THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Due to escalating conditions surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, we will with a heavy heart be cancelling all three of our 2020 Desert RATS races; Desert RATS Trail Running Festival, 18 Road races (Rabbit Valley Half and Classic mountain bike race) and the Desert RATS stage race (we will be contacting all stage racers separate from this).
I can’t express how disappointed we are to have to do this. I’m sorry to wait so long for the cancellation on the Trail Running Festival be we have spent hours assessing, reassessing and modifying as the rapidly changing events unfold. I can list all the reasons we need to cancel including permits, volunteer help and social responsibility and the bottom line is that we need to accept that it is not a possibility this year.
While we know that you would all love to run the race, we have worked hard to give you some options that we feel are reasonable and fair. Many of our costs have already been laid out and we not only want to be able to continue this event but keep the businesses that we work with alive. These are difficult times for everyone and we ask that you keep that in mind as you look at your options.
1. Move 100% of your entry to our Mountain RATS race in Eagle, CO in September. This will save you deferment and processing fees and enter you in our first race back. We will have a 50K, marathon, half marathon and 50K mtb with a fun packet pickup party, racer party Saturday night and Eagle is an incredible community with amazing trails.
-Email us for a code and include all emails of individuals wanting a Mountain RATS entry @ firstname.lastname@example.org
2. We will forego our no refund policy wtihin a month of the event and keep available our generous early season refund policy where you can receive 85% deferment credit that you can use for any of our upcoming races.
-Go to your Ultrasignup account (or confirmation email), click on the “Edit Order” link and it will walk you through the steps.
3. Donate your entire 2020 entry fee. We hope you understand about sunk costs in races and how it affects small businesses. We work with almost 100% local vendors and we would like to make sure that everyone receives their fees and makes it to next season.
-No action required
We ask that you act upon your decision by the end of the month. Any unclaimed entries will be assumed to fall into the #3 category. Again, we are so sorry to have to cancel. The spring trail season is the highlight of the year for us and we know that it is for you too. Best of luck to everyone and we hope you're getting out there, safely and responsibly, wherever you are.
Original Refund Policy:
30 Days or more prior to the Event: 85% credit of registration fee (excluding UltraSignup fees).
Less than 30 days prior to the Event: No refunds or credit given.
Credits may be applied to any future Gemini Adventures race and will be valid for 12 months.
Registered runners may also switch between distances. No refunds or credit will be given for dropping down in distance. If stepping up in distance, the added current pricing of the longer distance will be charged (excluding Ultrasignup fees).
To request credits, log in to your UltraSignup account, and go to Registration History. Select Edit for the event, and scroll to the bottom of the page where Cancel Registration is linked. Follow the prompts.
These are challenging courses:
Local time: 3:52 AM
The Marathon will be a single loop connecting the desert trails of Kokopelli and adjacent trails. The course rolls between elevations of 4,500 and 5,400 feet with over 3.400 feet of climbing per loop. We will have five aid stations located throughout the course, at approximately five-mile intervals (the largest gap is 7 miles).
The 50K will be the Marathon course plus an additional 5mi loop, with six aid stations in total.
Aid Stations will be stocked with gels, potato chips, peanut butter and jelly, chocolate, bananas, ice water and sports drink.
Additional food will be available at the turnaround/finish line (if racers need additional food on the course, they are advised to carry it with them). In addition, a certified Emergency Medical Technician will be in attendance.