Overall Rating
Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
4.8
(4 Ratings)(4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.3
SCENERY
4.8
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
4.5
This incredibly fast and remarkably beautiful road race takes runners from the forests and canyons of the Wasatch Mountains to the foothills of Salt Lake City, Utah. Featuring a speedy downhill slope and spectacular scenery, this race will be sure to help you set your PR and finally hit that … MORE
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    maymayjay FIRST-TIMER '18

    The expo was a little small, but had quality vendors. Everything ran really smoothly and I was in and out of packet pickup in about 5 minutes with lots of … MORE

    The expo was a little small, but had quality vendors. Everything ran really smoothly and I was in and out of packet pickup in about 5 minutes with lots of time to check out everything else they had to offer. Everything from transport to the start, pre-race announcements, aid stations, and amenities at the finish line were top notch. I feel like the staff was successful in making each runner able to just enjoy the feeling of being active in a beautiful place! Also included were free pictures from along the course and the capability to create your own personalized video. A fun plus!

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4
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    RickSawThat FIRST-TIMER '18

    Train for the altitude (starts at 9,700 feet) and prepare for the "out and back" at mile 18. After thinking you are about to crush your PR you get to … MORE

    Train for the altitude (starts at 9,700 feet) and prepare for the “out and back” at mile 18. After thinking you are about to crush your PR you get to the “Out and Back” at mile 18 a long slow climb which in some crazy way seems like a long slow climb on your way back. Anything gained in time is quickly negated. But don’t let this dissuade you, train for it and know it’s coming. I would highly recommend this race!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    janerunswild FIRST-TIMER '15

    Big Cottonwood is known as a fast race, amenable to PRs. REVEL runs an organized race- the top/start had plenty of porta potties, and our bags at bib pickup included … MORE

    Big Cottonwood is known as a fast race, amenable to PRs. REVEL runs an organized race- the top/start had plenty of porta potties, and our bags at bib pickup included mylar blankets and gloves, which were perfect for early mornings on the top of a mountain. Coming from sea-level, I could feel the effects of being almost 10k feet high, but the downhill nature of the course outweighed some of the effects.

    True to the course description, the first 19 miles of the race were basically a steady downhill (with an exception of a steep hill at mile 4, which was at an elevation of roughly 8500 feet high- this was tough on the lungs to say the least). I maintained a 3:25-3:30 pace for this portion, and was determined to stay well ahead of the 3:35 pacer. A 3 hour 35 minute (or less) marathon finish was the time I needed to qualify for Boston.

    After the half-way point, I desperately wished that I had trained on downhill courses more frequently to prepare for this terrain. But despite the deep fatigue my legs were feeling from all of the pounding, I felt great and ran consistent 7:30-7:45 minute miles. At mile 19, my pace slowed up as the course became hilly. Hills at 5500 feet elevation were no joke. At one point I had to stop and stretch, and also just catch my breath. It was a very interesting feeling, being out of breath at this point even in the flat sections. I knew that I was far from home.

    At mile 23, I noticed the 3:35 pacer slowly creeping up to me and at that moment felt very emotional and overwhelmed. The pacer caught up to me at 24, and asked me how I was doing. I was honest and told her that I was very disappointed to see her. She said that she was running a minute or so ahead of a 3:35, that the rest of the race was downhill, and that she knew I had it in me to push myself. I know she had no idea, but her motivational lines helped me push through. At that point, I was determined to reach my goal and pushed as.hard.as.I.possibly.could. I crossed the line @3:33.06.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
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    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    oldguard88 FIRST-TIMER '15

    Toughest marathon I have ever run! I knew it wasn't going to be easy, but I way underestimated the slope and the pounding on my quads. I thought I was … MORE

    Toughest marathon I have ever run! I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I way underestimated the slope and the pounding on my quads. I thought I was in decent enough shape to handle it and in fact wanted to qualify for Boston. The truth started to reveal itself early on at 7 miles when I felt my quads begin to ache and I knew this was going to be an “ok, I’ll settle for just finishing.” By 13 miles I was considering dropping out altogether. My quads were literrally shot. I talked myself into just maintaining what little I had, slowing down as much as possible, and trying to take in the scenery. The constant pounding was torture. With a lot of walking the last 6 miles I managed to finish. Lesson learned…respect the slope! Very nice post race party. Weather is awesome. People are great! Free photos too.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
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