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 @ email@example.com
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.
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 6:00-7:30p.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Items left at Aid Stations and lost & found items will be available at the Awards Ceremonies.
Federal, State, and County laws and ordinances must be followed at all times.
The loop will be run in a counter clockwise direction connecting Zippity, Zipp Off, Western Zippity, Frontside and Chutes and Ladders.
Aid stations will be at 3 miles, 6.5 miles and 10.4 miles
It’s going to be a fun day running and socializing!
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