FKT: Clare Gallagher - Trans-Zion (UT) - 2018-11-19

Athlete
Gender
Female
Route Variation
one way
Style
Supported
Finish Date
Time
8h 1m 24s
Photos
Notes

East to West.

Started at 8am on Monday Nov 19 at the east entrance. I started with Hayden Hawks (men's current FKT holder) and Abby Levene (who ended up running behind us on her own shortly into the run). I started the run overdressed since it was 26F, but reached 40F by 9:30am (I'm guessing). II left the Grotto picnic area at 1:40, after taking 3-5min to use porta potty, drink liquid and change out of my tights and soaking wet shirts. The next section was warm, but pleasant and I lolly-gagged a bit up the West Rim, occasionally hiking, but only for a few steps at a time because I knew Joelle is a strong climber and her time was very strong. I got a bit turned around at a Potato hallow sign, I turned around and backtracked unknowingly until I saw campground 6, which I had already passed. I checked my GPX route and then realized what I'd done and corrected myself. At Lava Point (West Rim - Wildcat), Hayden and Brendan were there. I drank a lot and got new bottles, gels and ran the next section with Hayden at ~4:20. It was the most joyous section, Hayden and I just chatting and cruising the whole time. Having Hayden help me with this made a signifiant difference in the experience because he knows everything about this area, the trails and is just such a nice guy and super fun to run with. And passionate about public lands! Then at Hop Valley I used the restroom, reloaded my pack and took off with Brendan ~5:40. The next section is sandy, but not as bad as I expected. Lots of water crossings and I started to have stomach problems, so I stopped eating 7hours in and even though I bonked, I was able to hold off more bathroom stops than the 3 I already took with Brendan (probably only ~5min total). The last two miles were the longest of the route. Very deceiving how you're gradually climbing the whole time and there are countless sandy dry riverbed crossings. I lost my sanity with a half mile to go, thinking I was done, but obviously I wasn't because we hadn't reached the sign yet. Full on delirious finish line! Favorite parts: shadow-sun-light East canyon descent with Hayden, Hop Valley with Brendan. *Note, since the West entrance was closed, we bushwhacked out via a route we scouted the day before from the highway. Not advised without warm clothing because it got very cold after 4pm.