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April 11, 2019
The Run Down - REVEL Race Series Newsletter April 2019

Mt Charleston Course Preview

REVEL Mt Charleston

A course strategy – and overall race strategy – is a must for optimal performance on race day. Whether this is your first REVEL Mt Charleston race and your goal is simply to finish, or you are veteran aiming for a PR or BQ, you should have a well-planned strategy for how you intend to manage the course! The head coach of REVEL’s Online Coaching Program, who has run a Boston Qualifying time in all the REVEL marathons, including all three Mt Charleston Marathons in 2016-18, has prepared a detailed description of the 2019 Mt Charleston Marathon and Half-Marathon courses.

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Big Cottonwood Price Increase

REVEL Big Cottonwood

Prices go up $10 on April 16 for REVEL Big Cottonwood in Salt Lake City. Big Cottonwood is where REVEL started. The beauty of Big Cottonwood is second to none. Don't miss out the 8th running of REVEL Big Cottonwood.

2020 REVEL Kulia Open For Registration

REVEL Big Cottonwood

REVEL Kulia registration is now open for 2020. Use code EARLY2 at checkout before April 14 to get $10 off. REVEL Kulia will be taking place on Saturday, January 18, 2020. The REVEL Kulia course boasts the most evelation drop of all the REVEL events. Combine that with a vacation to Hawaii and you can't go wrong.

Enterprise/National Car Rentals

Enterprise National

REVEL is excited to announce it has teamed up with Enterprise Rent-A-Car & National Car Rental to get you the best rate! Book your rental today at this link.

Honey Stinger

Honey Stingers

Honey Stinger is proud to be your official on-course nutrition for REVEL Mt. Charleston! Our great tasting, honey-based products make sure your fueled from start to finish. Make sure you’re ready for race day with these great fueling tips!

Things To Do - Big Cottonwood

Mill Creek

Just a few miles from the course of REVEL Big Cottonwood you will find Mill Creek Canyon. Filled with hikes, camping, pinic spots, and breathtaking views, it's a great spot for the entire family. It was named after all the mills that were once located in the densely forested canyon.

Race Calendar

Apr. 27, 2019 REVEL Mt Charleston
Las Vegas, NV
Jun. 2, 2019 REVEL Rockies
Denver, CO
Jun. 29, 2019 REVEL Mt Hood
Portland, OR
Aug. 17, 2019 REVEL Chilliwack
British Columbia, Canada
Sep. 14, 2019 REVEL Big Cottonwood
Salt Lake City, UT

Price Increase Mar 16!

Nov. 2, 2019 REVEL Mt Lemmon
Tucson, AZ
 Nov. 9, 2019 REVEL Big Bear (replaced Canyon City)
SoCal
Jan. 18 2020 REVEL Kulia
Big Island, Hawaii

Use code EARLY2 for $10 off

doTERRA

doTERRA

What are some ways you motivate yourself to RUN? Music? The final destination? Your running buddy? Runners are always looking for new ways to stay motivated. Have you ever tried using essential oils to help with motivation? If not, it’s time to try doTERRA Motivate®! When applied to your pulse points before any physical activity, this beautiful blend of Peppermint, Clementine, Yuzu, Melissa, Rosemary and Vanilla will promote feelings of confidence, courage, and belief. To learn more about doTERRA Motivate, click here.

Charity Donation Highlight

Drive Smart

REVEL Rockies has partnered with Drive Smart of the Rockies as the Official Charity Partner. The organizatoin is dedicated to preventing transportation related crashes, injuries and fatalities. This is achieved through educating all generations of drivers and passengers; changing attitudes, behaviors and practices leading to cultural change, safer roads and saved lives throughout Colorado's communities.

Runner Highlight

Jordan Ramirez

In 2015 at the age of 6, Jordan Ramirez ran his first Half Marathon at REVEL Canyon City. Last Saturday, Jordan, now 10 years old, completed 7 Marathons on 7 continents becoming the youngest person to do so. He did this in honor of fallen heroes in the military and first responders. We are very proud of Jordan and excited to see where he has come since his first race with REVEL.

Sprouts

Sprouts

REVEL is happy to announce our partnership with Sprouts Farmers Market. You will see them at our expo and our finish line providing great food and great service. Sprouts is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. Their welcoming stores offer a complete shopping experience and their friendly, knowledgeable and engaging team members are there to help you make healthier choices that are better for you and your budget. You'll see Sprouts debut at REVEL Mt. Charleston.

