2016 REVEL Big Cottonwood Half Marathon
Published: Sept. 11, 2016, 2:34 p.m.
Describe your race day.
I loved this race. I'm a brand new runner and this experience definitely fed my desire to keep running and training. If all races were like Revel's Big Cottonwood... The route is breathtakingly beautiful, fast, and a joy to run. I loved watching the sun rise in to the valley below us, and listening to the river rushing down the canyon. It was truly an unforgettable experience. Also, the number of volunteers was astounding. I was a bit emotional at times thinking about all their efforts. I could not have done what I did without them. A HUGE THANKS TO THEM ALL!!!!
Did you PR?
Technically...I DID PR, but only because this was my first half marathon. When I run it next year, I'm confident I'll get a genuine PR!
How would you describe the course?
The scenery is ridiculously gorgeous. It's easy to be in awe while you're running this course. The grade of the run is steep at times, but if one trains for downhill, it's not too much. It makes the flat parts unbearable though. Lol!
Tell us about your training.
As a local, I trained in the canyon for weeks before the race. I also trained for triathlons all summer, so I felt pretty good going in to this race, but the distance was a first for me. Even my training runs had never exceeded 11.25 miles, so it was obvious to me that the grade was a HUGE help to me. My advice to others wanting to give this race a try is train downhill and be steady in your training. No gaps in your runs!
What advice would you give future runners?
It's COLD at the start! Dress in layers and plan to donate your layers as you strip them off along the route. You get to be warm and help others too! That's a big win/win! Also, do NOT do anything different or new on race day (eating/nutrition, insoles, sports bra,etc.), that makes for a gamble that almost never pays off! Also, if you're traveling to Utah, don't waste the trip...see the sights! It's a gorgeous state!!!
What fun things did you do in the area before or after the race?
I'm a local so I got a much needed pedicure after the race!!!! Pretty toes again!