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Category : Desert R.A.T.S.

22 Mar 2018

Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff Who are the key players you’ll find in the desert this year? Reid Delman – Race Director | Reid was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Reid moved to Boulder, CO in 1994. He is the owner of Gemini Events and lives in Boulder with his wife, Michele, and two daughters (the twins in the Gemini name). He has dedicated himself to a number of sports over the years including wrestling, rock climbing, adventure racing, ultrarunning, mountain […]

22 Mar 2018

Training for Desert RATS – with Heather Hart

Training for Desert Rats: How to Succeed at the Kokopelli 150 Stage Race Heather Hart – Find Heather at Relentless Forward Commotion Training for Desert Rats Kokopelli 150 multi day foot race is no small feat.  Mainly because the act of running the Desert Rats is also no small feat:  6 days of extreme heat, dry desert conditions, climbing, and back to back days of running high (even ultra marathon) mileage.  For some, this may sound like a miserable time. […]

28 Feb 2018

Gemini News – New Maps, Host Hotels & Volunteers

Things are cracklin’ around Gemini Headquarters as we get prepared for this year’s adventures!   New MAPS!  We now have updated maps to show recent re-routes and updated distances for the Trail Running Festival, Rabbit Valley Half, and Mountain RATS races.  Many thanks to the tireless work of COPMBA members maintaining the trails we enjoy! Host Hotel! Coming down for the Trail Running Festival or Rabbit Valley Half? Looking for a place to stay? Super 8 in Fruita will be our host hotel again. Let them know […]

17 Feb 2018

Training – Eight Tips in Preparing for Desert Endurance Races

Originally posted by Susan Nowell on Ultra Running Limited Are you a desert Runner? You will be soon!   Running in a hot, dry climate comes with its own challenges, as does the sometimes soft, sandy footing.  Think through your training and equipment ahead of time to give yourself the greatest chance for a successful day on the trails!       1. Be Adaptable to Weather Changes The first thing most people think about when they think of the desert […]

17 Feb 2018

On the Trail – Pain and Glory

Originally posted on Independence Run & Hike My feet are raw, really raw. Specifically my heals. I have hardened callus skin on most of my toes. Basically dried out blisters. I am sure I will lose two of the toe nails. My calf is tight, the right one. My left is much worse. My quads are literally peeling, sunburnt. My shoulders too. I’m driving eastbound. I was in this same spot a week ago, but westbound. I can see sections […]

12 Jun 2017

2017 Desert RATS Kokopelli 150 Racer Posts

2017 Desert RATS Kokopelli 150 Day2/3 – K-Ray Day 2 is a long story, but im still in the game. I will share more with you when I get home. Day 3 was a short 9 mile run. I finished! The temps are crazy!!! I made it back to basecamp, hopped in the river and got a massage. Im going to toe the line in the morning. I am going to give it my all, take no risks. Fingers crossed […]

05 Mar 2017

Gemini News Desert RATS Kokopelli 150 Race Report by Jeff Knakal

Gemini News Desert RATS Kokopelli 150 Race Report by Jeff Knakal We sat exhausted on the finish line. Reid (the race director) asked us to stand up to film us. “Say your name, your favorite part of the race, and say ‘I’m a Desert Rat’”.  I was caught off guard. I hadn’t thought about my “favorite” part. With my over analytical personality, it may be months before I decide on my favorite part. “Technically, I DNF’d. Can I say I’m […]

26 Jan 2017

Gemini News – Moab Trail Running Getaway

Gemini News – Moab Trail Running Getaway Colorado River after a day on the trails Explore the Gemini Bridges area, work your way up to Hurrah Pass, run on the world famous Slickrock trail and have lunch at the iconic Milt’s Stop and Eat- Moab’s local diner established in 1954. Treat yourself to a getaway that has it all in a world-class adventure town. This is a non-competitive trip that is designed to showcase the full spectrum of beauty the […]

25 Jan 2017

Training – #1 Incremental Fitness Improvement

Training #1 Incremental Fitness Improvement In order to increase your fitness level it’s important to have a year or even several years of a long training plan. Wanting too much too soon is a recipe for injuries and burnout, don’t get greedy and try to make too big a leap in one run, one race or even one year’s training cycle. Endurance fitness is one of the last physiological adaptations that solidifies through training. It may take 1-2 years before […]

25 Jan 2017

On the Trail – Reminiscing Desert RATS

On the Trail – Reminiscing Desert RATS by Gregg Lemkau When I opened my eyes on the dawn of the 52-mile expedition stage, I was in good spirits. A medic had lanced my toes the night before and wrapped them in various tapes. I thought I was ready to go, but after wiggling my toes and stretching my feet the thought of standing made my stomach turn. The blisters had healed and refilled overnight. I awkwardly placed my beaten pads softly […]