Red Hot 33k, 55k comes to Moab

​ 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.

ByBy Drew Chowbay

The Times-Independent