Stretch out, get your running shoes on, and start training now for the Enchanted Forest Trail Race on Saturday, July 30 in Red River. The “extremely family-friendly” event, organized by Gemini Adventures will feature 8-mile half-marathon, and marathon courses, all starting and ending at Brandenburg Park on Main Street in Red River and winding through the Enchanted Forest just outside Carson National Forest.
Awards will be given to the top three competitors, male and female, by age group; under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and over. Crewing will be allowed and encouraged on the marathon. While the focus is on fun and enjoying nature, it will be a competitive race and participants are reminded that there are no shortcuts, and to stay on the trail or face disqualification. Information packets will be distributed and late registration allowed from 5 to 7 pm the day before, at a location to be announced, in Red River.
Gemini Adventures will be emphasizing the “leave no trace” mindset and asks participants to respect the forest and dispose of trash properly. Accordingly, disposable cups will not be provided along the course and participants are asked to bring a collapsible cup, water bottle, or a hydration pack. Dogs on lead will be allowed at the start/finish area, but will not be allowed on the course.
There will be a medical tent at the start/finish area, with a trained EMT and other medics. Additionally, each aid station along the route will have basic first-aid gear and radio contact with the medical tent. NSAIDs, like aspirin and ibuprofen, will not be available at the aid stations.
Gemini Adventures is based out of Boulder, Colorado and says they specialize in holding “races that most competitors wouldn’t be able to do on their own,” and “that draw those looking for a unique challenge.” They will also be holding the Mountain RATS Race in Eagle, Colorado on September 17-18.
For more information and updates, visit https://geminiadventures.com/enchanted-forest-trail-races/ or https://www.facebook.com/GeminiAdventures
Used with permission from the Enchanted Circle News.