Yes, the marathon is a USATF certified Boston-qualifying marathon course.
Runners must complete the race in less than 6.5 hours.
Yes, there is a cap of 1,000 total participants that will be allowed to participate in this race. This cap of 1,000 total runners is not to be confused with the registration goal of 499 runners which must be met by May 18th in order for the race to proceed.
If the goal of 499 registrants is not hit by midnight on May 18th, the race will be cancelled and those who are registered will receive a complete refund. In other words, the race will only proceed if 499 runners register by May 18th. Registered runners are therefore encouraged to wait to book travel plans until receiving confirmation that the goal has been met. If (and only if) the race reaches its goal of 499 registered runners by May 18th, additional runners (up to 1,000 total) will be allowed to register for the race through August 27th.
Unlike other REVEL races, it will NOT be possible to withdraw from this race and receive a refund; nor will it be possible to defer your entry to a future REVEL race. Once registration is complete, your entry is locked in and cannot be undone. However, it will be possible to transfer your entry to another individual per usual at REVEL events. See the Transfer page for additional details.
Because this race is being capped at an extremely low participant count, we fully anticipate that the event will occur. Steps are being taken to ensure that we adhere to all permit and health department guidelines. However, in the extremely unlikely scenario that the race is forced to cancel due to COVID-19 restrictions, all participants will receive a full refund.
If the race is cancelled for any other reason not related to the COVID-19 pandemic (such as weather conditions) refunds will not be issued. Under this scenario, runners would receive a partial credit of their registration fees that may be used towards future REVEL races.
The entire policy can be seen on the Transfer page.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions there will not be a traditional large pre-race expo. Instead, runners will need to attend a simple packet pickup between 12:00 to 6:00PM on Friday, August 27th. If you are unable to attend the packet pickup in person, select the "Mailed Packet" option during registration to have your packet mailed directly to you roughly 10 days prior to the race for an additional fee.
Runners will be allowed to use earphones on the course. However, for your safety we highly recommend that you keep the volume of your music low enough to still be aware of your surroundings, as police officers, volunteers, or emergency vehicles may need to get your attention at some point along the course.
Because of both logistical and liability issues, we are not currently allowing strollers on the buses or in the event. We're sorry that we are not able to accommodate you at this point, but will keep these requests in mind for future years.
You will receive an email within a week after the race to view and download your race photos. They will be stored on your results page so that you can always access them in the future.
The entire race is run on paved surfaces.
Because the race is significantly downhill, the cardiovascular requirements are largely minimized. Additionally, atmospheric oxygen levels will increase as runners descend the course, allowing runners to benefit from increased oxygen intake as they progress in the race. Based on the experiences of runners coming from lower elevation in previous years at other REVEL events, altitude has not been a factor and many have been able to achieve personal records by significant amounts.
Increased speed on a downhill slope also increases footstrike impact and works your muscles differently compared to running on flat surfaces or uphill slopes. The bottom line is that if you prepare by following a few simple training guidelines that are specific to downhill racing, you will be able to take full advantage of this course without adverse effects. See our Training page for more specific and comprehensive advice on preparing for a downhill race.