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The Canyon de Chelly 55K always takes place at sunrise in the mouth of this deep sandstone canyon on the outskirts of Chinle, Arizona. Following a prayer and blessing by a Navajo elder, the small group of runners start the race in the traditional Navajo fashion: by yelling at the rising sun as they dash to the east and into the canyon. With race director Shaun Martin’s encouragement, they whoop and holler—“announcing to the creator that we’re out running” says Martin—as they set off on the grueling 34-mile course.