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GRAND CANYON HALF

RACE GUIDE May 17, 2014


EVENTSCHEDULE MAY 16-17, 2014

Friday 11:00 AM

Packet pickup and Race Expo start.

6:00 PM

Race Expo ends.

7:00 PM

Packet pickup closes.

RACE EXPO - The expo will be held at the Grand Canyon IMAX Theater (450 Arizona 64, Tusayan, AZ 86023). You can pick up your bib and gear, but plan to stay and check out our awesome vendors!

Saturday 5:00 AM

Open starting line parking

5:05 AM

First prize raffle (every 5 minutes).

5:22 AM

Sunrise

6:00 AM

Last prize raffle.

6:30 AM

Cars parking should be in start line parking lot.

6:45 AM

Runners line up

6:50 AM

Mountain Biker leaves

6:55 AM

National Anthem

7:00 AM

Race starts!

9:45 AM

Awards Ceremony

PARKING - There will be plenty of parking at the start line, but please get there early. If you are staying in Tusayan, all hotels are a short walk from the start. Please plan to walk if you stay in town. Please see page 4 for more details on parking and drop off. *see page 18 for parking map

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THECOURSE

Watch 17 min GoPro video of the course

THE COURSE - The road is all dirt, except the last mile. Some might call it a trail run, but really it’s still a road. We tend to think of trail runs as a single track trail that is exclusively for walking/running. Depending on your definition, you may consider it a trail run. To us its kind of a hybrid. To everyone it will be fun and beautiful. “CHOKE” START - The start will be not be choked, but will be narrow. The first mile of the trail is about 10 ft wide. If you are standing towards the back, after the gun goes off you may be standing for a few moments before there is any movement. Your time does not oficially start until you cross the starting line, so please be curtious to others as we start the race. GEAR CHECK - You will be given a Gear Check bag at the starting line if you wish. It will be a white garbage bag that you can fill with anything you want transported to the finish line. There will be permanent markers you can use to write your name and bib number. Avoid putting valuables in your bag. CLOTHING ON COURSE - We will have a clothing bin to dump items in at mile 3. Anything else found along the course will be treated as trash. ELEVATION (ft) - You can see the elevation map below. The elevation change on the course is marginal. A lot of people are surprised to see how high in elevation the rim of Grand Canyon is. While you start at 6651 feet, the total gain over the whole course is only 279 feet. The biggest changes are between miles 3 and 8.

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RACE GUIDE >>COURSE INFO & RACE LOGISTICS

SPECTATOR INFO - Because the course is mostly off the main road, it isn’t a very spectator friendly course. Spectators are welcome at the starting line, and the finish line. The fire road the course will be on will not technically be closed, but please do not drive on it! Any cars on the course will cause a lot of dust in the air and will be a hazard to our runners/

“A man on foot will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.”

Spectators are encouraged to be at the finish line to cheer on all our runners. Parking will be available at the start line and at the IMAX Theater parking lot. We should have enough parking to accomodate everyone, but if you are staying in Tusayan then please plan on walking to the finish line. It is a short walk to the finish line from any of the hotels in town. OTHER COURSE INFO - Please do not litter on our course! Any kind of road markings with paint or even chalk will not be allowed. Please help us keep the area pristine for those who come after us. COURSE RECORD - Since this is an inaugural race we currently do not have a course record. The runners that set the course record for men and women will receive a FREE RACE ENTRY every year that their time remains the course record!

2014 AVERAGE “EXPECTED” TIME:

(based on answers to registration questions)

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Male 2:15:32

Female 2:33:45


PARKING & DROP-OFF PARKING - All the hotels are a short walk from the start line. We will have enough parking to accomodate all of our runners, but if you are staying in the town of Tusayan, please plan on walking to the start line to avoid unnecessary congestion and traffic. We have start line parking and overflow parking will be at the IMAX Theater. DROP-OFF - If you are dropping a runner off, please enter the overflow parking at the IMAX theater. You can drop your runner off there and it is a short walk along the trail to the start line.

