The Race in On!

Moab Trail Marathon,
Half Marathon,
5K Adventure Run
and Kids K

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2021 Race Dates: November 6th & 7th, 2021.
Registration Opens March 1st, 2021.
2020 USATF Trail Marathon National Championship
 A Trail Runner Magazine "Bucket List" Race.


Event Information:

Race Date: November 7th & 8th, 2020

We are happy to announce that we will again be running Sundays 1/2 Marathon in addition to the traditional Saturday Races. So, you may run the 1/2 marathon on either Saturday or Sunday (same course, same support, but two separate awards.)  If you want to run the Marathon, 5K or Kids K- they will be offered on Saturday only

We added the Sunday 1/2 Marathon since Saturdays 1/2 Marathon fills up very early. Please note that all Saturdays races will likely fill up by early June. There will be NO WAITLIST (we'll over-sell to account for no-shows), so sign up early! We expect Sundays 1/2 Marathon to be open until early October (and Sunday's entry fee is considerable less!).

Start Times (All Participants Need to Re-Sign Up for a NEW WAVE START TIME if you registered before 5/20/20.  Click HERE for instructions!)

Each wave 10 minutes apart, 25 participants per wave.

Saturday: Marathon: between 7am and 10am, with elite men starting at 8am and elite women at 8:10am.

  • Half Marathon between 10:20am and 2pm.
  • Kids: 9:45am.
  • 5k: between 2:30pm and 3:20pm.

Sunday: Half Marathon between 8am and noon.

Participants will be assessed a 30 minute penalty for not starting in their assigned wave. (Not sure which wave to choose? Click here for more info.) Please start in your assigned wave to allow appropriate space on the trail.

Cutoff Times & Suggested Qualifying Standards:

Click for printable PDFs for information

Registration Information:

Register at Registration limited to the first 900 to sign up for each day. Register early! (Elite runners, please contact race director if you need more time to sign up, we will save some spots for elite runners!)

Your Registration includes an incredible course (fully marked), Chip Timing, t-shirt, goodie bag, aid stations on course with water and snacks, post event soup and snacks, a finishers medal or mug, Sponsor "swag" to top 3 M/F overall in each race, top finisher hoodies to top age group finishers (10 year age-group increments, M/F) in the marathon and half marathon, $4,800 cash purse shared between top Marathon Finishers, a chance to be titled the “Trail Marathon National Champion” (overall and age group).

A portion of your entry fee will be donated to local non-profit organizations, including the Humane Society of Moab Valley, Friends for Wheelin' and Community Rebuilds.

Note that Saturday's races have filled by mid-June the last 4 years.


Saturday Nov 7th: Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 5K, Kids' K:
Sign Up-by Date March 1st-March 31st April 1st-June 30th July 1st-Oct 30th
Marathon $100 $110 $120
Half Marathon $85 $95 $105
5K $55 $65 $75
Kids K $25 $35 $45
*Note that all Saturday events have filled up by mid-June the last 4 years.
Sunday Nov.8th: Half Marathon only:
Sign Up-by Date March 1st-March 31st April 1st-June 30th July 1st-Oct 30th
Half Marathon $75 $85 $95

Click here for Refund and Transfer policies.

Packet Pick-Up:Due to the COVID-19 virus we will not be having packet pick-up. Race bib numbers will be mailed. Please go into your IMAthlete account using your confirmation number and make sure your mailing address is updated and correct.

We will have a troubleshooting table set up at Kane Creek Parking Lot on Friday November 6th from 3:30pm-5pm for those that have any issues that cannot be corrected ahead of time.

Included with your bib will be a coupon to Milt’s Stop & Eat that you can use anytime the next 6 months. It is imperative that you DO NOT LOSE YOUR BIB and REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR BIB to the race. It’s like a passport, you can not participate without it! Your bib number will have your timing chip on it. Please be careful with the chip. Do not bend it or destroy it.

