Thinking about adventure racing or trail running? Check out these info sessions

Pam LeBlanc, center, runs through the desert at the Big Bend Ultra. An information session about the upcoming race is set for Tuesday at Whole Earth Provisions. Photo by Chris LeBlanc

If you’re thinking about doing any adventure racing or desert trail running, check out these two upcoming information clinics.

On Tuesday, Carroll Voss, race director of the Big Bend Ultra, will talk about what it takes to tackle the the 10K, 30K or 50K race at Big Bend Ranch State Park. I’ve done the 30K four or five times and love the feeling of scampering through the desert with big skies overhead and a host of prickly critters eager to scratch, sting or bite you underfoot. The 2018 race is set for Jan. 14. (To sign up go here; proceeds benefit the Compadres del Rancho Grande’s projects in support of the park.) The info session starts at 7 p.m. at Whole Earth Provision Co., 1014 North Lamar Boulevard, and will include details about the race, plus general tips on desert trail running. Whole Earth staff will have suggestions for great footwear, clothing and gear to equip you. For more information call 512-476-1414.

RELATED: Running through the desert at the Big Bend Ultra. 

On Thursday, head to Rogue Running, 410 Pressler Street, for the Adventure Racing 101 and Howl at the Moon adventure race information clinic. The session starts at 6:30 p.m., and beer and snacks will be provided. Afterward, participants can get discounted registration for the Oct. 21 Howl at the Moon event, which includes a 2- to 4-hour sprint version and a 4- to 8-hour adventure version. For more information about the race go here. 

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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