According to race director Kate Roberts, the event features teams of six runners, each of whom completes two separate legs along the 63-mile course, which starts and ends in Moab, following the route of the La Sal Mountain Loop Road. The course’s dozen legs range from 2.2 miles to 7.9 miles, with individual runners on each team logging between 8 and 12 miles during the race, for an average of a little over 10 miles per runner.
Course difficulty is rated medium to very hard, with the most difficult sections being the steep climb up into the La Sal Mountains.
State Route 128 between Moab and Castle Valley will be closed for four hours in the early morning of Saturday, May 10, while the race gets underway.
Race officials said the road will be closed to the public from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday.
“Only vehicles involved in the Red Rock Relay Moab will be allowed in the canyon at that time and they will only be allowed to travel eastbound,” states a press release issued by race organizers. “There will be no westbound travel at all between these hours,” the release adds.
“This is our sixth year in Moab but the first time we are closing the canyon,” said Roberts.
The race is scheduled to start in staggered start times between 5 and 6 a.m. at Holiday Inn Express and end at Swanny City Park in mid-afternoon. Last year’s winning time was just over eight hours, with most teams finishing the race in nine or ten hours.
The Red Rock Relay series, which began in 2009, is staged annually in four areas of Utah. Moab’s is the second of the four events, the others being the Dixie area in March, Zion in September, and Park City in October.