Anyway here is a recent correspondence between Jay and Steve Price concerning Jay's recent run on the Grand Canyon.
|1980 Jay on steps of NYC city hall upon completing his run across America|
Begin forwarded message:
From: Jay Birmingham
Subject: Grand Canyon
Corbitt was a beast! I met him several times and he was instrumental in my 1980 Tran-America run as well as hosting me on my East Coast Run in 1982. He helped get me in touch with young Johnny Kelley in 1988 when I ran through CT before coming to Ohio that summer when you ran with me.
Grand Canyon kicked my butt but I got out of there with only leg cramps. I doubt I will ever go across again unless I have someone carrying my gear/drinks. The 7-mile descent from the south rim beat up my quads and the steps, hollowed out by mules, were gravelly and steep. The middle 7 miles were gently uphill and I pushed hard (1500 feet elevation gain); but I was dead over the final 7 miles (4000 feet of climbing). It was hot and the final altitude is around 8200 feet but I had trained all summer at 8800 so I think the leg cramps (biceps femoris and sartorius) were simple overuse.I crossed in 1975, 1985, 1995, 2005, and now 2015 on my 70th birthday.Four days later, we were in Nebraska for a reunion of my 1994-2003 cross country teams at Dana College. About 30 runners, their spouses, kids, and a few fans of our program made it a wonderful event for me.Just got home to Florida to prepare for the start of the 2015 CC season at St. Johns Country Day, my 12th. I teach anatomy and physiology and also am head track coach. CC and track are the two largest teams at the small college preparatory school, graduating around 50-60 kids per year. I have about 40 CC runners and 60 on the track team.I hope to swing through there in June 2016 en route to a New England vacation.Jay
More on Jay http://www.badwater.com/blog/jay-birmingham-living-legend-of-badwater/
From Bob Roncker, Cincinnati, OH