Fitful Recovery Box - At the finish line we will have a Fitful Recovery Box (full of recovery snacks), bananas, and chocolate milk (as well as water and Nuun hydration). Please help yourself to one box, chocolate milk, and banana per runner. In an attempt to reduce waste, we will provide a place to trade/leave any unwanted snack items. =

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RACE GUIDE >>RUNNER INFO

RACESTATS

Who is coming?

48STATES 8COUNTRIES UNITED STATES | CANADA | MEXICO | BRAZIL GERMANY | SPAIN | PUERTO RICO | KOREA

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TEAMS

*There are more teams registered, but only these eleven have a full team of six runners. #TEAMBLOWNANKLES | 127 HOURS | ATHLETIC FORTITUDE | FITTRIP2014 | GO GO GIRLS FROM BAKO | HABOOB | HERD ‘O CATZ | HERD OF TURTLES | LADIES OF THE EVENING | ROGUE RUNNERS | SARGES CHEESECAKES | THE TRAIL BLAZERS

Age Divisions BOYS/MEN

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All runners will receive a finisher medal. Place medals will be given to the top 5 male and female runners overall as well as the Masters 40+ group. Additionally, the top 5 in each age group and the top 5 teams will also receive a place medal. *If you qualify for a place medal but are not present at the awards ceremony to receive it we will happily ship it to you. Go to our website and request your medal and pay the cost of shipping (about $8).

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RACE GUIDE >>SOCIAL MEDIA

CONNECTONLINE We will be making a slideshow video using all the pictures YOU post! Be sure to follow us and use the official race hashtag #GChalf

We will be giving out prizes from our store (t-shirts and other merchandise) to the best photos. Be sure and look for our camera signs along the course (Mile 5), those are places youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to want to take a picture.

@VacationRaces #GChalf

PRIVACY SETTINGS - If your privacy settings restrict who can see your posts, then we will be unable to see them, even if you use the race hashtag. If we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the posts then they will not be considered for prizes or included in post race celebrations. If your settings restrict who can see them, it is likely a deliberate choice and we completely understand and respect that. Just FYI.

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SKELETON CLUB & THE GRAND CANYON TRIFECTA

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RACE GUIDE >>CLUB & TRIFECTA

SKELETONCLUB The Skeleton Club is a salute the hardcore among us. We want to reward anyone who hikes to Skeleton Point after the race. To join the Skeleton Club, submit a picture of yourself at Skeleton Point within 72 hours of the end of the race which includes: 1) A clear view of your face 2) Your bib with bib numbers clearly visible 3) Your finisher medal in plain view Skeleton Point - The trail to Skeleton Point is 3 miles long (6 round trip) along the South Kaibab Trail. There is parking near the trailhead, but you would be better off taking the park shuttle to the South Kaibab trail head. There are restrooms at Cedar Ridge (about half way to Skeleton Point) but there is no water along the trail. Please pack in plenty of hydration. Most of the path is sunny with little shade. This is a good early morning hike, just after the sun has come up and before the heat sets in. The first 1.5 miles to Cedar Ridge are fairly steep. After Cedar Ridge it levels off a little bit into a gradual decline to Skeleton Point. There is about a 2,000 ft elevation change (almost half of the total elevation change from rim to river which is 4,860 ft). Be careful of loose footing and avoid standing near the edge. Do not hike the trail when it is wet, storming, or when high winds are present. Oh, and BRING WATER!

*This hike is challenging and dangerous. People die every year in the canyon. Please take the hike seriously, and do not act irresponsibly if you decide to attempt the hike. It is not intended to be accessible to everyone. Also, bring way more water than you think you need.

