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Dead Horse Ultra
15K, 30K, 50K, 50 Mile
November 16, 2024
Moab, UT

About Dead Horse Ultra

There's a reason this is one of the biggest trail running events in the country!  Moab in November is a trail runner's dream...perfect weather and world class single track make this event one you don't want to miss.  Featuring the Magnificent Seven trail system, the course will challenge you with technical slickrock and rocky climbs.  Runners make their way up the Gemini Bridges Trail to the first aid station with views from Court Point and into the beautiful Bride Canyon. After the 15 mile aid station, runners are treated to the extraordinary views from Bull Run Trail. Every crest and turn gives stunning views of Arches National Park, the La Sal Mountains, and the Moab Valley.  Come see why this race sells out year after year!

Dead Horse Ultra is part of our Run Moab Series. Check out all of our Moab races!

Dead Horse Ultra Race Guide
Course Information

Dead Horse Ultra 50 Mile Course Map

Dead Horse Ultra 50 Mile Interactive Map

Dead Horse Ultra 50 Mile GPX File *download file to view

  • Lowest Point   4564'

  • Highest Point  5797'

  • Elevation Gain 4895'

  • Elevation Loss 4892'

Dead Horse Ultra 50K Course Map

Dead Horse Ultra 50K Interactive Map

Dead Horse Ultra 50K GPX File *download file to view

  • Lowest Point   4560'

  • Highest Point  5768'
  • Elevation Gain 2805'
  • Elevation Loss 2812'

Dead Horse 30K Course Map

Dead Horse 30K Interactive Map

Dead Horse 30K GPX File *download file to view

  • Lowest Point   4564'

  • Highest Point  5131'

  • Elevation Gain 1729'

  • Elevation Loss 1729'

Dead Horse 15K Course Map

Dead Horse 15K Interactive Map

Dead Horse 15K GPX File *download file to view

  • Lowest Point   4564'

  • Highest Point  5000'

  • Elevation Gain 932'

  • Elevation Loss 932'

Click Here For Aid Station Mileage, Cutoff Times, and Course Limit Information

Cupless Aid Station Information

That's right! We have gone cupless!


What does that mean?

  • Water dispensers will be located at the start/finish line and at every aid station.

  • Runners can use these to fill bladders, bottles​, and reusable cups

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

Camping and Travel Information

The 7 Mile RV Park Campground, at the start/finish line location, is not open. You will not be able to make a reservation. There are several other options for camping in the Moab area. Please see the Complete Guide to Moab Campgrounds or our Travel Page for more information.

Packet Pickup

Date: Friday, November 15, 2024

Time: 3:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Location: Start Line

Race Day Packet Pick-up:

Saturday, November 16, 2024

5:15 a.m.-8:15 a.m.

Check-in and Packet Pickup at the starting line


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 a 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.

Directions to Start/Finish Line

GPS Coordinates (Click for Google Map)

38.65610703685277, -109.67716714972123

From Center St. and Main St (Highway 191), head north out of town, approximately 10 miles.  Make a left into Gemini Bridges parking lot. The parking lot is one way, counter clockwise, traffic. There is a special drop off zone notated on the map. The drop off zone does not allow for cars to park. Be ready to exit vehicle immediately.


Oversized vehicle and camper parking is located across the street, at the Bar M parking lot. You must use the lot at the trailhead. Lots closer to the highway are private property. There is a short walk over to the start/finish line.  **Do not cross highway, instead use pedestrian path under the highway. Consider carpooling!** 


There will be parking attendants pointing out parking spots. Treat parking attendants with respect. They have the final say in your parking location. Runners will be held responsible for crew/spectators. Yelling and being aggressive with parking attendants will result in asking you to leave the private property permanently. If you park in an unacceptable location, you risk being ticketed. Do not park on highway. Do not drop off on highway. If you do so, you will be denied entry onto private property where event is hosted. This will ensure we can continue to host this event. Parking rules are a part of our safety plan.

Race Morning Schedule

Saturday, November 16, 2024

5:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Check-in, packet pickup at the starting line.


6:00 a.m. – 50 mile start (6:00, 6:05, and 6:10)

7:00 a.m. -  50k start (7:00, 7:05, 7:10)

8:00 a.m. -  30k start (8:00, 8:05, 8:10)

8:30 a.m. - 15K (8:30, 8:35, 8:40)

10 minutes before each race start - pre-race announcement


Runners will choose their own wave, based on where they anticipate finishing. This is done to limit passing along the course and spread runners out for aid station volunteers.  Please choose the wave where you will feel the most comfortable and have the most fun! Waves will start 5 min apart.
Wave 1- Top 33%
Wave 2- Middle 33%
Wave 3- Bottom 33%


Finish Line Information

The finish line is located in the exact same location as the starting line. It is a ways out of town, so bring a cooler with your favorite beverages. We will be serving Mad Moose Enchiladas and other runner approved goodies to runners! We'll also have water, soda, etc available. 

Runner Perks

All runners will receive a custom short sleeved race shirt, custom BOCO Gear Technical Trucker, and a finishers' medal.


The FAQ page contains information about:


-Race rules

-Distance Changes

-Directions for canceling your registration

-Refund policy

-Other runner requirements


Find the results hosted on UltraSignup after the event.

Race Photos

Race photos are taken by Aktiva Sport Photography. They will send an email to runners once the pictures have been processed. Please allow 1-2 weeks for processing.

Volunteer with Mad Moose

Join the Mad Moose Herd and make a difference in the running community by volunteering at one of our upcoming events. It's always a fun time! 


As a volunteer you'll have the chance to support runners. As a thank you for your time and effort, we offer credits toward free race entries of your choice. (Friends and Family - You can earn race credits for your runner to use toward their next Mad Moose Event!)

Whether you're a seasoned runner or just love being a part of the action, we have volunteer opportunities for everyone.

Some of our aid stations require 4 x 4 access in remote areas. We are always in need of volunteers to drive to far out aid stations and transport some gear. If you enjoy driving to beautiful places, come help us out. 

Click here to discover how you can contribute and be a part of creating remarkable experiences for runners.

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