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Registration open for Grand to Grand Ultra 2019
Endurance Events USA and Kane County Office of Tourism are pleased to announce registration is now open for the eighth edition of the Grand to Grand Ultra, the ultimate self-supported stage footrace happening September 22-28, 2019. The six-stage, seven-day ultra-marathon includes a contiguous course with stages in Utah and Arizona in the USA, covering approximately 170 miles between the two states. Sign up now for the legendary feat of endurance and experience running in one of the most remote parts of America.
Grand to Grand Ultra 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, one of the world’s most iconic geological formations. The course takes participants through the desert landscape of sand dunes, red rock canyons, buttes, mesas and hoodoos found in Kanab, Utah. Racers will navigate numerous slot canyons and cross the inaccessible high desert of the Colorado Plateau in the way of the earliest settlers, Navajo and Paiute Indian tribes, as they climb more than 18,000 feet over the course of the race.
Since the first edition in 2012, competitors have traveled from over 50 countries to take part. Some 150 entrants from 25 countries are expected to race in 2019, making it the most international ultra-marathon race in America. Participants from around the world will be put through an extreme test of survival that includes harsh desert conditions, assuming the responsibility of carrying their own backpacks containing food, sleeping bag, mat and other mandatory equipment for the week.
While pre-qualification is not required, participants will need to prepare for the grueling week-long race with endurance training and informed selection of gear and nutrition. 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, technical navigational or climbing skills are not required to take part in the event.
The event is proud to support two charities: Best Friends Animal Society and the Kane County Children’s Justice Center. Competitors also are raising funds for over 20 different charities.
Registration is now open for 2019. Advance registration is required, and early registration is strongly recommended for this event. Please visit the event website at g2gultra.com for more information and complete registration details. Get updates and follow the event on Facebook.
For information regarding registration, sponsorship or other event-related questions, contact Colin Geddes at firstname.lastname@example.org.