Alvina Begay, Elite runner (b. 1980)
*Four-time track state champion in the 1500m and 3200m. *Competed in 10,000 meter run in 2012 Olympic Trials *Nike N7 ambassador
Last updated 3/16/2018 at 12:15pm
The eldest of five children, Alvina Begay was born on the Navajo Indian Reservation to Alvin and Wanda Begay in Ganado, Arizona. She learned responsibility early: while her mother worked full-time, Alvina cared for her younger siblings.
She used what little "down time" she had running across dirt roads of the mesas and trails of Ganado. Her goal was to one day qualify for the Olympic trials. For a dream that grand, Alvina kept her mind, body and emotions in top condition.
During junior high and high school, Begay lettered in track and cross-country. After graduating from high school she a...