Directions to Race Venue/Start/Finish: Heading South on Main Street Moab, turn right on Kane Creek Road which is between the Mc. Donald’s and the Burger King. Continue about 4 miles, staying left at the one fork. You’ll follow the Colorado River until the road turns from pavement to dirt. Park in the signed lots on the right.

Pre-Race and Race Day Info:

Click Here for Pre-Race Info Click Here for Race-Day Info

New COVID19 Race Procedures: See the Pre-Race Info PDF above for more detailed information.

  1. Use the link and instructions under 'Start Times' (above) to sign up for a new wave start time.
  2. No packet pickup, bib numbers will be mailed.
  3. Stay in your car in the participant parking lot until 15 min before your designated start time.
  4. Wear mask before and after race, and at aid stations if you stop to rest.
  5. Check in at Pritchett Canyon start line 5-10 minutes before your start time, stand in one of the 'quads' at the start line, and go when the announcer says "go".
  6. Minimize person to person contact and minimize surface contact at aid stations.
  7. After you finish, grab your 'finish items' and walk straight to your car.
  8. No spectators this year.

Course Description:

MalcolmMarathon: Set a PR for your WOW factor on this course! This course is unique and wild. The canyons around Moab are unlike anywhere in the world, and this course conquers some of the most spectacular! You will travel through narrow canyons with spectacular vertical walls on both sides and along the rim-tops of deep canyons with spectacular vistas every direction. The terrain changes frequently to keep the miles clicking and includes narrow single-track, rugged jeep trails, sandy washes, ‘Moab-style slickrock’, a short section of dirt road, a few sections of no-track, a very old mining trail and a couple sections of fixed line traverse. Views will take your breath away, and include the spectacular red rocks of “Behind the Rocks Wilderness” and “Amasa Back” area, also view the sheer vertical walls of Pritchett, Hunter and Kane Creek Canyons and views into Canyonlands National Park. In the distance are the beautiful 12,000 foot La Sal Mountains. You’ll pass by several arches, lots of lizards, some really cool and funny looking rocks, possible eagles and hawks, some neat ancient pictographs, a couple small creeks and springs, and our friendly aid station volunteers who will be there to hydrate and fuel you in some of the craziest spots! The elevation gain and loss is about 3500 ft. There are two major climbs, one at the beginning which is nice and gradual, and one just after the ½ way point which is shorter and steeper. There are several other short climbs and descents throughout the course. The top runners will run all but the fixed rope section and are expected to finish in less than 4 hours. Average runners will do a combo of running with a bit of walking and are expected to finish in the 5 to 6 hr range. If you want to feel ecstatic and in awe after a race, then this one is for you! Click here for map and profile.Running

½ Marathon: The ½ Marathon course follows the first 9 miles of the Marathon Course. Then you'll get a break, technically but not physically as you'll climb up the switchbacks of Kane Creek Road, then back down where you'll enter the depths of Kane Creek Drainage. This unique canyon is rarely travelled but absolutely beautiful. Most of the canyon is runable and along hard packed sand with a bit of water. Some sections are on single-track along the shore and other sections through deeper water (not more than knee deep, unless the Beavers go to work before the race!) You’ll travel abouta mile through the canyon, and then along the dirt road for a ½ mile and a final 1/2 mile of fun singletrack to the finish. Click here for map and profile.

5K: Not your ordinary 5K! This adventure run/walk features natural and manmade obstacles including running under an arch, through a cave,use of hand-line to go up and down a small cliff, up two ladders, two creek crossings, running through a two gigantic culverts, crossing a sand pit,over a rock maze, completing an obstacle course, and other FUN and Exciting obstacles. No special skills required.

Kids K: Kids love it! Parents love it! This is an adventure 1k, not your ordinary dash. There’s a gradual uphill to an arch and cave that’s the kids will run through. Then a steep technical decent to a deep drainage, then a run through the drainage to a ‘tunnel’, down a ladder, across a bridge, through the ‘jungle’ and up a short steep hill to the finish. Challenging for kids, but so much fun. Parents/guardians may join their kids. There is no fee, but they must sign waiver at check-in.

