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Moab Red Hot 2018


33k and 55k Ultra Trail Race



Saturday Feb, 17 2018
Moab, Utah
33k - $95 55k $125 Earlybird Registration:
June 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2017 (11:59PM MDT)

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Moab Red Hot 2018
33k and 55k Ultra Trail Race

The Moab Red Hot 55k and 33k course is located northwest of Moab, Utah just west of Arches National Park and the Moab Valley. Red Hot runners will have majestic views while running on an extensively flagged trail that’s a mix of rocky, sandy, and slickrock.

The Red Hot is recognized as the kickoff for the ultra running calendar for most trail runners.

The Red Hot is recognized as the kickoff for the ultra running calendar for most trail runners. It was started by local Moab trail runner and Race Director Chris Martinez, who wanted to show runners that Moab, Utah is a trail runner’s paradise all year around.

Besides being a beautiful course, it’s also challenging. It attracts a diverse group of runners every year, including elite runners like Ian Torrence, Karl Meltzer, Rob Krar, Anton Krupicka, Dakota Jones, Emily Harrison, Anita Ortiz, Darcy Africa, and Krissy Moehl who have become Red Hot Runners that make sure to return every year.

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Registration Fees

Sept. 1, 2017 – Nov. 30, 2017:
55k – $135 | 33k – $105

Dec. 1, 2017 – Feb. 4, 2018:
55k – $150 | 33k – $120

Race Start Times

55k Start time: 8:00 AM
33k Start time: 8:30 AM

More About Red Hot

Experience the jaw-dropping scenery of two of the West’s most popular National Parks in these challenging races, which give runners views of Canyonlands and Arches with the snow-capped peaks of the La Sal Mountains in the distance.Runner’s World Magazine

On Race Day

Packet Pick Up

Friday, February 16, 2018
1 PM – 7 PM

Canyon Voyages
211 N Main St. Moab, UT 84532

Or at the starting line on race day:

Saturday, February 17, 2018

55k: 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
33k: 6:30 AM – 8:00 AM

You will need to have a photo ID in order to receive your packet and timing chip. This includes race morning packet pick up. We encourage you to pick up your packet prior to race day morning to eliminate issues on the morning of the race.

Cutoff Times

55k runners who do not make aid station 3 by 12:00 PM will be considered a DNF.

Please do not proceed after the cut-off because a sweeper may have left prior to your arrival. The sweep will not leave this station until 12:00 PM to begin removing course markings on the Gold Bar Rim trail and across Golden Spike trail.

Your options from here are to wait for the aid station attendant to pack up and catch a ride back to the start line where your vehicle is parked, or you can run the 6 miles back to your car.

We do not advise runners to continue across this section of the course after markings have been removed. If a runner decides to continue the aid station attendant will collect your bib and will advise you that you are now a DNF and are continuing at your own risk.

Course closes at 6:00 PM.

Refund Policy

Full refund up to 30 days before race day. Thereafter, non-refundable and bib numbers are non-transferable.

Race Day Schedule

Check-in and packet pick up at the starting line: Saturday, February 17, 2017

55k: 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
33k: 6:30 AM – 8:00 AM

55k Pre-race Announcement: 7:30 AM
55k Race Start: 8:00 AM

33k Pre-race Announcement: 8:15 AM
33k Race Start: 8:30 AM

Aid Stations and Drop Bags

When you stop to fill your water or eat, please take time to thank the crew. Moab Friends-For-Wheelin’ has been helping Grassroots since the start and this race couldn’t happen if it were not for them and their support vehicles getting into these locations.

Aid Stations will be stocked with: water, salt, bananas, oranges, mini candy bars, PB&Js, Heed, and Hammer Gel.
**Note: not all items will be at every aid station.**

Drop bags are not allowed.

Online Live Runner Tracking

Track your friend or family member on race day.

Course Records

55k Men – Hayden Hawks 3:39:22
55k Women – Emily Harrison – 4:24:02

33k Men – Justin Ricks – 2:07:54
33k Women – Megan Kimmel – 2:30:48

Race Elevations

55k Elevation Gain: 4,800ft
33k Elevation Gain: 2,458ft

Start Line Location

Starting line: Gemini Bridges Trailhead
Moab, UT 84532

Directions to start: From Center St. and Main St. (Highway 191), head north out of town approximately 10 miles. Make a left into Gemini Bridges parking lot.