Team Highlight

50 states club

Are you a 50 Sates Marathon Club member? Join us at REVEL Big Cottonwood on September 14, 2019 as we play host to the Club Reunion event. Use this link to join the team today.

Aftershokz

Aftershokz

THE SAFEST WAY TO TUNE IN! Take on your next REVEL Race with a listening experience that'll keep you connected to your music and your world. Bone conduction technology delivers music through your cheekbones, leaving your ears open to ambient sounds for maximum situational awareness. Titanium construction makes the headphones lightweight and flexible, ensuring a secure fit and all-day comfort, straight to the finish line. Get $50 off a Wireless Adventure Bundle at revel.aftershokz.com.

 

Launch Team

Launch Team

Almost 100 youth in Las Vegas and Salt Lake have been training with their local Launch Team for the REVEL Mt Charleston Half Marathon. So when you see them out the course, make sure to tell them how amazing they are!

 

Random Race Entry Winner

Random Winner

Congratulations to Shainalea Zelazo who ran the 2019 REVEL Kulia Marathon. She was randomly selected as the winner of a FREE race entry to any 2019 REVEL event. Keep your eyes out each month to see if you're the next random winner. Shainalea, email revel@runrevel.com to claim your prize.

 

 
 
April 9, 2019

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

The head coach of REVEL’s Online Coaching Program, who has run a Boston Qualifying time in all the REVEL marathons, including all three Mt Charleston Marathons in 2016-18, has prepared a detailed description of the 2019 Mt Charleston Marathon and Half-Marathon courses.

Managing the Course Based On Segments

A critical component of your 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 Charleston Marathon course can be divided into seven sections:

  • Mile 1: Warmup
  • Miles 2-4: Swift Downhill
  • Mile 5: Tiny Loop (with two short climbs)
  • Miles 6-21: Steady and Fast
  • Miles 22-23: Flatten Out
  • Mile 24: Get Past This Short Climb
  • Miles 25-26.2: Pick It Up for the Finish

The Mt Charleston Half-Marathon course can be divided into four similar sections:

  • Miles 1-8: Swift Downhill
  • Miles 9-10: Flatten Out
  • Mile 11: Get Past This Short Climb
  • Miles 12-13.1: Pick It Up for the 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

Mile 1: Warmup

Starting at almost 7,600’ elevation, the start of the marathon is near the Mt Charleston Lodge on Kyle Canyon Road. The first 1/10 mile is around a small hook shape on the road adjacent to the Lodge, and it is extremely narrow with a short climb. Once you make the turn on that loop, you will be heading back toward the staging area. Then, after you pass the Lodge, the next 1/4 mile climbs almost 60’ as you exit the starting area. This definitely should be just a nice easy warmup for you. Start out nice and slow, and conserve your energy. After you get past this first half-mile, the rest of mile 1 descends about 100' with zero climbing.

Miles 2-4: Swift Downhill

After the mile 1 marker, the next 3 miles drop well over 770’ total, with an average of 4.6% downhill grade and no climbing until the last 1/10 mile before the 4-mile marker. This is a segment where you do not want to get caught up with the pace of other runners if they are passing you. You still have many miles to go, and you want to conserve your energy for the miles ahead. If you feel yourself working too hard, then simply slow down.

Mile 5: Tiny Loop (with two short climbs)

As you approach mile 4, there is a climb of about 40’ as you approach The Mt Charleston Resort on your right. Once you pass the Resort, this short climb is over. Not long after that, just before mile 5, you will reach a roundabout (traffic circle) at the entrance to the United States Forest Service’s Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway. At this point, the course diverts from the main road – Kyle Canyon Road – into the visitor center parking lot. You will make a counter-clockwise loop around the parking lot before re-entering the main road again.

The loop around the visitor center begins at mile 4.85 of the marathon. It ends at mile 5.2, so the total distance around the parking area is only about 1/3 mile. However, you will climb about 35’ for the first half of that loop, and then descend the same elevation as you exit the parking lot.

