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Trail Running Camp on the Nueces

Trail Running Camp on the Nueces

Over the past few years trail running has taken on a life of its own and every day we’re seeing more and more people make the transition from running roads to running trails. This is not the easiest transformation for most since most runners have always been taught that increasing your speed is the most important aspect of running. While there are quite a few fast runners in ultra running world that is not the key factor that goes into having a successful trail race. Most runners that have made the switch are tired of the mundane pounding of pavement and constant abuse their body takes all while seeing their times slowly disintegrate with every birthday.

The sport of trail running is competitive and it is constantly growing but one of the things new runners will notice is the sense of pride each runner feels in being part of this community. Our lives are fast enough and we never take the time to enjoy the beauty of what is right in front of us but the moment you step on a trail life seems to slow down, almost as though the trails are on island time.
We get together with our friends and while we’re competing against one another we are also our friend’s biggest supporters. An ultra marathon is only about time for a few individuals in every race and while I’m sure everyone goes into a race with a goal, the ultimate goal is to tackle the demons in your head and feel the complete joy in doing something that most don’t think is humanly possible. Most of our friend’s outside the running world question why and how one could ever run a 100 miles or further but what we have learned is the just how strong the mind and body are. No you probably can’t just decide tomorrow to go out and run 100 miles but there is not anyone who isn’t physically capable of an adventure like this if they put their mind and energy into training for one.

Just three four years ago I had never ran in my life and was 100 pounds overweight and now I have completed 21 Ultra’s including 3 races of 100 miles and just finished up a streak of 923 consecutive days with at least 4 miles of running for my Dad who passed away on 9/23/2008. I didn’t even know what a 100 mile race was until two years ago let alone had I ever dreamed of running one but with some encouragement from friends, training, reading, and trail knowledge I was out there completed my first 100 mile race in 19 hours. I know the help I’ve had along the way to get me to the point I’m at today and now it is being offered to you courtesy of Mountain Goat Trail Retreats, Tejas Trails, and Team Red, White, and Blue. With the help of some of the greatest ultra runners across the country including The Marshall Ulrich who has run over 120 ultra marathons averaging 125 miles each, climbed all seven summits in his first attempt, completed 12 expedition-length adventure races and is now accomplished author and mentor to so many in trail running.
I could write a 10 page report on the amazing runners and their accomplishments but I will keep their bios brief since as soon as I say the names you will know exactly who they are. Two time defending USATF 100 mile champ Dave James, 2011 Angeles Crest Champion Dominic Grossman, 2012 Badwater and new 24 hour American record holder Mike Morton, 2012 Tahoe Rim Trail winner Mike Hart, 2010 Leadville winner and 2011 Javelina Jundred record holder Liza Howard, Pam Smith member of the 2012 100K World Championship team and 2011 Miwok 100K winner, 4x La Sportiva Mountain Cup Series winner Megan Kimmell, and there will be many more as the days lead up to the event on November 9th so stay turned.

Team Red, White, and Blue’s goals for this camp

These runners and several more volunteers have a goal of teaching new and veterans’ of the sport trail running techniques, help you design a training plan, talk about and demo different trail running gear, work on your race day nutrition, teach injury prevention and basic first aid. While so many of us would like to think were proficient in all of these categories the reality is we all have so much to learn about this sport so why not learn from people who’ve tried it all and have the knowledge and ability to teach you new and innovative ways of trail running. This is not a camp for just elite athletes, this is designed for any and all abilities including beginners.

Help support Team Red, White, and Blue

Not only will this be a camp for civilians it’s primary focus is on helping our countries veterans reintergrate into their civilian communities. Team Red, White, and Blue has been focusing on creating connections between citizens and servicemen and women with invisible wounds. One of their goals of reintegration is helping them maintain their a high level of physical fitness. Team RWB is a grassroots organization that focuses on building supportive relationships between combat veterans and their communities. They really aim to transcend short-term fundraising efforts through atheltic events such as marathons, ultra marathons, and training camps. They use these athletic events as a tool to inspire people into action ands raise awareness of our veterans. Team RWB aims to bring back the feeling from the military of pride and being part of a unit and by participating in this camp you can help assist us in making that happen.

Do you want to learn more about Team RWB or find out how to donate or find out what it takes to become a member of the team? Take some time and look over there website at http://www.teamrwb.com/.

Camping details for Trail Running Camp on the Nueces, November 9th-11th

Veteran’s Day Weekend November 9-12 at Camp Eagle in Rocksprings, TX

Families are welcome and babysitters are available on site. (Reserve upon registration)

Registration fee/website: (all meals included)http://www.planetreg.com/E921070182883.
Adults: $160
Children Ages 5-12: $80
Children Ages 0-4: Free

Lodging options:
Tent: $10/night
Screen Shelter: $35/night (max occupancy per shelter is 4)
Dorm: $140/night (max occupancy is 12)
Hotel: $85/night (max occupancy is 2)
Suite: $165/night (max occupancy is 4)

Mountain, Ultra, & Trail Running Retreat on the Nueces schedule

All Ability Levels Welcome!

