Rabbit Valley Half


Rabbit Valley Half
Fruita, CO
May 11, 2019

2019 Registration is OPEN!

The Rabbit Valley Half Marathon is a fun, rugged, desert run as an out and back on the Kokopelli Trail and Trail #2. Runners will enjoy 13.1 miles of gorgeous early season desert with short steep climbs, canyons, rock gardens and sand traps.
We can’t wait to see all of you this May – hopefully with fresh legs and a powerful spirit, ready to start the season off right! We feel so lucky to be around people like you, and it is for you that we have worked hard to create a fun and fast event. We wish you all health, happiness, and smart training in the weeks to come!
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.

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. 
Finisher’s mementos will be given as racers cross the finish line. Placer’s awards will awarded along with raffle prizes at approximately 10:30 am. Both the men’s and women’s winners will receive comp entries to next year’s race.
There will also be a racer appreciation party! Don’t miss the opportunity to socialize with other racers and win raffle prizes. This event will be run in conjunction with the mountain bike race awards. The party will be at CBB Bike Shop in downtown Fruita, followed by the COPMOBA Anniversary celebration at Civic Center Park.
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
From I-70, take Exit 2  for Rabbit Valley (about 17 miles west of Fruita). Turn South and drive along the overpass approximately ¼ mile until you see the start/finish area.
This year’s host hotel will be the Super 8 in Fruita. Call them today at 970-858-0808 and mention Rabbit Valley to request our special group rate, base price of $73/night + taxes.
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 on the Kokopelli can vary. The averages for May are a low of 47 & a high of 76 degrees. While the weather is never a sure thing, typically in the Fruita/Moab area this time of year, you can expect temperatures between 65-75 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. The start/finish will have a medical tent and medics, including a certified Emergency Medical Technician. 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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Staying on Course & Leave No Trace
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.
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. 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.


This is a challenging course with rugged trails, short hill climbs and sand traps. This race is run in conjunction with the Desert RATS Classic Mountain Bike Race and follows the first part of the same course. The start line is at the Rabbit Valley parking area of the Kokopelli Trail and heads west for 6.5mi. After passing through two well-stocked aid stations, runners will turnaround and experience the challenge from the other direction.
Aid Stations:
2.4mi – MacDonald Creek #1
5.5mi – Cattle Fence #1
7.6mi – Cattle Fence #2
10.7mi – MacDonald Creek #2
At aid stations, racers will be supplied with water, Tailwind, Skittles, potato chips, Coke, oranges, bananas, cookies, gels, sports drink and E-caps.

Rabbit Valley Half Marathon
Course Map & Elevation Profile

Total Elevation Gain: 1150’+
Low Point 4475′ – High Point 4903′
Aid Stations will provide water, bananas, gels, sports drink, E-caps & Skittles.
Aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs will NOT be provided.
To reduce waste, cups will not be provided at the aid stations. All runners are highly encouraged to carry their own bottle, cup or hydration pack.


6:30-8:00p – Packet Pick-Up at the Fruita Community Center – 324 N Coulson St, Fruita CO 81521
5:30-7:00a – Race Day Registration, Packet Pick-Up
7:30a- Race Begins
10:30a – Awards/Raffle – Finish Line
6:30p – Racer Appreciation Party – Colorado Backcountry Biker (150 S Park Square in Fruita)



2018 Photos

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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)