Overall Rating
Overall Rating (7 Reviews)
4.1
(7 Ratings)(7 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.1
SCENERY
4.9
PRODUCTION
4.3
SWAG
3.9
The Utah Valley Marathon is a fast paced scenic course that begins in Wallsburg, Utah, running into Provo Canyon and features much of the diverse scenery offered in Utah County. Marathon runners will run along canyon roads that follow the Provo River. The race course has spectacular views of Bridal … MORE
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    thestudadam FIRST-TIMER '18

    I really really enjoyed this race, it had a lot of unique things that I had not experienced in a race before and of course setting a new half marathon … MORE

    I really really enjoyed this race, it had a lot of unique things that I had not experienced in a race before and of course setting a new half marathon PR after more than 4 years since I had set my previous PR leaves you with really good feelings in regards to a race.

    I flew in to Salt Lake City on Friday afternoon, got picked up by my cousin at the airport and drove straight to Provo so I could pick up my packet at the EXPO. Plan on at least 45 minutes to an hour to Provo from the airport.

    EXPO: The expo was quite small and so was the parking lot associated with it, although parking was free. Packet pick up was quick and easy and had several freebies in the bag. Overall nothing special about the expo other than a few booths but it is a small race so it is about what you would expect.

    T-Shirts/SWAG: The T shirt for this race is a little unique, it had bright red sleeves and a black shirt. The Utah Valley logo on the front and giant “Pain You Enjoy” letters on the back. I actually like the shirt in the sense that it stands out from the rest of my race shirts but i definitely heard some complaints that people didn’t care for it. The race medal was really nice, it is a large spinner medal so the outside of the medal is a solid ring with a disc in the middle that can spin. Another unique addition to my collection, the only negative would be that it doesn’t have anywhere to have my name and PR time engraved but I still really like it. Another thing they do that I liked is that the race bib isn’t simply a rectangle. The top of the bib is jagged and has a mountainous design, I have done a few other races that did something unique like this but little touches like this are things that I love about a race.

    PARKING/ACCESS: This is a point to point course so you park near the finish and take a bus up to the start in the mountains. Parking was at a shopping mall and more than abundant. The buses were easy to find and had plenty of room although I got there pretty early so there wasn’t much of a line yet. Once on the bus you drive up a highway into the mountains where they drop you off at the start area. There were plenty of outhouses at the start, especially if you kept walking towards the start line from the drop off area and didn’t just stop at the first one you found. One thing to know though is that even during the summer it gets very cold up there at 4:30 am, waiting for the 6am start time. They do however have camp fire barrels set up along the start area to keep warm which I really welcomed. They had a big truck right by the start line to check your bag which really just meant have your bag labeled and throw it in the back of a UPS truck but that did allow you to keep your warm up clothes on until only 10-15 minutes before the race. As for getting back to your car after the race the finish and the parking lot are over a mile apart and while you could walk it they do have buses to get you there which were easy to use.

    Course/Aid Stations/Elevation: Aid stations were spaced every 2 miles or so throughout the course and were well stocked with water and electrolytes. Because you are running through a canyon there isn’t much crowd support during the majority of the course until you get near Provo/the finish but you don’t really mind it. The canyon portion of the course is very pretty, there are waterfalls and nice views and while you are running the sun is rising so it only adds to the beauty. As for the elevation I found this to be the easiest elevation race I have ever run. It was almost entirely a very very gentle downhill with only 2 minor uphills. The great part about the downhills was that the gradient was so slight that it helped you keep running fast while never feeling like you were pounding your knees trying to slow yourself down as you would if you were running down a steeper hill. The only reason I didn’t rate this as a 1 star elevation difficulty is that all downhill running can be very hard on your quads. I’m sure the people in the full marathon felt it, I didn’t have any issues during my race but during the next 1-3 days I thought it was weird that my quads were really sore until I realized that the elevation is what did it. I’m sure some people started to feel it during the race which could at least add a little difficulty. This race is made for you to PR and I managed to finish in 1:29:56 for a PR, finally breaking 1:30.

    Race Management: I really enjoyed the execution of this race. Busing to the start was smooth, fires and plenty of bathrooms at the start was great. They have a beautiful downtown finish location by the courthouse after you pass by BYU (the edge of campus so unless you know its there you wouldn’t assume it was a university you were passing). They have several other nice touches like a PR gong which you can ring, you tube videos of the finish so that you can see how you finished, and FREE pictures. They had finish time printouts which you could get to show your results.They also had lots of free food at the finish including Popsicles and cinnabon. The bag pickup area is a little concerning because they just lay everyone’s bags out and you just grab yours with no real security but it didn’t seem to be an issue.

    I do want so give one final shout out to the race management for going above and beyond for me. For the first time in my life I placed in my age group at a race but I didn’t realize that they gave awards out all the way to 5th in your age group instead of 3rd so after my wife finished we went home. I later realized that if I had waited around for 15 more minutes I would have received by age group award but by that time I had already flow home to Washington state, after several emails I was able to get a hold of the race director who I offered to send money to in order to ship me my plaque. They said they would figure something out and then shipped it to me for free. I know it only cost them a few dollars but it did take their time and it was just a really nice gesture on their part which I appreciate. I have my eye on this race for future years when I might try to get my full marathon BQ here.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
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    pkroon FIRST-TIMER '18

    This race has a sunrise start in the mountains, meaning a super-early arrival at the boarding zone for the shuttles. Plan accordingly for the cold morning, but realize it will … MORE

    This race has a sunrise start in the mountains, meaning a super-early arrival at the boarding zone for the shuttles. Plan accordingly for the cold morning, but realize it will be hot at the end of the race down in the valley (there was about a 45 degree difference). I was glad a booth at the expo gave away space blankets which I had brought with me to the waiting area. There were campfire pits where the runners could huddle around to stay warm.

