Rabbit Valley Half (at 18 Road)


Rabbit Valley Half
Fruita, CO
May 9, 2020

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 @ reid_delman@geminiadventures.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.


2020 Registration is Closed!

The new Rabbit Valley Half Marathon course is a fun loop on the beautiful flowy singletrack at the famed 18 Road trails in Fruita CO. With short steep climbs and descents featuring beautiful views of the nearby buttes and mesas runners will enjoy 13.2 miles of gorgeous open early season desert.

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.
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! Location TBA. Don’t miss the opportunity to mingle with other runners, family and crew and win raffle prizes.
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 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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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.
All singletrack 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 Rabbit Valley Half Marathon course is a fun loop on beautiful flowy singletrack. Runners will enjoy 13.2 miles of 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 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!
Aid Stations:
3mi – Western
6.5mi – Frontside
10.4mi – Chutes and Ladders
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.
New course map and profile to come.


6:00-7:30p – Packet Pick-Up at the Fruita Community Center – 324 N Coulson St, Fruita CO 81521
6:30-8:00a – Race Day Registration, Packet Pick-Up
8:30a- Race Begins
11:30a – Awards/Raffle – Finish Line
Racer Appreciation Party –TBA




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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