The Jemez Public Health Program started the Endurance Challenge in 2016 as part of our health promotion activities. This activity supports a healthy lifestyle and keeps our Jemez running tradition going strong. Our goal is to inspire our youth to continue to run as our elders did in the past.
We started in 2016 with Endurance Challenge, and in 2018 we changed the name to Endurance Jemez. We have had many participants compete in our Endurance races over the course of 5 years. We hosted virtual Endurance Jemez in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We had people participate from other states such as Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and our local communities in New Mexico. It is very exciting to see Endurance Jemez expand to a diverse group of athletes from across the country and our very own Jemez community.
Our mission at the Jemez Public Health Program is to sustain our running traditions by incorporating running events throughout the year such as Endurance Jemez. In the past, Endurance Jemez consisted of a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and a full marathon. However, Endurance Jemez 2022 consists of a 5K and 10k.
The Jemez Public Health Program wants to continue to motivate people to run. Endurance Jemez is really about having fun while exercising. This challenge provides an opportunity for our community to continue the Jemez running tradition for generations to come.