The Grand to Grand Ultra is an extraordinary 170-mile, seven day, ultra endurance race across the Grand Canyon – one of the ‘Seven Natural Wonders of the World’. It is the first and only self-supported stage footrace in America, taking place at the end of September. We are delighted to have a team of 8 runners who are brave enough to tackle this challenge, fundraising for WWTW!
The race starts at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona and run (off road) to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah. Along the way, the course will pass through a desert landscape of sand dunes, red rock canyons, buttes, mesas and slot canyons over territory once inhabited by Navajo and Paiute Indian, reaching an altitude of over 2,651m.
It is the equivalent of running from London to Dover and back again, but in a heat variance of 0 degrees to 50 degrees with a 8-12kg backpack on. There is a dropout rate of 23%. Runners are required to carry everything needed for the week (sleeping bag, food, compass, torch, medicine…), to navigate the route and to also route find at night on the long stage – the notorious double day – 2 marathons in one day.
All funds raised by the endeavours of the Grand to Grand team will go towards providing ex-servicemen and women the support they need to reintegrate into society and regain their independence. Our aim is to raise at least £30,000. This would support 45 veterans through our Head Start programme which provides ex-servicemen and women who experience mental heath difficulties with a military front door to access effective and evidence based therapeutic support. The programme works in collaboration with the NHS and other charities to complement the existing provision.
Please do support our intrepid and brave runners. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?charityCampaignUrl=wwtwg2g2016
Find out all about our team who are taking part by clicking on their profiles below:
Many thanks to Buff which is again kitting out the G2G team with custom UV protective WWTW buffs for their desert adventure.