• Tips for the Trail – Turning Tragedy Into Strength – XTERRA 4-26-2013

    By Rachel Cieslewicz published in XTERRA April 26, 2013 As endurance athletes, an amazing added benefit to our development of overall healthy, strong, and happy bodies is the ability to handle other life circumstances well.  We learn to train, race, and thrive in a variety of extreme situations both out in nature and in our […]

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  • Tips for the Trail – Oak Mountain Trail Runs: Choosing Your Race Distance – XTERRA – 4-19-2013

    By Rachel Cieslewicz Published in XTERRA April 19, 2013 Oak Mountain State Park, May 18-19, is incredibly important if you are an XTERRA athlete!  The beautiful 50,000-acre park in Pelham, Alabama, plays host for the Southeast Championship triathlon race on May 18, followed by the XTERRA Oak Mountain Trail Runs on May 19. This event truly offers […]

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  • Healing from the Inside Out – TrailRunner Magazine Unabridged Version

     Trail Runner Magazine recently wrote an article about my tragic experience with a deadly E-Coli infection in 2011 while racing TransRockies Run, which resulted in me having to DNF.  It has taken much time to heal, as simultaneously I was doing all possible to survive a devastatingly domestic abusive situation of which I am finally free after […]

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  • Healing from the Inside Out – TrailRunner Magazine

    Healing from the Inside Out

    A story of devastation and comeback at the TransRockies

    published in TrailRunner Magazine April 2, 2013


    Photo courtesy of Neways Shoreline Trail, Salt Lake City, Utah


    In August 2011, I drove from my home in Salt Lake City, Utah, to race TransRockies Run6, a six-day, 120-mile stage race across the Colorado Rockies. Riding high from my fifth overall XTERRA Worlds finish, an age-group World Champion title in trail running and new road PRs in the 10K and half-marathon, I was excited for the challenge.

    As a single mother working full time as a massage therapist, endurance coach and yoga teacher, I spent all my time, money and energy on either training for races or on taking care of my beautiful son, Canyon, age six at the time. I acted as my own coach.

    Martin Gaffuri of Annecy, France, an accomplished runner and founder ofGoodPeopleRun, a social site connecting runners throughout the world, would be my partner at TransRockies. He had multiple years of experience in stage racing, and we felt our odds of winning the co-ed category were high.


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