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Kanab and Ultra Marathon to host community events with Adventurer Ray Zahab
On Wednesday, April 25, two community meetings will take place with the planning team for the Grand to Grand Ultra Marathon and with world renowned adventurer, Ray Zahab.
The first event is an assembly at Kanab High School at 12:10 p.m. in the high school auditorium and is open to community members. The second will be held at 7 p.m. at the Kanab City Library, and all are invited to attend that meeting as well.
The Grand to Grand Ultra 2012 is the first and only self-supported stage foot race in North America, taking place in six stages, over seven days, covering 160 miles. It will take place from September 23-29, 2012, in northern Arizona and mainly in Kane County.
“The Grand to Grand Ultra is a brand new and unique event to North America, organized by people passionate about running and adventure. The team is excited to share this endurance challenge with you in one of the most incredible places on Earth and I wholeheartedly encourage you to go for it!” said Ray Zahab, Founder of Impossible2Possible.
Ray Zahab might be best known for running across the entire continent of Africa in 111 days, which was chronicled in the Matt Damon documentary, “Running the Sahara.”
Zahab was also part of the three-man team who set the world record for running to the south pole of Antarctica in the fastest time by foot in 33 days. Zahab is in the Kanab area, checking out the race route for the Grand-to-Grand Ultra.
Check out Ray’s Ted Talk at the link http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/ray_zahab_treks_to_the_south_pole.html or at the website http://impossible2possible.com/home.
The Grand to Grand Ultra,160 mile course begins at the awe-inspiring North Rim of the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and finishes on the summit of the Grand Staircase, at one of the world’s most iconic geological formations.
Participants from all over the world are signing up and will come together for this challenging event, assuming the responsibility of carrying their own backpacks containing food, sleeping bag, mat and other mandatory equipment. Participants can elect to compete as individuals or teams.
Participants are expected to possess basic outdoor survival skills such as familiarity with outdoor gear and backpacking. However, they are not required to possess any technical navigational or climbing skills to take part in the event. Within three weeks of launch, entrants from 13 countries signed up.
“The bigger strategy we’re pursuing is making Kanab the destination for hiking,” said Matt Brown, CEBA Board Chair. Brown. Brown went on to say, “We are especially excited to have Ray Zahab visit us in Kanab and we are excited to share this vision at the community events on Wednesday. We believe we can become well-known for world class hiking/running trails, and the G2G will help make it happen.”
More information can be found at the website http://www.g2gultra.com/