Troy Eid (rhymes with “side”)
Hometown: Falcon Ridge above Morrison, Colorado.
Troy serves on the advisory board of NavajoYES, which sponsors the Navajo Nation’s annual road and trial running competitions on the Navajo Indian Reservation, and the Human Potential Running Series in Colorado.
The President Emeritus of the Navajo Nation Bar Association, Troy co-chairs the American Indian Law Practice Group for Greenberg Traurig, LLP. He is a principal shareholder in one of the country’s largest law firms and frequently mediates disputes between Native American Tribes and energy companies, and Native Nations and State governments. He also teaches Native American Tribes and Federal Law as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver-Sturm College of Law. Troy served as Colorado’s 40th United States Attorney, appointed by President George W. Bush, and as Chair of the National Indian Law and Order Commission under President Obama.
Troy Eid has been running since his first varsity team, the Farmers of Wheat Ridge High School, won the Colorado State 5A Title in 1979. He persevered through two major surgeries in his 50s - and a medical diagnosis that he would never run again - to podium in seven races. This includes first-place overall finishes in the North Rim Ramble 10 K and Little Colorado River 10 K at the Grand Canyon; second-place overall in the Navajo Nation’s Diné Quad Kéyah Endurance Series (four trail marathons in four successive days in four different states), and in the Monument Valley Half Marathon; and third-place overall in the Huff-2-Bluff Marathon between Blanding and Bluff, UT.
During those same years, Troy consistently qualified for the New York and Boston Marathons on the road while placing first in his age-group in more than 30 trail races, setting several course records in the master’s division. He also achieved the fastest-known descent of the Rainbow Trail, a marathon-length wilderness route on the Navajo Nation, made famous by Zane Gray’s RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE, from Navajo Mountain, Utah to Lake Powell, in 2016. Troy’s longest ultramarathon was the inaugural Cowboy 200 on his 59th birthday in November 2022 (15th-place overall).
Goals for 2023:
Troy’s next race is the Badwater-Cape Fear 50 next month in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. His 2023 race schedule include the Leadville-Silver Rush 50 and Sangre de Cristo 100 in Colorado, the Big Horn 100 in Wyoming, and the Naat’sis’aan (“Stronghold of the Enemy”) 50 K on the Navajo Nation, leading to Arizona’s Cocodona 250 in May 2024.
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