Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
4.4
(5 Ratings)(5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.4
SCENERY
4.8
PRODUCTION
4.2
SWAG
3.6
The Moab Trail Marathon & Half Marathon is an unforgettable voyage through some of the world’s most scenic and unique lands. Try it. We are happy to announce that we will again be running Sunday’s 1/2 Marathon in addition to the traditional Saturday Races. So, you may run the 1/2 marathon … MORE
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    mzfisch FIRST-TIMER '20

    I wanted a tough challenge that really represented what it felt like to run trails in Moab and I got it. This was easily my slowest time ever but I … MORE

    I wanted a tough challenge that really represented what it felt like to run trails in Moab and I got it. This was easily my slowest time ever but I was not focused on having a solid time, but rather just finishing and enjoying the amazing scenery. I packed my own water and gels because I knew I would be out there awhile and there were only 2 aid stations due to the remote location of the course. They did a great job of spacing us all out due to COVID and I am so grateful the race still happened! The professional photos turned out great and were a real highlight for me. I also received a medal and a cotton t-shirt (would prefer tech so I can run in). There were some sections that were not run-able – you had to do some scrambling – but again, an amazing and unique course I would highly recommend! This really gave me the feel of what Moab is all about and I really enjoyed my time there (it was my first time in Moab). We also spent a few days after the race exploring Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, as well as Dead Horse Point State Park. Amazing!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    Wow... this race had everything you “want” in a trail race. Altitude, elevation gain, every size rock to run on, over, between, even Jeep’s going on the same route with … MORE

    Wow… this race had everything you “want” in a trail race. Altitude, elevation gain, every size rock to run on, over, between, even Jeep’s going on the same route with phenomenal views and weather. You run in a stream, a road, next to a 300 drop off, etc
    Plenty of hotels 5 minutes away and a great excuse to see Utah. Bring your own water, first aid stop is mile 6. Nice shirt and metal (or mug) if you don’t care about metals.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
    My Media

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    M_Sohaskey Nov 08, 2020 at 6:28pm

    Glad you had a great day, Chris! I'd agree with you, Moab is one tough but rewarding course. And glad you got nice dry conditions, since you can imagine what… MORE

    Glad you had a great day, Chris! I'd agree with you, Moab is one tough but rewarding course. And glad you got nice dry conditions, since you can imagine what the footing on that slickrock is like when it's wet. Well done and congrats on adding Utah to your map... even with all the cancellations, you've had a wildly impressive 2020! LESS

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    mjlucarelli FIRST-TIMER '14

    Signed my son up for the kids 1k, which was a lot of fun!!! And then signed myself up for the 5k. There is a section where you are doing … MORE

    Signed my son up for the kids 1k, which was a lot of fun!!! And then signed myself up for the 5k. There is a section where you are doing a little easy rock scrambling which was fun, but if you are like me and are always shooting for a PR be sure to sign up for one of the first few waves. That scrambling section backs up and makes your race time irrelevant.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    dansolera FIRST-TIMER '13

    I wasn't ready for what this race would throw at me. There were parts where I was climbing up rocks on all fours, shimmying down another section practically sitting, skipping … MORE

    I wasn’t ready for what this race would throw at me. There were parts where I was climbing up rocks on all fours, shimmying down another section practically sitting, skipping over dry bushes like a mountain goat, and wading through a stream very much against my desire. But it was all part of the otherworldly Moab experience. Every single part of this race was absolutely beautiful. At no point did I look around while running and not feel completely breathless, overtaken by the majestic sandstone sculptures that watched over me. This is a race for anyone who loves the great outdoors. It’s not easy, so prepare to finish 30 – 50% slower than your usual half marathon time. That said, the medal is awful and the coffee mug all finishers get isn’t very useful to someone who doesn’t drink coffee.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    3
    My Report
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    2
    My Media

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    Katie_Ho FIRST-TIMER '12

    Billed as an “adventure run,” the 5K included a scramble up (then down) two different rock formations with guides and ropes, plus an obstacle course at the end. Thankfully, no … MORE

    Billed as an “adventure run,” the 5K included a scramble up (then down) two different rock formations with guides and ropes, plus an obstacle course at the end. Thankfully, no crawling through mud pits, but we did have to hop to & from pylons with both feet in a burlap sack, wriggle through a child’s nylon tunnel, and toss into a Frisbee golf basket. Yet despite what the website described, I was disappointed to discover there was no crossword puzzle challenge.

    Terrain is varied, ranging from single-track to slick rock, a couple stream crossings and the last stretch through a dusty parking lot. The 10-15 minute wait times for the rock climbs contributed to a finish time longer even than the 10Ks I’ve run, so expect that delay if you’re a middle- to back-of-the-pack runner.

    Overall high ratings for the course, scenery and swag (Merrell tech tee, medal and finisher’s mug)… would highly recommend.

    And if you like to complement your race weekend activities with hiking and sight-seeing, Moab delivers! We stayed at the Gonzo Inn, and found it to be friendly and comfortable. Perfect home base for day trips to both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Excellent hiking and amazing sights within easy driving distance.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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