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April 12, 2018

REVEL Big Bear

We are excited to announce a new location in the REVEL Race Series! Join us on Sunday, Oct 14, 2018 for the Inaugural REVEL Big Bear Marathon & Half. Starting in the beautiful forests near Big Bear and running downhill to end in Redlands, CA, this course offers the signature downhill profile and beautiful mountain scenery that REVELers have come to love.

Marathon Net Drop: -5,083 ft
Half Net Drop: -3161 ft
Elevation ProfileAdd REVEL Big Bear to your running schedule and register by May 1 to save up to $25. Use code EARLY at checkout to save $10 and combine that with the Facebook and team discounts to get a total of $25 off your registration!

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This new event also counts toward the 2018 Triple REVELer medal. Run 3 out of the 6 REVEL Races in 2018 (half or full) and receive a special edition Triple REVELer medal. Your bling awaits! 

April 9, 2018

REVEL Mt Hood

If you haven't registered yet, don't miss out on early bird pricing! Make sure to register by 11:59 PM TOMORROW before the prices go up $10 on the marathon and half.

Don't miss out on this inaugural fast and beautiful race happening on Saturday, July 28, 2018. 

Register for REVEL Mt Hood 

April 6, 2018
The Run Down - REVEL Race Series Newsletter Aprll 2018

Mt Charleston Course Preview

Training Tip

A course strategy – and overall race strategy – is a must for optimal performance on race day. Whether this is your first REVEL Mt Charleston race and your goal is simply to finish, or you are a veteran aiming for a PR or BQ, you should have a well-planned strategy for how you intend to manage the course!

The head coach of REVEL’s Online Coaching Program, who has run a Boston Qualifying time in all the REVEL marathons, has prepared a detailed description of the 2018 Mt Charleston Marathon and Half-Marathon courses. Read More

For a training plan that is designed specifically for REVEL downhill courses, consider the REVEL Online Coaching Program, which is designed by 14-time REVEL Marathon Finisher and Coach Paul Carmona, who has run multiple Boston Qualifiers on every REVEL course!

Mt Hood & Big Cottonwood Price increase

REVEL Rockies

REVEL Mt Hood in Portland and REVEL Big Cottonwood in Salt Lake have a $10 price increase on April 10! Don't let these savings run away, register today. Mt Hood is new this year and held on July 28. Don't miss out on being a Legacy runner there! Big Cottonwood is the first REVEL event that started it all and is held on September 8.

Register for Mt Hood

 

Register for Big Cottonwood

Seeking Youth Running Coaches

Launch Team

Salt Lake Launch Team is seeking volunteer coaches for their summer youth training program. No formal coaching experience is required. Just a desire to pass your love of running on to the youth participants. Visit thelaunchteam.org for all the details and to sign up!

Mt Charleston Las Vegas Strip Bus Tickets

Charter Bus

Are you staying on the Las Vegas Strip and looking for a more convenient way to get to the event? Purchase a roundtrip bus ticket and you'll be picked up and dropped off at the Strip.

Bus loading will occur from 3:30 to 4am in front of Bally's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino on Saturday, April 28, 2018. These buses will take you directly to the half or full start line. Spectators should not take these buses as it will leave them stranded at the start line. Buses will make the return trip from the finish line to the Strip (Bally's) every hour. Without this ticket, you will take the free bus from the event parking to the start line race morning.

Race Calendar

Apr. 28, 2018 REVEL Mt Charleston
Las Vegas, NV
Jun. 3, 2018 REVEL Rockies
Denver, CO
Jul. 28, 2018 REVEL Mt Hood
Portland, OR

Price Increase Apr. 10, 2018!

Sep. 8, 2018 REVEL Big Cottonwood
Salt Lake City, UT

Price Increase Apr. 10, 2018!

Nov. 3, 2018 REVEL Mt Lemmon
Tucson, AZ
TBA REVEL Canyon City
Los Angeles, CA

Merchandise Highlight

BQ Shirt

Celebrate your Boston qualifying time with a super soft tri-blend t-shirt for every day wear. BQ with the REVEL logo printed on the front. REVEL Boston Qualifier written on the left sleeve.

Buy In Shop

The Desk Works

Scott James Sport Jewelry

Visit The Desk Works, next to the results table to engrave your medals and immortalize your accomplishment with your finish time!

Scott James Sport Jewelry Partner

Scott James Sport Jewelry

Official REVEL Race Series charms have arrived! Click HERE to check out the brand new collection! You’ve trained hard, sweat a lot, and it’s almost time to watch it all pay off. Commemorate the big race day for yourself or a loved one with a REVEL logo AND race specific charm – just in time for the Mt. Charleston race!

AfterShokz Headphones

AfterShokz headphones don’t sit inside your ears. They don’t sit over your ears. They don’t even play music the same way your other headphones do. AfterShokz headphones have an open-ear design to take in all that pushes you, from your motivational playlists to the crowds cheering at the finish line. It’s time to remove the earbuds and take in all that motivates you with AfterShokz.