All runners that join the Skeleton Club will receive 50% OFF next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s race entry AND a free water bottle from UltraSpire! After the race there will be a submission form online where you can upload your photo(s) and send them to us. We have a hard cutoff of 72 hours! If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get it to us before Tuesday at 11 AM (MST) then we will only give you a virtual hi-five. This picture is from our Angels Club from the Zion Half and is an example of what yours should look like (for both the Skeleton Club AND the Trifecta). SKELETON CLUB SUBMISSION FORM www.grandcanyonhalfmarathon.com/skeletonclub GRAND CANYON TRIFECTA SUBMISSION FORM www.grandcanyonhalfmarathon.com/gctrifecta

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RACE GUIDE >>CLUB & TRIFECTA

GCTRIFECTA The Grand Canyon Trifecta is comprised of 3 different activities. You must complete all 3 in order to complete the Trifecta. Same rules as the Skeleton Club apply: take your picture at each of the 3 with your bib and finisher medal and send them to us 72 hours after finishing the race. The Trifecta is meant to be challenging, but less strenuous. These are iconic activities inside the park that should be experienced, but are doable with children. The 3 activities that makeup the Trifecta are:

1 Ooh Aah Point - Ooh Ahh Point is the first stop on the South Kaibab Trail. This is a short hike (1.5 miles roundtrip) that lets you get down below the rim and into the canyon a little bit. Once down you are treated to some pretty awesome panoramic views. This is a great spot to catch a sunrise (though not required to complete the trifecta, extra high fives if you do). Remember, hiking down is easy, but hiking back out can be tough.

2 The Watchtower (Desert View Drive) - Desert View Drive is a scenic route to the east of Grand Canyon Village. It follows the rim for 25 miles out to the Desert View Watchtower and East Entrance. The entire drive has several developed lookout and picnic spots. These spots tend to be a little less crowded but offer some stunning views! Climb to the top of the tower and look out over the observation deck and enjoy some more of the culture and history of the Grand Canyon.

3 Hermit’s Rest - Hermit’s Rest is the last stop along Hermit Road. Hermits Rest is the westernmost point on the canyon’s south rim that is accessible by paved road. It is a cool historical spot that also offers a unique view of the canyon. It is not accessible by private vehicles but travelers can take a free shuttle bus to see the rock building and outpost.

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PARKINFO GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK All visitors are required to purchase a pass in order to enter Grand Canyon National Park. Park shuttles will be running. Private Vehicle: Per Person: Annual Pass:

$25 (valid for 7 days) $12 (valid for 7 days) $80 (grants entrance to every National Park in the country)

Seniors over 62 can purchase a lifetime pass for just $10. Active members of the U.S. Military are eligible for a free pass as well as U.S. citizens with permanent disabilities.

SHUTTLES VILLAGEROUTE

KAIBAB/RIMROUTE

50 MINUTES ROUND TRIP

50 MINUTES ROUND TRIP

Provides transportation between Grand Canyon Visitor Center, hotels, restaurants, and campgrounds. This is not a scenic route, but canyon views are a short walk from some stops.

Route stops at five scenic viewpoints, Grand Canyon Visitor Center and Yavapai Geology Museum. This route and the morning Hiker’s Express shuttle bus offer the only access to South Kaibab Trailhead.

Buses run every: • 30 minutes 4:30 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. • 15 minutes 6:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. • 30 minutes 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Buses run every: • 30 minutes 4:30 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. • 15 minutes 6:00 a.m. to one hour after sunset

HERMITROADROUTE

TUSAYANROUTE

80 MINUTES ROUND TRIP

40 MINUTES ROUND TRIP

Shuttle bus service on Hermit Road provides transportation between the Village Route Transfer Station and Hermits Rest (7 miles/ 11 km) with stops at nine scenic overlooks. The road is closed to private vehicles.

Buses run every: • 30 minutes 4:30–6:30 am • 15 minutes 6:30 am to sunset • 30 minutes sunset to an hour after sunset

A “park & ride” shuttle bus service is provided between the gateway community of Tusayan and the Grand Canyon National Park Visitor Center. • Buses will run at 20 minute intervals be-

tween 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. daily.

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• 80 minutes round-trip • Nine overlooks • Toilets at Hopi Point • Water, snack bar, toilets, and gift shop at Hermits Rest • Buses run every: • 30 minutes 4:30–6:30 am • 15 minutes 6:30 am to sunset • 30 minutes sunset to an hour after sunset • Visitors should be at a bus stop no later than 30 minutes after sunset.

