Moab 200 Endurance starts tomorrow, runs through Oct. 17
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Moab 200
Moab 200
The Moab 200 Endurance Run, a 238.3-mile single loop mile footrace through desert, canyons, slick rock and two mountain ranges surrounded by Canyonlands and Arches national parks will start Friday, Oct. 13 and will run through the cutoff time of Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m.

The start/finish line will be located near the end of pavement on Kane Creek Road.

The course has approximately 29,467 feet (8,982 meters) of ascent and 29,467 feet (8,982 meters) of descent for a total elevation change of 58,934 feet (17,964 meters).

There are no race qualifications this year for the Moab 200, though each participant must have fulfilled an eight-hour trail work requirement. Organizers state that even though there are no race requirements, it is an expert-level race.

The race will be a non-stop, four-day event with a physically and mentally demanding course. Organizers warn that runners often experience hallucinations and sleep deprivation.

Extremely hot weather in the canyons and cold temperatures in the mountains are normal. Racers are advised to carry enough water for each section since there are very few streams or water sources besides aid stations on the route. In a few cases, participants will go more than 20 miles between full aid stations and must carry important recommended gear and water. Much of the terrain is rugged and remote and a few of the trails are rarely used.

Participants will need to know how to navigate and read a map for safety reasons. The course will be marked with reflective ribbons and arrow signs and confidence markings the entire way.

Although the trails will be marked, runners may encounter sections with little to no markings due to natural causes, tampering or differences in course marking styles. There are also very exposed sections, dangerous cliffs, rock fall, snakes, spiders, scorpions, wildlife and other hazards throughout the route.

Participants should have ultra distance experience, experience fastpacking, and be incredibly well trained, heat trained, and prepared to carry a heavy pack for days on end.

Full aid stations will provide hot food to order, water, electrolyte drinks, gels, soda, other drinks, real food like soup, quesadillas, sandwiches, fruit, candy and other warm food. Full aid stations may have bacon, a variety of soup, desserts, breakfast, burgers, wraps, vegetarian options and more depending on their theme and location.

Most full aid stations and sleep stations will allow for drop bags. First aid and medical personnel will be present at all aid stations.

There will be a six-hour limit for sleeping at the sleep stations, although allowances will be made for longer if others don't need beds and if participants can make the cut-off time. A sleep station is a larger aid station with sleeping quarters for runners. Sleep stations will be furnished with inflatable pads and/or cots and blankets.

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