Colorado - Rocky Mountains
Trail Running



Date: Apr 14, 2023

Location: Fruita, Colorado

Region: Colorado - Rocky Mountains


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Desert RATS Trail Running Festival

April 14, 2023 - April 16, 2023


For the distance and trail junkies out there, Gemini Adventures brings you the Desert RATS Trail Running Festival, an exciting and fun event that started in 2003. This event offers four different races- a 50k, Marathon, Heavy Half, and a 5k – they cover every base. Friends and family can be included in the running festivities and stay entertained awaiting the racers in all categories. Even dogs invited! The pets cannot join their owners on the trails but they are welcome to hangout on leashes at the start and finish aid stations. The 3-day event starts Day 1, Friday, in late afternoon with a food truck hangout, White Bison BBQ, where participants can pick-up their race packets. Day 2, Saturday, includes 50K and Marathon. Participants meet at Fruita Monument Hight School early morning to catch buses to the starting line at Hawkeye Trailhead of the Kokopelli Trail near Fruita, Colorado. Saturday ends with an Awards ceremony and raffle party at Fruita Community Center, catered by local brewery, Monumental Beer Works. Day 3, Sunday, features the half-marathon, 10K, and free kids race. Like the previous race day, buses take racers to the same starting line. These morning races end in time for Sunday brunch with another awards and raffle celebration.

Registration is limited but there is a waitlist. If a spot doesn’t open by time of the event, your spot on waitlist is transferable to other Gemini Adventures events. Official racers include customized dog tag finishers awards with potential to win customized cowbell. Top three male and female of each age group; six official categories. There are aid stations along each route. They include variety of food and hydration options but do not have disposable cups. Participants receive a lightweight, collapsible, reusable SpeedCup in their race packets to use for their designated race.

50K – 5 aid stations over a course that has more than 3640 feet of elevation gain through Moore Fun, Pizza Overlook, Crossroads, and 24.2 miles of Troybuilt.

Marathon – 4 aid stations spaced out through a course with elevation gain of 3580 feet where highest point is 5400 feet. Similar to 50K, Marathon runners will run through Moore Fun, Pizza Overlook, Crossroads, and Troybuilt. Just less miles for each trail area.

Half Marathon – 4 aid stations provided for approximately 12 mile race that gains 1540 feet of elevation. This course covers miles within Crossroads, Pizza Overlook, and Moore Fun.

10K – 3 aid stations included in the shortest race route which has elevation gain of 600 feet. The route takes runners through trails within Crossroads and Pizza Overlook.

Lodging discount provided at Super 8 by Wyndham Fruita with proof of race registration but you can find many hotel chains in the area or locally run place, Balanced Rock Inn. The best local restaurants provide food and drink for the festival’s celebration but there are several locations near the sponsoring hotel. Try out Strayhorn Grill  or Rib City Grill.



April 14, 2023
April 16, 2023
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Fruita, Colorado
CO 81521 United States + Google Map

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