Answers to questions you have asked:
1. Is the whole race run inside Goblin State Park? No. Goblin State Park is a small park, encompassing approximately 3,000 acres. The majority of the race will take place on paved and dirt roads around Goblin State Park. The final mile will take you through the park and into the scenic goblin formations seen on the website.
2. Is there lots of pavement to run on? That depends on the race. Approximately the first 6 miles are paved, and it is an out and back course. This means that a majority of the half marathon will be paved, while most of the marathon and ultra will not be.
3. What kind of scenery will be along the dirt roads? The best kind. You will run by multi-colored mesas, through an ancient water-carved canyon, onto a stark, eerily silent desert with spectacular views, and then on the inbound, you will run into the hoodoo-filled valley in the park itself. Along the way, you’ll see marvelous vistas of the Henry Mountains to the south east, and other ranges further in the distance. It is beautiful, trust us.
4. Are there cattle on the course? A few. It is open range land. Please do not run over cows as they have the right-of-way. If you are afraid of cows, this is not the race for you.
5. Can I go to the bathroom inside the park itself (the final three miles)? NO! The park is open to the public during the entire race. There will be portable restrooms along the course, as well as at the start/finish line. You may use the outdoors discreetly along cross country trails outside of the park. Please be prepared to bury your deposits.
6. Why aren’t you starting until 7:30 am? Due to the remoteness of the event, we have decided that in order for volunteers and runners not to feel too rushed, a later start was the safest and best option. Remember, it takes time from Green River or Hanksville to get to Goblin Valley State Park, and this does not include the time it takes to park your car and walk to the start. Speed limits vary, and there are cattle and other varmints on the roads. PLEASE take your time and drive carefully!
7. Can I dress up in my favorite Halloween costume? We would LOVE to have you in costume! This is highly encouraged and you will likely get your own personal photo shoot. Who doesn’t want that?!
8. Are dogs allowed on the course? We love dogs, so yes, well-behaved dogs are definitely allowed on the course but must be on a leash at all times. Owners are responsible for the dog’s behavior and also for cleaning up after them. Please remember to clean up after your pet!
9. Can I change my race on race day? Honest answer: probably, if you are wanting to switch to a shorter distance. The timing company that we use has been great in the past about making last minute changes and not letting it affect the accuracy of results.
10. Are there camp spots available? There is a campground at the State Park which is limited and they charge a fee. You can make a reservation by calling 800-322-3770. There are BLM campgrounds at Temple Mountain, which is about 7 miles from the park that are free with no hookups. There are also a few primitive camping spots along the route.
11. If I cancel, do I get a refund? It depends. If you contact us before the race, we will try and work out a solution for you. We may be able to get you a partial refund or offer you credit towards a future race. After October 1, we will not be able to offer any refunds as we will have already ordered your shirt and medal and will have made all arrangements for your race.
12. Can my friend run the race without paying? Sure. The park and trails are open to the public and a supportive friend can be a big help. However, we cannot keep the time for these runners and they will not receive a medal or shirt. 13. If I sign up on race day, will I get a shirt and medal? Maybe. All orders for these items are finalized on or before October 1st. We assume more runners will sign up after that, so we always order extra, but we are just guessing after all. If we have enough, then you will get one. If not, then you won’t. 14. What happens if it storms? Well, we love running in the rain, so a good rain storm won’t stop us! However, if the weather really gets bad or for any reason we feel that part of the course is not safe, we retain the right to alter or shorter the course as we see fit for the safety of participants.