Miles 6-21: Steady and Fast

When you exit the visitor center parking area, you will be at roughly 6,600’ of elevation. For the next 16 miles, you will lose more than 3,700’ of elevation. That’s an average of about 4.4% elevation loss per mile, which is what makes this course so extremely fast. More importantly, there is only one climb in that entire stretch, and it happens about mile 12.5. That one is a short but very visible climb that is over fairly quickly: the entire climb is only about 1/8 of a mile long. Be wary of a sensation of “running too fast” in this entire stretch of the race. If you feel out of control, or if you feel yourself working “too hard” while running downhill, then slow down.

Miles 22-23: Flatten Out

Just past mile 21, you will make a right turn onto the frontage road along U.S. 95. After the previous 16 miles of steady downhill, you will certainly feel how the 4% downhill grade quickly becomes a 2% downhill grade. Keep in mind that you will still lose about 226’ of elevation in this stretch of the race, with no elevation gain. However, the flatter terrain will make it feel like climbing.

Mile 24: Get Past This Short Climb

As you approach mile 23.2, with only three miles to go, you will make a right turn onto Grand Teton Drive. The elevation at that turn is 2,659’. Then you will run a short - but steep - climb to Fort Apache Road, where you will turn left. From that turn onto Fort Apache, it is just over a half-mile to “top out” a slow climb to mile 23.95, where the elevation is 2,690’. After that, the course begins the gradual descent to the finish.

Miles 25-26.2: Pick It Up for the Finish

Once you reach mile 24, you can say to yourself "now downhill to the finish!" The elevation loss from mile 24 to the finish is over 170’ – a nice downhill for your final 2.2 miles! Better yet, you will encounter terrific crowds who will cheer you towards the finish line of the fast and beautiful Mt Charleston Marathon!

Summary of the Marathon Course

The Mt Charleston Marathon course loses roughly 5,100’ of elevation from start to finish. Over the 26.2-mile course, you likely will surprise yourself with your speed on the downhill segments. Although it is generally true that you never want to "go out too fast" in the opening miles of a marathon, remember that gravity is your friend, and you want to take advantage of the benefits of downhill running.

THE HALF-MARATHON COURSE

Miles 1-8: Swift Downhill

Starting at over 4,500’ of elevation, the course drops 1,660’ from the start to mile 8, with zero elevation gain in that stretch. That is an average of more than 200' per mile, which is a significant but manageable descent each mile. You will want to manage the early part of this downhill segment 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.

Miles 9-10: Flatten Out

Just past mile 8, you will make a right turn onto the frontage road along U.S. 95. After more than 8 miles of steady downhill, you will certainly feel how the 4% downhill grade quickly becomes a 2% downhill grade. Keep in mind that you will still lose about 200’ of elevation in this stretch of the race, with no elevation gain. However, the flatter terrain will make it feel like climbing.

Mile 11: Get Past This Short Climb

Just past mile 10, with about 3 miles to go, you will make a right turn onto Grand Teton Drive. The elevation at that turn is 2,659’. Then you will run a short - but steep - climb to Fort Apache Road, where you will turn left. From that turn onto Fort Apache, it is just over a half-mile to “top out” a slow climb to mile 10.8, where the elevation is 2,690’. After that, the course begins the gradual descent to the finish.

Miles 12-13.1: Pick It Up for the Finish

Once you reach mile 11, you can say to yourself "now downhill to the finish!" The elevation loss from mile 11 to the finish is over 170’ – a nice downhill for your final 2.1 miles! Better yet, you will encounter terrific crowds who will cheer you towards the finish line of the fast and beautiful Mt Charleston Half-Marathon!

Summary of the Half-Marathon Course

The Mt Charleston Half-Marathon course loses more than 2,000’ of elevation from start to finish. With an average loss of more than 150’ per mile, 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 speed on the downhill segments.

Paul Carmona is the Online REVEL Coach who has designed training plans specifically for REVEL downhill courses. He is a 21-time REVEL Marathon Finisher and has run multiple Boston Qualifiers on every REVEL course. His current streak is 19 BQs in a row at REVEL marathons!

Paul Carmona is the Online REVEL Coach who has designed training plans specifically for REVEL downhill courses. He is a 21-time REVEL Marathon Finisher and has run multiple Boston Qualifiers on every REVEL course. His current streak is 19 BQs in a row at REVEL marathons!

