The distance from home and setting would allow me to camp with my kids before it started getting too cold. With the entire course above 8,000 ft and relatively rolling course profile I figured it would provide me a hearty challenge with just the right amount of stimulus. The course itself consisted of sections of Forest Service roads and the Arizona Trail that skirted along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. My friend, Chris Martinez, is the race director so I knew that the race would be well-organized and the course would be well marked.
News coverage of the race.Despite being a relatively small and new event, the course presented plenty of challenges and the fact that runners had the choice to run a 10K, Half Marathon, or Marathon made for a good opportunity to run with others.
|Rolling out of my truck and stretching just before the start of the North Rim Marathon. |
Photo by Michael Chow of the Republic
|Driving home from the North Rim Marathon|