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Extreme Adventurer Ray Zahab visits Kanab re: Grand to Grand Ultra Marathon
Impossible 2 Possible founder and world-renowned adventurer, Ray Zahab, visited Kanab, on April 25, along with representatives and planners with the Grand to Grand Ultra-marathon. Their visit was in preparation for the ultra running event.
The group made stops at Kanab High School and Kanab City Library for inspirational talks that featured highlights of the grand race event that takes place on September 23-29. The ultra running group also visited several sites along the ultra challenge course route in preparation for the ultra running event.
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.
Ray Zahab commented on his first visit to the area, “I’m blown away at the beauty of this area and am excited to come back this summer.” Zahab went on to say, “The community response has been amazing and we love Kanab, which is one of the most incredible places on Earth.”
Zahab is best known for running across the entire continent of Africa in 111 days, and was chronicled by Matt Damon in the 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. He is in the Kanab area checking out the race route for the Grand-to-Grand Ultra.
Participants in the inaugural event will be navigating iconic slot canyons, tributaries of the Virgin River, hard-packed sand, soft sand, dunes, forest trails and rocky trails. The Grand to Grand Ultra course route 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. They can elect to compete as individuals or teams and 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.
During a presentation at the Kanab Library, Grand to Grand co-founder Colin Geddes stated, “Ultra marathon endurance events have grown exponentially in terms of the number of participants globally over the last five years.” Geddes also remarked, “We wish to create a sustainable event, contribute to the local economy, and involve the broad commitment of the local community.”
Anyone interested in participating with the event are encouraged to contact the Kane County Volunteer Center. More information can be found at the website http://www.g2gultra.com.