Sunday, 21 January 2018 08:55

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 trail races

Favorite race and why: Favorite (so far) is Trans-Pecos Ultra, even though my experience on it was as a volunteer and staff. Gorgeous surroundings, rugged experience, loved it!

Best results in races: There was “then” and there’s “now” (with 2 foot surgeries in between) Best 50K was my first one: 6:25.

Tell us something about yourself, running related or other: Love love love to write, and have published race reports as well as feature stories in UltraRunning magazine.

What’s your favorite way to train for Desert RATS: I’ll train with back-to-back long runs, and use other ultra races as my super-long-runs.

What are your goals for Desert RATS: Enjoy the beauty of the desert and the company of some good friends. I hope and plan to have enough training under my belt that I can purely enjoy the mileage each day. This race occurs in one of my favorite parts of the world!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:54

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 group from Fruita, Colorado along the classic Kokopelli course to Moab, Utah. You’ll receive plenty of advice, trail time and camp camaraderie from Cindy, fellow runners, and the Gemini Adventures pros responsible for the iconic Desert RATS Stage Race.

Cindy Stonesmith is a Boulder, CO-based head coach of UltraRunner Training…


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 sun protection, will debut its latest collection of hats for men, women and children in January, 2018.

Wallaroo’s upcoming collection boasts 13 new styles and 17 current styles that have been updated with new colors that deliver the quality and fashion-forward protection that has solidified them as the go-to brand for superior hats. Recognized for their sun protection and packability, Wallaroo designs many styles that block out 97.5% of the sun’s harmful rays and have a UPF 50+ rating.

Wallaroo hats are made from a variety of materials including, raffia, microfiber, cotton twill, poly-ribbon, poly-braid and poly-straw, making them extremely versatile and convenient for travel. An internal or external drawstring can be found in each hat, which helps to ensure a perfect for fit for all head sizes. Wallaroo hats are a staple for sun-conscious and style -savvy consumers, that will keep the entire family fashionably protected.

Wallaroo Hat Company is committed to the elimination of skin cancer and each year donates 1% of its net profits to skin cancer research, education and prevention in the United States. Wallaroo is also proud to be a member of the B Corp community, using the power of business to address social and environmental issues, building strong local communities and providing great places to work.

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 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 240km event starts in Grand Junction, Colorado and takes you through some of America’s most rural and beautiful deep backcountry deserts, finishing up in Moab, Utah. You’ll be provided with a breakfast and hot meal at camp each day, which will be set in the Colorado river where you can bathe and take some respite from the day’s running and the heat of up to 45 degrees [Celsius].”

Read the full article…

Thursday, 28 December 2017 08:52

December – Letter from Reid

December Letter from Reid


December Letter from Reid |


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 for adventure?

I can paddle. Time for a 27 mile flatwater paddle down the Ruby/Horsethief section of the Colorado River. It has all the makings of a sufferfest: endurance, freezing temperatures, beautiful scenery and the possibility of epic failure. True adventure. The key was to stop thinking of what I can’t do and figure out what I can do.

Check out the video of my trip.

Reid Delman
Gemini Adventures

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