At 5:00 a.m. everyone arose from their tents, ate breakfast, and piled into the busses which drove us to the head of the trail that would start our incredible exploration. From here we hiked 12 miles down and through a canyon. At the end of this, there were buses awaiting any camper who did not wish to continue. From here, the remaining runners split into groups according to speed. Group one consisted of the fastest athletes, and group four, the slowest. We then proceeded to “60 60’s,” (run 60 seconds, walk 60 seconds) for eight miles, continuing through the canyon. If at any point you felt like you would not be able to maintain your group’s speed, you could drop. This meant that you would stop, pull off to the side of the trail, wait for the next group, and continue with them. When we finished the 60 60’s, a mile and a half long hike strait up out of the canyon awaited us. At this point, hiking at an angle was not to be desired. At the top of the canyon we were greeted with lemon heads before we began a seven mile run back to camp.
At the end of the day, we had covered about 27 miles. This was by far the most taxing workout I had ever endured, yet it was a useful and exhilarating test to see how much the body can endure when pushed.