Best for me would be a 2 night/3 day trip.
Day 1: Travel, spend the night at South Rim (either camp on free forest land or wherever...)
Day 2: Run R2R2R, camp again on free land/other lodging, victory BEER and FOOD
Day 3: Limp to breakfast together, head home.
This could either be Friday-Sunday (running Sat.) or Saturday-Monday (running Sun.)
If people don't mind the expense, I suppose we could also pitch in and just get a room. I'm up for sleeping in the woods, the car, a hotel, whatever...Just want to keep it cheap. The National Forest land is close, free, and convenient- easy to sleep in cars, tents, whatever.
What do you all think?
I'm in SoCal too...Brian, you and I should hook up to drive, plus anyone else out this way.
I think it's also important on a trip like this to acknowledge people might have to bail last minute. Most folks can't just up and run a 42+ mile trip unless training, health, etc. come together properly, and I think we all know many things can go wrong prior to the big day. So just putting it out there- I won't be upset if people end up not being able to make it. Not trying to sound flaky, just being realistic. That said, I'll be there.