To all our Wild and Wacky Peeps:

First, thank you all for being part of our boy’s race. As you could probably tell, Peyton’s Wild and Wacky 5K Ultra is not just any race. We wanted this race to bring out the fun and adventure that was truly Peyton and we wanted to share our boy’s crazy spirit with you all. We can only hope that we were able to at least give you a bit of how amazing he really was.

Big thanks to Rachel Vane for coordinating our amazing volunteers. They make us look like we do this full time!

Thank you to our awesome sponsors!

Title Sponsor Lucey Mortgage, Bib and Food Sponsor Jim ‘N Nicks BBQ (so good!), Race Bag Sponsor ISHPI and AE Fit, Race Towel Sponsor Everett Presson Group and Ultra Hat Sponsors Fleet Feet and AE Fit. And every sponsor who gave us money, supplies, product or giveaways (you rock!).

We are runners and skimping on runners is just not our nature. Our sponsors make it possible for us to have the coolest race swag around and raise money for some of Peyton’s favorite groups (Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, Mount Pleasant Track Club and Mount Pleasant Academy).

Big thanks to our friends, family and the running community for all your support. We cannot imagine making it though this without you all and I’m not just talking about the race.

Brian Fancher did another amazing job photographing our race! Check out his gallery at:
His charges are very reasonable for these awesome pictures so please make sure you support his efforts by purchasing these great pics!

Race Results
Race results can be found at www.RUN4P.comor at these direct links:
5K Age Group Awards:
5K Overall Results:
50K Overall Results:
50K Female Results:
50K Male Results:
10x5K Five Person Relay:
10x5K Two Person Relay:

Please note that relay results were taken from timing mat 1 and the backup timing mat 2. They were also taken from backup video due to runners activating the timer by crossing over the start or finish with other teammates while wearing their bibs. MPTC 1 and MPTC 2 times were determined to be a tied for first place.

50K results have been submitted to Ultra Runner Magazine and are on UltraSignUp.
Thank you Jimmy Stephens, Timing Inc, for all your work timing this crazy event. Timing four races over ten hours is crazy hard. Next year we will have one bib per team and a running tally for solo runners and relay teams.

Awards and Medals

If you placed in your 5K age group (top 3) email me if you would like to set up a time to pick your award from my office on Isle of Palms.We would love for you to have them (or we are going to eat all the candy and walk around our house wearing medals - don't judge).

Next Year – March 11, 2017
Save the date for next year’s race! The 3rd Annual Peyton’s Wild and Wacky 5K Ultra will be held at Laurel Hill County Park on March 11, 2017. We will be capping the race again (100 solo, 20 relay teams 2 and 5 person teams, and only 200 5K spots) so sign up early. Registration will open on Peyton’s Birthday, September 10, 2016.

If you or someone you know would like to be one of our cool sponsors please let us know (seriously, we have the coolest sponsors!).

Again, thank you so much for being part of our boy’s race. Peyton loved the running community. He loved walking around races and track meets all day and just being with the people he loved. Watching all of yous pend the day together while running and laughing was a gift to us.

Noah and Jen (Peyton and Miles’ Dad and Mom)

Join us for the second annual "Peyton's Wild and Wacky 5K Ultra" on March 12, 2016!

Last year we had a huge turnout, a great race and a lot of fun. This year will be even better!

Register at UltraSignUp:

This race is in honor of Peyton Moore, our nine year old son who passed away in 2013. P was a local runner, track and field star and all around great kid who lived life to the fullest. We could not think of a better way to remember our boy than spending a day running and hanging out with all our runner friends.

Read about Peyton at

Just like Peyton, this race will be very wild and wacky. Join us for a 10x5K (50K) Ultra or come out and run the 5K event right in the middle of the ultra. Run the 50K solo or make a relay team with 2 or 5 of your friends. All races will be held on the Laurel Hill Trail in Mount Pleasant, SC.

