“Happy positive staff. I mean how often in a race do you pull up to an aid station and have at least 2 staff members offer to hand you food and fill your water bottles.”
Due to escalating conditions surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, we will with a heavy heart be cancelling all three of our 2020 Desert RATS races; Desert RATS Trail Running Festival, 18 Road races (Rabbit Valley Half and Classic mountain bike race) and the Desert RATS stage race (we will be contacting all stage racers separate from this).
I can’t express how disappointed we are to have to do this. I’m sorry to wait so long for the cancellation on the Trail Running Festival be we have spent hours assessing, reassessing and modifying as the rapidly changing events unfold. I can list all the reasons we need to cancel including permits, volunteer help and social responsibility and the bottom line is that we need to accept that it is not a possibility this year.
While we know that you would all love to run the race, we have worked hard to give you some options that we feel are reasonable and fair. Many of our costs have already been laid out and we not only want to be able to continue this event but keep the businesses that we work with alive. These are difficult times for everyone and we ask that you keep that in mind as you look at your options.
1. Move 100% of your entry to our Mountain RATS race in Eagle, CO in September. This will save you deferment and processing fees and enter you in our first race back. We will have a 50K, marathon, half marathon and 50K mtb with a fun packet pickup party, racer party Saturday night and Eagle is an incredible community with amazing trails.
-Email us for a code and include all emails of individuals wanting a Mountain RATS entry @ firstname.lastname@example.org
2. We will forego our no refund policy within a month of the event and keep available our generous early season refund policy where you can receive 85% deferment credit that you can use for any of our upcoming races.
-Go to your Ultrasignup account (or confirmation email), click on the “Edit Order” link and it will walk you through the steps.
3. Donate your entire 2020 entry fee. We hope you understand about sunk costs in races and how it affects small businesses. We work with almost 100% local vendors and we would like to make sure that everyone receives their fees and makes it to next season.
-No action required
We ask that you act upon your decision by the end of March. Any unclaimed entries will be assumed to fall into the #3 category. Again, we are so sorry to have to cancel. The spring trail season is the highlight of the year for us and we know that it is for you too. Best of luck to everyone and we hope you’re getting out there, safely and responsibly, wherever you are.
2020 Registration is open
New Location and New Course!
The 2020 race will be a single 50K loop at 18 Road
This is not just the name of the trail but it’s a description of the new Desert RATS Classic course. Uphill grinds, beautiful singletrack and some grueling hike-a-bike sections. You’ll ride on the edge of cliffs and the edge of your endurance limits. This course is tougher than the previous course with 3,400′ of climbing and WAY more rewarding.
Do heights excite you? You’re going to love the namesake section looking down at the start line area. Riding the Edge Loop!
There will be packet pick-up/registration on Friday evening, as well as Saturday morning at the Start/Finish area. Packet Pick-Up & Late Registration will be at the the Fruita Community Center (324 N Coulson St in Fruita) on Friday from 6:30-8:00p.
While the weather is never a sure thing, typically in the Fruita and Moab area/s at this time of year, you can expect temperatures between 65-75 degrees with very little chance of rain.
This year’s host hotel is TBD. Check back soon!
While we would love for there to be no drop outs, we understand that it happens. Please be self-aware and acknowledge your body’s needs, as you will most likely be the first to know. There are a number of ways to cut out sections of the course to get yourself back to the Finish Area and it is always an option to take a break for however long you need within the cut-offs. We will assist with transportation to the finish line if necessary, when vehicles become available. This is not an event where we leave you hanging. Be sure to tell a race official when you drop out; we will be out there until every racer is accounted for.
Racers must display their race numbers at all times.
There will be radio contact available with a certified EMT, and each aid station will be stocked with a WFR-standard medical kit containing all necessary materials to nurse any bumps, cuts, bruises, or blisters.
Racers must stay on the designated course. Any racer that goes off the designated course (i.e. shortcutting) will result in a disqualification.
In the case of unforeseeable circumstances due to weather or other extenuating circumstances that prevents the safe continuation of the race, race officials may end the race at any given time without a refund of unused portions. This rule will be implemented in the most extreme cases for the safety of the racers or officials.
Federal, State, and County laws and ordinances must be followed at all times.
This is not just the name of the trail but it’s a description of the course. Uphill grinds, beautiful singletrack and some grueling hike-a-bike sections. You’ll ride on the edge of cliffs and the edge of your endurance limits. This course is tougher than the previous course with 3,400′ of climbing and WAY more rewarding.
You’re going to love the namesake section looking down at the start line area. This single loop course combines the Edge Loop and Sarlacc Trails.
Aid #2 Sarlacc- 17.3 miles
Aid #3 Mesa- 23.8
6:00-7:30p – Packet Pick-Up at Fruita Community Center