Parking

We highly encourage carpooling as parking is limited.

There will be parking attendants pointing out parking spots. If you park in an unacceptable location, the BLM will issue tickets. Please adhere to parking attendant’s instructions to avoid tickets and ensure we can continue to work with the BLM at future events.

Finish Line Location

Directions to finish:
From Center St. and Main (Highway 191), head north out of town approximately 4.3 miles to Potash Road. Parking will be located at Gold Bar Campsite area 3.75 miles past the finish line/Poison Spider trailhead.

Shuttle services:
Van shuttles will be starting around 11 PM with no designated end time. Shuttle vans will return runners to their vehicles at the start line. If you plan on returning to the finish line you must park at the Gold Bar Campsite area 3.75 miles past the finish line/Poison Spider trailhead.

Finish Line Parking

Finish Line

Post-Race Party and Awards

Awards announcement: 3:30 PM at Poison Spider Trailhead

55k Course

  1. Begins on a rocky, sandy, 4-wheel drive road, then turns into technical slickrock.
  2. Once runners leave the start line they will make their way up the first steep climb that’s approximately 1mile to the top. From here you can see Arches National Park and the Moab Valley.
  3. Runners will then make their way down into a hidden valley that’s high above highway 191 along the Gemini Bridges road. Keep your eyes open for the bighorn sheep.
  4. Continue to the Gold Bar/Gemini Bridges junction approximately 4 miles from the start line.
  5. At junction, the course will continue right, up the steep Gemini Bridges road.
  6. An uphill climb takes you to the first aid station, approximately 1 mile from the junction of Gold Bar and Gemini Bridges and 6 miles from the start line.
  7. Continue up the Metal Masher road, which slowly creeps up to the rim. This climb starts off with a slow, gentle grade, but as you get closer to the rim of Metal Masher, it turns into steep slickrock terrain.
  8. Once on the rim, take a moment to look down and you’ll see the start line. As you get higher up, look back to see views of Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park off towards the west.
  9. After the steep climb through sandstone drainage, you will reach the top of Metal Masher. At this point you have run approximately 10 miles from the start line. Take a look around, but don’t get too close to the edge, the drop is 800 ft.!
  10. Continue along the Metal Masher rim, it’s mostly downhill to the 2nd aid station at mile 13.
    Aid station 2 (mile 13) is located at the alternative route for Widow Maker (refer to map for location).
  11. After leaving aid station 2 you will continue up the hill to Arth’s Pasture.
  12. As you run over old jeep tracks, make the most of this “easy” section. It’s nice on your quads after the technical downhill you have just completed.
  13. Aid Station 3 (mile 17) will look familiar — you’ve just made your way back to what was previously aid station 1. Congrats! You have now completed the first half of the Red Hot 55k course and the real fun is about to begin!
  14. From aid station 3 you will back track approximately 1 mile on Gemini Bridges to the Gold Bar Rim trail (mile 18).
  15. The Gold Bar Rim holds the hotness of the Red Hot event. It starts off relatively easy, but as you get closer to the rim the trail turns into steep climbs, gnarly broken rock, and more STEEP climbs. This section is approximately 4.5 miles from the Gold Bar junction to aid station 4 (mile 22).
  16. Once you reach aid station 4 (mile 22) take a look around to see where you have been and where you are headed. This location was picked for aid station 4 (mile 22) because of the spectacular views. You will have views of Arches National Park, the Colorado River, and the majestic La Sal Mountains.
  17. The next section of the course is the infamous Golden Spike that every Red Hot runner has either cursed, loved, cried, laughed or had a zen experience over. Golden Spike is unforgettable. Even with the extensive effort put into flagging this 5 mile technical slickrock section, runners may still find themselves off-course at some point. If this happens to you, go back to the last flag, stand by it, and look around for flagging in the distance. With limited flagging options, flagging could be as far as 50-60 yards apart. (Some runners call this route finding, but we call it typical Moab trail running!)
  18. Golden spike starts off with a steep descent on slickrock. Just before runners reach the bottom the course starts to climb again. If you are familiar with what an EKG pattern looks like, this is what runners will be mimicking across Gold Bar Rim. Runners are running on an uplift at about a 45 degree angle. This section will require you to dig deep and push through the pain you will inevitably be experiencing at this point.
  19. Once off the the technical portion of Golden Spike, you will find yourself in a beautiful drainage. You will run in this drainage for approximately .25 mile to a steep sandy climb that runs you up on top of the northern section of the Poison Spider plateau. This section reminds me of the Slickrock bike trail. It is made of slickrock domes and will be very sandy getting closer to aid station 5 (mile 28). Again, keep your eyes open for flagging tied to dead juniper sticks guiding you across large sections of slickrock.
  20. Once runners reach aid station 5 (mile 28), they will continue to the finish line on the Poison Spider trail. This section is a two track dirt road that starts off with some sand hills by aid station 5, then levels out into a road with amazing views of Behind the Rocks and a fast downhill descent to the Poison Spider trail head located off the mighty Colorado River.

