October 12-13, 2006

The Grand Canyon is truly a wonder of the world.  To run through it is a cherished experience.  I have run six previous double crossings (rim-to-rim-to-rim) and believed I was ready to attempt a quad crossing or double double (rim-to-rim-to-rim-to-rim-to-rim).   Several people (probably fewer than ten) have accomplished this feat before.  Jim Nelson broke the speed record on November 6, 1999, with a time of 22:48.  Previous to this, Wally Shiel established the quad record on October 4, 1987 with a time of 24:45.   A typical quad using the South Kaibab trail is about 88 miles.  I didn’t want to do just a typical quad, nor go after any speed records.  Instead I wanted to add some variation to the route, cover some trails I hadn’t seen yet, and make sure I covered at least 100 miles.  I would probably be the first person to cover 100 miles in a 4-crossing run.

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