Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Hope to see you

Hi guys and gals!
I hope to see many of you at this great event!
Happy Feet
Spring Desert Ultra Trail Running Festival:
The Spring Desert Ultra Trail Running Festival is a weekend of fun and challenges centered around one of the fastest growing sports in North America.  The weekend starts with a pasta dinner on Friday night.  Racers relax in a casual setting and prepare for the 25/50 mile races on Saturday.  After the race, family and friends will meet back at the host hotel for awards, raffles, and an inspirational talk by Montrail?s Lisa Smith-Batchen.  Sunday begins with 5/10 mile races and is followed by more awards and raffles.  All races are run on rugged desert trails with some of the most beautiful scenery the Colorado desert has to offer. 
Desert R.A.T.S. Training Camp:
Whether you are training for an expedition race or you just want to discover what it takes to compete in a desert, multi-day stage race such as the Marathon des Sables or Desert R.A.T.S., see for yourself with the Desert R.A.T.S. Training Weekend.  Runners will sample the terrain of Desert R.A.T.S. and test themselves with three consecutive days of running, all under the guidance of experienced coaches and with the camaraderie of other runners in a non-competitive environment.
Desert R.A.T.S. stage race:
Run from Grand Junction, Colorado to the world famous Moab, Utah along the beautiful 148-mile Kokopelli's trail.  Distances will range from day to day between 9 and 50 miles.  This is a grueling event that will challenge the most seasoned athletes yet it is designed so that less experienced ultrarunners can train for and successfully complete the course.  The entire length of the trail is stunningly beautiful with jagged canyons and breathtaking vistas and Desert R.A.T.S. racers experience every beautiful mile.
Racers will rendezvous in Moab, UT on Sunday June 11th,  to receive their Expedition Journals with detailed course maps and final race instructions.  Early on Monday morning, runners will be transported to the start line near Grand Junction and head off for the first of six days.  Each day runners will be greeted at the finish line and directed to the tent city where they can mingle, access their gear, enjoy a hot meal provided by Gemini Events and rest up for the next day.  While sleeping gear and supplies are forwarded to the tent city for runners, there is a 3000 cu. in. limit for each bag (so think before you pack) and all runners must carry a minimum amount of mandatory gear at all times over the course of the entire event.  Each morning runners will rise for a light breakfast, also provided by Gemini Events, and an early morning start of the next stage from the site of the tent city.
Each night the tent city buzzes with excitement as the day's results and overall standings are posted and the nightly meeting is held to make announcements. 
Runners finishing the entire 148-mile course will arrive in Moab, UT with the satisfaction of having completed the ultimate adventure running race.  That night all runners completing the entire course within the established rules will be presented with a finisher's award at a memorable post-race party open for all runners and their families.

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