How Race Cancellations Impact Small Towns Like Moab

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Mad Moose Events have canceled the popular Canyonlands Half Marathon and other events through June.

On March 11, 2020, citizens of Moab, Utah gathered in the Grand County Council chambers for an emergency meeting. The council proposed an ordinance to ban all indoor events with more than 100 participants and outdoor events over 250 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Attendees overflowed into the hallway and sat on the floor as concerned business owners protested the crippling economic effect of such severe actions. A task force of officials from Moab Regional Hospital and other health departments spoke to the necessity of flattening the curve. The motion failed 3-3.

The proposal was an immediate blow to Justin Ricks, the owner of Mad Moose Events, which hosts ten running events in the Moab area and brings thousands of visitors to the city. The Canyonlands Half…

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