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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.  

I hope you are enjoying learning about our community and we look forward to seeing you soon!


Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon
Grand Canyon Visitor Center and IMAX 

Can you remember the first movie you ever saw in a movie theater?  Growing up we had a local theater that always showed Disney movies and I think Bambi was one of my first.  In grade school we went to local museums and I remember going to the Chicago museum of Science and Technology and visiting their "Yesterday's Main Street".  On Main Street you stepped back into the early 1900's cobblestone streets, shoe stores, an ice-cream parlor and of course an old vintage theater showing a black and white films of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Llyod. 

Can you remember your first IMAX?  I think mine was The Great Barrier Reef...IMAX was originally called a Multiscreen and was first debut in Canada during the 1967 Montreal Expo.  The first IMAX film was Tiger Child and was shown in 1970 at the Expo in Osaka, Japan. IMAX is an abbreviation for "Image Maximum" - original screens where typically 75 feet with the tallest being 117 feet tall with steep seating.  Film is captured in 70mm format making it much larger and heavier for film producers and the result is a 15/70 frame which is 10 times larger than the 35mm film used in regular theaters. 

As you can image putting in an IMAX theater was no small task but having one in your location made a statement. In 1983 Disney opened the first IMAX in a theme park. The next year the first Visitor focused IMAX opened - can you guess where?? Yep - you are correct - the Grand Canyon.  Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets is still shown on one of the original 70mm projection systems (#14 to be exact) on an amazing screen that is 60 X 80 feet.  Locally the community is treated each year to a holiday favorite the Polar Express and we've also had other 70mm special showings of Dunkirk and Start Wars. 

We are grateful to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center for allowing us to use their location as our base for the Grand Canyon Trail Half-Marathon. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Marathon note...You will receive a free ticket to see one of the longest running IMAX shows - Grand Canyon Hidden Secrets when you pick up your registration packet.  Bringing family with you - they will be extended a 25% discounted ticket.

Grand Canyon CVB
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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