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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 […]

04 Sep 2016

2016 Desert RATS Kokopelli 150

Desert RATS Kokopelli 150 2016 By Renee Melly Stage 1 Wow! What an amazing experience.  The pendulum swings that I experienced throughout the day were swift and strong.  First the good:  I felt great through the first 6 miles…was even holding down the middle of the pack.  And the scenery was absolutely breathtaking…pictures just can’t do it justice. You quickly realize how small you really are in the grand scheme of things. After the first aid station, I felt a […]

10 Jun 2016

2016 Desert RATS Kokopelli 150 Racer Posts

2016 Desert RATS Kokopelli 150 Racer Posts – Stage 4 Lauren: Today was a welcome reprieve, with delicious food (per ususal), as well as relaxation and cooling off at the River. Yesterday’s 42 mile Expedition Stage was certainly the most scenic, getting up to 8,500 feet, with the majority of the day climbing. However, with cooler temps in the 80’s, some clouds and breezes, I felt the best I have all week and Chris and I moved consistently all day, […]

19 Feb 2016

Gemini News – 2016 Events and Sponsor Discounts

Gemini News – 2016 Events and Sponsor Discounts Only 2 months until our first event and we can’t wait to get out on the trails! This season in addition to our current Desert RATS race series and small group tours we’ll also be hosting a new half marathon in Fruita in May and new multi-sport tours where small groups can run, hike, bike, and canyoneer all in one epic trip. We also have great discounts on nutrition and gear from […]

19 Feb 2016

Training – What Gets Measured Gets Managed

Training – What Gets Measured Gets Managed By Cindy Stonesmith Now that we are closing the door to last year’s racing and training season and as our 2016 season approaches, it is time to sit down and reflect what we did right and what we want to add or include into our 2016 training. Here is my evaluation list of 7 training elements. #1: Weight: Are you at your optimal race weight? If not and you are thinking of losing […]

19 Feb 2016

On the Trail – Junko Kazukawa: Grand Slammer, Leadwoman, 2x Cancer Survivor

On the Trail – Junko Kazukawa: Grand Slammer, Leadwoman, 2x Cancer Survivor *Originally published on the Ultrarunning Magazine Website by Tonia Smith Junko Kazukawa has always been a woman who is unafraid to make bold moves in life. Growing up in Japan, she knew that young women were expected to follow a traditional path: Go to college, take a job in an office for a few years and then get married and start a family. While that path was fine […]

17 Jan 2016

Gemini News – Kokopelli Running Tour Recap

Gemini News – Kokopelli Running Tour Recap    “I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before. Or else I am awake for the first time, and all before has been a mean sleep.” Edward Abbey “Do you want to sleep outside,” asked Bear, as the cacophonous noises of tooth brushing and sleeping bags unrolling erupted into the quiet stillness surrounding us.  I studied him uncertainly.  I’d never slept outside before and, in fact, the idea […]