Intermountain Alta View Hospital

Intermountain

Giftcard giveaway! We're planning our community classes for the summer and fall, and we need your help. What health-related topics do you want to hear about? Share in the comments on our Facebook post for a chance to win a $50 Target giftcard. Winners will be announced next week. If you've never attended one of our classes before, they are free where a healthcare provider discusses a health topic.

Powerade

Mirror Lake

Powerade, the fuel to power through. Look for Powerade at all our REVEL Race aid stations.

Rapid Reboot

Rapid Reboot

No matter your sport or level, you can train like world-class Olympic and professional athletes by supercharging your recovery with the Rapid Reboot recovery system – the only system that offers the most quality for the best price, the widest range of sizes for the best fit and best results, and the highest flow rate of any pump, allowing it to attain higher pressures and faster cycle times. Rapid Reboot also features a wide range of pressures, a heavy-duty pump, three simple time settings for easy use, automatic shut-off, two different modes for specific results, different boot sizes for the best fit, triangular foot compartment compresses for maximum comfort, integrated hoses for ease-of-use, and a padded travel case.

doTERRA Deep Blue Rub on the course

doTERRA Deep Blue

doTERRA is thrilled to team with REVEL in 2018! As you run the REVEL courses, you will find doTERRA® Deep Blue along the way. It just may be the difference in reaching your PR! This topical cream formulated with Deep Blue Soothing Blend of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils, natural plant extracts, and helpful ingredients provides comforting sensations of cooling and warmth to tightening legs and aching muscles.

Facebook Live

Join us every Wednesday at 7:00 pm Central Time for our NEW Facebook Live series. Each week our Online Coach, Paul will provide the latest training tips, exercises and statistics to get you through race day. The second Wednesday of each month will feature our REVEL Staff where you can ask questions about everything you want to know about REVEL!

Random Race Entry Giveaway

Greg Bulla

Congratulations to Grep Bulla who ran the 2017 REVEL Mt Lemmon Marathon. He was randomly selected as the winner of a FREE race entry to any 2018 REVEL event. Keep your eyes out each month to see if you're the next random winner. Greg, email revel@runrevel.com to claim your prize.

 
 
April 5, 2018

A course strategy – and overall race strategy – is a must for optimal performance on race day. Whether this is your first REVEL Mt Charleston race and your goal is simply to finish, or you are veteran aiming for a PR or BQ, you should have a well-planned strategy for how you intend to manage the course!

The head coach of REVEL’s Online Coaching Program, who has run a Boston Qualifying time in all the REVEL marathons, has prepared a detailed description of the 2018 Mt Charleston Marathon and Half-Marathon courses.

Managing the Course Based On Segments

A critical component of your strategy is the course profile itself. Where are the sharp descents? Where are the climbs? Where does the course “flatten” a bit?

You definitely want to plan your race with course segments in mind, and with an overall strategy for varying paces throughout. Your varied paces will be dictated by the elevation losses and gains, and you want to know before the race where those variations will occur.

Generally, the Mt Charleston Marathon course can be divided into seven sections:

  1. Mile 1: Warmup
  2. Miles 2-4: Swift Downhill
  3. Mile 5: Tiny Loop (with two short climbs)
  4. Miles 6-21: Steady and Fast
  5. Miles 22-23: Flatten Out
  6. Mile 24: Get Past This Short Climb
  7. Miles 25-26.2: Pick It Up for the Finish

The Mt Charleston Half-Marathon course can be divided into four similar sections:

  1. Miles 1-8: Swift Downhill
  2. Miles 9-10: Flatten Out
  3. Mile 11: Get Past This Short Climb
  4. Miles 12-13.1: Pick It Up for the Finish

You can study the courses yourself on the REVEL website. You can zoom in, use the interactive elevation chart, and get a feel for what lays ahead of you on race day.

If possible, you should drive the course before race day to get a feel for what the segments look and feel like. Knowing what to expect, and when, is helpful when preparing your course strategy.

The marathon and half-marathon courses are summarized below based on the segments described above.

THE MARATHON COURSE

Mile 1: Warmup

Starting at almost 7,600’ elevation, the start of the marathon is adjacent to the Mt Charleston Lodge on Kyle Canyon Road. The first 1/3 mile is a small loop on the road adjacent to the Lodge, and it is extremely narrow with a short climb. Once you make the turn on that loop, you will be heading back toward the start line. Then, after you pass the Lodge, the next 1/4 mile climbs almost 60’ as you exit the starting area. This definitely should be just a nice easy warmup for you. Start out nice and slow, and conserve your energy. After you get past this first .60 miles, the rest of mile 1 descends about 100’ of elevation with zero climbing.

Miles 2-4: Swift Downhill

After the mile 1 marker, the next 3 miles drop well over 770’ total, with an average of over 4% downhill grade and no climbing. This is a segment where you do not want to get caught up with the pace of other runners if they are passing you. You still have many miles to go, and you want to conserve your energy for the miles ahead. If you feel yourself working too hard, then simply slow down.

