October 5, 2019 – Slinger, WI – “It was a long day. Happy to be done.” That was the brief message from Addison Elementary School principal Joel Dziedzic who, along with his brother, spent their Friday running across the Grand Canyon.
“Just finished! One of the toughest things we have ever done!!,” wrote Dziedzic.
The pair completed the 48-mile course in just under 15 hours.
Dziedzic story is below.
It was a chilly 38 degrees when we started our run at the top of the canyon. By mid day as we climbed the north rim and the whole way back, the heat took a toll on us. It was 96 degrees for several hours while we were out there.
The picture of us having lemonade is the famous lemonade at Phantom Ranch canteen.
Thank goodness we got there when we did, they closed right after we were left.
I would have been extreme sad to have missed that. The canteen is at the bottom of the canyon. It was delicious. We had three large glasses each 🙂
Dziedzic and his brother completed a run called the Rim 2 Rim 2 Rim in the Grand Canyon.
The unique aspect of crossing the Grand Canyon is that you first descend 9 miles, then run across the floor for 7 miles, before hitting the steepest part of the North Kaibab Trail where you’ll climb 7 miles up a 15% – 20% grade. Pacing yourself is the key to finishing R2R2R.
On a side note: Dziedzic had more photos but his phone was dead at the end of the day.
A update will be posted upon Dziedzic’s return.