All proceeds from the race will be donated to Peyton's favorite organizations;
Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund
Mount Pleasant Track Club
Mount Pleasant Academy

Register at UltraSignUp:

This race features one of the best swag bags around, lots of give a ways all day, great food, cool shirts with Peyton’s artwork, finisher medals for all races and one of a kind hand painted awards created by Peyton’s friends.

Update (2-27-16)

Race is almost sold out!
5K - 76 spots left
10x5K solo - 7 spots left
10x5K relay (2 person team) - SOLD OUT
10x5K relay (5 person team) - SOLD OUT

Don't miss the coolest trail race in the Lowcountry!

Register at UltraSignUp:


I have had such a hard time writing my blog these past two years. 
My son, Peyton, loved reading the crazy stuff I wrote and loved that "our" blog was read by so many people. After Peyton died I just lost the ability (or maybe desire) to write what I was doing on a daily basis. One of my last posts was titled "my son, my motivation" and was a group of pictures of Peyton. I would have never thought that I would lose him just a few weeks later...
I have continued to run and coach these past two years and MooreOnRunners seem to be everywhere. I really don't know what Jen and I would have done without the support of these runners and the whole running community. They really have held us up at every turn.
So about nine months ago (you might know where this is going) something pretty incredible happened. I found out that my wife was pregnant and two weeks ago our baby boy was born! 
I shared the news on Facebook (so this might be old news to you), but I felt like posting it here too (its my blog). I took a little liberty with a poem by Robert Frost that is used by so many runners (I hope he's cool with that). Anyway, you never know, maybe I will start writing more "stuff" again...
This crazy universe is not quite done with us; 
a little Moore has been added to our lives to share in all our adventures. 
We have things to see and promises to keep and Miles to go before we sleep...
Miles Johnson Moore
October 7, 2015
7 lbs
19 1/2 inches

This was Peyton's school...
Another year has passed without our beautiful boy…

I fall asleep and wake up every day thinking and missing Peyton’s smile, laugh, jokes, hugs,
conversations and every quirky thing he ever said or did.

I do this every day, but this time of year always feels different...

If you can you imagine watching a calendar like it’s a countdown, that’s how Jen and I feel as June comes around. When school is almost out and the track & field state meet is just around the corner, we start to relive each moment that lead up to the death of our son.

I can remember every moment of Peyton's last day with us. I can remember him quickly jumping out of bed to give his Mama a kiss goodnight and telling her he loved her. And I can remember Peyton laying in bed as I turned off his bedroom lights and saying “I love you Daddy” and me saying “I love you too baby”.

I can also remember every moment of the morning we found him...

For the longest time I had trouble going places or doing things that I would have done with Peyton. I just felt so guilty doing things without him. Knowing that I will be a father to another little boy has created a whole new storm of emotions. Can you imagine thinking of doing any of those things with another child? Believe me, it can make you think your mind is ripping apart.

Getting excited and then feeling guilty about that joy has almost been more than I can handle. It really is a struggle. I think any parent would struggle, there really aren't many handbooks on how to handle this stuff.

I have worked hard to figure out how I can exist with both my grief for losing Peyton and the joy for my baby to be. It’s been tough to get to this thought, but I don’t think they have to be dependent upon each other. I don’t think that me being happy and excited to see this baby takes away anything from how much I miss and love Peyton.

Our family
Man, believe me, it has not been easy to get to this point…

I continue to write about and post pictures of Peyton each day because even when some of those memories make me cry they also bring a smile to my face. I can picture our boy joking with us or with his friends. I can clearly remember all the times we picked him up from school and him telling us all the trouble he got into before telling us all the good things he had done (he loved to get the "bad stuff" out first). I can remember him talking about girls and sock hops and how much he loved being with his friends. I can remember how Peyton would tell us every person in his class and where they were currently seated (and how many times they had been moved and why – including himself). I can remember all the talks we had about sports. I can remember helping him with homework and studying for tests. I can remember so many moments that I walked in to find Peyton and his Mama deep in conversations about music, movies, girls and friends. I remember Peyton jumping in our bed in the middle of the night when he had a nightmare and holding him tight while telling him everything would be okay…

I remember our last few weeks together. I remember our last weekend together. And I remember our last day together. I don’t think we wasted a moment, but we weren’t with him the whole time either. Peyton had his own friends, his own dreams, his own life…

Sometimes I forget that others miss our boy too.

