Overall Rating
Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
4.3
(4 Ratings)(4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.8
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
3.3
First run in 1970, the Deseret News Marathon is the oldest road race in Utah and the 4th oldest marathon west of the continental divide. The marathon follows the path the Utah pioneers traveled when they first entered the valley. This event is truly a part of Utah’s heritage! The … MORE
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    Bank82 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Race starts in the mountains and ends downtown. If you a fast enough you can run the parade route. I did not train properly for this race, between hitting the … MORE

    Race starts in the mountains and ends downtown. If you a fast enough you can run the parade route. I did not train properly for this race, between hitting the wall and the heat in July this was my worse marathon time. I’m eventually going to run this again to redeem myself.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    Grammarathon FIRST-TIMER '19

    Bussed to the start where you begin just as the sun rises. It's about 40 degrees colder at the start than the finish so be prepared. It drops over 1900 … MORE

    Bussed to the start where you begin just as the sun rises. It’s about 40 degrees colder at the start than the finish so be prepared. It drops over 1900 ft in the beginning of the race so be prepared for serious down hill. Finishes in the city in the blazing dry heat.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    2

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    M_Sohaskey Jul 27, 2020 at 8:26pm

    40 degrees difference, wow... that's roughly our range for the entire year here in Los Angeles! 😆 Well done handling the heat and downhill; 1900 ft is some serious gravitational… MORE

    40 degrees difference, wow... that's roughly our range for the entire year here in Los Angeles! 😆 Well done handling the heat and downhill; 1900 ft is some serious gravitational pull, but it sounds like you were able to take advantage. Thanks for the review Eileen, and for sharing your reviews from your 50 States quest — with so many races canceled right now, I'm enjoying following along and living vicariously through you! LESS

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    DrewNYC FIRST-TIMER '18

    The first thing to note is that this race is raced on Pioneer's Day, which is always July 24th. So this year (2018) the race was held on a Tuesday. … MORE

    The first thing to note is that this race is raced on Pioneer’s Day, which is always July 24th. So this year (2018) the race was held on a Tuesday.

    Pre-race:
    -Small expo, but nice volunteers
    -Wasn’t easy to find a pasta dinner the night before (I actually skipped pasta for this race).

    Race day:
    -Early morning meet up for buses to the start (~4am).
    -You wait at the start for a bit of time (one hour or more) so be prepared: something to sit on, extra layer (as it is a bit chiller), and if you have something with a light it helps (it was VERY dark and the buses were driving through the crowd in the pitch dark–it’s amazing there were no problems!)
    -The course is mostly downhill and beautiful
    -Roughly 1 mile is actually on the parade route. People are lined up on both sides of the street for the parade. For the back of the packers (like me) the crowds were a little bored by the time I came by! There were a few floats that went by–literally right next to me.
    -Roads are open, but traffic wasn’t heavy so it wasn’t bad.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    M_Sohaskey Jul 29, 2018 at 8:30pm

    Congrats on notching half state #16, Drew! And less than 10 days after Missoula; I'd imagine your legs were like "Whaaa...?" Kind of amazing that you're tackling your 50 States… MORE

    Congrats on notching half state #16, Drew! And less than 10 days after Missoula; I'd imagine your legs were like "Whaaa...?" Kind of amazing that you're tackling your 50 States marathon and half marathon quests at the same time. And I like the quirky idea of running a race on a weekday, that's definitely something to keep in mind as I think about where to race in Utah. Appreciate the thoughtful review! LESS

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    Joerobe FIRST-TIMER '16

    -21 mile and fairly steep descent to start the run -Don't be fooled into thinking this is a guaranteed PR, it is a tough run -Can be hot, but aid … MORE

    -21 mile and fairly steep descent to start the run
    -Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a guaranteed PR, it is a tough run
    -Can be hot, but aid stations were frequent and well stocked
    -A lot of spectators present at the end of the run as it coincides with the Pioneer Day celebration

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    M_Sohaskey Jan 24, 2017 at 12:05am

    Yeah, downhills can be deceptively tough – I ran Tucson in 2015, and even though I knew what to expect it still took a serious toll. Utah does like its… MORE

    Yeah, downhills can be deceptively tough – I ran Tucson in 2015, and even though I knew what to expect it still took a serious toll. Utah does like its downhill marathons, though the descent on this one (~3200 ft) seems not as steep as some. But with the Pioneer Day festivities thrown in, this sounds like a fun weekend. Thanks for the review, Keith! LESS

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