Endurance runner Dave Mackay set the fastest known time for going rim-to-rim-to-rim in the Grand Canyon in less than 7 hours back in 2014. That is an astonishing time to me because I hiked rim-to-rim (North rim to South rim) decades ago and it took us more than 12 hours. And, in our 30s, avid runners and hikers at the time, I thought we were in pretty good shape. That’s the difference between elite athletes and the rest of us I guess.
Dave had many other accomplishments, including national trail running titles and wins in various major ultramarathons. But in 2015 he had a severe injury from a fall on a trail run near his home in Boulder, Co.
He decided to have his lower leg removed when after 13 surgeries it just wasn’t healing right. He’s bounced back from that and still remains an inspiration, having completed the Leadman multi-day race several times since his recovery.
His recently redid R2R2R, as a fundraiser for the Range of Motion Project, which helps amputees in need get prostheses. It was not for an FKT this time, but still a lot faster than a non-elite like me could have done back in my prime,