This year I received a copy of an essay that a younger brother of one of Peyton’s friends wrote. He wrote about looking up to Peyton. He thought of Peyton as a hero. A few days ago I received a text from the mother of one of Peyton’s friends. He had made a book for school and dedicated it to Peyton. I continue to run with and coach some of Peyton’s friends and they remind me very often of how much they miss their buddy P…

My boy
I know very well that Peyton’s aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents miss him too. It’s hard for
them to put into words how they miss Peyton and how bad they feel because they are usually trying to be careful with their own grief when they are with us. We might not be able to put it into words, but we understand.

Our friends continue to amaze us with their support and the way they rally to keep Peyton’s memory alive. Helping us with Peyton’s Race, honoring P with awards at his school, track team and with the running club. Sometimes it’s hard for us to tell everyone how we feel, but all those things mean so much to us. Jen and I are so very proud of the way our boy touched so many lives.

My everything...
I try my best to smile and laugh when I‘m with all my family and friends. Just like Peyton, it makes us feel good to see others smile too. I share a lot (maybe way too much), but I don’t want to share every dark moment that I have. The truth is that sometimes I have to pull my car over because the tears are just too much. But it’s just not fair to put that on other people. These are my moments and I know they are the result of my love and my grief. Peyton was the love of my life and losing someone you love so deeply comes with a high cost and that is just a fact…

So we start another year, another countdown. Things will be different this time next year for sure. We will be sharing our love and life with Peyton’s little brother. There is no doubt that we will love this little baby, no doubt at all. And there is no doubt that we will continue to miss and love Peyton, no doubt at all…

Noah Moore (Peyton's Dad) 

Many of you who follow my blog know about the passing of my son, Peyton Moore (June 4, 2013).

He was my inspiration and the love of my life...

Because my wife Jennifer and my son allowed me to share our lives so openly, many of you have come to know them from my posts, pictures and videos.

I do not have the words to express my grief, nor would I ever try to express my wife's feelings. I can only say that right now our world has been turned upside down and we are devastated.

My friends and family have given us so much love and support.

The running community has been more than amazing. We are so grateful to the Charleston Running Club for hosting Peyton's reception and to all the runners coming out in force to honor my son this past Sunday for a group run with my Couch to 5K runners.

We were so honored to have the Marines as Peyton's pallbearers and overwhelmed by the unbelievable escort and honors given to our son by all the Law Enforcement community.

Thank you to the thousands of people who have written, called, and showered us with love and support.

I do not know where my life will be led from this point, but I will do everything in my power to honor my beautiful, sweet, caring boy.

He was our miracle, our love, our angel...

Video from our local ABC news which covered my son's funeral:

WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 - Charleston News, Sports, Weather

Last night I met my MooreOnRunners Intermediate Group for Hill Repeats and Speed Drills. The weather was perfect and we had a great turnout.

There are all kinds of excuses you can use to not run and coming up with one when you know you are about to do a hard workout is really easy. So seeing so many runners there, ready to go, really was amazing.

We warmed up with a short run and then headed to the bottom of the Cooper River Bridge. The workout is pretty simple: 90 seconds hard pace up and walk back down for a recovery x 6.

A lot of the group didn't have watches (even though I reminded them to bring them!) to time themselves going up so I brought a whistle (I never get to use my whistle).

The hard part of this workout is not stopping or slowing down too much before the end of the 90 seconds. It
might not seem that long at first, but it seems like it's an eternity the more repeats you do.

