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Arches Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon and 15K

October 9 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Read about the NEW Arches Marathon and Half!!
  • Started in 2004, as a fall companion to the popular Canyonlands Half Marathon, Arches Half Marathon has hosted many runners on the road course. In 2021, Arches will become a trail event. After much discussion with local and state government agencies, we were determined to lower our impact on Moab’s tourist filled roads. The new course features beautiful red rock formations, views of the snow covered La Sal Mountains and the awe inspiring Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area. We have added a marathon and marathon relay division and we extended cutoffs.

Course Information
  • The new Arches Marathon and Half event is located at Behind the Rocks trail. We’re taking you to explore Moab’s last hidden gem. The course is made up of jeep road, slickrock, and sandy washes; Moab running at its best! For information about the course

  • Course Maps

    • Marathon Map​

      • Distance​  25.04

      • Total Climb  2435 ft

      • Total Descent  2442 ft

      • Lowest Point  4532 ft

      • Highest Point  5714 ft

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    • Half Marathon Map

      • Distance​   13.29 miles

      • Total Climb  1214 ft

      • Total Descent  1247 ft

      • Lowest Point  5173 ft

      • Highest Point  5722 ft

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    • Marathon Relay Map

      • Info for each leg of relay​

        • Distance​  13.29

        • Total Climb  1214 ft

        • Total Descent  1247 ft

        • Lowest Point  5173 ft

        • Highest Point  5722 ft

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    • 15K Map

      • Distance  8.35 miles​

      • Total Climb  940 ft

      • Total Descent  954 ft

      • Lowest Point  5229 ft

      • Highest Point  5722 ft

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  • See Aid Station Information

    • cutoffs​

    • distance between aid stations

    • race distance information

    • nutrition provided at aid stations

Race Guide
  • The race program is published digitally. You can print it out or save it to your phone. Check out the 2021 Race Guide.  ***Coming soon.

Travel Information
  • Check out the Travel Page for information about lodging and recreation in Moab!

Expo and Packet Pickup

Friday, October 8, 2021

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Start/Finish Line

Behind the Rocks Trail. For directions, see Race Guide.

Race Guide coming soon.

Race Day Packet Pickup:

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Time: 7:00 AM – 8:45 AM

Information Regarding Packet Pickup Process:

  • You will need to have a photo ID in order to receive your packet.

  • Runners may pick up the goody bag and shirt of an registered runner, who will not be in attendance.

  • Runners may not pick up someone else’s bib.

  • Entries are non-transferable

  • See race guide for all information about packet pickup.

Start Line Information

Directions to start:

From the south end of Moab, head south approximately 13 miles. You will head out of town on a single lane road.  As you begin to head up the first steep hill, the road will open up to a passing lane.  Once you get to the top of the hill, the dirt road will be on your right.  The turn is just past mile marker 113.  If you pass the rest area, you have gone too far. Take a right turn, and follow the road approximately 2.5 miles to the start.  You will see the start line on the left hand side.  The dirt road is difficult to spot. The road is technical, but passable for 2WD. Please allow plenty of time to find the start.  You can reference the map below for more information.

Start Time

Marathon  7:30 AM

Marathon Relay  7:30 AM

1/2 Marathon  8:00 AM

15 K  9:00 AM

Finish Line
  • The finish line is located at the same location at the start line.


October 9
8:30 am - 12:30 pm


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Moab, UT 84532 United States + Google Map