made the event the final day one of the strongest for attendance in the five years the annual Gathering has been going on. Although this is only the third run event we’ve done, each time has been a new and exciting experience with lots of learning every time. Next year, we hope to implement some of those teaching moments for tracking race results such as making sure the awards are given out quickly. This year was a great run bringing folks from all over the southwest region, including some Pueblo folks from New Mexico, returning back to the original homelands and running with other Indigenous brothers and sisters from all over the country. Thank you for attending!

Late Registration for Race

Dear Runners, due to popularity of this race, we will be making entries available until 5pm on Friday, July 19th so that serious and dedicated runners who want to sign up may do so online and show up ready to go this weekend. Others will have to register in person at the event site for the Bears Ears Summer Gathering at the volunteer/main reception tent. Thank you!

Getting to the Run

This map gives a glimpse of how to get to the Bears Ears Summer Gathering and Run located in Manti La-Sal Forest in Bears Ears National Monument in San Juan County, Utah.

Accessible from two ways, the event site will be between Blanding and the Natural Bridges National Monument.

We recommend taking highway 95 on the paved road through the bears ears twin buttes through Elk Mountain, in case Cottonwood Wash sees rain and may be more difficult to travel through. Expect no cell phone or internet service with intermittent service happening at various high points, so have your maps and routes planned out beforehand with none of those services available to you.

If you look closely, you can see the Elk Ridge Road in the center of this more detailed map.

Important reminders: This area is remote and there is plenty of wild animals and forest. Have enough fuel to get there and back in your vehicles. Pack plenty of water and food just in case. Make sure you are able to communicate what routes you will take with other family and friends so in case you do have difficulty they know where you are.

Thank you, friends and runners. Have a good time there and be safe!

Bear Ears Summer Gathering 2019 Info

2019 Summer Gathering Information Flyer

For more information about this event, please access the online website for schedule, agenda, activities, and speakers for the entire weekend at:

The Bears Ears Run will be on the last day: Sunday, July 21 @ 730am. The 10k run will begin 730am. The 5k will begin 10 minutes after the first race starts at 740am to give runners enough distance for starting.

Friday, July 19, 2019 – Diné Day

5:30 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.: Sunrise Ceremony – Morning Diné Song – Jonah Yellowman, Utah Dine Bikeyah Spiritual Leader

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: Posting of Colors – Oljato Veterans of Oljato Veterans Organization, Oljato, UT

10:30 a.m.:  Media Training Field Trip for Reporters/Journalists – Alastair Bitsoi/Angelo Baca,  Utah Dine Bikeyah Comms Team

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Prayer: Davis Filfred
Welcome: San Juan County Commissioners

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Poetry Reading– Kinsale Hueston

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.:  Lunch – Indigenous Healing Kitchen
Performance – Zachariah George, Mr. Navajo

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Cultural Workshops:

  • Rug Weaving, Dye & Tools -Mark Descheenie
  • Women’s Leadership Panel-Southwest Regional, Mary R. Benally/Ahjani Yepa and Three Sisters Collective-Dr. Christina Castro

Youth Workshops:

  • Hair Teachings- How to tie a traditional bun, making traditional hair brush – Elouise Wilson
  • Diné Bizaad – Stanley Nez

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Cultural Workshop:

  • Story Telling- Buffalo Pass by Raymond Redhouse

Youth Workshop:

  • “Nanise”, Native Plants of Bears Ears in Navajo – TJ Redhouse

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Dinner – Indigenous Healing Kitchen

  • 6:00 p.m.: Giveaway & Native Women Wilderness Hat Debut
  • 6:30 p.m.: Mark Maryboy-  History of Bears Ears
  • 7:00 p.m.: Bears Ears National Monument Update-BEIC Leaders-Invited
  • 7:30 p.m.: Flute player- Aldean Ketchum

Sunset to Sunrise: camping and quieter hours until Sat. A.M. prayer

Saturday, July 20, 2019 – Pueblo Day

5:40 a.m. : Oljato Veterans – Posting of Colors- Oljato Veterans

6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.: Sunrise Ceremony: Pueblo Prayer- Joseph Brophy Toledo or Tribal Officials

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast on your own

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Cultural Program: “ Traditional Black Ware Pottery Demonstration” -Elder Kathy WanPovi Sanchez, Wayland Sanchez, JC Sanchez, San Ildefonso Pueblo, NM

Youth Program: “Indigenous Games” – Walatowa Visitor Center,- Jemez Pueblo, NM

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. : Youth Program

”Food Sovereignty for Indigenous Youth: What is Food Sovereignty and why should it be indigenized” Red Willow Farm, Taos Pueblo, NM

This is an introduction to the importance of food sovereignty on native country and how this affects our youth. Join us as we share stories, information, and practical Pueblo knowledge in the pursuit of harnessing the ability to take care of our people as a community.

