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 friends to Moab and experience remoteness of Moab's Behind the Rocks area. We've designed this course to be 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?
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' event. With sandy washes, technical doubletrack, and smooth jeep trails, the courses offer a variety of terrain, perfect for all runners!
Thelma and Louise is part of our Run Moab Series. Check out all of our Moab races!
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 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 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
Cupless Aid Station Information
That's right! We have gone cupless!
What does that mean?
Bring your own re-useable cup (Mad Moose Hydrapak cups are available for purchase during packet pick-up)
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.
Date: Friday, May 12, 2023
Time: 4:00 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
RUNNERS MUST ATTACH CHIP TO SHOE. NO CHIP ON SHOE = NO TIME
Race Start/Finish Camping Information
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 9 PM, please DO NOT camp in the main camp loop. There are many options for dispersed camping along the Behind the Rocks Rd. Please see the Race Guide for camping map. Do not drive past road closed barriers or around blocked off areas.
Quiet hours begin at 9pm. Please be respectful to the runners that must get up early.
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 (Click for Google Map):
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.
In order to increase runner safety, NO VEHICLES MAY LEAVE the parking area from 7:20 a.m. - 8:10 a.m.
Vehicles may still enter the parking area throughout this time.
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.
Located at Behind the Rocks Trail
Runners will be served water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, and a delicious variety of food.
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, custom BOCO Mad Moose headband, 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!
The FAQ page contains information about:
-Other runner requirements
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.
This event is supported by Dan Mick Jeep Tours
Our Moab events could not happen without the help of Dan Mick Jeep Tours. Many of the Mad Moose Events’ aid stations are in extremely isolated areas, with rugged 4x4 routes to get to them. Dan Mick ensures that we are able to provide supplies to our runners, which allows us to continue to bring you to rarely experienced areas of the Moab backcountry.
Dan Mick Jeep Tours has been assisting Mad Moose Events for many years. They are as equally skilled as aid station volunteers as they are navigating the 4x4 trails. Dan Mick Jeep Tours currently provides support for Moab’s Red Hot Ultra, Behind the Rocks Ultra, Amasa Trail Race, Thelma and Louise Marathon and Half, as well as Arches Marathon and Half.
While you are staying in Moab, please take a look at their website and book you, your friends, and your family a tour. They offer sunset, half day morning, half day afternoon, and full day guided trips on many of the most popular off-roading routes in the area.
Volunteer with Mad Moose
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But volunteering isn't just about the rewards - it's also a chance to give back to this amazing community and be a part of something truly special. Whether you're a seasoned runner or just love being a part of the action, we have volunteer opportunities for everyone.
Click here for more information on how you can get involved and make a difference. Together, we can create unforgettable experiences for runners and show our appreciation for this incredible community.