The Race in On!

Moab Trail Marathon,
Half Marathon
and 5K Adventure Run

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2015 & 2016 USA Trail Marathon Championship
A Trail Runner Magazine "Bucket List" Race.

Event Information:


Marathon and Half Marathon:

8:30 AM Start of First Wave (elite/top 10%).
8:37 and 8:44 AM 2nd and 3rd Waves (top 25-50%),
8:51 and 8:58 AM 4th and 5th Waves (recreational/non-competitive).

The first wave is those runners who typically finish in the top 3rd of the race, the second and third waves are those runners who typically finish in the middle third of the race, and the fourth and fifth waves are those runners who typically finish in the last third of the race. Participants will be assessed a 30 minute penalty for starting in the wrong wave.

Kid's Kilometer/Adventure 1K: 9:00 AM

5K Adventure Run:

9:25 AM Start of First Wave (male competitive)
9:30 AM 2nd Wave (Female Competitive)
9:35 AM 3rd Wave (Recreational)
9:40 AM 4th Wave (Non Competitive/Friends and Family Wave)

Cutoff Times & Suggested Qualifying Standards:

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Registration Information:

Registration limited to the first 1500 to sign up. 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, aid stations on course with water and snacks, post event soup and snacks, a finishers medal, Sponsor "swag" to top 3 M/F overall in each race, trophies to top age group finishers (10 year age-group increments, M/F) in the marathon and half marathon, $2500 cash purse shared between top Marathon Finishers, a chance to be titled the “Trail Marathon National Champion” (overall and age group).

Also, if you pick up your packet at Milt’s Stop & Eat on Friday, you will receive a $5 gift card for a meal at Milt’s.

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

Note that the race has filled by mid-August the last 3 years.


Marathon $85 March 1st to May 31st $95 June 1st - Sept. 1st $105 Sept. 2nd - Nov. 1st
½ Marathon $75 March 1st to May 31st $85 June 1st - Sept. 1st $95 Sept. 2nd - Nov. 1st
5K: $45 March 1st to May 31st $55 June 1st - Sept. 1st $60 Sept. 2nd - Nov. 1st
Click here for Refund and Transfer policies.

Pick Up at Milt'sPacket Pick-Up: At Milt’s Stop & Eat on Friday, November 6th between 3:30pm and 7:30pm, or at the Start/Finish area on Saturday November 7th starting at 6:45 am.

Directions to 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 3 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 left.

Directions to Milts: Heading south into town (from 1-70 or the River Road): turn left on Center Street. Go 4 blocks. Turn right on 400 East. Go a ¼ mile or so, you will see Milt’s on the left. Heading north into town (from Monticello): turn right on 400 east. Go about 1/2 mile. You will see Milts on the right, just past Millcreek Drive and Dave’s Corner Market.

Pre-Race Info Race-Day Info

Course Description:

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.

Marathon: 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!

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 about a 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.

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.

Maps and Elevation Profiles

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Click here for Course Profiles and Aid Station information

Awards & Prize Money:

Trail Marathon: National Championship Trophies to top 3 overall and age group winners (M/F 10-year age group increments). Additionally, beautiful USATF National Championship medals will be awarded to the top ten M/F as well as medals for top 3 age groupers over 40 M/F in 5 year increments. Finishers Mugs to all finishers within the cutoff. Also a cash purse to top 5 M/F finishers: $400, $300, $200, $100, $50 and top male/female masters: $200. Sponsor "swag" to top three M/F overall.

Trail Half Marathon: Awards to top 3 overall and age group winners (M/F 10-year age group increments), Finishers Medals to all finishers within the cutoff. Sponsor "swag" to top three M/F overall.

USATF membership and US citizenship are required for participation in the USATF championship division. Athletes who participate in the National Championship may be subject to formal drug testing in accordance with USATF Rules and IAAF Rule 144.

5K Adventure Run: Finishers medals to all finishers within the cutoff. Sponsor "swag" to top three M/F overall.

Kids K: Prizes to all participants.

Award Ceremony:
The USATF Trail Marathon National Championship official awards ceremony will be at 3:30 pm. All other award winners, please stop by the Awards Table to pick up your half marathon and 5K prize and have your picture taken.

Travel info and related links:

Airport, Transportation & Lodging Info
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Helpful Links

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Milt's Stop N Eat For Good Food

Kane Springs For Camping

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

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