The group ran really strong. I was super impressed with their effort and how they stayed with it for the whole workout.

After the group finished, we ran back to the parking lot and I set up my cones for speed drills. I almost laughed when I saw their faces :)

Again, the group stayed with me as I had them do sprints, cross overs, sliders, and bounding drills. When we
finished I could tell they had worked hard.

One of the amazing things is that most of this group just finished my Couch to 5K program at the beginning of May! Pretty impressive, if you ask me.

The group will continue building their base mileage for the rest of the month and they have decided to train
for a 5-6 mile midnight run in July.

My favorite part of coaching this group is that I get to throw out some crazy ideas for a goal race or run and
they get to pick what they want to do as a group. The only rules are that it has to be something a little out of the ordinary and it has to be an adventure!

Plus, I get to say I'm running with a bunch of MooreOns!

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Don't miss out on our next Couch to 5K class!

Registration is now open for the August to September class!

Next Class Starts August 4th! 

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Have you ever wanted to run a 5K?  Do you want to get back into running after taking time off?  

Start a new adventure by getting off the couch and to the finish line of a 5K race!

MooreOnRunning and TrySports
Couch to 5K Training Program

Next Class Starts August 4th! 

March C25K Group at the Race the Landing 5K!

January C25K Group at the Catch the Leprechaun 5K!

We have had three successful classes this year.
January, March and May classes filled up with more than 20 runners each time!
Click here to read about our January group.

Don't miss out on our next Couch to 5K class!

Registration is now open for the August to September class!

Next Class Starts August 4th! 

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by ACTIVE Network
Have you ever wanted to run a 5K?  Do you want to get back into running after taking time off?  

Start a new adventure by getting off the couch and to the finish line of a 5K race!

Noah Moore, USATF and RRCA certified running coach, has partnered with TrySports to offer an eight
week couch to 5K program to help you achieve your goals!

Coach Noah is a former couch potato who lost over one hundred pounds and went from the couch to running Ultra Marathons.  He has designed his own format of this classic training program that will help you get moving and stay moving.

The cost of this program is $50 and includes:

-         A certified running coach who will meet with you every Sunday for 8 weeks.
-         An eight week training plan to get you from the couch to the finish line of a 5K race.
-         Group training opportunities with experienced runners each week.
-         Professional support from the TrySports staff and team leaders.
-         Discounts on running gear (two month TrySports Believe Achieve membership included).
-         Motivation and support to get you to the finish line.
Participants will receive a 20% discount off their Isle of Palms Connector 5K Race registration (October 5th).

Group training and instruction will meet in Mount Pleasant's Old Village on Sunday mornings at 7:00am for one hour. 

Click here to read about our January class finishing their 5K.

Click below to find out more about the TrySports Walk Run Club 
Noah Moore
Certified Running Coach


Sometimes when I'm doing a product review I think "How dumb is this thing?" other times I think, "How dumb am I that I didn't have this thing when I really needed it!"

Wearing the RIBZ Front Pack with my hydration pack
This is one of those things I could have really used.

Recently, I was sent a RIBZ Front Pack to review. Unfortunately, it was after my run across the Grand Canyon.

Oh well...

The first thing I wondered was if it was going to be like a fanny pack or something cheesy. The next thing I wondered was if it would be too bulky or too loose to use on a run.

Well, its not cheesy and it really worked well on my long run.

I was sent the green (alpine) version of the RIBZ Front Pack, but their is a black (stealth) and a camo (no cool nickname) version as well.

The Front Pack is basically that, a pack carried on your front (as opposed to a backpack, which is a pack on your see where I'm going with this right?).

The Front Pack has a harness system that, once on, is really easy to adjust and is very comfortable. The whole thing weighs about eleven ounces and comes in regular and small sizes. It has two large pockets with an outside pocket on each.

Really cool zipper
Those outside pockets have plenty of room for gels and bars. Plus, its really nice to be able to get to them without stopping or having to reach around your hydration pack. They also have zippers that are super easy to use with gloves.

