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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 […]

10 Sep 2013

On The Trails – Epic Trail Spotlight – The Kalalau Trail – Kauai HI

On the Trail Epic Trail Spotlight – The Kalalau Trail in Kauai HI Photo Courtesy of KalalauTrail.com The spectacular Kalalau Trail starts along the north shore of the island of Kauai and continues for 11 miles to end in the waterfalls of Kalalau Valley. It’s known as one of the most beautiful and transforming hikes in America, however, it also regularly ranks as one of the most dangerous. This trail is definitely a fantastic challenge for ultrarunners. The 22 miles […]

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

On the Trails: Desert RATS Expedition Stage 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 […]

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 […]

30 Nov 2012

On the Trails: Epic Trail Spotlight – Mountain Bike the Kokopelli Trail

Riding the Kokopelli Trail in one push is truly one of the greatest mountain bike endurance tests in North America. Easy access and relative proximatey to airports makes this a must do for hardcore endurance athletes. The Kokopelli Trail is 142 miles of beautiful rugged jeep road and travels past wonderful ruddy-colored canyons, arches, the La Sals, and the Colorado river. It transcends from Loma, CO to Moab, UT and offers its marvels to the adventure seeking cyclist or runner. […]

04 Oct 2012

Gemini News: Fairchild takes 8th, US Team Gold at the WMR Championships 2012

Guess who just rocked the World Mountain Running Championships? Gemini Event’s 2012 Festival guest speaker, Melody Fairchild did, that’s who! The WMRC’s is an epic international mountain running competition governed by the WMRA. The championships include Senior Men (13km), Senior Women (7.9k), Junior Men (7.9k), and Junior Women (4.1k) events as well as Overall Team. This year’s championship was held on September 2, in the villages of Temu and of Ponte di Legno, Italy. All finished at Tonale Pass, located […]

09 Jul 2012

On the Trails: 2012 100K Classic Endurance Mountain Bike Race By Courtney Olsen

On Friday May 11th, at the Rabbit Valley exit #2, the wind was playful, pulling tents from the desert. I-70 had closed because of the snow, and some of the 100K Classic Endurance Mountain Bike racers were forced to turn around and head home. Still, the med tent was erected, the course marked by a gang of muscular men on foot, by bike, by car, and most of the chiseled field were checking in and grabbing schwag at the LBS: […]

29 Nov 2011

Snowy Range Snowshoe Races

From the mastermind behind the sadistic and silly Twin Mountain Trudge comes a new snowshoe race. On January 7th, 2012, the Snowy Range Snowshoe Races will kick off with 5K, 10K, and 20k backcountry adventure race options. Starting at the Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area in southeast Wyoming, participants coming from the Front Range of Colorado can enjoy a traffic-free drive to pristine and snow-filled mountain fun (about three hours from Denver, less than two hours from Fort Collins). […]