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2020 Desert RATS Trail Running Festival - Fruita - Saturday Events

  • 50K Ultra Marathon Trail Run:- 50K
  • Marathon Trail Run:- Run 26.2 Miles
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Start Time
Entry Fee
Hawkeye Trailhead, I-70 Exit 11
998 Hawkeye Road

2020 Desert RATS Trail Running Festival:

Join us for a weekend of fun and running on the beautiful trails near Fruita, Colorado. The weekend kicks off on Friday night with packet pickup and a dinner. Saturday is the trail marathon and 50K, followed that night with a racer party at a local brewery. Sunday’s events include a 10K, half marathon and kids’ races. Sunday’s races did sell out in 2018, so get in early.

Course Info

The Marathon will be a single loop connecting the desert trails of the Kokopelli and adjacent trails. 50K runners will do an additional 4.6mi loop beginning at the Moore Fun Aid Station allowing runners to hit this Aid Station twice. The courses roll between elevations of 4,500 and 5,400 feet with over 3,400 feet of climbing.Start: A nice warm up takes runners out one mile of gently rolling dirt road. A 0.3mi uphill brings racers to an open area where there will be a course official noting a $100 cash premium for the first male and the first female to reach this point.A sharp left turn puts runners on the first single track of the day. Once on this section, it will be difficult to pass so find your place before your reach this section. Large rocks and twists bring you to a high point where you will stay close to the edge and enjoy beautiful views before the rugged descent down the other side.50K Out & Back: After leaving the Aid Station, 50K runners will head down the road to Rustler’s Loop. Traveling clockwise around the loop, this soft dirt trail winds its way through gently rolling hills and wide open fields. After completing the loop, you’ll be back at Moore Fun. Moore Fun: A short downhill will bring you to a rugged jeep road. It will take you up a gentle climb and descent until it connects into the wide, flat and fast section of Mary’s Loop. Head right on Mary’s Loop, going through some fun technical terrain with amazing views of the Colorado River, to reach the Pizza Overlook Aid Station. Pizza Overlook: Upon leaving the Aid Station, you will immediately begin descending quickly. A narrow trail and big drop offs will eventually open up as you begin following the rim in and out of the canyons. On an incredibly picturesque course, this section is generally considered the most beautiful. Crossroads: You must make it to the Crossroads Aid Station by Noon. Racers over this cut-off will be directed to bypass the remaining course, traversing 1.5mi on Mary’s Loop and Hawkeye to the Start/Finish. After a short climb, the course passes some intersecting trails and makes a couple of sharp turns (pay attention to the course markings). This will lead to the undulating, remote section of the Troybuilt Trail. This is the longest section between Aid Stations so be sure to carry water with you. A fun descent through a wash will bring you to the Aid Station. Troybuilt: Leaving this Aid Station will put you on the steep, hot climb of the day. Eventually bringing you to Mack Ridge, this section will open up, once again following what some would consider a little too close to the overlook. A new section of single-track will make a sharp left turn and descend 2.8 miles to the backside of the parking lot and the finish line.



New for 2020!!! Desert RATS Trail Running Festival racers, spectators and crew will park at Fruita Monument High School and we will provide buses to the start line. We do not have all the details at this time but will get them to every racer as soon as possible. For now…
This year there will be no parking for racers, spectators or crew at the start/finish area and instead we will be providing a shuttle service from Fruita to the start/finish and back. There will more than enough parking and this will ensure a much more relaxing and positive experience for everyone.
Parking will be available at Fruita Monument High School located at 1102 Wildcat Ave, Fruita CO 81521. The school is very accessible from the highway.
There will be a small racer drop-off area at the start line but all participants must shuttle back to Fruita after the race. There will not be a racer pickup area.
There will be shuttles for spectators and crew to travel from the start/finish to the aid stations on a regular schedule throughout the day.
There will still be packet pickup and registration at the start the morning before the races
Again, we will have many more details available soon on the website and in your race communications. We are currently working on the logistics and will make sure that all your questions will be answered at that time.

Other Info

The start time for the 50K and Marathon races is Saturday at 7:00am.
The start time for the Half Marathon and 10K races is Sunday at 8:30am.

-) 2020 race registration is closed • Registration Information

-) 2021 Race Information 


2020 Results: not available ???


 _ 2003-2019 Desert RATS Trail Running Festival Race Results:

2019 Results at racetecresults.com: Saturday / Sunday 
2018 Results at racetecresults.com: Saturday / Sunday 
2017 Results at racetecresults.com: Saturday / Sunday 
2016 Results at: Saturday / Sunday / Printable 
2015 Results at: geminiadventures.com - (.pdf file)
2014 Results at: geminiadventures.com - (.pdf file)
2013 Results at: geminiadventures.com - (.pdf file)
2012 Results at: geminiadventures.com - (.pdf file)
2011 Results at: geminiadventures.com - (.pdf file)
2010 Results at: geminiadventures.com - (.pdf file)
2009 Results at: geminiadventures.com - (.pdf file)
2008 Results at: geminiadventures.com - (.pdf file)
2007 Results at: geminiadventures.com - (.pdf file)
2006 Results at: geminiadventures.com - (.pdf file)
2005 Results at: geminiadventures.com - (.pdf file)
2004 Results at: geminiadventures.com - (.pdf file)
2003 Results at: geminiadventures.com - (.pdf file)


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