Rabbit Valley Half


Fruita Trail Half
Fruita, CO
May 1, 2021

The Rabbit Valley Half is now the Fruita Trail Half

This race is now part of the Adventure Fest at 18 Road weekend! The new half marathon course is a fun loop on the beautiful flowy singletrack in Fruita CO. With short steep climbs and descents featuring beautiful views of the nearby buttes and mesas runners will enjoy 13.8 miles of gorgeous open early season desert.

There will be packet pick-up/registration at TBA on Friday from 6:00-7:30p, as well as Saturday morning at the Start/Finish area.
Finisher’s mementos will be given as racers cross the finish line. Placer’s awards will be awarded along with raffle prizes at approximately 11:00 am. Both the men’s and women’s winners will receive comp entries to next year’s race.
Join us around the campfire on Saturday night near the Start/Finish area!  Don’t miss hanging out with other adventurers, family and crew.
Customized cowbell awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each race in each of the following age groups:
under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
Racers will receive customized dog tag finisher’s awards as they cross the finish line.
Awards and mementos will not be mailed after the event.

Start/Finish Area and Parking
Take Interstate 70 west to Fruita (exit 19). Turn north onto Cherry Street and take the first right onto Aspen Avenue. Go through the roundabout and continue on Aspen to Maple Street. Take a left on Maple Street and then travel north. The street will turn into 17.5 road. Take a right on N.3 Road and then a left on 18 Road. Travel approximately 7 miles on 18 Road to the trailhead.
This year’s host hotel will be announced soon!
There are 58 individual campsites and each site contains a fire ring and a grate and has a picnic table and parking for two to four vehicles. Campers must bring their own firewood and there is no electricity, shade shelter or garbage pick up. There are vault toilets within walking distance of the campsites. Dispersed camping is allowed outside of the trail system but requires use of portable toilet systems and fire pits.
We love dogs! Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome at the Start/Finish and aid stations. Unfortunately, we cannot allow dogs on course with their runners.
Weather in the desert can vary. The averages for May are a low of 48 & a high of 79 degrees. While the weather is never a sure thing, typically in the Fruita area this time of year, you can expect highs of between 70-80 degrees with very little chance of rain.
At each aid station, there will be radio contact available and all necessary materials to nurse any bumps, cuts, bruises, or blisters. Aid stations will NOT have aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs.
Community & the Gemini Family
We want to continue to improve! Look for a post-race survey we send to each participant. Please take a couple minutes to fill out the survey with both positives and aspects we can improve on.
Keeping in touch with our racers is important to us! We love to hear how everyone’s training has been, what races are on the horizon, countdowns to Gemini Events, and support and advice each of you give to one another for new courses/distances, adventures, injuries, & more.
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Race Director Reid Delman will act as announcer on race day, and has the final say in any ruling. If there are any questions on race day feel free to ask staff members at the aid station/s and the start/finish line.
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, hydration pack or collapsible cup on the course.
Staying on Course & Leave No Trace/No Passing Zones
Racers must stay on the designated course. Shortcutting will result in a disqualification. If you go off course, you must return to the same point you exited in order to continue.
Some singletrack sections will be designated No Passing Zones (let’s help keep singletrack single).  There will be opportunities to pass that won’t harm the trails.
Cryptobiotic soil is the foundation of desert plant life. This dark, knobby crust is made up of many different living organisms and plays a vital role in maintaining the desert eco-system. However, this soil is extremely fragile and can take decades to grow. Even a footstep can damage the crust for decades, having lasting impacts on the desert environment. Stay the trail!
Unforeseeable Circumstances
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 runners or officials.
Transfers & Cancellations
There will be no entry transfers. If you regrettably need to cancel your registration, please use UltraSignup. Cancellations are given credit of their registration payment toward any Gemini Adventures event within one year’s time, minus at 15% fee. Login to your account, go to Registration History, Edit for the event, and Cancel Registration.
Lost & Found
Items left at Aid Stations and lost & found items will be available at the Awards Ceremonies.
Local Laws
Federal, State, and County laws and ordinances must be followed at all times.
Refund Policy
30 Days or more prior to the Event: 85% credit of registration fee (excluding UltraSignup fees).
Less than 30 days prior to the Event: No refunds or credit given.
Credits may be applied to any future Gemini Adventures race and will be valid for 12 months.
Registered runners may also switch between distances. No refunds or credit will be given for dropping down in distance. If stepping up in distance, the added current pricing of the longer distance will be charged (excluding UltraSignup fees).
To request credits, log in to your UltraSignup account, and go to Registration History. Select Edit for the event, and scroll to the bottom of the page where Cancel Registration is linked. Follow the prompts.


The new Fruita Trail Half course is a fun loop on beautiful flowy singletrack. With 13.8 miles and almost 1000′ of climbing, runners will enjoy open desert with short steep climbs and descents and beautiful views of the nearby buttes and mesas.
The loop will be run in a counter clockwise direction connecting Chutes and Ladders, Frontside, Western Zippity, Zipp Off and Zippity.
Aid stations will be at 3.5 miles, 7.5 miles and 11.4 miles
It’s going to be a fun weekend running and socializing!
Aid Stations:
3.5mi – Chutes and Ladders
7.5mi – Frontside
11.4mi – Western
At aid stations, racers will be supplied with water, Tailwind, Skittles, potato chips, gels.
Aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs will NOT be provided.
To reduce waste, cups will not be provided at the aid stations.


6:00-7:30p – Packet Pick-Up at TBA
6:30-7:45a – Race Day Registration, Packet Pick-Up at 18 Road parking area.
8:00a – Sarlaac Attack 50K race begins
8:30a- Fruita Trail Half begins
11:00a – Awards/Raffle – Finish Line
2:00p – Cut-off for official finishes
3:00p – Cut-off for unofficial finishes
TBA – Awards Party at TBA
8:30 – Campfire hangout




Course Records
Male:     1:29:46 Ryan Guldan (2018)
Female: 1:49:39 Heidi Strickler (2018)
Course Records
Male:     1:29:46 Ryan Guldan (2018)
Female: 1:49:39 Heidi Strickler (2018)


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