Run the Red Desert Trail Run 2016

Half Marathon, Marathon

Event Date

Sat, Jun 4, 2016


Farson, WY


Activity Today Later

Running-Half marathon - Individual Age group/open

$30 $30 Closed

Running-Marathon - Individual Age group/open

$40 $50 Closed

About This Activity

Experience the rugged open spaces of Wyoming's Red Desert! Walkers and runners are welcome! This trail run through the Red Desert offers expansive views of the Boar’s Tusk, North and South Table Mountains, the Killpecker Sand Dunes, Steamboat Mountain, and the Wind River Mountains. Runners will enjoy wide open spaces while traversing this wild landscape.
In 2016, there will be a 14 mile "half marathon" as well as a 27 mile "marathon" length course. Visit for details about this year's NEW ROUTES!!!
The Red Desert contains countless opportunities for enjoying wild spaces, including significant Wilderness Study Areas and other wilderness quality lands. The 2014 inaugural race celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and the 30th anniversary of the Wyoming Wilderness Act. This race continues to celebrate our wild Wyoming places.
The Wyoming Outdoor Council, Wyoming Wilderness Association, the National Outdoor Leadership School and other partners and sponsors invite runners and their families to experience this unique landscape whether running the race, hiking near to the course or simpy viewing the Boar’s Tusk. 
See our website for photos of this amazing landscape!

Event details and schedule

When: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Bib pick up and day of registration will be available at 7am at the start/finish area.
27 Mile Race starts at 8AM.
14 Mile Race starts at 9AM.
Where: Red Desert, Wyoming

Driving directions for Run the Red Trail Run can be found HERE. IMPORTANT - the 2016 race starts at the Sand Dunes OHV Parking Area (not the White Mountain Petroglyph area like in previous years).

Travel Recommendations: 

  • Please consider carpooling
  • High clearance vehicles are recommended; all-wheel drive or 4WD is necessary if there has been recent precipitation
  • Have a full tank of gas and spare tire
  • Carry plenty of water and food
  • Do not rely on cellular service

Run the Red Desert is a competitive trail race featuring half-marathon and marathon-length courses in Sweetwater County, Wyoming. This rugged race utilizes graveled county roads, dirt two-tracks, and other trail types and covers a diverse terrain including moderate to steep hills, rocky trails, sand dunes, drainages and meadows. Vehicular traffic, wildlife, and domestic animals may be present on the race course. Aid stations will be available with food and water at appropriate locations, however, it is highly recommended each participant supply themselves with the gear, food, and water necessary to complete the run. Weather conditions this time of year can be highly variable, with temperatures ranging from below freezing to mid-90s. Participants are encouraged to outfit themselves with the clothing and gear necessary to stay comfortable in changing conditions.

REFUND POLICY: If we are unable to hold the event due to weather, we will reschedule or provide free entry into next year's event. If you have any questions, please email We will send an email alerting participants to any changes by Friday June 3rd at noon.

MOTOTRIZED VEHICLES ON COURSE: We discourage motorized vehicles on course, but there may be extenuating circumstances that require motorized vehicles, such as emergencies or aid station resupply. 

DOGS ON COURSE: Dogs must be on leash at the start/finish area. Dogs are not required to be on leash on the course, but must be under control by verbal command. Please be courteous to other racers as well as the sensitive landscape and wildlife.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This race course is available through contractual agreements with private landowners and public land agencies; participants who utilize this course on days other than race day without permission from landowners may be liable for trespass.


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