About the race
Desert Rats Trail Running Festival by UTMB has four unique distances, three days of racing and indescribable views of the desert. There is something for every runner. Enjoy views of the Colorado River as you race through flowy singletrack, climb up the mesa, and take in the vastness of the desert.
Discover the Races
A Race for Everyone
Join us for 3 days of racing and 4 different distances on the beautiful trails of Fruita, Colorado in 2024. For two decades this race has brought the whole community together for an epic weekend adventure. Whether you're new to trail or an ultra veteran, you will not want to miss the celebration this April.
Located in the high desert of southwestern Colorado, the course sweeps through desert landscape and red slickrock cliff buttes. Run on the edge of cliffs overlooking the Colorado river and venture up into the mesas. From the 100K to the 10K, each course will bring runners breathtaking views.
With 3 days of racing, a basecamp festival party, a free kid's race, we've got a weekend packed with activities for the whole family. This is more than just a race it's truly a trail running festival with something for every runner.
UTMB Cares US
Through UTMB Cares US, we have set out to achieve something extraordinary by caring for the amazing environments that host our trail events. UTMB Cares US is a program of The IRONMAN Foundation. Since 2003, over $55 million has been provided through IRONMAN and IRONMAN Foundation charitable giveback programs to more than 10,000 local, regional, national, and global nonprofit initiatives. Including $50,000 in grant funding for clean-up and restoration efforts of the Western States Trail, enjoyed by The Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB®️ runners, in partnership with Western States Endurance Run and The Tevis Cup. Together, we are on a quest to engage our community and care for our race surroundings through grant funding and volunteerism efforts.
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