The Grand Canyon has long been a magnet for hikers, backpackers, mule riders, and river runners. Since 2008 you can add marathon runners to the list.
The Grand Canyon Marathon & Half Marathon began its annual fundraising event to support the Grand Canyon Community Recreation Center and to provide scholarships for local students. The high-altitude race has grown steadily, with nearly 300 joining the fun last year, and has attracted runners from across the country.
The course winds through the towering pine forest of both Grand Canyon National Park and the adjacent Kaibab National Forest. As in years past, the November 12, 2011, event will feature both a full and half marathon, and is open to participants with all levels of experience.