In many Native American cultures, images and colors have significant meaning. When we designed our logo we wanted it to symbolize our mission and incorporate the strength of imagery and colors that are meaningful to the Tribes of the Four Corners who we support. We met with a Diné (Navajo) Hataalii (Medicine Man) who advised us on our logo design and protected it through a special Blessing and Protection Ceremony.
The figure arching around the perimeter of the logo is called a Rainbow Yei. The Rainbow Yei provides protection to the Nídeiltihí Native Elite Runners, Inc. (NNER); the NNER organization, mission and supported runners. The protection also symbolizes the strengthening effect of running which turns your body into a natural shield against enemies and weapon to fight through obstacles.
The rainbow has a special significance to running; it’s a bridge from the sky to the runner. Long ago, runners would race with shadows of the clouds on the ground. As they ran along shadows, this connected them to the clouds, where the rainbow resides.
The specific colors in the NNER were chosen very carefully. Blue is a symbol of planning, communication, goals and objectives. The path to success in running and especially to the Olympic Podium can only be achieved through a focused and structured approach. The Yellow/Gold blend is a symbol of Life, health issues, value of life, home, and family. A runner must have balance in all aspects of their life to succeed. Gold also signifies the Olympic Gold; the rainbow itself symbolizing the road of life. The long term Mission of NNER is to support a Four Corners Native American runner’s journey towards Olympic Gold.
Congratulations to Craig Curley, our current sponsored Elite runner on his recent personal best.
October 2012 - Columbus Marathon - Columbus, OH - Marathon - 2:19:01 (1st place)
Nideiltihi Native Elite Runners, Inc. would like to thank Ken Gordon and Kurt Coonrod, race directors from the Mt. Taylor 50K trail run for donating the excess proceeds.
Registration opens February 1st, 2013 for their next 50K. ultrasignup.com!
Come experience the many aspects of beautiful Mt. Taylor. Though located only 90 minutes west of Albuquerque near Grants, New Mexico, the trails there are rarely visited by runners. See the sunrise from the La Mosca Lookout, the views of the volcanic plugs to the north, forested trails, trails through open high mountain meadows, and the 360 degree view from the summit of Mt. Taylor. This not-for-profit 50K is a scenic yet challenging mountain ultra created by runners, for runners for the enjoyment of the sport. Once you see the course, you'll wonder why you've never been here before. Check out the photos below and the map with elevation profile on the Course page. Then, register and come see this hidden part of New Mexico for yourself!
Nideiltihi Native Elite Runners, Inc. is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization formed for charitable and educational purposes at the local & national level.
Nideiltihi Native Elite Runners is proud to announce to the AZ, NM, CO, and UT communities about our expanded target population.
NNER mission is to foster Native American Indian distance runners, in Four Corner’s States , to represent USA in national road and track competitions; encourages wellness, relevant life skills, and supporting elite youth in post season national competition while integrating traditions, culture and Native language. Our expansion area currently will be:
- Navajo Nation
- Hopi Tribe
- Ute Mountain Tribe
- Southern Ute Tribe
- Jicarilla Apache Tribe
- The Pueblos of Sandia, Zuni, Taos, Picuris, San Juan, Nambe, San Ildefonso, Pojoaque, Santo Domingo, Jemez, Zia, Santa Ana, Isleta, Laguna, Tesuque, Cochiti, San Felipe, and Acoma