|Jen Segger starting the Zion Traverse - Zion Nation Park, UT|
Eons ago I used to do adventure races. I raced on a pretty successful team. A lot of that success was due to the females we raced with. Adventure racing is generally a four person team, mandatory co-ed. This always meant that a strong adventure racing team - a team in it for a win - was always comprised of three men and one extremely talented woman.
Jen Segger was that very talented woman on my team back in the day. She was tough as nails. Fast forward seven years and we've both moved through our various endurance sports, and we've both ended up focusing on ultrarunning. Jen's on team salomon, me on team Montrail.
Jen was coming down to my hood to crew Slater Fletcher at the Zion 100 (May 11th) and really wanted to run the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim route for her first time. Being that I was meeting her in Zion, there was no way we couldn't run across Zion National Park, the Zion Traverse as it's called. This route has seen a surge in popularity lately with some big names attempting to break speed records. It's even on the cover Trail Runner Magazine this month.
With a limited amount of time, we decided to try and sneak both in. We ended up pretty much doing them back to back. Zion Traverse 48 miles across the park, sleep, wakeup, drive to South Rim of Grand Canyon, nap for 1hr, then at 11pm head torches blazing we descended into the big hole
I hope we just started a new thing - Back to Back'ing two Adventure Running Classics. Now go get some.
Jen wrote about our adventures over at her blog as well: Zion Traverse & Grand Canyon