Cultural Program: ” Continuing Our Connections” Dale Toya, Jemez Pueblo, NM

In this workshop, Dale Toya will talk about continuing [to weave] Pueblo textiles, yucca baskets and the importance of continuing to keep this tradition and artform alive. brief description of materials and different styles. He will explain the different textiles and the importance of them and the use of them in Pueblo life. He will also be speaking about continuing the Pueblo farming lifestyle and the benefits, Old methods and new methods and how it will impact our future.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch – Indigenous Healing Kitchen

“Pueblo Dance Performance”

1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. “Environmental Health and Reproductive Justice: Protecting Those Most Vulnerable” 

Tewa Women United, NM
Beata Tsosie and Kathy Sanchez from Tewa Women United, will present on the Intersections between Land, Seed, and Body Sovereignty based on their collaborative work advocating for environmental justice, ecological restoration, and a culture of peace despite living in the shadow of nuclear weapons production in their ancestral homelands.

Cultural program: Marlon Magdalena (Jemez Pueblo)- Flute player

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Coach Dan and Susan Ninham (Oneida)– Traditional Indigenous Games

2:00 p.m. – 3:00  p.m.: Youth Program: Dino walk/Indigenous Science Talk- Kevin Madalena

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: “Pueblo Dance Performance”

4:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.: “Pueblo Feast Dance and Pueblo Throw”
We offer this space and invitation for all Pueblo people to join in a social dance in celebration and prayer. We give our intentions and pray for blessings in the homelands of our Ancestors. (No photos during this prayer)

5:00 6:00 – Youth Program: Living Landscape: Art Activity – Three Sisters Collective

Cultural program: Story Telling – Waya (Acoma Pueblo)

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Dinner – Indigenous Healing Kitchen (Bison Dinner)

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. : Intertribal Lacrosse Tourney- Coach Dan Ninham

9:00 p.m .: Jonah Yellowman NAC

Sunday, July 21, 2019 – Ute and Inter Tribal Day

5:40 a.m.: Oljato Veterans – Posting of Colors

6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.: Sunrise Ceremony – Malcom Lehi

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.: Breakfast on your own

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Bears Ears Gathering. Fun Run 5k/10k

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Tommy Rock – Uranium Presentation

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Cultural program: 

Zine – Black Mesa Water Coalition

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Cultural program: Hand Game Presentation possibly by Braidan Weeks

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Closing Message – Utah Diné Bikéyah Board Members

12:00 p.m. Lunch (light snack) – Indigenous Healing Kitchen

End of Gathering- Closing Ceremony- Oljato Veterans

5k and 10k Run registration sign-up

Hello, Runner! Thank you for your interest in signing up for the Bears Ears Summer Gathering Community Run. Please fill out the following information so we may process your race bib.

5k/10k Sign-up/Registration for Race, Click Here

Online registration for the race will close before the Summer Gathering begins on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at noon.

Late in-person registration will be available the day before the race (July 20th at the volunteer tent) at the Gathering. Registration on race day (July 21) is open from 615am-715am if you miss the online sign-up. So, hurry and don’t forget to give us your t-shirt size for this year’s unique design!

Also, you aren’t able to access the Google Doc, you may email the following information to:

Name (First and Last):



Phone Number:

Email Address:

Mailing Address:

T-Shirt Size:

Are you running the 5k or the 10k?:

Emergency Contact:

Thank you and as soon as we are able to process this, we will send you a confirmation within a day or two to make sure you registered and are ready to run!

Art and Image copyright and trademark, by Ernest Lewis

Bears Ears 2019 Run: Race Website

Preserve and protect the cultural and natural resources of ancestral Native American lands to benefit and bring healing to people and the Earth.

— UDB Mission Statement
Bears Ears Run 2018. Photo by Ravonelle Yazzie.

What better way to start your path of healing than to begin running and participate in the this year’s Bears Ears 2019 Run?

This is the new 2019 Bears Ears Summer Gathering race website. Please access this platform for additional information. Thank you!