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A runner’s four-minute pitch to save the Grand Canyon

<iframe src=”https://player.vimeo.com/video/149362853″ width=”500″ height=”264″ frameborder=”0″ webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/149362853″> In the newly released short film Chasing the Distance, Flagstaff, Arizona-based runner Rob Krar records a love letter to his wife — and the Grand Canyon.

Krar intends to preserve both his relationship with his life and running partner, Christina Bauer, as well as the famed national park which, each in their own way, saved Krar from the downward spiral of depression.

“Being outside is the corner piece that keeps me together and nourishes my relationships,” Krar told GrindTV. “Having these lands, as silly as it sounds, is about making the world a better place, preserving them for exploring and learning.”

Krar is known best for having the fastest recorded times for both single and double crossings of the Grand Canyon, as well as for his wins at the prestigious Western States 100 and Leadville 100 races.

However, his short film is about something far more personal — the inspiration that the Grand Canyon has provided in bringing him out of the depths of depression and on to helping preserve wild lands like Arizona's beautiful high desert for others who can also find healing in the outdoors.

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Rob Krar contemplates the ability of wild places to heal and inspire. Photo: Ian Shive/TandemStock.com
A former college middle-distance runner, Krar, who only started ultrarunning in 2012 but has quickly become one of its fastest-rising stars, says most of his highlights in the Grand Canyon have taken place while running.

However, the vast national park also holds secrets of some of the runner’s lowest moments.

“A decade ago I quit running and decided to do a hike at the wrong time of year. I [was] out of shape and I didn't know what I was getting into,” says Krar. “By the time I got to the North Rim and knew I had to go back, I felt broken.”

Since then, love and a love for the outdoors has helped Krar climb out of a deep chasm of depression to appreciate all the Grand Canyon has to offer.

“We've since done backpacking and fly fishing trips off the North Rim and I've been able to enjoy the canyon in a different way than I had in the past.”

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Rob Krar and wife Christina Bauer, who is also Krar’s running partner, spend time in the Grand Canyon, where they fell in love. Photo: Ian Shive/TandemStock.com
Chasing the Distance is simply an eye candy-loaded reminder that anyone interested in the outdoors can work toward saving lands with an action as simple as filling out a petition.

In this case, the proposed Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument would conserve nearly 2 million acres surrounding Grand Canyon National Park, protecting a landscape filled with sacred cultural sites, natural treasures and, for others like Krar, some life-saving outdoor energy.

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