Monday, July 14, 2003

Veteran Adventure Sports Race Director Offers Unique Approach: Backpacking for Runners

Veteran Adventure Sports Race Director Offers Unique Approach: Backpacking for Runners

An increasing number of athletes are experiencing the wonders of training and racing on trails. But instead of running or cycling through the wilderness with time restraints or while focusing on a competition, why not take a more relaxing approach? That's the idea of Eric Gould, president of Redwood Trails, the San Francisco Bay Area's leading provider of premium trail events. As race director for more than a dozen triathlons, mountain bike races and trail runs, Gould is introducing the Redwood Trails Backpacking Experience.

Redwood City, CA (PRWEB) March 24, 2005

An increasing number of athletes are experiencing the wonders of training and racing on trails. But instead of running or cycling through the wilderness with time restraints or while focusing on a competition, why not take a more relaxing approach?

That's the idea of Eric Gould, president of Redwood Trails, the San Francisco Bay Area's leading provider of premium trail events. As race director for more than a dozen triathlons, mountain bike races and trail runs, Gould is introducing the Redwood Trails Backpacking Experience.

Limited to groups of 10, Gould and a select group of outdoor professionals will guide participants on catered journeys into some of the country's most scenic and exhilarating locations — Hawaii, the Grand Canyon and the High Sierra back country of Yosemite. The destinations are remote and idyllic for for small groups, but not conducive to larger groups or for official endurance events.

Instead of completing a three-to-five hour event and leaving the splendors of the outdoors all-too-soon, the Redwood Trails staff will organize trips that will take participants on journeys that last for several days.

Unlike trail races, the Redwood Trails Backpacking Experience affords participants time to stop and absorb the scenery, swim, take pictures, take off from camp and explore a side trail, read, sketch or meditate. The objective is simple: to move at a comfortable pace

"As with our races, we picked the very finest locales, and we're taking care of all of the details," says Gould. "Backpacking is our way of taking you to even more glorious locations for a full immersion fitness and nature experience."

Redwood Trails will provide all equipment and supplies necessary. Lightweight, high-tech yet functional backpacking equipment will be provided as well as all cooking equipment and food. Accommodations will also be provided, with options: single or double-occupancy tents.

"Our promise for these trip is that you'll come for the hiking, but you'll stay for the food," says Gould, who has three trips to Yosemite and one to the Grand Canyon planned. "Our passion is to give folks a great outdoors experience, with plenty of healthy exercise, spectacular scenery and gourmet meals."

During the Redwood Trails Backpacking Experience, all participants' meals will be prepared by trip guides. Cuisine choices will be "real food," made from non-dehydrated ingredients. Accommodation choices will be impromptu but will be located at safe and secure campsites off the beaten path.

Gould believes the new exercise option will give participants the best of endurance activity options.

"Some athletes do our race because they love the competition," he says. "But others enjoy relaxing in the outdoors and running well-marked courses, with accurate maps, helpful course monitors, and easy, reliable water and aid. Other folks come for the camaraderie with cheerful, friendly fit people."

For a schedule of Redwood Trails Backpacking Experience trips and pricing information, contact Eric Gould, President, Redwood Trails, Tel., (650) 364-8256.

For More Information, Contact:

Eric Gould, President, Redwood Trails

111 Columbia Ave., Redwood City, Calif., 94063

Tel. (650) 364-8256

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