The Race in On!

Moab Trail Marathon,
Half Marathon
and 5K Adventure Run

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2016 USA Trail Marathon Championship
Qualifier for the 2017 Long Distance Trail Running Championships

A Trail Runner Magazine "Bucket List" Race.

COURSE MAP

Map of Marathon

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Course Description:

Marathon: Starting at the Pritchett Canyon entrance, proceed up Pritchett Canyon by Moab UtahPritchett Canyon Trail (5.7 miles of rugged jeep track) connecting to Hunter Canyon Rim Trail (1.8 miles), proceeding along the Hunter Canyon Rim single-track trail and down to Kane Creek Road (2.2 miles). Turn left and head south on Kane Creek Dirt Road to the Hunter Canyon singletrack trail (1.3 miles). Continue 1 mile up the canyon and turn around and come back out. Then continue south on Kane Creek Road (1 mile). Turn right and head up the “Scorched Earth Wall”. Once atop the rim, continue generally north on the faint jeep trail, which turns to singletrack, then slickrock, then off-track canyon bottom. Then you’ll turn left on the ‘Captain Ahab’ singletrack for 2.3 miles to Amasa Back jeep trail, continuing for about 3/4 mile. Then turn right onto the Jackson Trail singletrack, down to the Kane Creek drainage (1.8 miles). Continue to the aid station just after crossing Kane Creek and head through the tunnel, through the cave, through the arch, up the ladder and traverse the rope (.4 mile) then follow the technical shelf trail that parallels ‘Behind the Rocks Wilderness area’ (1.3 miles). Cross Kane Road under the culvert and continue along the flats through Kane Creek Campground (West) returning the final mile to the Kane Creek Parking lot finish area.

½ Marathon: Start at the Pritchett Canyon entrance, proceed up Pritchett Canyon trail (5.7 miles) connecting to Hunter Canyon Rim trail (1.8 miles), proceeding along the Hunter Canyon Rim single-track and down to Kane Creek Road (2.2 miles). Turn right and continue up the infamous Kane Road switchbacks for about a mile, then back down to the Hymasa singletrack into the depths of Kane Creek drainage. Continue for 1 mile in the drainage, exiting at the Amasa Back parking lot for another ½ mile dirt road before the final ½ mile of singletrack with two crossings of Kane Creek before the finish.

5K: Not your ordinary 5K! This adventure run/walk features natural and manmade obstacles including running through an arch, through a cave, use of hand-line to go down a small cliff, two creek crossings, running through a gigantic culvert, crossing a sand pit, over a rock maze, completing a cross-word puzzle, 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.

ELEVATION PROFILES

Map of Marathon
Topo Map

Location of Feed/Aid Stations (for Marathon and Half Marathon Course):

  1. Pritchett Canyon and Hunter Rim Road intersection (mile point 5.7, Full and Half)
  2. Hunter Canyon Rim Trailhead (at campground on Kane Creek Road at Gatherer Canyon, mile point 9.7, Full and Half)
  3. Amasa Back Parking lot: Water and PowerAde only (after Kane Creek Drainage, mile point 12.2, Half only)
  4. Cattleguard at turn to Scorched Earth Wall (mile point 14, Marathon only)
  5. "Taz's Canyon" at bottom of slickrock scramble (mile point 17.5, Marathon only)
  6. Amasa Back Road and Jackson Trail junction (mile point 21.3, Marathon only)
  7. Kane Creek Crossing (just after creek crossing, mile point .75 of the 5k and mile 23.3 of the Marathon.)
  8. "Nelson's Driveway" (after ‘Behind the Rocks’ Singletrack, mile 2.1 of the 5k and mile 25.2 of the marathon.)

Feed/Aid Stations will be equipped with water, PowerAde, Cliff Shots, snack bars, fruity, salty, and sweet snacks, oranges, bananas and Endurolytes. Also, basic first-aid supplies, an evacuation vehicle and communication ability.

Due to the remote location and rugged terrain of the course, vehicles are not able to access the route with food and water other than at these locations. Please carry your own water/food if you think you'll need it!

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