FARMINGTON — The fourth annual Running for a Stronger and Healthier Navajo Nation will start at 6 a.m. Sunday in Towoac, Colo.

"The goal is to improve the quality of health for our people, and hopefully reduce health care costs associated with obesity, diabetes, cancer, substance abuse and mental health issues," said Navajo Nation Vice President Rex Lee Jim, who initiated the event in 2011.

The run will start at the junction of UMU 201 and Ute Trail Road, near the rodeo grounds on the Ute Mountain Ute reservation.

Registration will start at 5 a.m. with the run starting at 6 a.m. in Towoac. Runners will head west on UMU 201 into the Utah communities of Aneth, Montezuma Creek and Bluff.

The run will continue into Arizona and visit 23 tribal communities before ending Aug. 2 at the Twin Arrows Casino, located 17 miles east of Flagstaff, Ariz.

It will cover 400 miles and cross the lands of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation.