With an endless array of hiking and climbing destinations, it’s no wonder Southern Utah draws some of the world’s most dedicated athletes and adventurers. One of the area’s most notable(and grueling!) outdoor attractions is the annual Grand to Grand Ultra Race.
Taking place each autumn, the “G2G” is seven-day, six-stage footrace that begins at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The 166-mile course covers desert terrain, forest trails, shallow river crossings, rocky roads and slot canyons. The course winds into and out of Zion National Park and Dixie National Forest, taking the brave race participants through incredible, panoramic landscapes. Participants cross the finish line on the summit of the Pink Cliffs of the Grand Staircase.
Racers will hike and run among some of the world’s most unique rock formations, flora and wildlife—coral pink sand dunes, endangered California condors, big horn sheep, wild mule deer, and that trademark Southwest cacti can be spotted along the course.
This probably goes without saying, but we must warn you, the G2G race is not for the faint of heart. The course takes participants to a peak elevation of well over 5,000 feet, and the third stage of the race—a 47-mile stretch—is enough to challenge even the most seasoned endurance athlete.
As if the view from the finish line weren’t rewarding enough, the race week is topped-off with a night in Las Vegas. Drinks and dinner are provided during an award ceremony in honor of the participants. We couldn’t think of a better way to unwind after an arduous but rewarding race!
If you’re inspired to join the 2013 Grand to Grand, now’s the time to register and begin that training regimen. The week begins on September 20, 2013, with check-in in Kanab. We’d love to have you stay with us as gear up for the race of your lifetime!
Registration details can be found here.