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It Started Today……

….actually, it started yesterday, but the Marathon Training Program that I’ve chosen has Monday as a rest day.  So, in 18 weeks me and 44,999 of my closest friends will be running the Chicago Marathon.

If you want to follow my progress, not sure why you would, you can see my training calendar and completed runs on, or see run information on

Hoping to cross one thing off of my bucket list.

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    Len Hardy

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    • Grand Canyon 2012

      Len, Ben, Joel, John, and Mike do a 6 night backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon. Initial trailhead is Hermit’s Rest, nights at Hermit’s Creek, Granite Rapids, Salt Creek, Horn Creek, and 2 nights at Bright Angel before hiking out via the South Kaibab Trail. Awesome trip, great weather, a […]

    • High Sierra Trail / Mt. Whitney 2010

      Len, Ben, Mike, Tony, and Jeff’s first trip includes a traverse of the High Sierra Trail from Crescent Meadow to the Mt. Whitney Portal.  Regular hikers Joel and John are not on this trip because of previous commitments and back problems, respectively.  70 miles from west to east in 6 […]

    • Buckskin Gulch / Paria Canyon 2009

      Len, Ben, John, Tony, and Mike fly into Vegas, spend some time in Zion National Park and head to the Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness.  They leave the Wire Pass trailhead  and hike Buckskin Gulch, the longest contiguous slot canyon in the US, at 14 miles, in one day;  4 more days […]

    • Grand Canyon 2007

      Len, Joel, Tony, John, and Mike head to the Grand Canyon for an October backcountry trip from Grandview Point, along the Tonto Trail, to Phantom Ranch and then up to the South Rim via the Bright Angel Trail. Two nights at Phantom Ranch before the climb out to relax, dayhike, […]

    • Glacier National Park, Roadtrip IV, 2006

      This year, we arrived at GNP from the east on Thursday, 7/27, and were staying for three nights at Cut Bank. Our plans called for a couple of day hikes, hiking in to the Granite Park Chalet via the Highline Trail, out over Swiftcurrent Pass to Many Glacier, and then […]

    • Yellowstone 2005, the Thorofare

      Len, John, Joel, and Ben will be driving non-stop from the Chicago suburbs to Yellowstone National Park, 22 hours of sheer highway excitement. Two nights at Slough Creek to start the trip, followed by a 6 day, 5 night trek through the Thorofare. This trip starts with a boat ride […]

    • Yosemite, 2004

      Len, John, Joel, Tony, Chris, and Ben fly from Chicago to Reno, rent a couple of cars and drive to Yosemite National Park. A couple of day hikes, a night at the Merced Lake High Sierra Camp, and a 4 night backpack in the southern section of the park are […]

    • Glacier Roadtrip II, 2003

      24 hour roadtrip in a van from the Chicago area to Glacier National park, followed by 10 days of dayhiking and backpacking. Len, John, Joel, and Joe-joe do the cross-country van trip, Tony flys out and meets everyone in Glacier. The trip report is narrated by John, and is still […]

    • Yellowstone Roadtrip I, 2002

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    • YNP, 1999

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