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

Race Dates: November 5th & 6th, 2022.
Registration Opens March 1st, 2022.
A Trail Runner Magazine "Bucket List" Race.
2022 USATF Trail Marathon National Championship

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


Race Date: November 5th & 6th, 2022

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 Saturday’s 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 considerably less!).


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

Directions to Race Venue/Packet Pick-up/Start/Finish: Heading South on Main Street Moab, turn right on Kane Creek Blvd which is at the McDonald’s. Continue, staying left at the one fork after about a mile, to continue on Kane Springs Road. You’ll follow alongside the Colorado River for just over 3 miles until the road turns from pavement to dirt. The venue/start/finish area is in the Kane Creek parking lot, on the right.


Friday Packet Pickup: head out Kane Creek Road, about 2.5 miles, until you see the Event Parking signs on the right side. Follow the parking marshal’s directions and park and walk to the start/finish venue and go to the Check-In tent to pick up your packet.

Saturday Participants: may either take the shuttle from town or purchase an on-site parking pass to park within walking distance of the start/finish. Please indicate your choice when you register.

Sunday Participants: will park ON-SITE and parking on Sunday is FREE! There will only be one or two shuttle vans from town; please reserve a shuttle if you cannot get to the start otherwise.

More Parking and Shuttle Information

Saturday Shuttle: Shuttle leave from HMK Elementary School at the bus pick-up/drop-off area on the EAST SIDE of the school (address). Participants may either walk from their accommodations in town or may park at the Elementary School Parking Lot or at any designated parking spots around Swanny Park/Rec Center/Churches/city streets near HMK Elementary. The first shuttle leaves at 5:45am and shuttles will be running until 8:45am. We suggest you pick up your shuttle at the following times:

Marathoners: between 5:45 and 7am
Half Marathoners: between 7 and 8am
Kids K: 7:45-8am
5K: 8-8:45am
*Note that if you miss your wave start due to a backup at the shuttles, you can start in a different wave with no penalty. Just let our timing crew know. Those going for overall top 5 should be sure to catch the shuttle on time or use the on-site parking as overall winner is determined by ‘gun’ time not ‘chip time.

Sunday Shuttle: Please park On-Site on Sunday if at all possible! We will only have a couple shuttles from town on Sunday. If you cannot get to the start/finish area on Sunday and need a shuttle from town; please email to make a shuttle reservation.

On-Site Parking: Head out Kane Creek Road for about 2.5-3 miles and you will see “Event Parking” signs on the right. Follow the directions of the parking marshals and please park as tight and efficiently as possible. Be careful NOT to park on the race course route, which is marked with pennant flagging (don’t pull-in under the pennant flagging, please.)

VIP Parking: VIP parking is sold out. Those who purchased VIP parking will be mailed a pass, which needs to be placed in your dash and possibly ‘waved’ at the parking marshals so they can help direct you to the proper VIP lot. You will go past the on-site parking lots and past the start/finish venue and pull into the lot just past the start/finish venue, which is the Kane Creek Parking Lot. You will then need to park just ‘below’ the portopotties, as directed by the parking marshal. Note that the section ‘above’ the portopotties is reserved for day-use (non-race) parking.

Drop-Off: If someone is going to drop you off and spectate then you will need to purchase an on-site parking pass and you all can park in the “Event Parking” lots. If someone is going to drop you off then go back to town; then they should drop you off in one of two locations: 1. On the left side of the road at any spot with a good shoulder to turnaround. We suggest the pull-out next to the Stone Ruin, which you will see on the left side of Kane Creek Road about 2.5-3 miles out. Or 2. Upper Kane Creek parking lot: go past the event parking and past the start/finish venue and pull into the lot just after the venue. You will need to let the parking marshals know that you are dropping off a runner. If you don’t want to tell them all that you are dropping off a runner then use a pullout on the left side to drop off your runner. Make drop-off snappy (runners need to be ready to hop out)! Note that if you are dropping someone off and pull into the Event Parking Lot, it will be really hard to get back out since all the participants will be coming in (which is why we suggest dropping off on the left side of the road.)

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 and 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, $6600 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 6th: 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 $125 $135 $145
Half Marathon $95 $105 $115
5K $65 $75 $85
Kids K $35 $40 $45
*Note that all Saturday events have filled up by mid-June the last 4 years.
Sunday Nov. 7th: Half Marathon only:
Sign Up-by Date March 1st-March 31st April 1st-June 30th July 1st-Race Day (or capacity reached)
Half Marathon $85 $95 $105
Click here for Refund, Deferral & Transfer policies.

Start Times


7:45am: Marathon elite and USATF members
7:50-8:05: Marathon open, waves 5 min. apart
8:10am: Half Marathon elite and ‘faster’ runners
8:15am-8:35am: Marathon & Half Marathon open, waves 5 min apart
8:38am: Kids K
9:05am: 5k elite and ‘faster’ runners
9:10-9:30am: 5K open waves, 5-10 min apart

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 4th 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.

 wards 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!:$6600 Cash Purse to top 5 M/F finishers: $800, $600, $500, $400, $250 AND top overall M/F masters (40+), grand masters (50+) and senior grand masters (60+): $250 each
  • 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 and 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 and 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.


  • Medal and mug for all kids finishers.

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.

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

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