Mile 5: Tiny Loop (with two short climbs)

Just past mile 4, there is a climb of about 40’ as you approach The Mt Charleston Resort on your right. Once you pass the Resort, this short climb is over. Not long after that, just before mile 5, you will reach a roundabout (traffic circle) at the entrance to the United States Forest Service’s Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway. At this point, the course diverts from the main road – Kyle Canyon Road – into the visitor center parking lot. You will make a counter-clockwise loop around the parking lot before re-entering the main road again.

The loop around the visitor center begins at precisely mile 5 of the marathon. It ends at almost mile 5.25, so the total distance around the parking area is less than 1/4 mile. However, you will climb about 25’ for the first half of that loop, and then descend the same elevation as you exit the parking lot.

Miles 6-21: Steady and Fast

When you exit the visitor center parking area, you will be at roughly 6,600’ of elevation. For the next 16 miles, you will lose approximately 3,700’ of elevation. That’s an average of over 4% elevation loss per mile, which makes this course so extremely fast. More importantly, there is only one climb in that entire stretch, and it happens about mile 12.5. That one is a short but very visible climb that is over fairly quickly: the entire climb is only about 1/8 of a mile long. Be wary of a sensation of “running too fast” in this entire stretch of the race. If you feel out of control, or if you feel yourself working “too hard” while running downhill, then slow down.

Miles 22-23: Flatten Out

Just past mile 21, you will make a right turn onto the frontage road along U.S. 95. After the previous 16 miles of steady downhill, you will certainly feel how the 4% downhill grade quickly becomes a 2% downhill grade. Keep in mind that you will still lose about 200’ of elevation in this stretch of the race, with no elevation gain. However, the flatter terrain will make it feel like climbing.

Mile 24: Get Past This Short Climb

Just past mile 23.2, with only three miles to go, you will make a right turn onto Grand Teton Drive. The elevation at that turn is 2,658’. Then you will run a short - but steep - climb to Fort Apache Road, where you will turn left. From that turn onto Fort Apache, it is just over a half-mile to “top out” a slow climb to mile 23.94, where the elevation is 2,690’. After that, the course begins the gradual descent to the finish.

Miles 25-26.2: Pick It Up for the Finish

Once you reach mile 24, you can say to yourself "now downhill to the finish!" The elevation loss from mile 24 to the finish is over 170’ – a nice downhill for your final 1.2 miles! Better yet, you will encounter terrific crowds who will cheer you towards the finish line of the fast and beautiful Mt Charleston Marathon!

Summary of the Marathon Course

The Mt Charleston Marathon course loses more than 5,100’ of elevation from start to finish. Over the 26.2-mile course, you likely will surprise yourself with your speed on the downhill segments. Although it is generally true that you never want to "go out too fast" in the opening miles of a marathon, remember that gravity is your friend, and you want to take advantage of the benefits of downhill running.

THE HALF-MARATHON COURSE

Miles 1-8: Swift Downhill

Starting at over 4,500’ of elevation, the course drops almost 1,600’ from the start to mile 8, with zero elevation gain in that stretch. That is an average of about 200' per mile, which is a significant but manageable descent each mile. You will want to manage the early part of this downhill segment by easing into your pace, settling in for the long haul, and letting gravity pull you along at a comfortably fast pace. You should not feel as if you are running “too hard” or “too fast.” If you do, then you should ease back a bit and aim for a “comfortably hard” pace.

Miles 9-10: Flatten Out

Just past mile 8, you will make a right turn onto the frontage road along U.S. 95. After more than 8 miles of steady downhill, you will certainly feel how the 4% downhill grade quickly becomes a 2% downhill grade. Keep in mind that you will still lose about 200’ of elevation in this stretch of the race, with no elevation gain. However, the flatter terrain will make it feel like climbing.

Mile 11: Get Past This Short Climb

Just past mile 10, with about 3 miles to go, you will make a right turn onto Grand Teton Drive. The elevation at that turn is 2,658’. Then you will run a short - but steep - climb to Fort Apache Road, where you will turn left. From that turn onto Fort Apache, it is just over a half-mile to “top out” a slow climb to mile 10.8, where the elevation is 2,690’. After that, the course begins the gradual descent to the finish.

Miles 12-13.1: Pick It Up for the Finish

Once you reach mile 11, you can say to yourself "now downhill to the finish!" The elevation loss from mile 11 to the finish is over 170’ – a nice downhill for your final 1.1 miles! Better yet, you will encounter terrific crowds who will cheer you towards the finish line of the fast and beautiful Mt Charleston Half-Marathon!

Summary of the Half-Marathon Course

The Mt Charleston Half-Marathon course loses 2,000’ of elevation from start to finish. With an average loss of more than 150’ per mile, this one of the fastest half-marathon courses you will ever run. Over the 13.1-mile course, you likely will surprise yourself with your speed on the downhill segments.

Paul Carmona is the Online REVEL Coach who has designed training plans specifically for REVEL downhill courses. He is a 14-time REVEL Marathon Finisher and has run multiple Boston Qualifiers on every REVEL course!

March 19, 2018
Free 1 day Fitcon pass for 2018 registered REVEL runners when you show your race registration receipt and photo ID at the ticket booth. Be sure to stop by our REVEL Expo Booth #342 to save $20 off your next REVEL Race. 

 

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