She/her/hers, Mom, Wife, Founder of Native Women Running, Advocate,Hoka Global Ambassador and Suunto Ambassador.
My name is Verna Volker and I am from the Navajo Nation. My clans are Tódích'íi'nii (Bitterwater) nishlíi, Hashtl'ishnii (Mud People) bashishchiin, Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle) dashicheii, and Tó' áheedlíinii (Water Flows Together) dashinalí. I grew up in the Dzilnaoodilii area of New Mexico, but currently live in Minneapolis, Minnesota with my husband and four children.
In 2009, I started my running journey to lose weight, but it has turned into a quest to find out who I am internally. This journey has taken me from a newbie runner to a marathoner and to an ultra-marathoner. Recently, I accomplished my longest distance of 94 miles. My desire is to use my running to inspire others.
I am also the founder of Native Women Running. An organization I created five years ago to draw visibility to Native Women Runners, Not only are we drawing visibility but It has become a place for our women for inspiration, motivation and community in a virtual and in-person setting. We also create teams around race events to draw representation in real life.
Dark Anchor Ultra in Savannah, Georgia. 94 miles.
Goals for 2023:
Run shorter races and support other women through Native Women Running.