Category : News

04 Feb 2018

Desert RATS Bio 2018 – Sue Heineman

Stage Race Sunday! Who’s coming to play in the desert this year? Hailing from our Nation’s Capital, will our returning female champion Sue Heineman bring her bassoon for the evening’s campfire? Marital Status: Married Occupation: Bassoonist (i.e. I play in a symphony orchestra) Years running: 3+ Years running ultras: 1+ Ultras I have done: PHUNT 50k, Greenbelt 50k, Bull Run Run 50 miler, Desert RATS. Favorite race and why: Definitely desert RATS because it’s in Utah! Best results in races: […]

31 Jan 2018

Why Are Improvements from Training Different Among Athletes?

Why Are Improvements from Training Different Among Athletes? Have you ever heard the expression, “We’re all an experiment of one?”  Especially in trail and ultra running, we each respond differently to training, food, drink, weather, and distance.  In this article, Olympian Craig Pickering brings some interesting data to this axiom. At Gemini Adventures, our goal is to make the race personal to YOU, meeting you where you’re at with what you need. “If you’ve ever trained a group of athletes, you’ve probably […]

28 Jan 2018

Desert RATS Bio 2018 – Jeff Knakal

Stage Race Sunday! Who’s coming to play in the desert this year? Jeff Knakal is coming down from the humid Pacific Northwest. His training secret? Parking his car in the sun and driving with the windows up and heat on! Marital Status: Married (to Desert RAT Theresa) Number of Children: 2 (Both out of college) Occupation: Boeing Engineer Years running: Since the Nixon Administration Years running ultras: 8 Ultras I have done: Many Rainshadow Running and Northwest Trail Running Races, […]

26 Jan 2018

January – Letter from Reid

January Letter from Reid | Adventurers,     Welcome to 2018! Time for New Year’s resolutions? I believe if you live your life right, you don’t have to make resolutions.  BUT – now is a time to plan the year to come. Family river trips, adventure weekends and races – planning them is almost as much fun as doing them.     I’m not sure what this year will bring; I’m still recovering from a broken leg. While I’m walking pretty […]

24 Jan 2018

Multi-Day Adventure Prep

Multi-Day Adventure Prep While the venues may change, the heart of stage races remains constant. From the deserts of the Kokopelli Trail to the alpine of the Himalayas, what gear do you consider essential for multi-day adventures? Eric Schranz of UltraRunnerPodcast shared his preparation for the Himalayan 100 Stage Race. Read the full article. What Worked and What I Forgot For My First International Stage Race Main travel bag: The Beast Gear Hauler by Orange Mud ($100) This sucker is […]

21 Jan 2018

Desert RATS Bio 2018 – Sheryl Collmer

Stage Race Sunday! Who’s coming to play in the desert this year? Sheryl Collmer hails from Plano, TX and hopes to bring her experience as staff from the Trans-Pecos desert stage race to the Kokopelli as a runner this year! Marital Status: Single Number of Children: 0 Occupation: Writer / Speaker / Accountant Years running: 20 Years running ultras: 9 Ultras I have done: JFK50, American River, Run on the Sly, North Face Endurance, Kansas Ultra Festival, various Pacific Coast […]

17 Jan 2018

UltraRunner Training Spring Camp

UltraRunner Training Spring Camp Already had enough sliding and postholing through frigid training runs this winter? Have you worn out that treadmill in the basement? Or do you struggle to resume your training regimen in the spring? Perhaps you’re stressing over getting ready for your early season adventures. This April, come jump start your 2018 season over 4 days on the scenic Kokopelli Trail in the Colorado/Utah desert with UltraRunner Training. URT head coach Cindy Stonesmith will lead a small […]

13 Jan 2018

Wallaroo Hat Company Partners with Gemini Adventures

Wallaroo Hat Company Partners with Gemini Adventures We’re thrilled to welcome Wallaroo Hat Company as a partner of Gemini Adventures for 2018! The Boulder, Colo.-based Wallaroo Hat Company manufacturers an Aussie inspired line of UPF 50+, colorful, fashion-forward everyday hats. Wallaroo was founded by Stephanie Carter and Lenya Shore in 1999 after a trip to Australia where they discovered the Aussie secret to sun protection. ###### Wallaroo Hat Company, the innovative Aussie inspired headwear brand that combines fashion and long-lasting […]

10 Jan 2018

RedBull – 12 Ultra Marathons to Try in 2018

12 Ultra Marathons to Try in 2018 -Fergus Scholes for RedBullUK Now in it’s 14th year, the Desert RATS Stage Race rounds out the RedBull.com international list of Must-Do Races for 2018. Listed in order of when the races occur, the Desert RATS Kokopelli 150 appears in the number 6 spot. “Now is the perfect time to be lining up an epic challenge for 2018… Set in the adventurer’s dream playground, the Desert Rats Kokopelli 150 Stage Race supported six-day […]

28 Dec 2017

December – Letter from Reid

December Letter from Reid | Adventurers, It’s been 8 weeks since I broke my leg. I’ve been waiting for this moment for…well, 8 weeks. I was told it would be healed up in 8 weeks. I thought this meant I’d be able to throw off my cast and start upping my weekly miles. Not only am I not running, but I never reached my sub-15 minute crutches mile – I’m barely even walking without my crutches. What can I do […]