Red Hot 33k, 55k comes to Moab
by Drew Chowbay
The Times-Independent
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The Moab Red Hot ultra race is set for Saturday, Feb. 17.
				      Photo courtesy Grassroots Events
The Moab Red Hot ultra race is set for Saturday, Feb. 17. Photo courtesy Grassroots Events

​ On Saturday, Feb. 17 Grassroots Events will host its annual “Moab Red Hot” ultra race. The event, considered by many elite trail-runners that come through Moab each year to be the official start of the ultra season, will consist of both a 33k and 55k event.

​ The trail will have all of the challenges and highlights runners have come to expect when trekking through the Moab desert: sand, slickrock, and stunning views of the surrounding Arches National Park. The race will kick off at a starting line located at the Gemini Bridges Trailhead, and will finish at the Poison Spider Trailhead.

​ The race will also feature a guest speaker appearance by Colorado resident and veteran trail runner Joe Grant. Grant has conquered some of the most beautiful and difficult trails in the world, including the Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji, which boasts a lengthy 168 km trail and 9,500 meters of elevation gain.

​ Grant will be screening his “Tour de 14ers” film at the MARC, which chronicles his month-long, 57-peak excursion to conquer all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot summits. The screening will begin at 8 p.m. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. According to the race organizer’s website ( free beer and appetizers will be provided by race sponsor Moab Brewery.

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