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The pilgrim accommodations are not for travelers who like privacy. Szekeresh said his first night was spent in a 500-year-old stone building. That one room was large enough to sleep 120 pilgrims in steel, two-tier bunk beds. There was a separate bathroom for men and women and each contained three toilets, three showers and three sinks.

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A Thirst for Adventure

Martin Szekeresh has a thirst for adventure. It is a condition that has plagued him for many years and resulted in a treasure trove of memories and great stories. He quenches that thirst with frequent visits to the Grand Canyon. In fact, he is planning a camping trip there next week – yes, next week, the first week of January. Every year he hikes it from rim to rim on his birthday. Szekeresh is 73. That thirst for adventure has been satiated over the years through events for ultra runners too – such as the Zane Grey 50-Mile Run, numerous 100-mile runs and multiple marathons. A number of years ago Szekeresh and one of his brothers also ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.


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