REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon & Half
The marathon begins on Guardsman Pass and runs straight downhill among the canyon cliffs. After exiting the pass the route proceeds around the Brighton Loop at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon followed by gorgeous views of Big Cottonwood Creek for nearly 15 miles to the mouth of the canyon. Runners enjoy an average 5% grade during this stretch. Make sure you train appropriately for this downhill section as downhill running works your muscles differently than flat or uphill.
After exiting the canyon the marathon course heads north for an out-and-back on Wasatch Boulevard to the edge of the Old Mill Golf Course. With the road completely closed to all traffic and reserved solely for the marathon, runners will be able to witness incredible views of the Salt Lake Valley and cheer on their fellow runners as they pass going the opposite way. This stretch of the marathon is relatively flat with slight rolling hills.
After the out-and-back the marathon course returns to the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon and enters the city of Cottonwood Heights, following the same downhill course as the half marathon to finish at the Union Park Center.
The marathon course is USATF certified with number UT15006KH and is one of the fastest Boston Marathon qualifying races in the country.
The half marathon begins at the Mill D parking area just below Spruces Campground in Big Cottonwood Canyon, and runs straight downhill among the canyon cliffs and alongside Big Cottonwood Creek for nearly 10 miles to the mouth of the canyon.
After exiting the canyon the course is straight, downhill, and fast, without a single turn on the entire course and a continual slope down to the finish. At the mouth of the canyon runners will continue straight onto Fort Union Boulevard and continue due west to the finish line at the Union Park Center.
The half marathon course is USATF certified with number UT14008KH.