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Continental Peak, WY
(Elevation 8,431’)

Run the Red website has moved, check out the new site here, 

for all announcements and updates!

Half Marathon, 50, & 100K

Run the Red is Wyoming’s premier ultra-, full-, and half-marathon race dedicated to conserving the vast, rugged, and historical landscape of the Red Desert. Runners of all races will experience one of the last undeveloped high desert steppe ecosystems in the country while celebrating this remarkable landscape for Wyoming’s heritage, wildlife, and recreational benefits.


Taking place on the newly established Wyoming Public Lands Day, this race will begin outside South Pass City and head south towards the Oregon and Honeycomb Buttes. Racers will follow the Oregon and Mormon trails along the continental divide while passing through a maze of buttes, canyons, badlands, Wilderness Study Areas, and miles of wide-open country.


WHEN: Saturday, September 26, 2020
DISTANCES: half marathon, 50K, and 100K
WHERE: Wyoming’s Red Desert

start: South pass city, wy

The Wyoming Wilderness Association, the National Outdoor Leadership School, and the Wyoming Outdoor Council and other sponsors invite runners and their families to experience this unique landscape while running the race, hiking near to the course, viewing the Boar’s Tusk, exploring nearby petroglyphs and more.  We encourage you to bring family and friends to explore the desert before and after the race!  The Red Desert is a uniquely Wyoming Landscape—one blanketed with sage, carved with colorful badlands, rich with wildlife, and steeped in cultural and historical significance. The Red Desert contains countless opportunities for enjoying wild spaces, including Wilderness Study Areas, the longest ungulate migration route in the lower 48 states, and more. 

Originally conceived to honor the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and the 30th anniversary of the Wyoming Wilderness Act, Run the Red has become an annual celebration of Wyoming’s Red Desert. The race has taken place for 6 consecutive years.  In 2020, Run the Red will be elevated so that the main distance is (100K) with the intent of gathering national attention for conservation of the special places in the Northern Red Desert.  Stay tuned here and at our Facebook page for updates as we finalize the 2020 routes.

Our Sponsors

The race will take place in the Northern Red Desert, south of the Wind River Range.

Honeycomb Buttes Wilderness Study Area

Orengon Buttes Wilderness Study Area

Oregon Buttes Wilderness Study Area

Race  location




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