March 13, 2019

As you work your way through a training plan, your mileage and intensity build over a course of weeks. If you are training properly, your plan will start with relatively light effort and modest distances a few months from race day. As the weeks pass, your mileage and intensity levels will build, peak, and then taper.

Your total weekly mileage is your training volume. Your total weekly mileage and intensity together are your training load. Your overall goal is to gradually increase training load, with regular “step down” weeks for recovery, until you are about a month out from your target race. This is known as the “peak” of training, when your volume and intensity – your training load - are at the highest points of your training cycle. In other words, your mileage and intensity both “peak.” After that, you taper to race day.

There is no “magical point,” like a specific day, where your training load should peak. Instead, it is a period, generally about a month away from your race, where you are running more miles and with more focused intensity than at any other time in your training cycle. This is your “peak period,” not a “peak point.” Accordingly, you should think of your “peak” in terms of weeks, not a single point.

Keep in mind that the peak period is not the point at which your performance should “peak.” Ultimately, you want your performance to peak on race day. Your training plan should still contain high intensity, like pace work and speed work, inside the final weeks of training. You do want to give yourself more rest by lowering your volume, but you should maintain your speed and high-level performance as you approach race day. If all goes according to plan, the lower mileage during the taper will leave you feeling more rested, but the continuing intensity will have you feeling fast and ready for race day.

If you are uncertain about how to structure a training plan for your half-marathon or marathon, consider working with an experienced coach who can guide you through training. Your coach will help you find the proper volume, load, buildup, peak, and taper for your race.

 

Paul Carmona is the Online REVEL Coach who has designed training plans specifically for REVEL downhill courses. He is a 20-time REVEL Marathon Finisher and has run multiple Boston Qualifiers on every REVEL course that he has run, with his current streak at 18 BQs in a row at REVEL marathons!

Feb. 7, 2019
The Run Down - REVEL Race Series Newsletter Feb 2019

REVEL Kulia Course Preview

REVEL Kulia

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 REVEL Kulia 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 Kulia Marathon and Half-Marathon courses.

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Kulia & Mt Charleston Price Increases

Mt Charleston

REVEL Kulia & Mt Charleston have price increases coming up on Feb 12. The Mt Charleston Half Marathon still has spots but the Marathon is SOLD OUT. You can still join the marathon by purchasing one of the limited Charity Bibs for $249 (space is limited). Kulia is our new Hawaii event and has the most elevation drop of any REVEL course. Mt Charleston increases $10 and Kulia increases $15, so be sure to sign up now!

We're Hiring!

We're Hiring

As we continue to grow, we need more help! We're currently seeking a Graphic Designer and Race Director/Event Expansion Specialist. Both positions are full-time and based in our offices in Pleasant Grove, UT. For full details and to apply, please checkout the official Job Postings.

LAUNCH TEAM TRAINING STARTS

Launch Team

The Launch Team youth training for REVEL Mt Charleston starts this week in Las Vegas and Salt Lake. Sign your youth up now! Launch Team has trained hunderds of youth of all ages and athletic abilities to complete REVEL half marathons. If you think your kids can't handle it, they are tougher than you think! Altra, Hoka, Sketchers, and New Balance have donated shoes and Aftershokz has donated Bluetooth headphones that will be given to the first youth to signup (while sizes remain).

Learn more at https://thelaunchteam.org.

Things To Do - BIG BEAR

Big Bear Skiing

Whether you're in the mood to ski, snowboard or snow tube, Big Bear Mountain Resort is the place for you this winter. Enjoy bluebird days and the best snow conditions in Southern California.

 

Race Calendar

Mar. 9, 2019 REVEL Kulia
Big Island, Hawaii

Price Increase Feb 12!

Apr. 27, 2019 REVEL Mt Charleston
Las Vegas, NV

Price Increase Feb 12!

Jun. 2, 2019 REVEL Rockies
Denver, CO
Jun. 29, 2019 REVEL Mt Hood
Portland, OR
Aug. 17, 2019 REVEL Chilliwack
British Columbia, Canada
Sep. 14, 2019 REVEL Big Cottonwood
Salt Lake City, UT
Nov. 2, 2019 REVEL Mt Lemmon
Tucson, AZ
 Nov. 9, 2019 REVEL Big Bear (replaced Canyon City)
SoCal

Charity Donation Highlight

American Cancer Society

REVEL Kulia is proud to partner with another amazing group: American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. Keep your eyes out for the Hawaii Chapter who is bringing their Aloha spirit to the Aid Stations on course!

