The Rabbit Valley Half Marathon is a fun, rugged, desert run as an out and back mostly on the Kokopelli Trail. Runners will enjoy 13.1 miles of gorgeous early season desert with short steep climbs, 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.
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.
There will also be a racer appreciation party with wings and beer! 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.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 Rabbit Valley Half dog tag finisher’s awards as they cross the finish line. Placer’s awards will be distributed at the awards ceremony at approximately 10:30a. 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, drive along the overpass and continue about 1/2 mile past the large staging area
Turn left into the next parking area where there are restroom facilities.
This year’s host hotel will be the Super 8 in Fruita, CO.
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 reaching the aid station, runners will turnaround and experience the challenge from the other direction.
2.4mi – MacDonald Creek #1
5.5mi – Cattleguard #1
7.6mi – Cattleguard #2
10.7mi – MacDonald Creek #2
Total Elevation Gain: 1150’+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 – Summit Canyon Mountaineering, 461 Main St in Grand Junction.
5:30-6:30a – Race Day Registration, Packet Pick-up – Start Line
7:20a – Pre Race Check-In & Meeting (mandatory for all racers)
7:30a- Race Begins
10:30a – Awards/Raffle – Finish Line
6:00p – Racer appreciation party with beer and wings