    The scenery is something else. The first 20 miles are all coming down the mountain, and the final 10K is through the urban sprawl around BYU. Aid stations were set up every couple miles, pretty much at every other mile marker, so it was easy to know when to expect water. The course is pretty much all downhill, so I elected to restrain my pace. I wasn’t able to ring the BQ or PR gong at the end, but I did complete my first a negative split marathon. If you do qualify for Boston, the race gives you another t-shirt celebrating this achievement. In the week leading up to the race, I sustained a strain on my knee. I feel fortunate I was able to complete this event without being 100%. After the race, the massage tents were worth the wait!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    M_Sohaskey Jun 23, 2018 at 1:18am

    As impressive as a PR or BQ would be, a negative split may be even more impressive — and especially running 26.2 miles downhill on a gimpy knee. Congrats on… MORE

    As impressive as a PR or BQ would be, a negative split may be even more impressive — and especially running 26.2 miles downhill on a gimpy knee. Congrats on reaching the finish despite your injury Peter, that's quite a feat. Rest and recover well before Chateau Grand Traverse, and thanks for another excellent review! LESS

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    djhelbert FIRST-TIMER '17

    The race starts early in the morning. Be prepared for cold weather because the start is higher in elevation than the finish. The course is mostly downhill with a few … MORE

    The race starts early in the morning. Be prepared for cold weather because the start is higher in elevation than the finish. The course is mostly downhill with a few moderate climbs. The medal was nice and they included a light jacket for their 10th anniversary. Aid stations every 2 miles a big plus.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3
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    janetharshman FIRST-TIMER '15

    My first FULL and not a disappointment. I wasn't truly ready as I had been sick and trained little due to an injury but I ran it any ways and … MORE

    My first FULL and not a disappointment. I wasn’t truly ready as I had been sick and trained little due to an injury but I ran it any ways and I am so glad I did. I FINISHED and that was all I expected of myself. Wasn’t pleased with the start due to where we had to wait but once we started it was great. Beautiful neighborhood and met a runner to keep pace with until mile 14. I am looking forward to running again.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    Donnald69 FIRST-TIMER '15

    Run in Provo, Utah, which has to be one of the most scenic cities in America. It was gorgeous. This was a point to point course, and starts early enough … MORE

    Run in Provo, Utah, which has to be one of the most scenic cities in America. It was gorgeous. This was a point to point course, and starts early enough in the morning that it was freezing! Wish I had taken plenty of warm clothing, but instead huddled up to one of the many bonfires the organizers had set close to the start line. I had read that it was a downhill, fast course, but this turned out to be a detriment to me. Did not train for so much downhill. The course itself was beautiful!! The whole way!! For 21 miles you run through some of the most scenic hills that Provo has to offer. The final 4-5 miles is pretty flat, right through downtown, people watching, so you don’t dare walk ( I did ). The expo was very small, but the few that were there gave out a few freebies. Although I have learned my lesson about downhill courses, I would love to return to this city and enjoy its beauty.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    bioprofsd FIRST-TIMER '15

    This was a point to point downhill course, so we had to catch a shuttle bus by 4:15 for a 6:00 a.m. start. I'm not sure why we had to … MORE

    This was a point to point downhill course, so we had to catch a shuttle bus by 4:15 for a 6:00 a.m. start. I’m not sure why we had to leave so early because we had to wait around for over an hour before the start. The organizers had set up campfires for the runners to warm up before the start, which was a nice idea, but the smoke was terrible. There weren’t very many spectators along the route, but the views of the Wasatch Mountains made up for it. The course started out with a steep downhill section and then flattened out for about the last 4-5 miles, which were through city streets in Provo. I thought the expo was very nice with Ryan Hall as one of the first speakers. If I had to do it over again, I’d still do it.

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    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3
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    wonderjess FIRST-TIMER '15

    This race is advertised as fast and breathtaking. It is a net downhill of about 2000 ft, and the views are pretty. It's also pretty damn hot in Utah in … MORE

    This race is advertised as fast and breathtaking. It is a net downhill of about 2000 ft, and the views are pretty. It’s also pretty damn hot in Utah in June.

    As a destination race, they make this pretty easy. Provo, Utah is an adorable little town, and they are happy to have the runners of this race – I think now in it’s 8th year. We found great restaurants in town – although liquor laws can be tricky if you’re looking to drink. The race itself is somewhat small, but because of the course, it draws some fast runners.

    The expo is tiny, but sufficient. Ryan Hall was the keynote speaker. Race swag is okay. The race shirt is gender specific – the additional branded gear was all by greenlayer, and pretty thick material. They also give you a nice bag that can be used for bag drop.

    Logistics. This is a point to point race, so you get bussed up to the top of the course. The only downside is that you have to catch the bus at 3:45-4:15 for a 6 am start. And woooo, is it chilly at the top! All other race administration went well – the volunteers are super, the aid stations were plentiful (every 2 miles till 23 and then every mile) and well-stocked. We got icees at mile 23 too!

    As for the course, it’s pretty. I’m spoiled, I live in CA, run in Marin. This is a different kind of pretty. I think I like the first half better. The roads were more residential, we saw horses, goats, cows, farms, people sat out on their driveway and cheered us on. The second half still had the beautiful mountains, but you are literally running on the highway – it’s divided and one whole side is shut down for the race. Then you run into Provo. You can see the finish when you’re about a mile and a half away. Which is tough!

    Overall, not my worst race, not my favorite. I wouldn’t got back and run it again, but I enjoyed myself.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    My Report
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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