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Desert Rats Stage Race

April 16 - April 18

“Best Trail Festival” – Runner’s World Magazine

“One of the world’s most scenic half marathons” – Active

“This was my first ultra and I was very impressed with the course, organization and event staff.”

“I have [already recommended this race], did by myself the first year, had group of 8 this year!”

*Note: in order to run in the 2021 race you must register before the event is full. Even participants who have rollover credit must register again on Ultrasignup for 2021. NO ONE IS AUTOMATICALLY REGISTERED!
***The Waitlist is open! While we are not at our permit limits for registrations we have reached our limit for the current coronavirus restrictions in Mesa County and have moved to “Waitlist Only”. There is no charge for the waitlist. As our capacity limit is expanded we will invite those on the waitlist to register in the order that they were received.
If you know that you can make it to the event we recommend registering asap to get your name on the waitlist. We will likely be able to add more participants but it is not a guarantee at this time.
We always have space for volunteers. Register to help out for a day at the Desert RATS Trail Running Festival or the Adventure Fest on May 1 and you will receive a comped entry with no waitlist.
Thank you so much for the support and understanding, we can’t wait to see everyone on the trails!
Join us for a weekend of fun and running on the world class trails near Fruita, Colorado. The weekend kicks off on Friday night with packet pickup and a food truck dinner hangout. Saturday is the trail marathon and 50K, followed that night with a racer party at a local restaurant/brewery. Sunday’s events include a 10K, half marathon, kids’ races and a finish line brunch party including music, massage and local vendors. Friends and family are welcome at all events and participants are offered a special rate at our host hotel the Fruita Super 8. All of the races did sell out last year, so get in early.
We can’t wait to see you this April – Good luck with your training!
If you have any questions, please contact:
Reid Delman (303) 249-1112
Kyla Claudell (303) 875-3347
New for 2021!!! Desert RATS Trail Running Festival racers, spectators and crew will park at Fruita Monument High School and we will provide buses to the start line.
This year there will be no parking for racers, spectators or crew at the start/finish area and instead we will be providing a shuttle service from Fruita to the start/finish and back. There will be more than enough parking and this will ensure a much more relaxed and positive experience for everyone.
Parking will be available at Fruita Monument High School located at 1102 Wildcat Ave, Fruita CO 81521. The school is very accessible from the highway.
There will be a small racer drop-off and pick-up area at the start line.
There will be shuttles for spectators and crew to travel from the start/finish to the aid stations on a regular schedule throughout the day.
There will still be packet pickup and registration at the start the morning before the races
Again, we will have many more details available soon on the website and in your race communications. We are currently working on the logistics and will make sure that all your questions will be answered at that time.


April 16
April 18


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