• 50-minutes round-trip • Scenic canyon views are a short walk from some stops • Grand Canyon Visitor Center, hotels, restaurants, campgrounds • Buses run every: • 30 minutes 4:30–6 am • 15 minutes 6 am–8:30 pm • 30 minutes 8:30–10 pm; visitors should be at a bus stop no later than 9:30 pm.

• 50-minutes round-trip • Five viewpoints • Grand Canyon Visitor Center and Yavapai Geology Museum. • Access to South Kaibab Trailhead • Buses run every: • 30 minutes 4:30–6 am • 15 minutes 6 am to one hour after sunset; visitors should be at a bus stop no later then 30 minutes after sunset.

Service to South Kaibab Trailhead. Bus begins at Bright Angel Lodge, then stops at Backcountry Information Center, Grand Canyon Visitor Center, and South Kaibab Trailhead.

How do the shuttle buses work? Running like a city bus system, three shuttle bus routes stop at shops, visitor centers, and popular viewpoints around the South Rim. Just wait at any bus stop and enjoy the ride. Will my wheelchair fit on the bus? Buses are equipped with ramps to accommodate passengers in wheelchairs smaller than 30 inches wide by 48 inches long (76 by 122 cm). Most motorized scooters will not fit on buses.

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How can I tell the difference between shuttle bus routes? All National Park Service shuttle buses are white and green, but the front of the bus will show the route color and name. What are the shuttle bus rules? 1. No eating or open drink containers. 2. No pets. Service animals permitted. 3. Collapse strollers before entering the bus. No oversized or jogging strollers. Remove baby-back carriers when seated. 4. Shuttle buses can accommodate two or three bicycles, but not tag alongs, baby trailers, or children's bicycles with wheels less than 16 inches (41 cm). Riders must load and unload their bicycles. 5. Shuttle buses only stop at designated bus stops.

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Driving and Parking FAQ Where can I drive my car? You can drive anywhere there is a solid black line on the maps in this Guide. Yaki Point Road and Hermit Road are closed to private vehicles; ride the free shuttle bus to access. The Scenic Drive Accessibility Permit allows visitors with mobility issues entry to some areas closed to public traffic. This permit is available at entrance gates, visitor centers, and hotel lobbies.

Where can I park? All parking lots in Grand Canyon Village are located near free shuttle bus stops. • Parking lots 1–4 Grand Canyon Visitor Center. Lot 1 includes auto, RV, and trailer parking. • Parking Lot A Park Headquarters • Parking Lot B Market Plaza • Parking Lot C near Center Road in Grand Canyon Village • Parking Lot D Backcountry Information Center. Includes auto parking in the north end and RV and trailer parking in the south end.

Where can I learn about road conditions? Check at visitor centers or call 938638-7496. Even during spring, snow and ice present potentially hazardous driving conditions and can temporarily close park roads. Please slow down and drive carefully while exploring Grand Canyon.

What else do I need to know about driving? Do not stop or park along the roadside, except where signs or lines on the road indicate it is permissible. Use pull-outs and overlooks to take pictures and view wildlife. Please do not block other people's enjoyment of the park by stopping in the road or blocking traffic.

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RACE GUIDE >>TRAVEL

RUNNER FRIENDLY

RESTAURANTS We have five host restaurants this year, each offering a 15% discount for our runners. All runners need to do is show their bib to get the 15% off (only good for runners and does not include drinks). These restaurants are offering this discount Friday and Saturday! Expect these places to be busy, so try to plan accordingly (call ahead and check availability and wait times) and maybe have a backup plan in case they’re full. The Grand Canyon Squire Inn has four places to eat, all offering the runner discount: The Coronado Room - The Coronado Room is a little more “up-scale” and is only open for dinner. The Canyon Cafe - The Canyon Cafe provides a more casual environment and is primarily open for breakfast and lunch. 74 Arizona 64 Grand Canyon Village, AZ (928) 638-2681 grandcanyonsquire.com

Sports Bar - Open from 3p.m. until midnight. Navajo Room - The Navajo Room offers a buffet from 11a.m. to 3p.m.

