Located in:Moab, UT
Race Distance:50 miles
Terrain: 4 - very hilly; total climb between 150-250 feet per mile (7,500-12,500 feet in 50 miles)
Surface: 4 - trail or dirt road with substantial rocks, roots and/or ruts
How did your race conception come about?
First conceived in 2004, the M.A.S.50 is the event that brought attention to Moab’s trail running scene. My name is Chris Martinez and I founded this ultra after years of other ultra runners who kept asking, why isn't there an ultra marathon in Moab? So thought about that question and asked myself the same but I knew i had to come up with an ultra in Moab that no other races have ever considered, combining the best of both worlds of Moab, alpine & slickrock! Everyone who thinks of Moab, Utah is familiar with the slickrock terrain but very few are aware of the diversity of trails in Moab. So the MAS50 was born.
What makes runners sign up for your race?
Runners sign up for this event because of the course. The course covers 50 miles of the most scenic trails in the country. The race is set in mid-September just as the leaves are changing in the mountains. Runners have views of Arches & Canyonlands National Parks when they cross over three mountain passes. Two of those passes are at 11,000ft and the other at 10,600ft. Runners traverse over old cowboy trails dating back over 100 years, passing old cabins along the way. Once the runners make their way across the mountain range they drop onto the famous Kokopelii Trail into redrock canyon country. Here runners see towering sandstone spires, red mesas, balanced rocks, red walled canyons, the Colorado River cutting its way through a valley below and amazing scenery that stretches as far as the eyes can see!
What's unique about your race that sets you apart?
The MAS50 is a small event in comparison to the Red Hot I RD. It attracts about 50-60 runners each year. Past runners have told me that's what they love about the MAS50. It has that old school early ultra marathon feel of the late 70's to early 80's, I should know I was there back then as a very young kid. Its an vent that runners are just happy to be apart of it and to have finished the race. As of now there's no big sponsors, podium, finishing medals (maybe a finishing pint), just good ol' friends.
The aid station at Miner's Basin (mile 33) set up a saloon for the runners. They dress up in their 1800's costumes and serve beer, whiskey, and cigarets to the runners. The only way you get to sign your name on the wall of the saloon you have to have a shot of whiskey. Let me tell you there are a lot of names on that wall from the runners!
What does your schwag bag and finisher awards look like?
The finishing medals are different each year. They are made by a local artist and the awards are usually something you can hang on your wall at home or in your office. This year I'm considering buckles.
Do you host other races?
Moab's Red Hot 55k/33k & Amasa 6.5/9.5
You Can Find Moab's Alpine to Slickrock 50mi AKA MAS50 Online @:
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