ST. GEORGE — At the end of October, St. George resident Crystal McGee was running up the South Kaibab Trail on her first crossing of the Grand Canyon when she had an epiphany of sorts.
"I just felt like, I can do this, I need to do this," she said. "From that point on I just put my head down and ran."
McGee was en route to completing a supported quad-crossing of the Grand Canyon, running from North Rim to South Rim to North Rim to South Rim to North Rim again; a feat that only three women, including herself, have recorded – and she did it faster than any of them.
Among her friends McGee is also known for tackling other running challenges such as running 23 miles around a baseball diamond, 40 miles without eating or drinking anything other than water and even 24 hours of nonstop walking for 60 miles.
But even with all that under her belt, McGee said she wasn't brave enough to attempt the 100-mile distance. Then she won a free entry into the 2020 Zion Ultra for the 100-mile distance and decided to go for it.