About Grassroots Events

“You can’t get lost on an adventure.”

Grassroots Events specializes in premier trail running races in Southern Utah and Arizona.

Moab is a place you absolutely need to experience as a runner or outdoor enthusiast. It’s one of the most scenic and stunning places a runner can go to push themselves mentally and physically. Grassroots Events’ goal is to have runners walk away from our race events and guided running tours with a sense of accomplishment and belonging to our wonderful running community.

Join us in experiencing the beautiful scenery Moab, UT has to offer. Come visit the trails that we call home and we’ll show you why we love running here.

Chris Martinez

Founder & Chief Operating Officer

chris-martinez-race-directorChris Martinez has been running trail adventures since 1997. He has over 20 years of river experience as a white river guide and trail guide in the beautiful Moab, UT.

At the age of 6, Chris ran his first 10k with his father, who was also an avid trail runner. Since his first taste of running, Chris has been hooked. Now he has over 13 years of ultra trail running experience under his belt and over 35 years of running experience.

Chris founded 360 Moab Adventures to combine two of his passions: trail running and being a guide. Before 2004, there weren’t any events catered to trail runners. That’s why he decided to start the first trail race in Moab in 2004. Since founding Grassroots Events, Chris has created 3 more trail races in the Moab area.

Chris’ Running Accomplishments:

  • Timpanogo Challenge 50k, 5th overall
  • Las Vegas Fat Ass, 2nd overall
  • Midnight Mountain 50k, 2nd overall
  • Man Against Horse 50mi, 5th overall
  • Pacific Trail 50mi, 2nd overall
  • Spring Desert Ultra 50mi, 9th overall
  • Nanny Goat 12hr, 1st overall
  • White Rim trail Canyonlands National Park 70mi, 16hrs

Chris’ Certifications:

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • American Heart Association CPR
  • Utah Captains/Guide License
  • Swiftwater Safety
  • Utah Food Handlers License

Brian Roe

President & CEO

brian-roeBrian teamed up with Chris in May of 2016 with the goal of taking Grassroots Events to the next level. Brian has over 30 years of multifaceted experience as a consultant, manager, president, and director. He’s also an avid mountain biker and owned a mountain bike shop located in Austin, TX.

Brian brings his business management experience to Grassroots Events with plans to expand the business by sharing more of what Moab, UT has to offer to outdoor enthusiasts. As a fellow outdoor enthusiast himself, Brian is excited to be a part of Grassroots Events and the running community it supports. Grassroots Events will continue to put on great races, and the hope is to add more that are just as fun.

Moab Red Hot and Amasa Run

Our trail race events have distances for all levels of runners. If you’re an ultra runner, you’ll enjoy our Moab Red Hot race. If you’re a roadrunner who wants to experience trail racing, you can start with our Amasa Run. Don’t worry about the details because we make sure to put on the best race possible, so you can focus on having a great trail race.

360° Moab Adventures

360° Moab Adventures is the running adventure of a lifetime. If you’re interested in exploring Moab at your own pace, our guided running tours will show you the scenery around Moab that makes it so amazing to run in. You’ll see emerald colored pools filling up slickrock, run along the red hot sandhills and along cliff edges of canyons, and see dinosaur tracks millions of years old. We’re happy to give individuals and groups a day adventure or multi-day adventure with 360 degree views at whatever mileage or pace they want.

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