Join us for a weekend of fun and running on the beautiful trails near Fruita, Colorado. The weekend kicks off on Friday night with packet pickup and a dinner. Saturday is the trail marathon and 50K, followed that night with a racer party at a local brewery. Sunday’s events include a 10K, half marathon and kids’ races. Sunday’s races did sell out in 2018, so get in early.
The Marathon will be a single loop connecting the desert trails of the Kokopelli and adjacent trails. 50K runners will do an additional 4.6mi loop beginning at the Moore Fun Aid Station allowing runners to hit this Aid Station twice. The courses roll between elevations of 4,500 and 5,400 feet with over 3,400 feet of climbing.Start: A nice warm up takes runners out one mile of gently rolling dirt road. A 0.3mi uphill brings racers to an open area where there will be a course official noting a $100 cash premium for the first male and the first female to reach this point.A sharp left turn puts runners on the first single track of the day. Once on this section, it will be difficult to pass so find your place before your reach this section. Large rocks and twists bring you to a high point where you will stay close to the edge and enjoy beautiful views before the rugged descent down the other side.50K Out & Back: After leaving the Aid Station, 50K runners will head down the road to Rustler’s Loop. Traveling clockwise around the loop, this soft dirt trail winds its way through gently rolling hills and wide open fields. After completing the loop, you’ll be back at Moore Fun. Moore Fun: A short downhill will bring you to a rugged jeep road. It will take you up a gentle climb and descent until it connects into the wide, flat and fast section of Mary’s Loop. Head right on Mary’s Loop, going through some fun technical terrain with amazing views of the Colorado River, to reach the Pizza Overlook Aid Station. Pizza Overlook: Upon leaving the Aid Station, you will immediately begin descending quickly. A narrow trail and big drop offs will eventually open up as you begin following the rim in and out of the canyons. On an incredibly picturesque course, this section is generally considered the most beautiful. Crossroads: You must make it to the Crossroads Aid Station by Noon. Racers over this cut-off will be directed to bypass the remaining course, traversing 1.5mi on Mary’s Loop and Hawkeye to the Start/Finish. After a short climb, the course passes some intersecting trails and makes a couple of sharp turns (pay attention to the course markings). This will lead to the undulating, remote section of the Troybuilt Trail. This is the longest section between Aid Stations so be sure to carry water with you. A fun descent through a wash will bring you to the Aid Station. Troybuilt: Leaving this Aid Station will put you on the steep, hot climb of the day. Eventually bringing you to Mack Ridge, this section will open up, once again following what some would consider a little too close to the overlook. A new section of single-track will make a sharp left turn and descend 2.8 miles to the backside of the parking lot and the finish line.
The Start/Finish lines will be at the Mack Trailhead on the Kokopelli trail just west of Fruita, Colorado, at exit #11 off I-70. Head South toward the frontage road. The start time for the 50K and Marathon races is Saturday at 7:00a. The start time for the Half Marathon and 10K races is Sunday at 8:30a. Parking will be very limited and carpooling is strongly recommended. We may need to divert some traffic to an alternate parking lot. Please plan to arrive at least one hour prior to your start time to allow time for this, if required. Your race number and packet will also be available at the Start/Finish Line beginning at 5:30a on Saturday and 7:00a on Sunday. Sunday’s racers can pick up their packets at Friday night, Saturday morning or Sunday morning packet pick-ups. Packets will not be available after race start on Saturday or Saturday nights.
_ 2003-2018 Desert RATS Trail Running Festival Race Results: