Moonlight MadnessCottonwood Valley on August 25, 2018

Race ScheduleMoonlight Madness

Borrowing from our past, Moonlight Madness was the name of the original Desert Dash trail race over 10 years ago, and we're excited to resurrect the name for a half marathon under the sky of a full moon in beautiful Cottoonwood Valley.

Join us for our inaugural running of this blast-from-the-past, limited to just 150 entries. Moonlight Madness is a fast race course taking place on the mildly- to moderately-technical trails of the south side of Cottonwood Valley in the Red Rock NCA on trails such as Dead Horse Loop and Satan's Escalator.

Race Distances

Half Marathon Course

13.1 miles, 1550 ft of vertical climb

The Half Marathon starts along Badger Pass Loop before cutting across to a steady climb up Dead Horse Loop to Satan's Escalator (a short, tough climb). The reward after several miles of climbing is some very fast, non-technical trail leading to stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip from Wilson's Tank, followed by returning down Dead Horse Loop and Red Canyon/3-Mile Smile back to the finish.

Race Schedule

Distance Start Time Time Limit Awards Ceremony
Half Marathon 7:00pm 4 hours 10:00pm

Prizes & Awards

There will be prizes from our sponsors (announced as the race gets closer) for the overall male and female winners, along with custom awards for the top 3 males and top 3 females of each distance.

All finishers will receive a custom Moonlight Madness medal created specifically for this year's race, and all registered runners will receive a Moonlight Madness tech tee, in either unisex or ladies-fit*.

*To be guaranteed a ladies-fit tech tee in your size, you must register by August 3, 2017 at 11:59pm.

Aid Stations

Race Race Mileage Aid Stations
Half Marathon
  Mile 2.8 Dead Horse Aid Station
Mile 6 Satan's Escalator Aid Station
Mile 8.5 Wilson's Tank Aid Station

All aid stations will be stocked with water in water jugs (you must carry your own water bottle), Tailwind Endurance Fuel provided in cups, energy gels, and an assortment of munchies and goodies to eat.

We have a very firm belief that true trail runners are explorers at heart and minimalists in many ways, therefore, our aid stations are self-serve, meaning no little cups for water! You must bring a hydration system of your own to fill up.

Registration Fees & Deadlines

To guarantee a shirt in your size, you must register by August 3, 2018 at 11:59pm.

  Half Marathon
Early Bird Entry
Until July 13, 2018 at 11:59pm
$65
Standard Entry
Until August 10, 2018 at 11:59pm
$75
Late Entry
Until August 22, 2018 at 11:59pm
$85

We are limited by permit to only 150 participants for this event.

Bag Check

A bag check will be provided at the race to check any belongings you do not wish to leave in your car during the race.

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will be only be available at the start/finish area prior to the race, from 5:30pm – 6:45pm.

Refund Policy

We will provide a 100% credit towards a future Desert Dash event up to 6 weeks from the event (July 13, 2018) if notified via email at info@desertdash.com or via phone at (702) 329-0262.

From 6 weeks up to 2 weeks before the event (July 27, 2018) we will issue a 75% credit towards a future event if notified via email, and from 2 weeks up to 48 hours before the event (August 10, 2018) we will issue a 50% credit.

No credit will be issued within 48 hours of or anytime after the event. There are no refunds given.