The two large pockets have plenty of room for everything else (don't go crazy, you still have to run with it).

There are two mesh pockets inside to separate things for you OCD peeps too.

I actually watched a video review by some guy that showed how he could carry his Glock handgun inside one of the mesh pockets (not sure I would need that on a run, but you never know).

I never use any type of pack on a short run, so I thought the best way to test it would be to use it with my hydration pack on a long run.

Mesh pockets inside
I packed some gels and bars in the front pockets and then packed my cellphone, gloves, hat, small first aid kit, some electrolytes and a Mylar blanket in the large pockets (I still had plenty of room for a longer trip or run).

I really liked the lightweight, breathable, material used for the Front Pack. I never felt too hot or weighed down by the pack. I was able to tighten the straps enough so the pack did not move around as I ran and I was really happy that the Front Pack was a perfect fit with my hydration pack.

As I ran, I was able to get to everything I needed. The zipper tabs are a really nice touch as they made it easy to open and close all the pockets. Again, this would have been so helpful on my Grand Canyon run.
It even comes with a cool carrying case!

The only thing I found missing was a waterproof pocket for my cellphone. I ended up putting my cellphone in a zip lock baggy and it worked fine.

When I finished my run I loved that I could take the pack off by simply unzipping the large zipper in front and the whole thing just slipped off.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the RIBZ Front Pack. One thing I worry about on a long (unsupported) trial run is carrying enough supplies along with my water and this really makes it easy to do both.

I will definitely use it for some long trail runs in the future.

Oh, and I love that I get to put something official like this too!

In an effort to comply with FTC Endorsement Guidelines 16 C.F.R. Part 255: Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Front Pack for free from RIBZ as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations in consideration for review publication.

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As I walked to the edge of the Grand Canyon I started to question myself. What had I gotten myself into? What in the world was I thinking when I said yes? How was I ever going to finish this run?

I was short of breath, my eyes started to water and my heart was pounding. And this was only the day before I was to attempt a double crossing of the Grand Canyon...

My journey from the couch to runner has taken some interesting twists and turns.

As I struggled to complete my first mile with out stopping ,just six years ago, I would have never imagined I would be able to run for thirty minutes straight. When I completed my first half marathon, just five years ago, I would have never imagined running a full marathon. After running several marathons and even ultras I still could not imagine that I would be trying to run across the Grand Canyon, let alone trying to do it over and back!

Yet here I stood. Watching others take pictures of this amazing site. Looking at my running group take it all in, seeming so relaxed and happy. Wondering how in the world I had gotten here.

Well, last year around September I received an email from a running friend (Chris). It started out innocently enough:

"I'm planning on a Grand Canyon double crossing in the Spring. Noah, this sounds like something you would do so I though I'd include you on the invite. Greg, you seem smarter than this but thought you might know some other idiots with this on their bucket list."

With an invite like that how could I refuse?

So I  of course sent an invite to my running partner (CSR). She responded with, "Hmmmmmmm" and then "I'm in!"

I spent the next few months working on a training plan which included the two marathons CSR and I were already planning on running. We added in some crazy hill repeats (on the Cooper River Bridge) and some Lowcountry trail running.

But in the end, we had done all of our training at sea level for a 47 + mile run that would start at about 6,000 feet and go down to around 2,000 feet, back up to over 8,000 feet and back.

Yep, idiots...

The day before our run most of us flew into Las Vegas and rented a 15 passenger van. The trip to the park was so much fun it could fill up this entire post. That night we all checked into our rooms at the Bright Angle Lodge and ate dinner together. Our group consisted of me, CSR, Chris, Brett, Kristin, Scott, Mary Ann, Lee Ann, Jay, Beth, and Bill.