Mother/Daughter Running Duo

Jacquie and Cam

Jacquie and Cam were awarded the Guinness World Record for running the most marathons run together by a parent and child, 120 and counting! At 66, Jacquie ran the 2018 Big Cottonwood Marathon and placed first in her age group while Cam had a PR at 3:33 with 3:30 on her horizon for a spot in the Boston Marathon. Congratulations you two! Keep up the good work.

Aftershokz

Aftershokz

AfterShokz headphones are unlike any other brand. They don’t nest inside your ears and they don’t cover your ears. They don't even play music the same way your other headphones do. AfterShokz uses bone conduction technology headphones and an open-ear design that allows you to take in all that pushes you, from your motivational playlists to the crowds cheering at the finish line. It’s time to remove the earbuds and take in all that drives you with AfterShokz. Save $50 on the Adventure Bundles by using code REVEL at checkout.

Random Race Entry Winner

Random Winner

Congratulations to Nancy Young who ran the 2018 REVEL Big Bear Marathon. She was randomly selected as the winner of a FREE race entry to any 2019 REVEL event. Keep your eyes out each month to see if you're the next random winner. Nancy, email revel@runrevel.com to claim your prize.

 

Feb. 5, 2019

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 REVEL Kulia 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 Kulia 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 Kulia Marathon course can be divided into five sections:

Miles 1-2: Warm Up
Miles 3-9: Accelerate Part 1
Miles 10-15: Hang on
Miles 16-20: Accelerate Part 2
Miles 21-26.2: Cruise to the Finish

Similarly, the Kulia Half-Marathon course can be divided into four sections:

Miles 1-2: Gently Fast Start
Miles 3-8: PR Territory
Miles 9-10: Short Slowdown
Miles 11-13.1: Final 5K Kick

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 1-2: The Warm Up

Starting at almost 5,700’ elevation, the marathon starts near the Kilohana Hunter Checking Station on the western slopes of Mauna Kea. The first 10 miles of the course generally trend north/northwest, which means that the rising sun will be mostly at your back.

The first two miles of the course lose just over 300' of total elevation (grade of -2.9%), making this a perfect gradual downhill warm up for the marathon. The very minor climbs in these first two miles are insignificant compared to the gentle downhill slope that you will enjoy at the start of the race. With the average loss of around 150', the downhill grade of this section is a great way to start the race: not extremely fast, but fast enough to get your legs moving right away. Resist the urge to push your pace hard in these first two miles. There is a lot of downhill ahead, and you want to manage the early downhills by easing into your pace, settling in for the long haul, and letting gravity pull you along at a comfortably fast pace.

Miles 3-9: Accelerate Part 1

Just past mile 2, the course starts heading into some notably sharp downhills. Miles 3-9 all lose well over 300' per mile, with the average loss in this segment at 369' per mile. That is an average of -7% grade.

You want to accelerate as you pass mile 2, and work hard to hold that pace all the way to mile 9. Resist the natural tendency to chase people ahead of you or passing you. Although you want to take advantage of gravity throughout this course by running “faster than normal” on the downhills, 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.

Miles 10-15: Hang on

When you pass the mile 9 marker and begin mile 10, you will have lost almost 2,900’ of elevation since the start of the marathon. That is 52% of the total elevation loss of the course, but only about one-third of the total distance of the race. Although there is still a significant amount of downhill remaining in the final 17 miles (more than 2,600' of loss), the first real challenge of this course will be holding onto your goal pace for miles 10-15 on legs that have worked hard over the first 9 miles.

Mile 10 actually loses the same elevation (-184') as mile 2. However, that 2nd mile was run on fresh legs, and the 10th mile might feel a lot more challenging. One important mental note to make here is that after mile 10, the course makes the first of only two hard turns on the entire course. After running on Saddle Road for the first 10 miles, you will make a hard left turn, heading south/southwest on Mamalahoa Highway. Not only does the elevation make a noticeable change, but you literally change directions.

