Kessel Run Ultra 10 Mile, 20 Mile, 60k, and 50 Mile


Nov 11 2023

Kessel Run Ultra 10 Mile, 20 Mile, 60k, and 50 Mile

Located in Fruita, Colorado, just a quick drive from the Front Range, this is the ultimate Racecation Adventure!!  Enjoy sweeping views of the San Juan Mountains and the Colorado National Monument as you run through the high desert. All distances begin on fast, flowing singletrack and work their way back to the steep ups and downs of the Zippity-Do-Da Trail.  The longer races climb switchbacks up the rim to overlook the majestic Grand Valley.  If you love perfect running weather and stunning views, this race is for you!

Course Information

Kessel Run Ultra 50 Mile Course Map

Kessel Run Ultra 50 Mile Interactive Map

50 Mile GPX File *download file to view

  • Lowest Point   5031′

  • Highest Point  7352′
  • Elevation Gain 6447′
  • Elevation Loss 6450′

Kessel Run Ultra 60K Course Map

Kessel Run Ultra 60K Interactive Map

60K GPX File *download file to view

  • Lowest Point   5030′

  • Highest Point  7351′
  • Elevation Gain 5033′
  • Elevation Loss 5036′

Kessel Run Ultra 20 Mile Course Map

Kessel Run Ultra 20 Mile Interactive Map

20 Mile GPX File *download file to view

  • Lowest Point   5030′

  • Highest Point  5541′
  • Elevation Gain 2034′
  • Elevation Loss 2034′

Kessel Run Ultra 10 Mile Course Map

Kessel Run Ultra 10 Mile Interactive Map

10 Mile GPX File *download file to view

  • Lowest Point   5030′

  • Highest Point  5503′
  • Elevation Gain 1086′
  • Elevation Loss 1086’​

Aid Station Mileage, Cutoff Times, and Course Limit Information

Kessel Run Ultra Race Guide

See the 2023 Race Guide.

Cupless Aid Station Information

That’s right! We have gone cupless!


What does that mean?

Water dispensers will be located at the start/finish line and at every aid station.

Runners can use these to fill bladders, bottles​, and reusable cups

Gloved volunteers will pour sodas/misc drinks into runners’ reusable cups.

Travel Information
Directions to Start/Finish Line

GPS Coordinates (Click for Google Map):

39.31093, -108.70360

The start/finish is located across the street from the 18 Road Parking in Fruita. Runners will park in the designated special events parking area. Follow directions of parking attendants. Please see the Google Map below to obtain driving directions.

Camping Information

The BLM has designated fee camping at the North Fruita Desert. The campground is located just past the start/finish line area.

Packet Pickup

Date: Friday, November 10, 2023

Time: 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Location: Start Line

Race Morning Packet Pickup
Start Line

Saturday, November 11, 2023

5:15 a.m.-8:45 a.m.

Information Regarding Packet Pickup Process:

  • You will need to have a photo ID in order to receive your packet.

  • Runners may pick up the goody bag and shirt of a registered runner, who will not be in attendance.

  • Runners may not pick up someone else’s bib.

  • Entries are non-transferable

  • See race guide for all information about packet pickup.

Race Morning Schedule

5:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.- Packet Pickup at Start Line

6:00 a.m.- 50 Mile Start

6:00 a.m. – 60K Start

8:00 a.m. – 20 Mile Start

9:00 a.m. – 10 Mile Start

10 minutes before each race start – pre-race announcement


Finish Line

We’ll be serving runner approved snacks and drinks at the finish line.

Runner Perks

All runners will receive a custom race shirt, bib, BOCO Technical Trucker hat. and finisher’s medal.


The FAQ page contains information about:


-Race rules

-Distance Changes

-Refund policy

-Other runner requirements


Results will be posted on UltraSignup.

Volunteer with Mad Moose

Do you like helping your fellow runners succeed? Do you want to support your favorite race company? Do you enjoy giving back to this awesome community? Consider volunteering at one of our future events! As if getting to give back to the running community wasn’t enough, we want to show our gratitude by having all volunteers earn credits toward FREE race entries of your choice! (Friends and Family – You can earn race credits for your runner to use toward their next Mad Moose Event!)

Click HERE for more details about volunteering with Mad Moose!


Nov 11 2023


6:00 AM - 8:00 PM


85 -190


North Fruita Desert, Colorado
876V+4M Loma, Colorado
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