Overall Rating
Overall Rating (7 Reviews)
4.9
(7 Ratings)(7 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.6
SCENERY
5
PRODUCTION
4.4
SWAG
4.9
This incredibly fast and remarkably beautiful downhill road race takes runners from the forests and canyons of the Rocky Mountains to the foothills of Denver, Colorado. Featuring a perfectly smooth 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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    I loved this race so much and can’t wait to do another revel race in the future. The altitude was a challenge for me (I was living in Florida at … MORE

    I loved this race so much and can’t wait to do another revel race in the future. The altitude was a challenge for me (I was living in Florida at the time) but the beautiful scenery was a perfect distraction. I took several pictures – one of my favorite memories was stopping for a few seconds to let a family of deer cross the road.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    sarastew FIRST-TIMER '19

    I'd first like everyone to throw out the notion that a downhill race is easy. This was by far the HARDEST race of my life. While I had a great … MORE

    I’d first like everyone to throw out the notion that a downhill race is easy. This was by far the HARDEST race of my life. While I had a great first half and PR for a half marathon time, the 2nd half was excruciating. I did train and did incorporate downhill running into my training plan, but the amount of pounding this course does to your legs is painful.

    The course was beautiful and running in the mountains felt majestic and peaceful. Getting to the start was easy on the bus and it wasn’t as cold as I expected at the top. The gloves and the mylar blanket in the bag with your bib were an excellent touch. I LOVED getting a race tank, especially that it wasn’t cotton! Also getting a pair of Goodr glasses was an excellent touch! (They are my preferred glasses).

    Typically after a marathon or long run I have some general soreness for a day or so and am able to recoup and run after a day or two. This race left me so sore and miserable. I think if you are used to flat and downhill racing, this may hold better for some, but I’d much rather take a flat or course with hills than a downhill one.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    M_Sohaskey Jun 24, 2019 at 1:38pm

    Wow, I may just cut and paste this as my review for REVEL Kulia... your experience sounds exactly like mine in Hawaii, though I can imagine the thin air in… MORE

    Wow, I may just cut and paste this as my review for REVEL Kulia... your experience sounds exactly like mine in Hawaii, though I can imagine the thin air in Colorado made things even tougher on the muscles. How strange is it not to be able to lift your quads the next morning? Glad you were able to recover (mostly) in time to enjoy Grandma's, these REVEL races leave their mark for sure. Congrats on bearing down, toughing it out (3:45 is no joke!) and adding Colorado to your 50 states map! LESS

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    NicoleBorrego REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is my new favorite half marathon race. Downhill road race that is incredibly fast. Definitely glad for the downhill training advice. Looking forward to running other Revel races. MORE

    This is my new favorite half marathon race. Downhill road race that is incredibly fast. Definitely glad for the downhill training advice. Looking forward to running other Revel races.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    runnermomdk FIRST-TIMER '17

    It's a beautiful downhill race! The start is a little chilly, bring a blanket or extra clothes. Course support was good, bathroom lines were a little long on the course … MORE

    It’s a beautiful downhill race! The start is a little chilly, bring a blanket or extra clothes. Course support was good, bathroom lines were a little long on the course but I found one off the road and empty. The medals and printed result card are a nice touch, as were the socks and performance shirt (still a favorite but I’m wearing it out).
    There were bus issues in 2015, no fault of Revel, and they have definitely redeemed themselves.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    5

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    ccgooch REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Love love love this race. Don't let it fool you though. It is definitely the most beautiful race I have done but the downhill takes a toll on your legs … MORE

    Love love love this race. Don’t let it fool you though. It is definitely the most beautiful race I have done but the downhill takes a toll on your legs after a while. There are a few uphills near the halfway point that will have you saying a few not-so-nice words. 🙂 However, I PR’d the first year I ran this race by over 27 minutes!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    maddox320 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Well organized race with lots of nice swag like gloves and beanies to wear for the cool early morning start. Great course down Bear Creek Canyon! MORE

    Well organized race with lots of nice swag like gloves and beanies to wear for the cool early morning start. Great course down Bear Creek Canyon!

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    Let me start by saying I had VERY high expectations for this race - both of the race itself and of myself and my performance. I trained for months, specifically … MORE

    Let me start by saying I had VERY high expectations for this race – both of the race itself and of myself and my performance. I trained for months, specifically doing downhill runs to prep myself and hopefully run this as my “A” race of the year and try to qualify for Boston. Spoiler: it didn’t happen. The course is absolutely beautiful and can definitely be fast – but it can also hinder you. I really thought I was prepared – I ran multiple long runs on downhill routes and everything. BUT 26 miles of downhill is tough on you – after 17 miles of beautiful fast running where I felt great – I started getting serious stomach issues and ended up on the side of the road vomiting at 22.5 – I think the downhill and too much water did me in. That being said though, had that not happened, I truly think it would’ve gone great. Be prepared for some BIG hills from miles 11.5 through 16 (it’s rolling – but the ups are significant), but after that it goes back to downhill all the way to finish – with the exception of the actual finish chute being uphill. Absolutely gorgeous scenery the ENTIRE race which is awesome (although that 11.5-16 section you’re right on the shoulder of a busy highway that IS open – your lane is blocked off – but just detracts from the scenery for a bit). So overall, I give myself a bad review, but this race gets a good review. Note: This was also the year the half marathon got cancelled due to not enough buses – I know that was a huge problem – however running the full, I wasn’t even aware of it until after the race and from my end of the spectrum everything seemed fine. I truly think it was all on the busing company – and I’m pretty sure Revel will NOT be using that company again next year after the debacle (and I’m sure loss of money!) that caused!

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    PRODUCTION
    4
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    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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