Arches Marathon,

Half Marathon and 15K

October 9, 2021

Moab, Utah

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 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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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

Cupless Aid Station Information

That's right! We have gone cupless!

What does that mean?

Hands free water dispensers will be located at the start/finish line and at every aid station.

Runners can use these to fill bladders, bottles​

Gloved volunteers will pour sodas/misc drinks into runners' reusable cups.

To further reduce waste at aid stations, runners may bring a small reusable bag or bowl for food to be served into.

Reusable bowls are optional but a great way to reduce waste.

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.  

Travel Information

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

Expo and Packet Pickup
  • Date: Friday, October 8, 2021

  • Time: 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

  • Location: Start/Finish Line

  • Behind the Rocks Trail

  • Race Day Packet Pickup:

  • Saturday, October 9, 2021

  • Time: 6:15 AM - 7:50 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  7:00 AM

  • 1/2 Marathon  7:30 AM

  • 15 K  8:00 AM

Finish Line

The finish line is located at the same location at the start line. 

Runner Perks

Runners will receive a custom Hydrapak reusable cup, unique finisher medal, custom race shirt, and custom BOCO trucker hat! 

Race Photos

You can find race photos from Aktiva Sport Photography here. 

FAQ

Need more information about pricing, race rules, refund policy, or runner requirements? Check out our FAQ page!

Arches Marathon and Half Virtual Option

You can always join us virtually! We'll send your bib, custom race shirt, bib, and finisher's medal to you, you design and run your own course. We'll have a link available to submit your time. We'll accept your times from 10/1/2021 through 10/15/2021. The results will be published once the results window closes.