Grand Canyon R2R2R: Running rim-to-rim-to-rim in a day!
This video showcases one of those bucket-list ultramarathon runs: the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim. Last May, a group of five ultrarunning buddies tackled this route, setting out in the dark to start their descent from the South Rim, down the South Kaibab Trail by headlamp. They crossed the Colorado River for the first time around 6:30 am, then headed straight up the North Kaibab Trail to the North Rim.
They then turned right around, back down North Kaibab, to ascend by the Bright Angel Trail, arriving back at the South Rim once again in the dark. Their total distance was around 45 miles (72 km), with around 20,000′ (6000 m) of cumulative loss and gain.
This short film (13 minutes) by one of the runners, Eric Haselby, gives a pretty good picture of their adventure – including stunning shots of the scenery, and some great views of the steep and narrow ledges you traverse on North Kaibab (no tripping allowed!). And runner Brian (aka @cledawgs) has documented the trip in two blog posts (the run out and the run back) which I consider recommended reading for anyone considering this run – especially his “What I learned” summaries after each of the four legs. Warning – watching this will make you add one more run to your must-do list!