Justin Ricks and the staff at Mad Moose Events are at it again, following up their Dead Horse Ultra 50-mile race with the Winter Sun 10k on Saturday, Dec. 2. The Winter Sun 10k was started by a local group called the “Rim Rock Runners” in 1983, and this year will mark the event’s 35th anniversary.
Unlike many running competitions based in Moab, the Winter Sun race is not only for the running elite. A 10k race translates to roughly 6.2 miles, and the entire race will last only around two hours total. While many events like the Dead Horse Ultra bring runners from around the country as well as around the globe, the Winter Sun is more of a local event.
“This is definitely a beginners event,” said race organizer Justin Ricks, “there will be a wide variety of experience levels at the event as well.”
Ricks is planning to have as many as 350 runners on Saturday, mostly locals and a few coming from Grand Junction. Ricks also said the Winter Sun will be much more accessible than many other races in Moab, as it will be taking place in town. The race begins at 10 a.m. at the Moab Golf Club, located at 2705 East Bench Road, and ends with a full lap around the Grand County High School track.
The race will be open to traffic, so there will be no roads blocked off to facilitate the event. Mad Moose is enforcing strict safety guidelines for runner safety, encouraging runners to remain on the left-hand side of the road moving against traffic. Race officials will disqualify any runners caught outside of these guidelines. Local law enforcement will also be present to ensure traffic and runner safety for the event.
Those who participate will have the opportunity to enter a raffle hosted by Mad Moose, along with receiving a unique medal for finishing the 10k.
“[Winter Sun] gives people a chance to enjoy this nice Moab weather one last time before it gets freezing outside,” Ricks said.