The Trail Runner's Bucket List: Moab Trail Marathon, Utah

From a ridge run through the Montana sky to a marathon in the heart of Africa, these ten races have one thing in common: They'll push your limits in some of the most spectacular terrain on earth.

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By November, the soaring temperatures of Utah's southern desert have given way to 35-degree mornings and 60-degree afternoons. In other words, perfect weather for a race. Set against Moab’s unique moonscape of red rock canyons and soaring cliffs, the Moab Trail Marathon takes racers over slickrock and past ancient pictographs and stone arches. The terrain is technical (runners traverse exposed sections of the course with the help of a fixed line) but interesting, which makes the miles and 3,500-foot elevation gain go by quickly.

Race Date: November 2, 2013

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