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Grand To Grand Ultra

The first official Walking With The Wounded team is racing in an incredible ultra marathon across the Grand Canyon in 2016. Follow their progress!

The Grand to Grand Ultra is an extraordinary 170-mile, seven day, ultra endurance race across the Grand Canyon. It is the first and only self-supported stage footrace in America.

When? 25th September to 1st October 2016

We have a full team of 8 for 2016. Want to be part of our 2017 team? Email victoria@wwtw.org.uk

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, deciding not to go to France after all and running back again in heat variance of 0 degrees to 50 degrees with a 8-12kg backpack on. It’s pretty safe to say the team’s mirages will be of beer and burgers not water. There is a dropout rate of 23%.

Oh – you need to carry everything you may need for the week (sleeping bag, food, compass, torch, medicine…)

Oh – and you need to navigate the course.

Oh – and you will need to be able to navigate during the night.

 

 

BE PART OF OUR TEAM IN 2017

In September 2017 we have eight places for our second WWTW official team who will share an eight-man tent each night during the race itself.

To register your interest for the team, please email victoria@wwtw.org.uk

What you get:

  • Walking With The Wounded has a 10% discount on the entry fee
  • Be part of a unique team at the event
  • Inside advice from our 2015 team about how to tackle this event
  • Unforgettable camaraderie
  • Coaching session from ultra-running coach Shane Benzie at Running Reborn
  • Walking With The Wounded kit

This is a new and important fundraising event for WWTW and we ask each runner to aim to fundraise £5,000 and there are rebates on the entry fee if you raise more than this.

The entry fee (£1860 after the discount) includes a night in a hotel in Kanab before and after the race but does not cover your flights to Las Vegas and bus transfer to Canab (circa $40).

Watch this space for news on our 2016 team

THE 2015 TEAM

 

Stuart Doughty (2nd from left), Chris Smith, David Barnes and Kate Eversole with organisers Tess and Colin Geddes on finishing the Grand To Grand Ultra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2015 we had an advance party of four runners, Kate Eversole, Chris Smith, Stuart Doughty and Dave Barnes,  “Team Skins GB”, who raised funds for Walking With The Wounded and Bath Rugby Foundation at the race from 20th – 26th September.

Team Skins GB” included:

David Barnes, 39, Principle Consultant at Foundation Talent, specialising in executive search for the high growth technology sector. Retired professional rugby union player with Bath and England Saxons. Former Chairman of the Rugby Players Association and current management board member of the world famous, Barbarians Rugby club.

Twitter @dmbarnes1

See and donate to David’s fundraising page

 

 

 

 

Stuart Doughty, 48, Director at Centurion Wealth Management. Chairman to Bath Rugby Foundation, Ambassador to Tryactive.

Twitter @StuartDoughty

See and donate to Stuart’s fundraising page

 

Kate Eversole, 30, Director and founder of CreateHealth.io

Twitter @KateEversole

See and donate to Stuart’s fundraising page

 

Chris Smith, 53, Executive Managing Director at BGC Partners LLP.

See and donate to Chris’s fundraising page

 

 

SUPPORT

The 2015 team were generously supported by Skins and the GSK Human Performance Lab.

Skins provide product support to the team and WWTW.

GSK HPL is providing nutrition and hydration advice, with time spent in a chamber that can replicate the conditions the team expect to experience in Arizona. Team Skins GB are also part of a cognitive behaviour case study on how the brain performs in an extreme endurance environment – this will involve an Ipad based test for each team member immediately after each day’s exertions.

Want to sponsor or partner with our 2016 team? Contact victoria@wwtw.org.uk

 

 

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The race in numbers:

150 participants
23% dropout rate
170 miles over 7 days
Heat variance from 0º to 50º
Heights up to 2,651m
Carrying 8-12kg

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