Endurance runner Dave Mackay set the quickest recognized time for going rim-to-rim-to-rim within the Grand Canyon in lower than 7 hours again in 2014. That’s an astonishing time to me as a result of I hiked rim-to-rim (North rim to South rim) many years in the past and it took us greater than 12 hours. And, in our 30s, avid runners and hikers on the time, I assumed we have been in fairly fine condition. That’s the distinction between elite athletes and the remainder of us I assume.
Dave had many different accomplishments, together with nationwide path operating titles and wins in varied main ultramarathons. However in 2015 he had a severe injury from a fall on a path run close to his house in Boulder, Co.
He determined to have his decrease leg eliminated when after 13 surgical procedures it simply wasn’t therapeutic proper. He’s bounced again from that and nonetheless stays an inspiration, having accomplished the Leadman multi-day race a number of occasions since his restoration.
His just lately redid R2R2R, as a fundraiser for the Range of Motion Project, which helps amputees in want get prostheses. It was not for an FKT this time, however nonetheless rather a lot sooner than a non-elite like me may have executed again in my prime,