Words by Maddie Hart
While the trail running team here at Western normally saves the traveling for races, they do take several weekend trips for training. While races are a blast, these trips allow the team to run in epic places without the stresses that are brought on by racing.
On the weekend of October 5th, the team loaded into the vans and hit the road for the Grand Canyon. After a long drive filled with sleeping, jokes, and laughter, the crew finally arrived and set up camp just outside of the national park. Sitting around the fire that evening, coach Josh Eberly gave the run down for what the Saturday run entailed. While some seemed nervous to take on their longest run to date on technical trails, everyone seemed stoked to spend the day exploring one of the natural wonders of the world.
The team had two run options; while some ran a 20 mile loop down into the canyon and back out, four members of the team ran rim to rim to rim of the canyon, a 46 mile jaunt. Both groups woke up early and were able to watch the sunrise shining light into the canyon. Everyone was able to spend some quality hours bonding with teammates while running new trails.
While the less than ideal camping weather made for an ideal day in the canyon, no one complained about the rain. Trips like these are a staple of the team and always create stories to share. The trails form some of the most special friendships, and the trail team at Western can attest to that.
With an upcoming race in October and the end of season races, Moab Marathon and Dead Horse Ultras, the Grand Canyon was a perfect training run. Keep an eye out for results coming in the next few weeks!