Big E Steakhouse & Saloon - Steak, fish, chicken, pasta, salads, there is something for everybody at the Big E Steakhouse & Saloon. This restaurant is fairly family friendly and includes a kids menu. Big E often has live entertainment! *There will be a live band (John Rueter & Friends) Saturday night starting at 7p.m. 365 State Highway 64 Tusayan, AZ (928) 638-0333 bigesteakhouse.com

Our sixth host restaurant is offering a 10% discount for our runners. Again, please show your bib to get the discount on race weekend.

406 Canyon Plaza Ln, Grand Canyon Village, AZ (928) 638-2673 www.grandcanyonplaza.com

JJK’S Restaurant - A family buffet style restaurant located at Canyon Plaza Resort Grand Canyon. Help yourself to the extensive family buffet or order from the full-service menu that features steaks, seafood, burgers, and crisp salads. JJK’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 7:00AM to 9:00PM.

Food Tips - There is a small market in town, but if you are planning to buy and prepare your own food your options are a little limited (and expensive). If you are coming from the south I would recommend stopping in Flagstaff, which has anything you might need. Purchase some snacks and food for your weekend here and bring them with you.

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Steakhouse & Saloon The Canyon Star Steakhouse & Saloon is located inside the lobby of the premier inMaster Tusayan - The Grand Hotel at Canyon hotel Star Logo Art (3 color) logo canyon: PMS 4635C (solid coated) the Grand Canyon. We serve up the best Southwestern fare logo star: PMS 266C (solid coated) Type: Black nightly, and feature 19 beers on tap with live entertainment and live sports on big screen TVs in the Saloon.

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The Canyon Star Steakhouse & Saloon Highway 64 in Tusayan | 1-928-638-3333

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VIRTUAL RACE SERIES $35 = SHIRT + MEDAL + PRIZES all the bling minus the hassle - enjoy the flexibility

www.vacationraces.com/virtualraces WHAT IS A VIRTUAL RACE?

Technology allows community interaction, without demanding that we all be in the same place at the same time. Virtual Races provide runners the opportunity to participate in an awesome race event from wherever they are!

WHY SHOULD I RUN? Filling out your race calendar is becoming increasingly more expensive and wasteful! Virtual Races keep race entries low and allow you the flexibility to run when and where you want.


GRAND CANYON Saturday May 17, 2014 Enjoy live music by John Reuter & friends on stage!

Best Steaks in Arizona!

Poultry

. Fish . Vegetarian

www.BigESteakhouse.com

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(928) 638-0333


you’ve made it to the grand canyon for the race, now be sure to let pink jeep tours make your visit

even more grand!

pink jeep tours guided jeep adventures • sunset tours • hiking tours use discount code “race14” to receive 10% off your tour 800-999-2137 • pinkjeeptours.com

located in the national geographic visitor center - 450 Sr 64 in tusayan


#stayhydrated BEYOND RACE DAY WITH NUUN. Save 20% with code: zionhalf at shop.nuun.com. Promo code valid at shop.nuun.com through June 30, 2014. Some items are not applicable.


POST RACE SURVEY Watch for our post-race survey email - After each of our races, we like to send out a survey to all of our runners to find out how their race experience was and how we can improve. We are a young company, and this being an inaugural event we are sure to have areas we will want to improve. Your feedback is critical to us and helps us shape a race experience that future runners will be able to enjoy. Please watch for our email following the race and take a few minutes to give us some feedback. We will also have some random prizes to giveaway to several lucky runners who complete the survey including race entries, store merchandise, and more! Thank you.


Thank you!

TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

And a special thank you to the US Forest Service for their cooperation and for maintaining such a beautiful part of our country.


“EVERYBODY NEEDS Beauty AS WELL AS , PLACES TO PLAY IN AND PRAY IN, WHERE NATURE MAY HEAL AND GIVE STRENGTH TO BODY AND SOUL.”

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-John Muir


PLACES TO PLAY

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Photo by Ben Jackson Photography


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