Friday November 9

4:00-6:00 Registration and Check-in

6:00 – 7:00 Dinner

7:00-7:30 Group Welcome, Overview, Questions

8:00-9:00 Night run: Lighting Systems Testing

Saturday November 10

7:00-8:00 Breakfast and group welcome, overview, introductions, questions

8:00-9:00 Small Group Presentations (Participants attend one of the following presentations)
(Participants have the opportunity to attend each hour long presentation over the course of the weekend)

A. Heat and Hydration and Hydration Systems: Liza Howard
B. Racing Nutrition
C: Common Running Injuries: Cure and Prevention: Alison Bryant
D. Training Plans and Racing Plans: Joe Prusaitis & Jason Bryant

9:00-11:30 Focused Running Workouts

9:00-10:00 Groups A,B: Downhill Running Techniques
Groups C,D: Speed Intervals

10-10:30 Snack

10:30-11:30 Groups A,B: Speed Intervals
Groups C,D: Downhill Running Techniques
12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Small Group Presentations (Participants attend one of the following presentations)
(Participants have the opportunity to attend each hour long presentation over the course of the weekend)

A. Racing Nutrition
B. Common Running Injuries: Cure and Prevention: Alison Bryant
C. Training Plans and Racing Plans: Joe Prusaitis & Jason Bryant
D. Heat and Hydration and Hydration Systems: Liza Howard

2:00-3:30 Meet and Greet the Coaches and Mentors / Camp Eagle Activities / Free Time

3:30-5:00 Focused Running Workouts

3:30-4:15 Groups A,B: Running Form
Groups C,D: Trail Running First Aid (on the run)

4:15-5:00 Groups A,B: Trail Running First Aid (on the run)
Groups C,D: Running Form

5:15-5:45 Core Workout (Optional)

6:00-7:00 Dinner

7:00-8:00 Marshall Ulrich

8:00-10:00 Social Time

Sunday November 11

6:30-7:30 Optional: Spiritual Lessons from Running: Jason Bryant

7:00-8:00 Breakfast

8:00-9:00 Small Group Presentations (Participants attend one of the following presentations)
(Participants have the opportunity to attend each hour long presentation over the course of the
weekend)

A: Common Running Injuries: Cure and Prevention: Alison Bryant
B. Training Plans and Racing Plans: Joe Prusaitis & Jason Bryant
C. Heat and Hydration and Hydration Systems: Liza Howard
D. Racing Nutrition

9-11:30 Focused Running Workouts

9:00-10:00 Groups A,B: Technical Trail Running Skills
Groups C,D: Uphill Running Techniques

10-10:30 Snack

10:30-11:30 Groups A,B: Uphill Running Techniques
Groups C,D: Technical Trail Running Skills

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Small Group Presentations (Participants attend one of the following presentations)
(Participants have the opportunity to attend each hour long presentation over the course of the
weekend)

A. Training Plans and Racing Plans: Joe Prusaitis & Jason Bryant
B. Heat and Hydration and Hydration Systems: Liza Howard
C. Racing Nutrition
D. Common Running Injuries: Cure and Prevention: Alison Bryant

2:00-3:00 Meet and Greet the Coaches and Mentors / Camp Eagle Activities / Free Time

3:00-4:00 Focused Running Workouts

3:00-3:30 Group A,B: Gear testing (hydration packs, water bottles, headlamps, nutritional products, etc. & trail shoe discussion)
Group C,D: Trail Running Etiquette, Leave No Trace

3:30-4:00 Group A,B: Trail Running Etiquette, Leave No Trace
Group C,D: Gear testing (hydration packs, water bottles, headlamps, nutritional products, etc. & trail shoe discussion)

4:30-6:00 Obstacle Course 5k

6:30-9:00 BBQ & Social

Monday November 11

7:00-8:00 Breakfast

8:00-10:00 Long Run Tour of Camp Eagle

We hope you can join us and help make this a success for the veterans and Team Red, White, and Blue. For more information email mountaingoatretreats@gmail.com or to register http://www.planetreg.com/E921070182883.



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Started running for the first time in my life three year's ago after losing my Dad to a pulmonary embolism at the age of 58 and since he began running he has lost close to 100 pounds. On 9/23/2012 Jay finished a running streak of 923 Consecutive days with at least 4 miles while compiling over 9,400 miles with 975,000+ feet of elevation gain and completed 15 Ultra's in honor of his Dad who passed away on 9/23/2008. Jay holds a Bachelor's Degree from Michigan State University in Crop and Soil Sciences.

Jay's recent trail ultra running results:

• 13th OA at San Diego 100M in 22:01:26
• 10 Top Ten Ultra Finishes in 14 races
• 4th overall at Lean Horse 100 in 19:01:12
• 9th overall at Javelina Jundred in 2011 in 18:28:26
• 100K Javelina Night Run Champion in 2011
• Cave Creek Thriller 50K Champion in 2010
• Runner up in 2011 DRT Ultra Series

2013 Race Schedule includes:
• Castle Hot Springs 22M
• Phoenix Marathon
• 3 Days of Syllamo
• Miwok 100K
• Speedgoat 50K
• Pike's Peak Marathon
* Mogollon Monster 100

Jay Danek is sponsored by iRun Honey Stinger



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