Overall Rating
Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
4
(2 Ratings)(2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.5
SCENERY
3.5
PRODUCTION
5
SWAG
4.5
REVEL Mt Charleston Limited Edition is an in-person (non-virtual), Boston Qualifying, fully supported race. This race does not replace the 2020 or 2021 REVEL Mt Charleston events; rather, it is its own stand-alone race that will be offered one time only in this format. There will be up to three … MORE
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    mharm78 FIRST-TIMER '20

    First, the good - much of it very good. Revel put on a very good race with lots of attention to making runners comfortable and also rewarding them for their … MORE

    First, the good – much of it very good. Revel put on a very good race with lots of attention to making runners comfortable and also rewarding them for their effort. One of the best swag bags I’ve ever gotten, tons of extras. Very helpful and friendly race/bib pickup staff. Extremely comfortable bus ride (was surprised at coach buses!) and, in my opinion, good COVID protocols in place. Felt they did an excellent job keeping us safe as far as COVID, especially at the start – some of the most cautious start area precautions I’ve seen/heard about. The course, for me, was tough. I know the downhill for the first 20+ miles is great for lots of people – I would say it was good for me for awhile. But I live in an extremely flat area, and the combination of the downhill that flattens out in the last 5 miles or so, elevation I’m not used to at all, and the extreme temperature change from start to finish made the last few miles of this race really rough for me. Also, the recovery was significantly worse than normal – I typically do not have any noticeable leg soreness after a marathon and can resume running normally right away, but this time it was several days before I could even go up and down stairs normally. But all of that is just personal situation stuff – I know these types of courses are really great for lots of people and help them set big PR’s. Just not me. Okay, now the one negative I feel like I have to share. First let me say, I am very grateful to Revel for having this race, and for the great production of the event under the circumstances. But I felt like there were sections of this course that were genuinely unsafe. It bothered me that we didn’t find out some of the unsafe details of this race (not from a COVID perspective, from a getting-hit-by-cars perspective) until days before the race, after we had paid nonrefundable, expensive race entries, booked travel, etc. I did not know we would be running on the shoulder of the road, with active traffic going the same direction as we were, at 60 miles an hour, for the majority of the race. That made me nervous, but I made myself adjust to it and block it out. I didn’t know we were going to be crossing multiple intersections with live traffic and no police to direct traffic, in the last few miles, when our legs are tired and we’re a little out of it and don’t always have great body control. And I really didn’t know that in the last mile, we were going to be running on a relatively busy road, in the traffic lane because there was no shoulder, going the same direction as traffic. The last one was without a doubt the most unsafe conditions I have ever run in in any race, and I have run many marathons and ultras in a wide variety of conditions. I feel bad saying something negative about this race, because I really do appreciate how much effort they put into making this race happen, but I genuinely was scared during that section of the race and felt I had to make people aware a situation like that is something they should check on before registering for these races, if that’s something that would make them uncomfortable, too. It also seems like it should be a relatively easy fix – I can’t understand why they didn’t at least have us run the opposite direction as traffic. It’s still not great to be running a race in the traffic lane with live traffic, but at least if you can see it coming, that would have helped. Again, other than that, this was a very nice race, handled well in COVID, and with lots of great extras.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    donknox REPEAT RUNNER '20

    This was a tale of three runs - it was the best of times, the worst of times. I ran the half in 2018 - great race and effort. That … MORE

    This was a tale of three runs – it was the best of times, the worst of times. I ran the half in 2018 – great race and effort. That was the first race. The second race was the first 14.7 miles of this run. Anyone that thinks Mt Charleston is an easy qualifier is wrong. Give me Houston any day. The first 13.1 went right to plan. The biggest issue was 8500 feet of elevation. I starved my calfs of oxygen and they let me know it. Especially the left one and I have had issues with it in the past. I was breathing much harder than usual and it showed. After the 4th uphill on the first half of the course (they are short but still uphill), my calfs cramped up. I walked/ran (mostly walked) the last 12ish miles (the third race). I was ready for the hills but I was not ready for the elevation and the snow (only at the top and not on the road)! I was happy with my effort and I really was on course for about a 3:40 (my goal) but it was not to be on this day. The people at REVEL do a fantastic job and I am thrilled that they were able to pull this off. The SWAG was good considering the amount of time between the sign up of the race and the day of the race.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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