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Oct. 10, 2018

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Oct. 1, 2018
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$10 Price Increase on Tuesday!
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Don't miss out! Make sure to register by 11:59 PM TOMORROW before the prices go up $10.

This fast and beautiful race is happening on Saturday, November 3, 2018. 

Register for REVEL Mt Lemmon

Sept. 29, 2018

Order A Giant Head Cutout

We've added a fun new item to our shop: custom giant head cutouts! Order today and your spectators will be able to wave your face as they cheer you along. Upload the image you want to use and we'll have it ready for you to pick up at the expo. Click here to order now!

Spectator Parking

Race participants will not be allowed to park at or near the finish venue. All participants must park at the designated parking area at 650 E Hospitality Lane, San Bernardino, CA 92408. Participants will be bused from this location to their respective start lines. A shuttle will then return participants from the finish line back to the parking area after the race. The shuttle service will not be available for spectators.

Spectators will be allowed to park in the area surrounding the finish venue. Please tell your fan club to plan to park in the parking lot immediately north of the Redlands Sports Park at 1790 Dearborn St, Redlands, CA 92374. If this parking lot fills, spectators should park on the city streets (Dearborn St and San Bernardino Ave) near the finish venue.

Cheering Locations

Unfortunately due to special traffic patterns along the majority of the course, spectators will not be allowed to cheer you on until after mile 24 of the marathon (mile 11 of the half marathon). As there is no parking allowed anywhere along the course, spectators are encouraged to stake out a spot near the finish line to cheer you on.

Sept. 27, 2018
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Important Parking Updates

Race week is right around the corner and we want to provide you with specific details on race day parking to make your race morning smooth! Participant parking is NOT available at the finish venue. All runners should park at the designated parking area located at 650 E Hospitality Ln. San Bernardino, CA 92408. You will board your bus to be taken to the start line from this location. 

Marathon and half marathon participants will board buses in two separate locations within in the parking area. All participants must take the bus and your bib is the ticket to board the bus. Don't be late. There is no parking at the start lines, and participants may not be dropped off at the start venues.

Marathon buses will load from the NE corner of the lot on E Carnegie Dr and will depart from 4:00-4:45 AM. Half marathon buses will load from the SW corner of the lot on E Hospitality Ln and will depart from 4:30-5:15 AM.

Post Race Shuttle

From approximately 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM there will be a continuous shuttle that will take participants from the finish venue back to their cars at the designated parking area. Runners can board the shuttles at the west end of the race finish venue at the corner of Dearborn St & San Bernardino Ave. 

Spectator Parking

Spectators WILL be allowed to park in the area surrounding the finish venue. Please tell your fan club to plan to park in the parking lot immediately north of the Redlands Sports Park at 1790 Dearborn St, Redlands, CA 92374. If this parking lot fills, spectators should park on the city streets (Dearborn St and San Bernardino Ave) near the finish venue.

Big Bear High School Shuttling 

For those participants staying in Big Bear, a roundtrip shuttle service is available from Big Bear High School. This shuttle will take runners from Big Bear High School to the race start lines before the race, and then return runners from the finish line back to the High School after the race. Tickets must be pre-purchased for this service. Tickets for this option can be purchased here. *Unless you pre-purchase this ticket, you must take the free shuttle service from the designated race parking area as explained above.

Sept. 24, 2018

REVEL Mt Lemmon

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

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

Managing the Course Based On Segments

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

You 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. Lemmon Marathon course can be divided into three sections:

Miles 1-4: The Very Slow Start

Miles 5-25: Blazing Fast 21 Miles

Miles 26-26.2: The Flat Finish

Similarly, the Mt. Lemmon Half-Marathon course can be divided into four sections:

Miles 1-2: The Gently Fast Start

Mile 3: Short Slowdown

Miles 4-12: PR Territory

Miles 13-13.1: The Flat 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

Miles 1-4: The Very Slow Start

Starting at almost 7,900’ elevation, the first 4 miles of the course are challenging, but with proper planning and strategy you can manage the slowdown that you almost certainly will experience here.

From the very start, the first half-mile of the race gains about 100’ of elevation, which is nearly identical to the famous “Heartbreak Hill” in The Boston Marathon. Mile 2 loses roughly 250’ of elevation and can be extremely fast, with an overall downhill grade of -4.7%.

