Taylor Nowlin came out of nowhere to break Ida Nilsson’s brand-new record by over three minutes
Five days after Swedish runner Ida Nilsson ran a fastest known time (FKT) for the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim-to-rim (R2R2R), a new record has already taken its place. On November 21, Taylor Nowlin shaved three minutes off Nilsson’s time, completing the south-north-south double crossing in 7 hours, 25 minutes, 58 seconds.
Outside online reports the story about this epic achievement. This endurance athlete is originally from Portland, Oregon, she was a steeplechaser at the Oregon State University (“I was good,” she says, “but never a huge standout.”) before moving to Crested Butte, Colorado, in 2014, where she met mountain-running pro Stevie Kremer, who encouraged her to start running trails. A few years of casual racing evolved into more disciplined training this year.
And it’s clearly paid off. In the past ten months, she’s made quick work of notching podium finishes at major races like the Lake Sonoma 50-miler and the Speedgoat 50K.
According to Outside Online ,earlier this month, Nowlin was gearing up for the North Face Endurance Challenge Championships 50-miler, which was scheduled to take place in mid-November. When California wildfires led to the race’s last-minute cancellation, she found herself with pent-up fitness to burn. The Grand Canyon double crossing—roughly 42 miles with 20,000 feet of total elevation change, and located just a 90-minute drive from her home in Flagstaff, Arizona—was the perfect outlet.