Registration is now open for the Third Annual Thelma & Louise Half Marathon and Relay to be held June 7, 2014. This year, a 2-person relay has been added with each relay runner covering either the first or second 6.55 miles of the half marathon course. Relay teams will also enjoy an awesome boat shuttle down the Colorado River, provided by local outfitter Canyonlands by Night and Day.
The race celebrates the spirit of the 1991 award-winning film, Thelma & Louise. The virtually flat scenic course is located very near the location of the final scene of Thelma & Louise. The Colorado River accompanies runners through the towering Canyon walls along the 13.1 mile course.
Enthusiastic volunteers greet participants every 1.5 miles at well-provisioned aid stations, including the inaugural Brad Pitt Stop. Taiko Drummers will provide inspiration along the course, and the post-race offerings will include cold beverages and delectable food to help replenish and refresh the runners.
Race participants get into the spirit of the movie by wearing race bibs personalized with their chosen alter ego “Thelma” or “Louise”. Many runners and race crew dress up in movie-inspired attire with bandanas and cowgirl hats. We may also see cameo appearances by characters from the movie, including Thelma & Louise, the Rastafarian road biker and cop car, the big rig truck, and a classic 1966 convertible.
Beyond the gorgeous landscape and fun, runners will be supporting two organizations that support women. Girls On The Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through running. Seekhaven Family Crisis Center provides services for families in crisis and victims of violence in Moab.
Consistent with the Moab Half Marathon Mission, the Thelma & Louise Half Marathon and Relay will be low-impact. Race bags are sturdy, attractive and reusable, compostable cups have replaced plastic cups/bottles and separate trash bins for recycling, trash and compost are offered. All waste generated by the event is sorted by volunteers to maximize recycling efficiency. Leftover food is donated to the local food bank, and the race course is cleaned up prior to and after the event.
In addition to the Thelma & Louise Half Marathon, Moab Half Marathon presents three other road races: The Other Half on October 19, the Winter Sun 10K on December 6, and Canyonlands Half Marathon and 5 Mile on March 21, 2015.
Visit www.moabhalfmarathon.com to register for the Thelma & Louise Half Marathon and for more information about all the races.