Each of these people have their own stories and they are pretty amazing people. I will not try to describe their run, only what I observed. Chris, Brett, Scott, CSR and myself were planning on running the entire R2R2R; Kristin, Mary Ann, Beth and Bill were planning on running from the South Rim to Phantom Ranch and back to the Rim; and Lee Ann and Jay were planning on running from the South Rim to Indian Garden and back.

All of these runs would be challenging.

That night I tried to sleep, but got up every few hours to check the clock. Can you imagine training months for a run, flying all the way to AZ and not waking up in time to run? I'm guessing someone would have come to my room and made me get up (CSR).

We all met at the South Rim (Bright Angel Trailhead) at 4:00am. It was dark and we could barely see the Canyon, but we all had headlamps and flashlights. There was an attempt at a picture in the dark and then we were off!

Going down the trail was amazing (I may use that word a few times). It was an incredible feeling to know that we were going into this massive place and that we were so high up. The trail is in great shape on the South Rim, but it's dusty and has steps for the mules. CSR was having trouble seeing during this part (mistake number one - we needed better headlamps). As the Sun came up and we could see the trail better our pace picked up and we went past Indian Garden Camp Ground. There was water available but we didn't need any yet so we kept going.

As we made it further into the Canyon we hit Devil's Corkscrew. Amazing! This area was so freaking cool we could not believe it! Running down the switchbacks was like being in an adventure movie. Freaking crazy!

From this area the trail leveled out. We came around a turn and there before us was the Colorado River. The sun was up and the water was beautiful. There were several hikers in the area and I noticed they all looked at us like we were crazy. There's a short bridge crossing at this point and we stopped to take a few pictures.

From the bridge it's only a short distance to Phantom Ranch. We were feeling pretty good, but I could tell it was going to take us a lot longer to finish than I had expected.

I constantly do math in my head when I'm running to figure out pace and finish times (its a curse). I let the feeling of dread leave me and worked on refilling my bottles and hydration pack.

While we were refilling our packs I saw Antone Krupicka, a big time ultra runner! Kind of like running into Ryan Hall at a marathon. Anyway, I watched him refill his tiny water bottle and then take off like he was running a 5K. Crazy!

From Phantom Ranch we started our run to the North Rim. CSR and I were feeling pretty good and running strong. We made it through some pretty amazing places and saw some cool water falls, cliffs, and even an area that looked like swamp.

Although I did see a lizard and a mule deer (I guess that's what it's called), there was not much wildlife wondering around.

I did, however, hallucinate a little and thought for sure I saw a kangaroo in front of me...

After Ribbon Falls the incline started to gradually increase, but after a few miles you really start to notice it. We passed Cottonwood Campground and finally made it to the Pumphouse Residence and refilled our water for the last time before the big push to the top of the North Rim.

I knew that there was no other stops for water after this point, but felt pretty good knowing it would "only" be five miles up and five miles down. How much water would I really need???

We also saw a sign for people to leave notes and noticed that Brett, Chris and Scott were close to two hours ahead of us (damn!).

As we were heading out there was an older guy running just ahead of us. He had actually run the Canyon several times over the years. I asked him how long it was to the top and as he ran off he said, "usually takes me about four and half hours round trip". Hmmmm. I was like, maybe I misunderstood him. Four and a half hours to run ten miles? No way.

Oh, if we were only so lucky...

The trail immediately started to get worse as soon as we left the last water stop. We passed by Roaring

Springs and saw more amazing views. The elevation change was really starting to quicken and we had to climb over some trees and rocks as we got higher.

I could tell I was sweating a lot more and my heart was really pounding.  This was going to be tough...

A mile or so before we reached Supai Tunnel we ran into Brett on his way back down. He was feeling pretty bad and was trying to get back to Phantom Ranch to meet his wife Kristin. He didn't make us feel very good about what we had left in front of us.

About forty five minutes later we ran into Chris on his way back down. Again, he didn't make us feel like jumping up and down for joy at the prospect of what was ahead.

We finally made it to Supai Tunnel, after what seemed an eternity, only to find the end of the tunnel was blocked by a rock slide. After climbing over the rocks we just kept on going.

