Many motivational speakers inspire their audiences to dream big, and aim for the stars.
On earth there are many inspiring landscapes with breathtaking beauty, but there is none larger or more impressive than the Grand Canyon….so why not run it?
18 months ago it started as just an idea between two runners (Eric and I). The team quickly grew to 13 during the early stages, then as the run date grew closer, because of injury, money, travel and or fear (?) the team condensed to just five. A speedy nutritionist, two young active duty Air Force guys, a world class triathlete and the old guy (me).
We started on 12 May 2016 at 4:30 a.m. on the South Kaibab Trailhead.
During our brief time as part of the canyon we fought to overcome the distance, the elevation, the canyon, the heat and our bodies to complete what each of us said was the hardest single thing we have ever faced.
Over the course of 19 hours and 30 minutes covering 44.5 miles and 20,682 feet of elevation the dream for me became a reality. My full run report is posted here.