Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Grand Canyon Rim2Rim2Rim Preview

Spectacular Don't You Think?
Two months from today I will begin a journey I can only imagine with my wife and close friends at Badwater. I have crewed at this amazing place twice but it will be a first experience for me and my crew.

Two weeks from now I will participate in my 4th consecutive The North Face Endurance Challenge, D.C. 50 miler as my wife runs her first half marathon.

Two days from now I will attempt to run across the Grand Canyon, TWICE. Rim2Rim2Rim as it's known is a round trip crossing, totaling approximately 48 miles, with over 20,000 feet of elevation change and temperatures ranging from mid 30s to mid 90s. This is not a race. It is simply an adventure. I will be running this with my friend Matt. It will be a first for both of us at the Canyon, but more incredibly this will be Matt's first run of this length. In fact, prior to training for this Matt had never run more than 13.1 miles.  He has now trained as hard as anyone I know for a first 50 miler with numerous back to back runs of more than 26 miles (full pack).
Holy Crap!!! I mean, Awesome.
Every year at this time Matt and I are in Vegas for a business convention. A couple years ago we decided to start picking one adventure to try. We have run at Red Rocks Canyon and floated around Lake Mead.  When I told Matt of my plans back in October and asked if he wanted to come along and at least run or hike some of it he looked at me like I was crazy. Not because of what I was doing, but because I suggested he only run some of it. He immediately said he was in for the whole thing. Our friend Preston and another friend Tom Holland were also in but unfortunately both are injured and unable to run.
That's Matt at right looking like my body guard during the Catskill 155
Anyway, I am looking forward to sharing this unique experience with a good friend and then sharing it with whoever will listen.  Many great pictures and stories to follow.

Peace

7 comments:

  1. Eric, I just finished reading about the Grand Canyon run...it's going to be beautiful! Enjoy the adventure and post some great photo's after!

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  2. This is a fantastic run. I think I had more fun running this then any other run I have ever done.
    Have fun man!!

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  3. Eric, hope you have a blast out there. Stop to enjoy the view once in a while...its amazing!

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  4. Enjoy. Having done this in one direction as a hike a while back, I can attest to how beautiful it is out there. Hope the ankle is good and holds up.

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