Navajo Nurse and Runner on COVID-19 Crisis – Women’s Running


Running has not just served as a profession for Alvina Begay, but lately, as a nurse, a daughter, a sister, and a member of a traditional Navajo family, she’s been reminded that her deeper connection with the sport is also critical to her wellbeing.

Begay, 39, lives and works on Navajo Nation, which is the third-hardest hit area in the United States. As of Monday, 2,373 cases of COVID-19 and 73 deaths have been reported on the reservation, which spans northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, and northwestern New Mexico. Tribal leaders have mandated 57-hour weekend curfews, ordering residents to stay home from 8 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday.

During a time of stress and worry—for herself and her immediate family, many of whom are on the frontlines in area hospitals—Begay, who competed for Arizona State University and went on to become an Olympic Marathon Trials

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