Fancy something completely different, then how about running through one of the most awe inspiring places on earth - VIRTUALLY.
Then look no further than the 'Grand Canyon VULTRA' brought to you by Phoenix Running.
The Grand Canyon VULTRA will start at Mather Point on the Rim Trail, near the Grand Canyon Village with epic views of the canyon's south rim. From there we'll follow the rim trail anti-clockwise virtually through Pipe Creek Vista and then wind our way through a whole host of trail heads and follow a number of trails around the southern rim. As we turn northwards we'll stick close the Colorado River as we head up to Mable Canyon where we cross the river and continue north to Nankoweap Canyon where we turn west and hook up with the FS-610 and 67 heading into the North Rim Village. From there we drop down into the very heart of the canyon following the N-Kaibab Trail all the way along Bright Angel Creek until we once again cross the mighty Colorado River at Bright Angel Trail Bridge, where we pick up the Bright Angel Trail all the way back into the South Rim Village where we once again join the Rim Trail heading back to where we started, some 125.6 miles later, at the virtual finish line at Mather Poi
The route is 125.6 miles and if this were an actual footrace then I'd take a bet it would one of the most amazing 100+ milers on the planet.
The 'Grand Canyon VULTRA' has something for everyone; from seasoned ultra runners to those who are new to running and want to try something awesome. Oh and of course, there will be the epic bling - obviously!
There are 6 entry options;
- The Grand Canyon Vultra Continuous - all in one go
- The Grand Canyon 48 Hour - 2 days
- The Grand Canyon Week Long - 7 days
- The Grand Canyon Fortnight Long - 14 days
- The Grand Canyon Month Long - 30 days
- The Grand Canyon Two Months Long - 61 days
The event will officially start on Thursday 1st April 2021 from 12.00am (UK time) - there will be a Facebook race brief in the chat groups at 08.45am for a more civilised suggested start time of 09.00am (UK time) . The event will then run through April 2021 and May 2021 and entry will remain open right through until late May. You can choose when you actually start (anytime after April 1st) and you ultimately have until May 31st 2021 to complete your run, but make sure you leave enough time to finish, depending on your entry type.
The exciting bit :
You'll get a bespoke, sequential BIB when you sign up. There will be a route map and central results and progress landing page on the 'VULTRA' Phoenix Running website, and each competitor will have their own virtual location pin (complete with their name and BIB number for tracking your virtual progress) and you can even have your profile picture appear. Once you start your virtual run you'll submit your mileage as you go which, once approved, will automatically move you along the map. So, if you're doing the 'Week Long' option and go out and run 20 miles on day one, then you'll move 20 miles along our canyon trails and have 105.6 miles left to cover. The route is 125.6 miles around the rim and through the very heart of the Canyon. Pretty cool, hey. Once you've submitted enough mileage to get to the finish then you are an official finisher of the Grand Canyon VULTRA! Your total miles and total time will be added to the finisher results, you'll show as 'COMPLETE' and we'll send you your epic bling!
This is a challenge for literally anyone of any running ability. If you're new to running, fancy something a bit different, or fancy your first foray into multi-day endurance challenges, want to practice running consistent distances over consecutive days, or just want to see how many miles you can run in a week, then this is for you. And, if you're a seasoned ultra runner, then we'd love to have you aboard to see if you can cover the distance all in one go.
The Grand Canyon VULTRA is also event #5 in the VULTRA-Six Series
To sign-up and log in to your very own Phoenix WORLD account click here and follow the simple sign-up process. You only sign up once and then you can log in to your Phoenix WORLD to submit virtual results, see what future events you've entered in the crystal ball, manage your details and much, much more.
We provide a physical running service and by entering our events you are purchasing an actual run, either by attending our events or by running the event virtually yourself. All participants in our events, both attended and virtual, will receive a free giveaway medal / memento from your run.