Moab Spring Trail Run
Half Marathon and 8K
also featuring the Nature Lovers Scavenger Hunt
March 5th, 2016
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Make tracks where the Dinosaurs made tracks 150 million years ago!
Takes place on the SUPERB Klondike Bluffs Trails, north of Moab, UT. It is a super fun course featuring
Classic Moab Singletrack including Slickrock, Red- Dirt Trails, and scenic views of Arches National Park.
Start times: 8:00am. There will be 5 waves, 3 minutes apart. Chip timing by Racing Underground. Half marathon Cutoff at 10:15 at the first aid station and must finish in 4.5 hrs to be eligible for finishers medal.
Registration: Registration open at www.IMathlete.com. You may also request a mail in entry form, please email email@example.com. Registration includes a well marked super-fun course with aid stations, chip timing, t-shirt, post race meal, finisher’s medal, and awards for the top finishers.
Cost: Online registration available at www.IMathlete.com.
- Early sign up, before Nov. 1st: Half $55, 8k $50
- Nov. 2nd-Jan 5th: Half $70, 8k $60
- Jan 6th - Mar 1st: Half $75, 8k $65
- Late Registration, March 2nd-4th: Half $85, 8k $80.
- Limited to 300 participants.
No refunds. No transfers. If you cannot make it, you may defer to next year if you do so on the IMAthlete.com site before Feb. 28th, for a $15 fee.
We recently got permission to use a new section of foot-only track that goes by an actual dinosaur track site. This trail, the Dinosaur Stomping Ground Trail, combined with Mega-Steps Trail were built by Trail Mix volunteers as well as our local chapter paleontology members and the Sierra Club. This area is what paleontologists call the “Dinosaur Dance Floor”. I’m certain you also will enjoy “dancing” on this beautiful and unique trail!
Pre-Race and Race Day Information: CLICK HERE
Course Route/Trail* Description:
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Don’t be deceived by the drive to the start (which honestly is quite barren and boring) because hidden just a short distance from the start line is a magical wonderland of amazing and unique features. The single-track is welcoming and, well, perfect. You will start with a meandering climb up a small creek bed weaving through unique rock formations before opening up into the “dinosaur dancing floor”; a gigantic smooth white slickrock surface with literally 100’s of Therapod tracks. From here the climb continues a short distance further to a ridgeline with a nice dirt single-track and spectacular views of Salt Valley, Arches National Park and the snow-covered LaSal Mountain range. The route continues with a fast curvy single-track downhill through a series of desert coves with cactus in bloom. The 8kers will continue to the finish and the ½ marathoners will continue to ‘flow’ along the Dino-Flow single-track, a very fun trail. After the second aid station at mile 6 the course gets more technical as you scamper up down and around the unique rock formations before turning up the Little Salty climb. The very welcoming aid station is along the ridge about ½ ways up the climb where more amazing views await. You can see as far as the Bookcliffs, San Rafael Swell and the Henry Mountains. The dirt 4x4 road along the ridge is cruisy, leading to the “Baby Steps” descent. Leaders will fly down the mile or two of the steps, although most will take the trail as its namesake recommends: with baby steps. At this point in the race time will seem to have stopped and you will feel cozy, calm and you will be amazed how good you feel and how far you’ve come. Something about this course is very special: perhaps an aura in the air or the ghosts of ancient Indian athletes casting their ‘spirit’ upon you. But don’t get too ‘out there’ or let your mind wander too much: instead stock up at the next aid station. The last couple miles are tough and will remind you that you are alive and human and you wind around the hoo doos and other unique geologic features. The final 1/4 mile to the finish is mostly downhill and fast. You will have earned your finishers medal!
Nature Lovers Scavenger Hunt - A FUN challenge:
At the start line you’ll get a list of 15 ‘nature-related’ items that you’ll search for during the race, and take a photo of (bring your smartphone or digital camara.) If you find them all you’ll receive a cool prize at the finish! It’s not too hard. This event limited to the first 50 people who sign up, and the $10 fee will be a 100% donation to the non-profit group, “Trail Mix”, they build and maintain local trails. You can sign up online when registering.
Awards: Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers as well as age group awards in 10 year increments, m/f. All finishers within the cutoff will receive a finisher’s medal.
Packet Pickup: You may pick up your t-shirt, race numbers and get your wave start time at Milts Stop & Eat on Friday, March 4th from 3:30-6:30pm or on race morning at the start/finish venue from 7-8:15 am.
Directions to the Start: From Moab head North (towards I-70) on Hwy 191 for 21 miles to the signed right-hand turn for North Klondike Trails. Park in the designated lots or along-side the dirt road. Please carpool! Parking is limited. Please allow 20 minutes to drive there and another 15 min to park and walk to the start. It is advised to bring a bag for your warmup gear which you can leave at the finish (please nothing valueable as we are not liable for lost/stolen stuff). Allow extra time, as some parking spaces are about ½ mile away.
Directions to Milt’s for Packet Pickup: From Main Street Moab turn East on Center Street (toward Slickrock trail) Go 4 blocks. Turn right on 400 East. Go a few blocks and you will see Milts on the left.
Travel Info: Click Here for printable travel info.
Discount Rooms Available, Mention you are racing the MOAB SPRING TRAIL RUN or OFF-ROAD DUATHLON for a discount!
Bighorn Lodge: 1-800-325-6171 or 435-259-6171
Redstone Inn: 1-800-772-1972 or 435-259-3500
Rustic Inn: 435-259-6177
*these are all locally owned, AAA approved hotels centrally located on or near Main Street, Moab.
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