Miles 3 and 4 are where you can expect to slow down the most. Mile 3 gains over 290’ of elevation, and that is at altitude of roughly 8,000’. Breathing will be difficult, and the climbing will be tough. Mile 4 offers a little less of a challenge, but it still has about 150’ of gain.

Allow yourself to slow down in these climbing miles. You still have many miles to go, and you want to conserve your energy for the next 22+ miles ahead, which are all remarkably fast and markedly downhill.

Miles 5-25: Blazing Fast 21 Miles

The elevation at mile 4 is approximately 8,174’. Over the distance of the next 21 miles, all the way to mile 25, you will lose over 5,220 feet. That is almost 250’ per mile, with a downhill grade of -4.7% per mile.

Resist the urge to chase people if they pass you. While you want to take advantage of gravity, 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.

There is no question that this 21-mile section is what makes Mt. Lemmon a fast race. Every mile in this stretch, except for miles 9 and 16, drops more than 200’ per mile, with most well over 220’.

Speaking of miles 9 and 16, there are a couple of short but steep climbs in those sections. At mile 8.6 and again at mile 15.7, you will encounter two climbs (around 55’ and 88’, respectively) that will slow you down a bit, but overall your pace in those sections will still be faster than what you encountered in the climbs inside the first 4 miles.

Miles 26-26.2: The Flat Finish

After mile 25, the course flattens out a bit compared to the prior 21 miles, especially in the final half-mile of the race. Although the course does continue to drop, you will notice the flatter sections of the finish.

Summary of the Marathon Course

The Mt. Lemmon Marathon course loses almost 5,200’ of elevation from start to finish, but actually loses more than that (5,463’) from mile 4 to the finish. Over the 26.2-mile course, you likely will surprise yourself with your speed on the downhill segments. After the anticipated slow miles from the start up to mile 4, remember that gravity is your friend for the next 22+ miles. Take advantage of the benefits of downhill running!

The Half-Marathon Course

Miles 1-2: The Gently Fast Start

Starting at 5,860’ of elevation, the course drops over 270’ from the start to mile 1, and then loses another 210’ from mile 1 to mile 2. That is a comfortable and manageable descent for your first two miles. You will want to manage the early downhill 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.

Mile 3: Short Slowdown

Not long after you pass the 2-mile mark, around mile 2.1, your elevation will be 5,375’. Over the next half-mile, up to mile 2.6, you will drop to 5,181’, which is a loss of over 190’ in a half-mile. That is a big drop. However, from mile 2.6 to mile 2.75, you will climb almost 90’ to 5,269’.

You can expect a short slowdown in the second half of mile 3 due to the short, but steep, climb. You will need to “switch gears” to a slower pace based on even effort, and should be prepared to run slightly slower than your goal pace on the uphill segment. Remember, this is still very early in the race, and you have downhill miles ahead where you can expect to speed up significantly.

Miles 4-12: PR Territory

This is where your half-marathon personal record (PR) will be made. Miles 4-12 all totaled lose more than 2,400’ of elevation, which is nearly 270’ per mile. If you are keeping tabs on your pace, don’t be surprised to see that you have picked up significant speed. This is where gravity is your friend, and you will want to take advantage of the favorable downhill miles. However, be wary of a sensation of “running too fast.” If you feel out of control, or if you feel yourself working “too hard” while running downhill, then slow down.

Miles 13-13.1: The Flat Finish

The final 1.1 miles of the course are relatively flat. The elevation loss essentially is roughly 60’ for the entire final 1.1 miles of the course.

Summary of the Half-Marathon Course

The Mt. Lemmon Half-Marathon course loses more than 3,100’ of elevation from start to finish. With an average loss of around 240' per mile (a grade of -4.5%), 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 "faster than normal" pace on the downhill segments.

Paul Carmona

Paul Carmona is the Online REVEL Coach who has designed training plans specifically for REVEL downhill courses. He is an 18-time REVEL Marathon Finisher and has run multiple Boston Qualifiers on every REVEL course that he has run, with his current streak at 16 BQs in a row at REVEL marathons!

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