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Moab Trail Marathon

Nov. 8; Moab, Utah
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Red rock, sand — lots of it — rocky ascents, and a few obstacles thrown in for the fun of it (after running 23 miles, climbing a ladder is going to take you longer than you think!) make this race a popular desert draw. Moab’s slickrock trails are a cyclist’s paradise, but the rock is just as fun to traverse by foot — make sure your trail runners have a sticky grip for fast scrambling. Half-marathoners experience much of the same challenging, singletrack, Jeep-and-dirt road course.

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