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 November 21, 2013
 FRESH DIRT

No More Gels, Part II
10 tasty, innovative snacks for fueling your long trail runs

From a purely elemental perspective, running is simple. Food should be, too. If the thought of cramming down another chemical-laden gel, sawdusty protein bar or over-sugared sports drink makes your stomach turn, then you’re in luck. Current trends are leaning toward more athlete-friendly, nutrient-dense natural foods.

After the positive response from last year "No More Gels" article, we compiled a follow-up list of runner-friendly, pre-packaged snacks that are easy to stash in your pack for a long day on the trails. Read on ...


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Pacific/Desert   
12/14 Deception Pass 25K, 50K; Oak Harbor, WA
12/14 Hark the Herald Angels Run 12K, 25K; Tiburon, CA
12/14 Summit Rock 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Saratoga, CA
12/14 Woodside Ramble 10K, 13.1M, 35K, 50K; Woodside, CA
12/28 Brazen New Year's Day Trail Runs 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Castro Valley, CA
12/31 New Year's One Day 6H, 12H, 24H; San Francisco, CA
01/01 Brazen New Year's Day Trail Runs 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Castro Valley, CA
01/01 Clikapudi Trail Runs 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Redding, CA
01/05 Absolution Trial Run 4M, 8M; Kenmore, WA
01/05 XTERRA White Tanks 8K, 20K; Waddell, AZ
01/11 Bridle Trails Winter Running Festival 5M, 10M, 50K, 50R; Kirkland, WA
01/11 Centennial Slug It Out 5K, 10K; Carson City, NV
01/11 Crystal Springs Trail Run #1 5M, 11M, 22M, 26.2M, 50K; Woodside, CA
01/11 Resolution Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Auburn, CA
01/11 San Tan Scramble 9K, 25K, 50K; Queen Creek, AZ
01/12 XTERRA Boney Mountain Xduro 6K, 21K; Newbury Park, CA

Rockies
01/14 Twin Mountain Trudge 11M, 22M; Laramie, WY

Heartland
12/14 Alternate Chili Run 10M; Kansas City, KS
12/21 Rock Cut Survivor Series 5K 5K; Rockford, IL
12/28 Jingle Bell 5k 5K; Chesterton, IN
12/28 The HUFF 50K Trail Run 10.5M, 50K, 50R; Albion, IN
01/04 Siberian Express 7.5M; Danville, IL
01/04 Yankee Springs Winter Challenge 10K, 25K, 50K; Middleville, MI
01/11 Dirty Snowflake Prediction Run 4M; Peninsula, OH
01/11 Frozen Gnome 50K/10K 10K, 50K; Crystal Lake, IL

Northeast
12/15 Funky Santa 5K; Pottstown, PA
12/21 Seashore Nature Trail 50K; Virginia Beach, VA
01/04 Frozen Sasquatch 25K, 50K; Charleston, WV
01/04 Frozen Toe 10K 10K; Roanoke, VA
01/04 PHUNT 50K 50K; Elkton, MD
01/04 Watchung Winter Ultra 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 50K; Mountainside, NJ
01/11 Willis River Trail Run 50K; Cumberland Courthouse, VA

South
12/14 Forge Trail Series -Thunderbird 1M, 5K, 10K, 13.1M; St. Francisville, LA
12/14 Last Chance 50K, R; Cordesville, SC
12/14 Pine Needles & Paychex Series - Copper Lake 5K; Copper Lake, TX
12/14 THUNDERBIRD Moonlight Trail Run 4M, 10K, 13.1M; St. Francisville, LA
12/14 Trail Mix Wrangler Run 3H; Burnet, TX
12/14 Warrior Creek Half Marathon 13.1M; Wilkesboro, NC
12/21 Lookout Mountain 10K, 50M; Chattanooga, TN
01/01 Day One Trail Run 5K, 20K; Cedar Hill, TX
01/01 Forge Trail Series - Dirty Soles 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Mandeville, LA
01/01 Xterra New Year's Trail Run 5K, 15K; Cedar Hill, TX
01/04 Athens Big Fork Trail Marathon 17M, 26.2M; Big Fork, AR
01/04 Croom Zoom 25K, 50K, 100K; Brooksville, FL
01/04 Harbison 50K 50K; Columbia, SC
01/04 Salem Lakeshore Frosty 50 50K; Winston-salem, NC
01/04 Swamp Forest Trail Marathon 6.5M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Tallahassee, FL
01/05 Herb Parsons Trail Marathon and Half 13.1M, 26.2M; Collierville, TN
01/05 River, Roots & Ruts Trail Run 5K, 13.1M; Alva, FL
01/05 Rogue Distance Festival 10K, 13.1M, 30K; Cedar Park, TX
01/11 Bandera USA 100K Trail Championship 25K, 50K, 100K; Bandera, TX
01/11 Lakeside Trail Race 8M, 15M; Greensboro, NC
01/11 Ledesma Sports Medicine Rails to Trails 50k 50K; Tybee Island, GA
01/11 Savannah Rails to Trails Ultra 5K, 10K, 25K, 50K; Savannah, GA
01/11 Village Creek Trail Run 10K, 25K; Wynne, AR
01/11 XTERRA Alabama Monte Sano Trail Run 5K, 15K; Huntsville, AL
01/12 Vista View 360 6H; Davie, FL

International
12/14 Stewart Mountain 10 Mile / 5 Mile Cross Country Challenge 5K, 10M; Victoria, BC
12/15 Pure Satisfaction 12.5K, 25K, 50K; North Vancouver, BC
12/21 Nilgiris 100 - UTMB Qualifier 25K, 50K, 100K; Ooty, India
01/01 Vancouver New Year's Day Fat Ass 50 Run and Freeze Your Ass Swim 25K, 50K; Vancouver, BC
01/11 Country to Capital 45M; London, United Kingdom
01/12 Bogong to Hotham 64K; Mt Beauty, Australia
01/12 Two Bays 28K, 56K Dromana, Australia

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