Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon Announced as Arizona RRCA State Championship

October 1, 2019

November 2nd Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon Provides Special Awards to RRCA Champions

The November 2nd Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon is pleased to announce that it has been named the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Arizona State Half Marathon Championship.

With a loop course through the scenic Kaibab National Forest, the Trail Half Marathon will begin and end in the Town of Tusayan, located just a few miles from one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  Registrants come from 25 states, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

Tim Bentley, the RRCA Arizona State Representative, is understandably proud of his home state: “The Grand Canyon is breathtakingly beautiful and hosts millions of visitors to this iconic natural wonder each year. We’re proud of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and even more proud the Grand Canyon area will be the home RRCA State Half Marathon Championship in November. We look forward to this race growing in the future and perhaps one day hosting the RRCA National Half Marathon Championship.”

The RRCA Championship Event Series is the largest grassroots-organized running series in the U.S. with over 200 races participating that attract nearly 300,000 participants.  RRCA Western Region Director George Rehmet adds, “The designation of RRCA State Championship proclaims the high quality of the race, coupled with the support of the local community and U.S. Forest Service.”

In addition to age group and overall awards, the race will provide special RRCA Championship Medallions to male and female top finishers in the following categories: Open, Master’s (40+), Grand Masters (50+), and Super-Grand Masters (60+).

The Half Marathon will take place on the forest roads and trails in the Kaibab National Forrest, which surrounds the Town of Tusayan and borders Grand Canyon National Park. This is a high elevation race with a starting elevation of 6,595 feet, a max elevation 6729 Ft and a gain of 546 ft. Temperature ranging from mid 40’s to mid 60’s should make this trail run ideal.

“The course is demanding, that’s for sure,” says race director Randy Accetta.  “Miles 1-4 are actually pretty rugged, with troublesome footing and an overall elevation gain.  But the road smooths out and should be pretty comfortable for the rest of the race.  The last mile will be rolling downhill on a paved path, part of which is the famed Arizona Trail.”

The Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon is a joint partnership between the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and Run Tucson, the premier local event directing company in Arizona. Every participant receives a race shirt and a special souvenir medallion produced by Ashworth Awards.  By capping the field at 500, the race organizers will ensure an intimate running experience, with a pre-race motivational talk at the Tusayan IMAX Theater, a race-day pancake breakfast produced by the Tusayan Fire Department, and post-race sightseeing opportunities.

Race registration information can be found at the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce website: www.grandcanyoncvb.org/grand-canyon-trail-half-marathon

About Run Tucson: Run Tucson (www.runtucson.net) is a full service event and coaching running company, producing running events in Arizona and coaching athletes around the nation.  With coaches certified by the Road Runners Club of America (www.rrca.org), Run Tucson manages Arizona’s longest-running coached training group, the Workout Group.

Contact: Randy Accetta at [email protected] or 520-991-0733.

Contact the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce:
Laura Chastain, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
General Manager
Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau