Reflections from the Trail: Part I

Thoughts from the Bryce Canyon 50K, May 2021

As I reached the top of the trail, my lungs and legs were screaming. It was only mile 16 – less than halfway through the 50K course. We were approaching the highest point of the Red Canyon Trail, undoubtedly the toughest part of the Bryce Canyon 50K. The sun was relentless, and at nearly 8,000 feet elevation, the air is thin and punishing. With every sip of water from my hydration pack, I wondered if I had grabbed enough from the previous aid station. This would be one hell of a place to run out of water, I thought to myself.

Just as I was about to stop, I realized we made it to the top. A reprieve was just a few steps away!

As we stumbled to the plateau, a few other runners and I looked around, jaws to the floor. We were rewarded with 360-degree views of the most breathtaking canyon I’d ever seen. Towering pines, red rock valleys and dry river beds, punctuated by hundreds of Hoodoos as far as the eye could see.

Hoodoos, Bryce Canyon’s signature geologic formation, have a certain mystique about them. They’ve seen it all over the course of millions of years, eroded by ice, wind, and dust. If these Hoodoos could talk, I’m sure they’d tell me to suck it up and keep going, endure what life throws at you, just like they’ve done for millions of years.

So that’s what I did.

Reflections From the Trail, Part I

Bryce Canyon 50K – May 29, 2021