Thelma and Louise

15k, Half-Marathon, Marathon, and 50k

May 13, 2023

Moab, Utah

About Thelma and Louise Marathon, Half Marathon, and 15K

Because a girls weekend should include an exciting challenge, we present Thelma and Louise Marathon, Half Marathon, and 15K!  Bring your best girl friends to Moab and experience remoteness of Moab's Behind the Rocks area.

See the towering red rock walls of Lone Rock, believed to have been used for religious ceremonies by the Ancestral Pueblo people; their ceremonies worshiped their "mother deity." Catch views of the maze of fins in the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Area and the stunning La Sal Mountains at this women's only event. 


Originally a road half marathon and relay, we have designed a new challenging course, rugged and tough enough to be worthy of the name "Thelma and Louise."


When Thelma and Louise took a stand, they took a turn onto the dirt.

The tires are screeching, the car is turning...are you ready to face the music?

Thelma and Louise is part of our Run Moab Series. Check out all of our Moab races and then head to our store to get your very own Run Moab running apparel.

Thelma and Louise Course Information

This women's only trail race is located at Behind the Rocks Trail; a remote area in the Moab desert! The course will be a mix of dirt road, slickrock, and some sandy washes. 

Thelma and Louise 50K Map

Thelma and Louise 50K Interactive Map

Thelma and Louise 50K GPX *download file to view

  • Lowest Point 4516'

  • Highest Point 5726'

  • Elevation Gain 2979'

  • Elevation Loss 2979'

Thelma and Louise Marathon Map

Thelma and Louise Marathon Interactive Map

Thelma and Louise Marathon GPX *download file to view

  • Lowest Point   4516'

  • Highest Point  5726'

  • Elevation Gain 2644'

  • Elevation Loss 2657'

Thelma and Louise Half Marathon Map

Thelma and Louise Half Marathon Interactive Map

Thelma and Louise Half Marathon GPX *download file to view

  • Lowest Point   5184'

  • Highest Point  5727'

  • Elevation Gain 1178'

  • Elevation Loss 1214'

*Each Marathon Team Member will run the Half Marathon course. 

Thelma and Louise 15K Map

Thelma and Louise 15K Interactive Map

Thelma and Louise 15K GPX *download file to view

  • Lowest Point   5228'

  • Highest Point  5726'

  • Elevation Gain 745'

  • Elevation Loss 768'

Aid Station Mileage, Cutoff Times, and Course Limit Information

Thelma and Louise Race Guide
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.

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

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

Packet Pickup

Date: Friday, May 12, 2023

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Location:  Start/Finish Line

Behind the Rocks Trail 

Moab, UT  84532

Race Day Packet Pickup:

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Time: 5:45 a.m.- 7:45 a.m.

Location: Start/Finish Line

Information Regarding Packet Pick-up 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.

Race Day Schedule

Saturday, May 13, 2022

5:45 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. - Race Day Packet Pick-up and Registration


6:30 a.m. - 50K and Marathon Start

7:30 a.m. - Half Marathon Start

8:00 a.m. - 15k Start

10 minutes before each race start - Pre-race announcement


Travel Information

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

Race Start/Finish Camping Information 

Time to break out the camping gear! There is free camping located at the start/finish area.


  • 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. 

  • If you arrive after 10 PM, please camp at the front of the camp loop. This is the part nearest to the main road. We fill from back to front so that late arrivals do not disturb sleeping runners. Do not drive past road closed barriers or around blocked off areas.

  • Campfires are not allowed in the camp loop. Please look for alternative camping along the Behind the Rocks Rd. if you would like to have a campfire.


The RDs will be there all week, so join us for a night or for the full week!

There are several other options for camping/lodging in the Moab area. Please see the Complete Guide to Moab Campgrounds or our Travel Page for more information.

Directions to Start/Finish Line

GPS Coordinates: 38.41627, -109.46385

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.

Finish Line

Located at Behind the Rocks Trail 

Runners will be served water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, and a delicious variety of food. 

Runner Perks

Registrants will have the option of choosing to have the name "Thelma" or "Louise" on their bib. This is your chance to extend your persona for a day, or just let the world know which character you admire! Runners will also receive a custom race specific shirt, unique belt buckle finisher medal, delicious post race refreshments, free camping, and the opportunity to run through some of the most beautiful scenery Moab has to offer!


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

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

Do you like helping your fellow runners succeed? Do you want to support your favorite race company? Do you enjoy giving back to this awesome community? Consider volunteering at one of our future events! As if getting to give back to the running community wasn’t enough, we want to show our gratitude by having all volunteers earn 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!)


Click HERE for more details about volunteering with Mad Moose!


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