Cat Bradley Sets Grand Canyon R2R2R Record

Bradley gets a happy greeting from her puppy, Shirley, after setting the R2R2R FKT. Photo by Ryan Lassen.

“Midday on November 15, a tired, slightly nauseous Cat Bradley descended the north rim of the Grand Canyon. She was roughly 35 miles into a rim-to-rim-to-rim (R2R2R) speed-record attempt—42-miles with 10,000 feet of ascent and descent, across the canyon and back again.

For five hours, she had run in silence. “It’s just you, your pacer and the canyon,” she says.

As she approached the suspension bridge spanning the Colorado River, a series of shouts broke the quiet.

A large group of inebriated river rafters waved up at her from the water, cheering. One of Bradley’s friends had tipped them off to her record attempt, and as she passed above them, they vociferously channeled their support. As she started the climb up the south rim, they continued to cheer.

“Every time I crossed a switchback, they would start screaming again,” she says.

Several hours later, Bradley arrived at the top of the south rim. Her time, 7 hours 52 minutes 20 seconds, was a new fastest known time.”

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