The Grand to Grand Ultra is a unique running event that challenges you tap into your inner strength. Recognized as one of the toughest footraces in the world and one of North America’s top 6 stunning ultra trail runs, it’s attracted both amateur and elite runners from all parts of the globe. Think you have it in you? Go ahead – this will be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling endeavors you’ll ever do.
‘The self-supported stage footrace starts at the breathtaking north rim of the Grand Canyon, and finishes on the summit of the majestic Grand Staircase.’
By self-supported, this means that all competitors are responsible for carrying all of their supplies and equipment, including food, for the duration of the week-long race. And when you’ve got an intense 170-mile race that takes you on a journey among some of the world’s most iconic natural formations found in Utah; through the high desert punctuated by sand dunes, the incredible red rock canyons, mesas, buttes, and more, you can be sure that this race is as much adventure as it is a physical feat.
This life-changing experience will cultivate new friendships as you support other runners; the absence of digital distractions will ensure you are empowered and succeed at the Grand to Grand Ultra. Participants may join either the individual or team category. Runners rest at the spacious and cozy tents, each of which can fit up to 8 competitors. Clean toilets, potable water, hot and cold showers, and medical facilities will be available. After a tough day on the course, unwind by the bonfire or inside your tents, put your feet up, and marvel at the beauty of America’s most remote areas.
This is the first self-supported stage in North America, so if you’re ready to take on a journey that only a few brave ones have seen, this is your chance.
The Grand to Grand Ultra will start on the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, and will end at the summit of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Kanab, Utah. Spectators can cheer on the runners at the half-way point, as the competitors pass through the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.
The best way to explore the attractions in Kanab is to rent a car, because of the sheer vastness of the area. If you’d like to get to Las Vegas, there are numerous shuttle services available.
Kanab boasts of truly special accommodation options in the midst of its amazing scenery. There are luxury camping sites for those who want to enjoy the outdoors in a cozy setting. There are also several hotel choices but if you’re keen on exploring the numerous national and state parks here, make sure to choose accommodations in a central location.
Jaw-dropping geological formations and remote scenery that will blow your mind: Kanab has more of these incredible adventure experiences than you can shake a stick at. This destination is one of the best in the world for outdoor enthusiasts. Go on a Grand Canyon Expedition, surf the desert Wave, get lost at Zion National Park, and marvel at Bryce Canyon. Chug some local craft beers and indulge in the desert’s fine food in town, or party it up in Las Vegas after the race.
Grand to Grand Ultra will take place from September 22 – 28, 2019.
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