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Kane County's 'Grand' scenery selected to host 2015 Grand to Grand Ultra
For the fourth year in a row, the world-class Grand to Grand Ultra – America’s first and only self-supported ultra-marathon stage race – will take place in Utah’s Kane County, providing some of the most beautiful and difficult terrain for an ultra-marathon.
Because of its location, the 170-mile long Grand to Grand Ultra has been ranked anywhere from the third most difficult to the most difficult ultra-marathon in the world.
The six-stage, seven-day ultra-marathon will start at the awe inspiring North Rim of the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and finish on the summit of the Grand Staircase, one of the world’s most iconic geological formations.
The course takes competitors through some of the most remote parts of America, made up of an unforgiving and surreal desert landscape of sand dunes, red rock canyons, buttes, mesas and hoodoos. To succeed, racers will be required to navigate numerous slot canyons and cross the inaccessible high desert of the Colorado Plateau.
“We are happy to return to Kanab and its fantastic landscape,” said Colin Geddes, Grand to Grand Ultra’s event director. “We needed an iconic course to match this grand event, and Kanab’s surrounding area is only fitting.”
More than 130 racers from over 25 different countries will be racing in this year’s Grand to Grand Ultra, including famed runners Lahcen Ahansal, Mohamad Ahansal and Laurence Klein, all previous multiple winners of the Sahara Desert’s Marathon Des Sables.
The race will kick off with competitor check-in in Kanab on Friday, September 18, and finish at Grand Staircase in Utah on Saturday, September 26. The race is open to the public and registration closes on June 30.
“Kanab is thrilled to again host these incredible athletes from around the world,” said Ken Gotzen-Berg, executive director of Kane County Office of Tourism. “Our great community and surrounding terrain will make for an incredible adventure racers won’t be able to find anywhere else in the world, and we look forward to again working with Geddes and the Grand to Grand to host this world-class event.”
For more information about the event, or if you think you have what it takes, visit www.g2gultra.com