Attention Runners: Two sections of the course cross private property. Please do not travel on these sections. Travel on these sections are allowed ONLY on race day for registered runners within the cutoffs. Anyone caught on these sections otherwise will be charged with trespassing.

The two sections are Mile 14-16 of the Marathon, and the section between the two fixed lines which are Mile 2 of the 5k and Mile 25 of the Marathon.

Thank you for respecting.

Maps and Elevation Profiles This is life

Click here for map and detailed route description

Click here for Course Profiles and Aid Station information

Awards & Prize Money:

Due to COVID-19, awards will be mailed out. Results and awards will be determined by your CHIP TIME except for our USATF Marathon Elite Men and Womens waves which will be determined by GUN time.

Elite men will start at 8am on Saturday and elite women will start at 8:10am on Saturday. This includes anyone vying for top 10 overall & prize money. Overall prize money and awards for the Marathon will be based on GUN time. Anyone wanting to be in the elite waves at 8 or 8:10am may email race director for placement. Please make sure you are in the 8 or 8:10 wave to be eligible for prize money or overall title. Master’s prize money will be given out by CHIP time, although any master going for masters or overall prize money is welcome to be placed in the 8am or 8:10am wave.

Age group awards, including USATF Marathon Championship Age Group awards will be based on CHIP time. Additionally, overall awards for the 5k and Half Marathon (both Saturday and Sunday) will be based on CHIP time.


  • Finishers' mug or medal to all finishers within the cutoff.
  • Custom top finisher hoodies to the top 3 M/F finishers in the following divisions: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.
  • Top 3 overall M/F finishers will get a ‘swag-bag’ filled with goodies from our sponsors!
  • Prize MONEY!: $4800 Cash purse to top 5 M/F finishers: $700, $500, $400, $300, $200 and $300 to the top male/female masters finishers.
  • USATF Awards Winners (to those with USATF Membership): Beautiful Championship medals to top 10 overall M/F and M/F age groups over 40 in 5-year increments.

Note that prize money and overall USATF medals will be given according to ‘clock time’, not ‘chip time’. Top finisher hoodies will be given according to chip time. Please race in the 8am or 8:10am wave if you are going for USATF Championship Title or Prize Money.

Athletes who participant in the National Championship may be subject to formal drug testing in accordance with USAT Rules and IAAF Rule 144. (keep link)

Athletes who participate in the National Championship may be subject to formal drug testing in accordance with USATF Rules and IAAF Rule 144. [Click for Information]

HALF MARATHON AWARDS (for both Saturday’s and Sunday’s events)

  • Finishers' mug or medal to all finishers within the cutoff.
  • Custom top finisher hoodies made to the top 3 M/F finishers in the following divisions: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.
  • Top 3 overall M/F finishers will get a ‘swag-bag’ filled with goodies from our sponsors!


  • Finishers' mug or medal to all finishers within the cutoff.
  • Top 3 overall M/F finishers will get a ‘swag-bag’ filled with goodies from our sponsors!


  • Prize bag for all kids.
Sunday at Kane Creek Parking Lot between noon and 2pm and Monday at Milts Stop & Eat between 10am and noon.  Results will be posted online 1 hr after the last finisher finishes for the day.  Please check the results and if you are an award winner (age group or overall) you may stop by to pick up your award!  If you do not want to pick up your award, please send an email ( with your address and 'hoodie' size and we will mail it to you.


Travel info and related links:

Airport, Transportation & Lodging Info
Hotels Big Horn Lodge Redstone Inn

Tripadvisor Vacation Rental Info
Bighorn Lodge is offering a special discount rate for the race. Mention "Moab Trail Marathon" to receive the discount. Call to reserve: 435-259-6171 or 1-800-325-6171

Helpful Links

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For Local Info
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Milt's Stop N Eat For Good Food

Kane Springs For Camping

USATF National

Questions and Contact Information:
Danelle Ballengee:
577 Cliffview Drive, Moab UT 894532

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