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

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

An unforgettable voyage through some of the world’s most scenic and unique lands. Try it!


Race Date: November 6th & 7th, 2021

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!).


Event takes place in the spectacular and beautiful Kane Creek Canyon area near Moab, Utah.

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.

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, prizes 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, Grand County Search & Rescue, Trail Mix 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-Race Day (or capacity reached)
Marathon $110 $120 $130
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-Race Day (or capacity reached)
Half Marathon $75 $85 $95
Click here for Refund, Deferral & Transfer policies.

Start Times

7:15 am – Marathon early starters/slow runners (must run slower than 10 minutes per mile)
7:45 am – Marathon Elite and all USATF members, age group and overall, male and female
7:50 am – 8:00 am – Marathoners, top 20%
8:10 am – Half Marathon Elite/fast runners, top 20%

8:15 am – 8:55 am – Marathoners and Half Marathoners, waves 5 minutes apart, self-seeded from faster to slower

9:00 am – Kid’s K
9:15 am – 9:35 am – 5K, waves 5 minutes apart, self-seeded from faster to slower

8 am – 8:30 am – waves five minutes apart, self-seeded from faster to slower

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 Info


Packet Pick-Up

Packet pick-up will be at the race venue at Kane Creek Parking Lot on Friday November 5th from 2pm-6pm.  Saturday runners can pick up their packet on Saturday morning starting at 6:45am and Sunday runners can pick up their packets on Sunday morning starting at 7:15am.

*Runners that pick up their packets on Friday will get a coupon for free Fries or Shake at Milts!

Additional Participant Information

Click Here for Pre-Race Info Click Here for Race-Day/Course/Safety Info




Course Descriptions

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 single track to the finish. Click here for race map and profile.

5K: Not your ordinary 5K! This adventure run/walk features natural and man made 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.

Awards and Prize Money





  • Finishers’ mug or medal to all finishers within the cutoff.

    “Hi, I’m Malcolm. Click here to read my story and see my photos!”

  • Custom award/prize to the top 3 M/F finishers in the following divisions:
    19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+.
  • 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 overall finishers (top 5) and top master prize money, swag-bags (top 3) and USATF medals (age group and overall) will be awarded according to
‘clock-time’, not ‘chip time’ and you must start in the 7:45am start wave to be eligible! Age-group awards/prizes will be given according to ‘chip-time’ and
those participants may start in any of the marathon waves. 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, 2 sets of awards!)

  • Finishers’ mug or medal to all finishers within the cutoff.
  • Custom award/prize to the top 3 M/F finishers in the following divisions:
    19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+.
  • Top 3 overall M/F finishers will get a ‘swag-bag’ filled with goodies from our sponsors!
    *Those going for the top 3 overall title and prizes must start in the 8:10am start wave on Saturday or the 8am wave on Sunday! Overall
    winners will be determined by ‘clock-time’ of participants in those waves. Age group prizes will be determined by ‘chip-time’ and those
    participants can start in any of the Half Marathon waves.


  • 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!
    *Those going for top 3 overall title/prize must start in the 9:15am wave.
    *No age group awards for the 5k.


  • Prize bag with fun toys for all kids.

There will be an AWARDS TABLE set up in the finish area where overall and age group awards winners in all divisions may come to pick up your prize and have your picture taken. Please swing by!

*Note that you will need to wait until results are final to pick up your award,which could be up to an hour after you finish to allow for the time difference in
the wave starts.
*Those going for overall top 3 must sign up for the elite/first wave for your distance (7:45 marathon, 8:10 Sat half, 8 Sun Half, 9:15 5k). If that wave fills
up please email and she will get you into the elite wave.

USATF National Championship Marathon AWARDS CERMONY: will be at 1:30pm at the stage next to the

awards table. Overall and age group USATF medals and prize money will be given out at this time.

Moab Trail Marathon, 1/2 Marathon and 5K are part of the “Series Runner” series! Earn miles towards the coveted Series Challenge Medal!


Travel Info and Related Links

Tripadvisor Vacation
Rental Info

Milt’s Stop N Eat
For Good Food
Click for Lodging
For Local Info
and Lodging

Bighorn Lodge

Bighorn Lodge is offering
a special discount rate for
the race. Mention “Moab
Trail Marathon”

Click here for more travel information

Local Champions

Supporters of the Moab Trail Marathon

 Non-Profit Beneficiaries & Recipients