Miles 11 and 12 together lose just over 30'. Essentially, this is a totally flat section. Mile 13 actually gains 51' overall. As you approach the halfway mark of the course, the slowdown you experience will simply mean that gravity is no longer assisting you very much (for the moment). Miles 14 and 15 together lose just over 140' of elevation, but you should start to feel gravity helping you again as you approach mile 15. That is where you want to starting thinking about a second surge of acceleration ahead.


Miles 16-20: Accelerate Part 2
Two important things happen as you approach mile 15. First, you make only the second hard turn of the course, which mentally is always helpful when running through a tough stretch. Second, you begin the next hard descent towards the finish: miles 16-20 lose 1,310' overall. Although those aren't the kind of whopping downhills you saw in miles 3-9, this section loses an average of 262' per mile, which is a -5% grade. Generally, you should find it easy to accelerate to a pace that is similar to what you maintained from miles 2-9. You might not be quite as fast as earlier miles, but the more gradual downhill of this section will make it easier to sustain your goal pace, or faster than goal pace, all the way to mile 20.

Miles 21-26.2: Cruise to the Finish

The last 10K of the marathon course is a continuation of the long, sustained downhill section that began way back at mile 15. Even better, the downhill in the closing 6.2 miles is less severe than the earlier segments, which is easier on tired legs.

The final 6.2 miles of the course lose 1,033’, or an average of roughly 166’ per mile. This is a comfortable downhill section of -3.2% grade, and you should be able to sustain your goal pace throughout the final 10K.

Summary of the Marathon Course

The REVEL Kulia Marathon course loses 5,548' overall, more than a mile of elevation from start to finish. Over the 26.2-mile course, you likely will surprise yourself with your speed on the downhill segments. Although it is generally true that you never want to run “too fast" at any point in a marathon, remember that gravity is your friend, and you want to take advantage of the benefits of downhill running. In that regard, it makes sense to run as fast as you can comfortably run on the downhills, hold on during the middle flats and climbs, and then turn on the acceleration again for the final 11+ miles.


The Half-Marathon Course


Miles 1-2: Gently Fast Start

Starting at 2,664’ of elevation, the course drops about 200' from the start to mile 2. That is a comfortable and manageable descent for your first two miles.

You will need to resist the urge to chase people as they pass you. While you want to take advantage of gravity throughout this course by running “faster than normal” on the downhills, you need to manage the downhill drops 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 fast.” If you do, then you should ease back a bit and aim for a “comfortably hard” pace.

Miles 3-8: PR Territory

Miles 3-8 lose 1,440’ of elevation, which is an average of 240’ per mile. This is a series of very fast downhill miles averaging -4.5% grade, and the segment is where your half-marathon personal record (PR) will be made. Don’t be surprised to see that you have picked up significant speed and are running well ahead of your goal pace. At the same time, if you feel out of control, or if you feel yourself working “too hard” while running downhill, then slow down.

Miles 9-10: Short Slowdown

Mile 8 to mile 9 actually drops 144' overall, but there is a climb of about 35' that starts as you approach the 9-mile mark. After that, mile 10 drops only 65', which is the lowest amount of elevation loss since the first mile of the race.

You can expect a short slowdown in this two-mile segment due to the short climbs and flatter terrain. 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 segments. Also, you really do not want to concern yourself with runners passing you if that happens. It is easy in a race to get caught up with the pace of other runners. Remember, you have some downhill miles ahead where you can expect to speed up significantly to finish the race, and you want to conserve your energy for the finish. If you feel yourself working too hard in this sections, then simply lower your overall effort.

Miles 11-13.1: Final 5K Kick

The final 3.1 miles of the course are similar to the long, sustained downhill section from miles 2-8. Even better, the downhill in the closing 5K is less severe than the earlier segments, which is easier on tired legs. Overall, this section drops 655’, or an average of roughly 211’ per mile. This is a comfortable downhill grade of -4%, and you should have no problem sustaining your goal pace throughout the final 5K. The last mile - which is always challenging in any race - takes a "final dive" towards the coast, losing 282'. The final .1 loses 34' of elevation, which allows for a strong final kick.

Summary of the Half-Marathon Course

The REVEL Kulia Half-Marathon course loses more than 2,500’ of elevation from start to finish. With an average loss of more than 191' per mile (a grade of -3.6%), 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 a 20-time REVEL Marathon Finisher and has run multiple Boston Qualifiers on every REVEL course that he has run, with his current streak at 18 BQs in a row at REVEL marathons!

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