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Category : Desert R.A.T.S.

20 Nov 2013

Nutrition – Muffin Top

Scene: It’s mid December and you’re getting ready to head into work. Lately you have been really consistent with getting your morning workout in, but today you decided to skip it—you want to get to work early because you have a pile of papers to get through before you duck out early to head to a client’s holiday party on your way home. Skipping a workout here and there…its no big deal…it’s the holiday, right! The drive in is cold […]

01 Nov 2013

On the Trail – Q&A with Jeremy Joslin, M.D.

On the Trail Q & A with Dr. Jeremy Joslin Event and Expedition Medical Services photo credit by Jeremy Joslin 1) What do you do for Gemini Adventures? I am the medical director.  This is my 7th year working with Desert RATS. 2) What is your medical and race background? I work in emergency medicine.  I work at a Level 1 trauma center in upstate New York, which covers 19 counties in the area.  I have never participated in any […]

23 Oct 2013

Nutrition – Caffeine

What do you know about Caffeine? photo credit by glendelman.com We all know that coffee wakes you up in the morning and gets us through the afternoon slump. Have you ever noticed feeling an extra boost during a morning workout after drinking a cup of Joe? Caffeine is considered a stimulant and there is research that caffeine improves athletic performance in some sports, especially endurance activities. It seems simple. Just grab a coffee before your race and you have a […]

10 Sep 2013

Gemini News – Desert RATS Classic Mountain Bike Race Recap

NEWS** The 2014 Classic route has changed! We’re working with the BLM to add a singletrack loop to replace a long section of paved and dirt road. May 11th, 6:45 am and it’s another magnificent spring morning in Fruita, CO. The pre-race check-in for the 3rd annual Desert RATS Classic mountain bike race is winding down and the racers are making their final preparations. It’s sunny, cool and clear with hard packed trails from rain earlier in the week. Camping […]

31 Jul 2013

Red-Rock Cleanse

Running the Desert RATS By Ashley Arnold Published July 10, 2013 on RunnersWorld.com Kokopelli’s Trail spans approximately 148 miles from Loma, Colorado, to Moab, Utah.  While primarily thought of as a mountain-bike route, the trail traverses dirt roads, doubletrack, the occasional pavement stretch, and smatterings of rocky singletrack and smooth slick rock. Most of the trail is red-dirt desert with a small section that climbs into the La Sal Mountains—jagged, almost-out-of-place looking peaks that hover, lonely above Moab’s red-rock sea. The […]

30 Jul 2013

Desert RATS Trailrunning Festival 2013

by TrailAndUltraRunning.com Gemini Adventures hosts more than just a race in Fruita, CO in April of every year. By all definitions it is truly a festival. They start with a pre-race dinner at a local hotel on Friday, the marathon and double-marathon on Saturday, followed by awards and a party, then a half marathon and 5 miler on Sunday; a whole weekend of events. With proper planning runners should attempt to attend all of the weekend’s activities as it will […]

28 Dec 2012

On the Trails: Reminiscing Desert RATS 2012 by Gregg Lemkau

EXPEDITION STAGE 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 on the ground. They hurt. Fluid pulsed […]

30 Nov 2012

Gemini News: 24 Hours of Boulder…Endurance Races 2012 Recap

It was 5:30 on a Boulder morning, the sun wouldn’t ascend for another hour, and the staff, costume-adorned, traipsed from trailer to base camp to set up for the 24 Hours of Boulder…Endurance Races for an eighth consecutive year. A cat, a Viking, a dead hunter, and a dreaded Rastafarian race director set up shop at the Boulder Reservoir, on a platform overlooking the dark shoreline. Racers filtered in to register among flickering lights and hanging ghosts. A great group […]

11 Jul 2012

Race Report: Desert R.A.T.S. Stage Race By Colleen Corcoran

It is a long way between places. The desert spires and rock walls grow in size as the day progresses. They are red the way rust on weathered steel is red or like old nails jutting up from the earth’s core, and they cut refined silhouettes across the horizon, increasingly so as the sun begins to set. Scale is everything, size and distance and time across it. When the winds arrive and the dust and sand begin to stir, all […]

11 Jul 2012

Race Report: Desert R.A.T.S. Stage Race 2012 By Elise Maguire

Desert RATS (Race Across The Sand): A 235km footrace in the desert of Utah with a 13 pounds backpack – the perfect challenge for a crossfitter/ultra-runner. 2012 was the second hottest year since the race was created in 2006. Day1 (32km): 27 starters, the race started at 1:30pm in the heat of the day. I was strong for the first 22km, but then we had to fight a violent wind for the last 10km. I decided to save up my […]