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23 Four State women gear up to hike the Grand Canyon

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A group of 23 Four State women is taking on the ultimate hiking challenge, the Grand Canyon, rim to rim.
The group of friends, ages 30 to close to 60, began planning the trip early last fall in order to fulfill one woman's bucket list wish.
Most are marathon runners, but some have very little hiking experience.
The group attended a women's backpacking clinic in March and has had several training exercises, like today's 10 to 14 mile hike through the steep Frisco Greenway Trail area in Joplin.
Their Grand Canyon hike will be 14 miles down and then a 9 mile trail back up.
Half of the group is completing the entire trek in one day, while the others will camp at the bottom over night before hiking back to the top.
Many of the group members have been challenging each other over the years, starting with a 5K run and half marathon, then a marathon and now hiking the Grand Canyon.
All say it's important to continue to challenge yourself no matter at what age.
"If you have something to look forward to, socially with our friends doing this, it's just such a great stress reliever and it keeps us healthy as we get older and it's a fun way of staying healthy and fit," said hiker Cathy Brown.
She says it is also important for your health to stay active as you get older.
"As we age, especially in women, we have issues with osteoporosis, our hormone levels change, and hiking, running, any of these kinds of exercises are great to keep your bones strong," Brown said.
The group will leave on June 12th to hike the Grand Canyon on the 13th and 14th.
Some are already planning their next challenge when they return, which is to complete a marathon in Springfield in November.
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