Behind the Rocks Ultra
50 mile, 50k, 30k, and 10 Mile
March 26, 2022
Race Starts: 50 mile- 6 a.m, 50k- 7 a.m.,
30k- 8 a.m., 10 Mile- 9 a.m.
About Behind the Rocks Ultra
Grand County currently has special event attendee mandates in place, based on the Utah Department of Health risk assessment level. Because of these mandates, we have limited our numbers to meet the high risk assessment limits. We will add additional spots to the event two weeks out, if the risk assessment is at moderate or low. See our social media pages or subscribe to our newsletter for the most updated information. We will not allow additional runners into the event once it sells out.
Behind the Rocks Ultra starts and finishes at the Behind the Rocks Trail, along the border of the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area. Moab's last hidden gem; its tall standing Navajo Sandstone domes and fins can be seen from many places along the course. This course traverses some remote trails, and give you the opportunity to enjoy the desert solitude. From smooth double track to sandy washes to technical doubletrack, to challenging singletrack, Behind the Rocks Ultra will test you mentally and physically. While the 30K can give a runner an introduction to Moab trail running, the 50 Mile course is among our most challenging events. It includes some some technical down climbs and rim running, that offer amazing views of arches and rock formations. As runners close in on the finish line, they'll see it nestled just below the La Sal Mountain range. A great place to enjoy the finish line with a great community! With free camping at the start/finish line, you're welcome to spend the weekend. Bring your cooler, stocked with your favorite post race drinks, and stay for the fun!
The 2022 race guide will be released closer to race day.
Friday, March 25, 2022
1 p.m. – 7 p.m
Packet pickup are located at the start/finish line.
Saturday, March 25, 2022
5:30 a.m.- 8:45 a.m.
Check in and packet pickup are located at the start/finish line.
*You will need to have a photo ID in order to receive your packet and timing chip. This includes race morning packet pick-up. We encourage you to pick up your packet prior to race day morning to eliminate issues on the morning of the race.
RUNNERS MUST ATTACH CHIP TO SHOE. NO CHIP ON SHOE = NO TIME
Directions to Start/Finish Line
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.
There will be parking attendants pointing out parking spots. If you park in an unacceptable location, BLM will issue tickets. Please adhere to parking attendants instructions to avoid tickets and ensure we can continue to work with the BLM for the Behind the Rocks and future events hosted by Mad Moose Events.
Behind the Rocks Ultra has dispersed camping at the start/finish line plus spots along the road. If you arrive after dark, please be sure to camp in designated camping areas.
There are spots for tents and RV/Campers. The road leading to camp is slow and technical in spots.
We will have toilets available for the campers, beginning Friday. There are plenty of spots to accommodate everyone. No reservations required!
Please be sure to camp in designated spots. If you are not, you may be asked to move.
Please follow directions of parking attendants.
The RDs will be there all week, so join us for a night or for the full week!
Race Morning Schedule
Saturday, March 25, 2022
5:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Check-in, packet pickup, and drop bag collection: at the starting line.
6 a.m. – 50 mile start
7 a.m. – 50k start
8 a.m. - 30k start
9 a.m. - 10 Mile start
10 minutes before each race start - Pre-race announcement
Finish Line Information
The finish line is located in the exact same location as the starting line. We will have portable toilets starting Friday afternoon. It is a ways out of town, so bring a cooler with your favorite beverages. We will be serving runner approved goodies! We'll also have water, soda, etc available.
All runners will receive a custom race shirt, custom BOCO Gear Technical Trucker, and a finishers' medal.