A fun, rugged, desert half marathon run as an out and back mostly on the Kokopelli Trail. With short steep climbs, rock gardens and sand traps runners will enjoy 13.1 miles of gorgeous early season desert.
In order to be environmentally friendly and cut down on the amount of trash we produce, we will not have cups at the aid stations. So, please carry a water bottle or a collapsible cup on the course.
Finisher’s mementos will be given as racers cross the finish line. Placer’s awards will awarded along with raffle prizes at approximately 10:30 am. There will also be a racer appreciation party at Kannah Creek West in Fruita. There will be wings and beer! Don’t miss the opportunity to socialize with other racers and win raffle prizes. This event will be run in conjunction with the mountain bike race awards.
Customized cowbell awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each race in each of the following age groups:
60 and over
Racers will receive customized dog tag finisher’s awards as they cross the finish line. Placer’s awards will be distributed at the awards ceremony at approximately 10:30 am. Awards and mementos will not be mailed after the event.
Start/Finish Area and Parking
From I-70, take Exit 2, for Rabbit Valley (about 17 miles west of Fruita). Turn South, drive along the overpass and continue about 1/2 mile past the large staging area, turn left to the next parking area where there are restroom facilities.
This year’s host hotel will be the Super 8 in Fruita, CO.
This race is run in conjunction with the Desert RATS Classic mountain bike race and follows the first part of the same course. The start line is at the Rabbit Valley parking area of the Kokopelli Trail and heads west for 6.5 miles. After reaching the aid station, runners will turnaround and experience the challenge from the other direction.
We will have four aid stations located throughout the course. The first will be MacDonald Creek #1 at 2.4 miles, Cattleguard #1 at 5.5 miles, Cattleguard #2 at 7.6 and Macdonald Creek #2 at mile 10.7. We will provide water, Skittles, bananas, gel, sports drink and E-caps. We will NOT have aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs.
6:30 pm- 8:00 pm – Packet pick-up at Summit Canyon Mountaineering in Grand Junction.
5:30-6:30 am – race day registration, packet pick-up at start line
7:20 am – pre race check-in and meeting (mandatory for all racers)
7:30 am- Rabbit Valley Half Marathon race begins
10:30 am – Awards/raffle at finish line
6:00 pm – Racer appreciation party with beer and wings at Kannah Creek West in Fruita, CO
Early (until January 1st) – $55
Standard (until April 1st) – $65
Late (until May 10th) – $75
Race Weekend – $85
Entry fee is non-refundable and nontransferable.
Entry fees include: place winner awards, shirts (or other race memento), aid station goodies, a finisher’s memento and post-race refreshments. Entry fee is non-refundable and nontransferable.