At this point I realized that I was going to run out of water before I even reached the top of the North Rim. There's no water at the top so I was going to have to figure something out for at least the next three hours. I have a huge problem with calf cramps when I'm dehydrated so I was really starting to freak out.

Just then, we saw Scott coming down from the top. He had run out of water as well, but told me there was snow at the top to refill bottles. Huge relief, but we still had to get there...

It was so weird how my brain just started to shut down. Even though I knew I could get snow at the top I was still trying to save my half bottle of water. I was in a fog and barely remember this part of the trail.

CSR ended up pulling me to the side of the trail and made me stop in the shade until my heart rate slowed down and I drank the rest of my water. It seemed like oxygen finally made it back to my head and it started to clear up a little.

I was feeling better at this point, but if another  runner came down saying "almost there" I would have killed them!

We saw some pretty amazing sites and right before we made it to the top we ran into a funny squirrel sitting on some rocks. I even took a picture just to make sure it wasn't a hallucination.

We pushed one more time and made it to the top of the North Rim! I was still breathing hard and felt like I could have just stopped there for days.

We talked to a couple of guys who took our picture and then we filled up my water bottles. Snow, dirt, grass and bugs have never tasted better!

There really was not time to enjoy our victory, we still had to get back down and then back up to the other side...

The run back down the trail was a whole lot more fun. The views were even more spectacular than I thought going up (well, what little I remembered).

CSR started having a lot of foot pain as we made our way back. I knew we were way behind our predicted time and knew we were going to be finishing our run at night.

After stopping to refill our bottles and packs we headed back towards Phantom Ranch. I really started to worry that my wife, Jen, was going to be freaking out when we did not get back in the time frame I had told her, so I tried to get a text out to her. Not so easy in the Grand Canyon. Just as I was about to give up trying, the text went through.

Just getting through to Jen and letting her know I was okay was such a big relief. She may not know it, but her encouragement at that moment made me feel a million times better and was just what I needed.

Now that I was not worried about when we were going to finish, I was just determined to finish this damn run!

We took it easy until we got to Phantom Ranch. Once we got there I went to pick up our sack lunches (which sucked) and CSR went to find some Motrin. We spent about 15 minutes eating, refilling water and talking to some of the campers. CSR was feeling a lot better after the Motrin started kicking in so we headed out for our last nine miles to the top of the South Rim.

We were both feeling pretty good and made good time running back to Devil's Corkscrew. We saw the last of the sun and turned on our headlamps and flashlight as we started the last five miles.

Those last five miles took us hours...

We even made a few rookie mistakes. We thought we were closer and skipped eating for an hour. I realized it when we got to the Three Mile Rest House. That's when you know you have three miles left (hmmmmm). Well, we thought we had about a mile left.

We stopped and ate and once again my brain starting working. CSR was crashing pretty fast. Her feet were killing her again and she looked rough (shh, don't tell her I said that). I was actually really worried that she could fall off the trail and really get injured. We were both tired and our headlamps were just not bright enough. We stayed close and just kept going.

With just a little ways to go we saw a flashlight that we knew was Brett's (he had sent us a text). That was such a big lift for us that we really started pushing the last half mile.

Side note: Brett actually got pretty sick on his run and had been puking for six hours! Crazy that he actually got out of bed and came out to see us finish. Of course it could be that he just wanted to take a video of us and see just how crappy we looked at the end...

We finally came around the corner of the last switchback and finished at the top of the South Rim.

It was such a surreal moment. It was hard to believe that it was real. We had made it!

Had it not been so late and I had not been so tired I would have been jumping up and down and yelling. As it was, CSR and I simply hugged Brett and then walked back to Chris' room for pizza, the best cold pizza I have ever eaten.

So as I look back as this amazing adventure and I think of where my journey began I remind myself of just how lucky am I that I took that first (hard, painful, sweaty, slow, awkward) step...

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