33k Course

  1. Begins on a rocky, sandy, 4-wheel drive road, then turns into technical slickrock.
  2. Once runners leave the start line they will make their way up the first steep climb that’s approximately 1mile to the top. From here you can see Arches National Park and the Moab Valley.
  3. Runners will then make their way down into a hidden valley that’s high above highway 191 along the Gemini Bridges road. Keep your eyes open for the bighorn sheep.
  4. Continue to the Gold Bar/Gemini Bridges junction approximately 4 miles from the start line.
  5. At this junction the 33k will continue to the left onto Gold Bar Trail. The first 33k aid station (4.4 miles) is around the corner in the sandy wash.
  6. The Gold Bar Rim holds the hotness of the Red Hot event. It starts off relatively easy, but as you get closer to the rim the trail turns into steep climbs, gnarly broken rock, and more STEEP climbs. This section is approximately 4.5 miles from the Gold Bar junction to aid station 4 (mile 22).
  7. Once you reach aid station 4 (mile 22) take a look around to see where you have been and where you are headed. This location was picked for aid station 4 (mile 22) because of the spectacular views. You will have views of Arches National Park, the Colorado River, and the majestic La Sal Mountains.
  8. The next section of the course is the infamous Golden Spike that every Red Hot runner has either cursed, loved, cried, laughed or had a zen experience over. Golden Spike is unforgettable. Even with the extensive effort put into flagging this 5 mile technical slickrock section, runners may still find themselves off-course at some point. If this happens to you, go back to the last flag, stand by it, and look around for flagging in the distance. With limited flagging options, flagging could be as far as 50-60 yards apart. (Some runners call this route finding, but we call it typical Moab trail running!)
  9. Golden spike starts off with a steep descent on slickrock. Just before runners reach the bottom the course starts to climb again. If you are familiar with what an EKG pattern looks like, this is what runners will be mimicking across Gold Bar Rim. Runners are running on an uplift at about a 45 degree angle. This section will require you to dig deep and push through the pain you will inevitably be experiencing at this point.
  10. Once off the the technical portion of Golden Spike, you will find yourself in a beautiful drainage. You will run in this drainage for approximately .25 mile to a steep sandy climb that runs you up on top of the northern section of the Poison Spider plateau. This section reminds me of the Slickrock bike trail. It is made of slickrock domes and will be very sandy getting closer to aid station 5 (mile 28). Again, keep your eyes open for flagging tied to dead juniper sticks guiding you across large sections of slickrock.
  11. Once runners reach aid station 3 (mile 15), they will continue to the finish line on the Poison Spider trail. This section is a two track dirt road that starts off with some sand hills by aid station 5, then levels out into a road with amazing views of Behind the Rocks and a fast downhill descent to the Poison Spider trail head located off the mighty Colorado River.

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Moab’s Red Hot Sponsors

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Hammer Nutrition is an endurance sports nutrition company that provides gels, bars, drinks, and more for health conscious athletes. We’re happy to have them as a Moab Red Hot sponsor this year. Learn more about their supplements at Hammer Nutrition.com.

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This year we’re also excited to announce Altra Running Footwear as a Moab Red Hot sponsor! Altra’s running shoes are award-winning and made by elite runners, for runners. Read more about Altra here.

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Ultimate Direction is a Moab Red Hot sponsor this year. Ultimate Direction is an innovative wearable hydration pack company that is made by athletes for athletes.

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Black Diamond Equipment focuses on creating the best gear possible for hikers, climbers, and skiers. We’re proud to have them as a sponsor for the Red Hot Race this year. Check out their apparel at BlackDiamondEquipment.com.

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