This course is going to be great, but it does not offer any canyon views. It’s run right on the border of the national park, in the Kaibab National Forest immediately west of Tusayan, AZ. From the starting line, you can drive approximately 5 minutes to the edge of the canyon. This is our first trail run in our national park series! We suggest wearing trail shoes if you have them, but there’s no need to go out and get new shoes for the course. Several of our staff ran the course in road shoes without issues.
The course begins at the new parking lot at the north end of Tusayan, AZ right outside the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Runners thinking of taking part in the race should note that the race never takes them inside Grand Canyon National Park — the course winds through nearby Tusayan, a small resort town here in northern Arizona that’s grown up around Grand Canyon Village.
From the starting line there, the race follows a counter-clockwise loop around the trails — including the Grand Canyon Village Greenway — and forest roads that run through the Kaibab National Forest, which stretches across more than 1.6 million acres north and south of the Grand Canyon, and features everything from grasslands to forests, as well as some 300 miles of trails.
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