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Come for the Run! Stay for the Adventure!
Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon

We are excited you have decided to join us for the Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon. 2019 marks 100 years of service in the Grand Canyon for the National Park Service and the first year of us hosting this Grand Event.  

Each week I plan to bring you a short story and introduce you to our wonderful community.

Please don't hesitate to ask questions along the way.

Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon
Tusayan Fire Department 

I've always had a soft spot for firefighters ( I even married one).  Growing up working in recreation I unfortunately had to call on them for their expertise.  Hockey and ice-skating injuries were never very pretty.  I guess you can say they were part of my peers - we provided basic first responder duties and they took care of the rest - usually involving bones not going in the right direction.  These are the people that run towards the danger when the rest of us run the other way.  Without a strong local fire department our communities suffer.  

We have just that in Tusayan, a small fire district that is comprised of half career firefighters and half volunteer firefighters.  They are devoted to making a difference in our community.  They respond to roughly 350 calls each year from structural fires, wildland fires, motor vehicle accidents, medical assistance and more for not only our local residents but millions of visitors that come through each year.  

I always feel the Fire Department is the heart of a community.  In additional to all of their duties above they do station tours, school field trips, CPR classes, Fire Extinguisher Safety Classes, Community Events - July 4th, our half-Marathon, pictures with Santa, smoke detector programs and much more....

Like many small districts they face continual financial struggles.  This next year may be their biggest challenge ever as their local funding has been severely cut.  As soon as I heard of their struggle I invited them to our event.  I know many of you have had the assistance of the local fire department and well -  I knew you'd want to help.  Come and support the Tusayan Fire Department’s 1st Annual Pancake Breakfast on November 2, 2019 starting at 8 am. Located in the IMAX parking lot, T.F.D. will have a pancake breakfast, coffee, and hot chocolate available for sale from 8 am - 12 pm.

Marathon note...The Tusayan Fire Department will also be staffing our first aid station. 

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Sponsoring hotels
Where to Stay?
We have 6 Hotels/Motels located in Tusayan where the event will take place.
Red Feather Lodge - yep RP's legacy is still open an operated by the family.  This remodeled family friendly option can offer all the comforts of home - enjoy a beautiful grand entrance, fully remodeled rooms, a workout room, and laundry.
Grand Canyon Holiday Inn Express and Suites is our only local hotel that includes breakfast.  30 beautiful suites are also available. They have an indoor pool and hot tub. 
The Grand Hotel is the only 3-diamond hotel in the region and one of the few area hotels with an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub. 
Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel  beautiful rooms recently remodeled with a gorgeous atrium and an incredible mural as you enter the lobby. They also host a local favorite The Wagon Wheel Saloon. They have an indoor  hot tub.
Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn  This resort style property boasts a newly renovated indoor / outdoor pool and hot tub, indoor arcade and a bowling alley.  A little side note - all the photo's in the hotel are different - each hallway and every room - all tell a story about the Grand Canyon.
7-Mile Lodge If you decide to stay at the last minute 7-Mile Lodge is perfect - they accept same day bookings only.  This cute Lodge will provide you a welcoming local feel.
Want to be closer to the Rim? As of today they have availability at:
Maswik LodgeMaswik is named for a Hopi Kachina who is said to guard the Grand Canyon. Originally cabins - in 1972 and 1981 the cabins where replaced with 2 story buildings. Maswik North is currently open - Maswik South is currently under construction.
Yavapai Lodge - The largest set of accommodations within Grand Canyon National park located just 1/2 mile from the Rim. Rooms have been recently updated and the Yavapai Tavern now has outdoor seating and on many weekends live music.
Other hotels within the South Rim but currently not showing availability... keep in mind people do cancel so it may be worth checking.
El TovarThis 1905 Historic property will have you staying right on the Rim. 78 rooms and history like none other!
Bright Angel Lodge - This 1935 landmark hotel / cabins were designed and created by the famous architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter. While there be sure to check out the history of Mary Colter and the famous Fred Harvey and the Fred Harvey Girls.
Kachina Lodge - Kachina is a contemporary Lodge located on the Rim.  Half the rooms have partial Grand Canyon views.
Thunderbird Lodge - Thunderbird is another contemporary Lodge located on the Rim.  Half the rooms have partial Grand Canyon views.
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