Haley Smith

2017 REVEL Big Cottonwood Half Marathon
Published: Sept. 10, 2017, 10:43 a.m.
  1. Overall Rating

    5/5 Stars

  2. Describe your race day.

    I signed up for Revel Big Cottonwood to run my first half marathon and couldn't have had a better experience! The course is incredible! You run down Big Cottonwood canyon and can't stop looking at the vast rocks, changing colors of the leaves, and even the sunrise in the sky is breathtaking! The whole race is extremely organized, these guys know what they're doing! All of the race info was very clear and communicated well, this made me feel comfortable and prepared for my race! The day of was a blast! One of the most fun things I've done! The volunteers and Revel staff were energetic and made the atmosphere so exciting! I loved how there was music at the beginning and they really took care of us with aid stations along the course!! I LOVE my medal! It's huge and makes me very proud. I felt taken care of, and had the best race ever! I would recommend this race to anyone and will definitely be signing up again next year!

  3. Did you PR?

    Yes! Finished about 10 minutes earlier than I was expecting!

  4. How would you describe the course?

    GORGEOUS. So fun

  5. Tell us about your training.

    I trained running down big cottonwood each Saturday and felt very prepared for the course and acclimated to the downhill terrain. The farthest I ran before the race was 9 miles and I felt prepared and strong the whole race.

  6. What advice would you give future runners?

    I'm so glad I trained running downhill and trained on the course! Be prepared for the last 3 miles to be rough with a little up hill and flat stretches, and then the steepest downhill.

  7. What fun things did you do in the area before or after the race?

    Loved the music at the beginning, had fun taking pictures and cheering on the other runners! I wish The wouldn't have shooed me away from the finish line as I was finishing on the other runners, but that is my only complaint. :)


  1. Haley Smith
    Sept. 10, 2017, 10:44 a.m.

    Thanks for a great time! So glad I did it!

  2. Haley Smith
    Sept. 10, 2017, 10:44 a.m.

    Thanks for a great time! So glad I did it!

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