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Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
4.5
(2 Ratings)(2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3
SCENERY
5
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
5
Find Your New Fast Join us for the Mt. Nebo Marathon and Half. Run along the scenic Mt. Nebo Loop and gaze upon the panoramic views of Mount Nebo, the Utah Valley and Utah Lake far below. Running down this canyon in the fall allows you to partake of all … MORE
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    RedjacketRunner REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The course starts out on an uphill and includes at least 2 mile-long significant climbs in the first 10 miles. There's also a 2-mile (or so) out and back section … MORE

    The course starts out on an uphill and includes at least 2 mile-long significant climbs in the first 10 miles. There’s also a 2-mile (or so) out and back section (which I think is fun because I love cheering on runner’s around me) that was on a gravel road- the only flat on the entire course. The final 16 miles are all downhill (of varying degrees of steepness). It was the toughest course I’ve ever run and all the marathoners I spoke with agreed.
    However, the race organizers do a great job with this race! The shirts are gender-specific and a very attractive cut! They are cotton (because what marathoner needs yet another tech shirt?) so I wear it around and always get compliments (I own several of their race shirts- all soft and attractive). The medals are well designed and heavy! They have great age group medals as well that compliment the finisher’s medal. Other perks include free massages at the finish, free race photos (on course and after), instant results, and above average finish line food (pizza, creamies, popscicles, cookies, chocolate milk and the standard bananas and oranges). Each race put on by this race company has it’s own theme to it (this one is the maple leaf). The shirt and the medals and everything else from the start to the finish line carry the theme throughout the race.
    It is a very scenic course. We started before sunrise and as the sun was starting to color the sky we were running along a ridge and about 20 runners took out their phones to take a picture of the runners silhouetted in front of the sunrise. The race starts at the top of Payson Canyon so you have to take the race bus to the start. The busses for the marathoners were the really nice chartered busses, while the half marathoners rode school busses. 😀 We only had to wait about 30 minutes at the top of the canyon for the race to start- just enough time to use the porta-potties and make last minute adjustments and check your gear bag. I was impressed at the timing of it! Usually when a race starts at the top of a canyon you might have to wait up to 2 hours for the race to start!
    I’d recommend any race put on by Runtastic (the race company). If you choose to do this one, train on hills! As brutal as it was, it was my marathon PR thanks in large part to all the downhill, but I have never felt so beat up by a race either. 😉

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    M_Sohaskey Sep 10, 2018 at 6:40pm

    CONGRATS on the PR, Lindsay — and a sub-4 to boot! Sounds like you're really getting comfortable at the marathon distance. I hadn't considered Mt. Nebo for my 50 States quest, but thanks to your review I've now added it to my wish list, and especially since it sounds like a nice change of pace from the typical downhill Utah marathon. Love following your racing progress here on the site and appreciate all your excellent reviews, such a cool way to learn about the Utah racing scene!

    By the way, if you're a fan of tough trail runs, the Moab Trail Marathon & Half is an amazingly beautiful — and challenging! — race in early November, I'd highly recommend it... as long as it doesn't rain. :)

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    RedjacketRunner Sep 10, 2018 at 7:57pm

    Thanks, Mike! Sounds like you like challenging courses! You'll love Nebo! :D
    Thanks for the suggestion, too. I've looked at the Moab Trail Marathon. I love that area and hope to be able to fit it into my race schedule one of these years!

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    RedjacketRunner FIRST-TIMER '17

    I didn't plan to PR this race but it happened easily even with holding back during the first 2 miles. It's a screaming fast downhill course through a beautiful canyon. … MORE

    I didn’t plan to PR this race but it happened easily even with holding back during the first 2 miles. It’s a screaming fast downhill course through a beautiful canyon. Even though it takes place at the end of August, it starts early enough and at a high enough altitude that I never got hot. The race shirt is one of my favorites- soft cotton and no ads, just a maple leaf and the name of the race. I wear it all the time. Free massages at the end and a PR bell to ring and free race photos are my favorite kind of swag!

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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