The Race in On!

Moab Trail Marathon,
Half Marathon
and 5K Adventure Run

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

Event Information:

Next Race: November 4th and 5th, 2017

Due to the race filling up the past several years we are happy to announce that we will add a Sunday 1/2 Marathon option! You may enter the 1/2 Marathon on either Saturday or Sunday, but the Full Marathon and 5k will only take place on Saturday. All competitive/elite runners should choose the Saturday race. The Sunday 1/2 will be the same course and will be at a discounted entry fee.

Marathon and Half Marathon:

8:00 AM Start of First Wave (expected top 20% finishers)
8:07 2nd Wave (expected top 20-35%)
8:14 3rd Wave (expected top 35-50%)
8:21 4th Wave (expected 50-65%)
8:28 5th Wave (expected 65-80%)
8:35 6th Wave Back of the Pack (last 20%)

Participants will be assessed a 30 minute penalty for not starting in the assigned wave. (Not sure? Click here for more info.) Please start in your assigned wave to allow appropriate space on the trail. There will not be a back up at mile 9, as multiple routes will be encouraged.

Kid's Kilometer/Adventure 1K: 8:40 AM

5K Adventure Run:

9:03 AM Start of First Wave (male competitive)
9:07 AM 2nd Wave (Female Competitive)
9:13 AM 3rd Wave (Recreational)
9:20 AM 4th Wave (Non Competitive/Friends and Family Wave)

Cutoff Times & Suggested Qualifying Standards:

Click for printable PDFs for information

Registration Information:

Register HERE on or after March 1, 2017. 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 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 April 30th $100 May 1st to July 31st $110 Aug. 1st to Oct. 30th
½ Marathon $75 March 1st to April 30th $90 May 1st to July 31st $100 Aug. 1st to Oct. 30th
5K: $45 March 1st to April 30th $55 May 1st to July 31st $60 Aug. 1st to Oct. 30th
Click here for Refund and Transfer policies.

Pick Up at Milt'sPacket Pick-Up: Will be Friday November 3rd, 2017 (at Milts) from 3:30 to 6:30pm and Saturday Nov. 4th 2017 (at race start/finish area) from 6:30-8:30am.

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.

Pre-Race Info Race-Day Info

Course Description:

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.

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

Click here for map and detailed route description

Click here for Course Profiles and Aid Station information

Awards & Prize Money:

Trail Marathon: Beautiful USATF National Championship medals as well as race-specific prizes will be awarded to the top ten overall M/F and top 3 age groupers over 40 M/F in 5 year increments. Finishers' medals 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.

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.

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.

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

We are pleased to report that in 2015 The Moab Trail Marathon is partnering with the USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Executive committee to serve as a selection race for the 2016 World Long Distance Mountain Running Champs in Slovenia. The top 2 U.S. males and females in the Marathon will earn an automatic berth on the 2016 US Long Distance team! Learn More about this opportunity HERE and get ready to run fast on November 7th!

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
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
and Lodging
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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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