Things to Know For Race Day
And They’re Off!
The 50k race will start at 7:30 a.m., followed by the marathon at 8:30 a.m., and the half-marathon at 9:30 a.m. We will do our very best to start on time, so be there or be square! The start site for all races is located at the valley site pavilion. Ask any ranger or deputy for directions to the pavilion. Watch for transfer vehicles for a ride to the start. Remember to attend your pre-race meeting near the starting line. These will begin approximately 30 minutes prior to the start time for your race.
Pickup will begin at 6:30 am on race day in the parking lot of Goblin Valley state park. If you are running the ultra, we recommend being at the start to pick everything up as early as you can to ensure a smooth process and make sure you have time to prepare for your race.
If you are not running in the ultra, you do not need to arrive quite so early. We will keep pickup going until about 10 minutes prior to the start of the half marathon.
There are only two cut-off times. The first is at the 50k turnaround at 1:00 p.m., and the second is the finish line at 5:00 p.m. This means you will have nine hours to complete the course. Anyone not making these cut-offs risks being eaten by goblins, chased by beastly apparitions, or will be driven to the finish area by the course sweepers. However, there are no technical sections or major climbs, so these cut-offs should be doable for even the most distracted-by-scenery runner.
The start/finish area has public restrooms available. There will also be facilities in the campground. If you are in that area, please use the toilets there, as the ones at the pavilion will be crowded. There will be toilet facilities along the course near the half marathon turn around as well. We will also provide a few “green toilets” along the course. Once out of the park boundaries, you may discreetly use nearby rocks and bushes. Please have the supplies needed with you for such emergency. When using the great outdoors, remember to bury your deposits.
The Park will be open to the public during the race, so please be courteous and respectful. The race route is passable for most passenger vehicles as far as the half marathon turn around, and there are plenty of pull-off areas for spectators to cheer on the runners. High clearance vehicles are recommended beyond that point. Please drive slow and give the runners plenty of clearance. Dust can be a real problem as well, so please be conscious of your speed through the canyon if you are driving there.
No crew or assistance from spectators is allowed. If you have someone following to pick up after you, please be sure they do not assist you by such things as handing you clothing or shoes, carrying your extra water, and such.
Dogs are allowed in the area, and can accompany you in the race. However, there is a leash law in effect, and animals must be accompanied by an adult.
Bad, Bad Goblins!
We want this to be an enjoyable event for everyone, and there will be some grounds for disqualification and immediate removal from the course. Rudeness, foul language, inebriation, or unlawful acts will not be tolerated in any situation. There will be plenty of trash bags available at the aid stations, so please carry litter from station to station. You may report any problems to the park rangers or race officials and volunteers along the route should you need to.