2015 REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon
Published: Sept. 12, 2015, 7:26 p.m.
Describe your race day.
The views through the canyon were so beautiful the didn't even look real. I loved running the first 9 with my friend and taking in scenery. Revel really seems to care about its racers.
Did you PR?
I did but only because it was my first marathon.
How would you describe the course?
A mostly downhill course with dramatic views of the Wasatch Forest with a smooth, well-marked course.
Tell us about your training.
I did a three day a week training plan that I liked a lot but my area in Michigan did not make it possible to fully prepare for how downhill some of the course was.
What advice would you give future runners?
Stay in on of the hotels that are partners with the race. Ours offered a shuttle right out the front door. Be prepared to sit in the cold before starting for a long time (we waited close to two hours). I'm glad I had worn clothes to wear while waiting because it started cool and warmed up quickly.
What fun things did you do in the area before or after the race?
I came from Michigan on Thursday. When I arrived I drove to Pocatello, Idaho because I had never been to the state. Thursday night I picked up friends from Denver, one who also ran the marathon with me. Friday we went to the expo then drove the course. We stopped and had dinner at Silver Fork. We then drive into Salt Lake City and visited the Temple compound, the Capitol and The Cathedral of Madeleine. We did a lot of walking (probably not wise but it's so beautiful here!) I fly home Sunday morning but would come back to hike and explore more.