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Oct. 10, 2018

REVEL Race Series is excited to announce its partnership with fitness industry leader LA Fitness. Visit one of their 700+ locations nationwide with this complimentary 7-day guest pass. We all know that cross training is an effective injury prevention method, be it cycling, swimming, or strength training. Let LA Fitness help you toe that starting line fit and healthy! Sign up for the free 7 day guest now.

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
REVEL Big Bear Logo
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. 3, 2018

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 Big Bear 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 Big Bear 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 Big Bear Marathon course can be divided into six sections:

Miles 1-2: The Warm Up
Miles 3-4: Slower But Steady, Get Up and Down
Miles 5-9: Rolling Downhill
Miles 10-13: Pick Up Speed
Miles 14-20: Accelerate
Miles 21-26.2: Fast Finish

Similarly, the Big Bear Half-Marathon course can be divided into three sections:

Miles 1-4: Very Fast Start
Miles 5-9: Settle In
Miles 10-13.1: Coasting In

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 6,630’ elevation, the first 2 miles of the course are almost straightaway, with very gradual turns and an elevation loss of about 325’ total. In the first mile, you will lose roughly 200’ of elevation. The second mile drops about 125’.

Overall, this opening 2-mile segment is one of the more gradual downhill segments of the entire course. You want to approach this as a nice “warm up” to the miles ahead, and you should resist the urge to chase other runners if they pass you. You want to start the race by easing into your own 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 3-4: Slower But Steady, Get Up and Down

Miles 3 and 4 of the course are a series of up and down sections that, overall, result in -38’ of elevation for the 2-mile leg. After the opening “Warm Up” section that is mostly downhill, you almost certainly will be aware of your pace slowing and your level of effort increasing on the climbs here. This is where you will run slightly slower than your first two miles, but still can maintain a steady level of effort as you work your way uphill and downhill for two miles.

This is a segment where you really do not want to concern yourself with runners passing you on climbs. It is easy in a race to get caught up with the pace of other runners. You still have many miles to go, and you want to conserve your energy for the miles ahead. With that in mind, pay attention to your own level of effort: if you feel yourself working too hard on the climbs, then simply slow down.

Miles 5-9: Rolling Downhill

This is where you will begin to build speed. As you pass mile 4, you will begin a series of small rolling hills that, overall, lose 500’ of elevation. You will encounter small, short climbs here and there during this section, but they are minor in comparison to the overall elevation loss.

If you are keeping tabs on your splits every mile or every few miles at marked intervals, don’t be surprised to see that you are running slightly ahead of your goal pace on the downhills. This is where gravity is your friend, and the downhill profile of the marathon course will benefit you significantly.

At the same time, be wary of a sensation of “running too fast” downhill. If you feel out of control, or if you feel yourself working “too hard” while running downhill, then slow down. But be mindful that it is expected for you to be ahead of goal pace during these downhill segments of the race.

Likewise, don’t push yourself on the climbs. They are short, and you gain very little by increasing your level of effort to sustain a faster pace while climbing. Once you get past this section, the course starts to get much faster, and you want to conserve your energy for the speedy downhill sections ahead.

Miles 10-13: Pick Up Speed

This is where you will start to really gain speed running downhill.

If you have “held back” your downhill speed for the first 9 miles, while managing the minor climbs along the way, you should expect to be very close to (or slightly ahead of) your goal splits up to this part of the race. Your legs should feel strong, warmed-up, and ready for the supremely fast latter half of the race.

Just past mile 9, the course begins steadily dropping mile after mile. For the first time since mile 1, you will start to see elevation losses well more than 200’ per mile. Start turning on the speed here, but don’t get too enthusiastic just yet. As you approach the second half of the course, think of these “last 4 of the first half” as an appetizer for main menu ahead.

Miles 14-20: Accelerate

The REVEL Big Bear Marathon course will give you an opportunity to start “turning on the speed” at the halfway mark. The elevation at mile 13 is 4,770’. By mile 20, where the elevation is 2,658’, you will have lost over 2,100’ in a 7-mile stretch. That is an average of more than 300’ per mile. More importantly, there are no noticeable climbs anywhere in this stretch. It is one long, sustained, fast downhill section.

This 7-mile section is where your race is made. Instead of the usual “struggle” to maintain pace in the third quarter of a marathon, miles 14-20 of Big Bear are where you will find yourself running faster than expected. Keep churning out the miles with a sense of free-flowing, efficient, downhill speed. By the time you get to mile 20, you can expect to be right on your target split, if not well-ahead of it.

Miles 21-26.2: Fast Finish

The last 10K of the marathon course is a continuation of the long, sustained downhill section that began way back at mile 13. 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 1,100’, or an average of roughly 180’ per mile. This is a comfortable downhill section, and you should be able to sustain your goal pace throughout the final 10K.

Summary of the Marathon Course

The Big Bear Marathon course loses almost 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. Still, hold back until mile 9, manage the short climbs up to that point, and then start accelerating into the second half of the course. Keep in mind that even splits (or negative splits) are highly likely on a course like Big Bear. In other words, expect your second half to be faster than your first half! The key to success will be your ability to keep accelerate from miles 13 to 20, and then holding on at goal pace (if not faster) for the final 10K.

The Half-Marathon Course

Miles 1-4: Very Fast Start

Starting at just over 4700’ elevation, the half-marathon course drops about 1,265’ total from the start to mile 4. That is an average of more than 315' per mile, which is a significant drop.

You will need to resist the urge to chase people if they pass you. Although you want to take advantage of gravity throughout this course by running “comfortably fast” on the downhills, you need to manage the early downhill drops by easing into your pace, settling in for the long haul, and letting gravity pull you along. 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 5-9: Settle In

Overall, you will drop just over 1,260' in miles 5-9. That is an average of roughly 250’ per mile, which is remarkable. Compared to the noticeably fast downhill miles from the start to mile 4, this section is a much more “comfortable” downhill.

This is the section where you can really settle into your race pace. The downhills are less sharp than the opening segment, and all of them lose between 215’ and 280’ per mile. At the same time, 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. If you are keeping tabs on your splits every mile or every few miles at marked intervals, don’t be surprised to see that you are running well ahead of your goal pace.

Miles 10-13.1: Coasting In

Remember that the opening 4-mile segment loses more than 300’ per mile, and the second 5-mile segment loses about 250’ per mile. This final segment loses an average of about 157’ per mile. This is still a significant drop per mile, but it is much more gradual than the earlier miles.

As the course begins to descend more gradually, you might notice that your pace is beginning to slow. Pay close attention to your own level of effort. Whatever level of effort you feel on the opening downhill segments is your benchmark; duplicate that level of effort on the less downhill miles, but do not go harder. Pay attention to your breathing and heart rate. If you feel yourself working too hard, then simply slow down. You should be coasting in for the final miles.

Summary of the Half-Marathon Course

The Big Bear Half-Marathon course loses 3,161' of elevation from start to finish. That's an average of more than 240' per mile, making 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 17-time REVEL Marathon Finisher and has run multiple Boston Qualifiers on every REVEL course that he has run, with his current streak at 15 BQs in a row at REVEL marathons!

Aug. 3, 2018
The Run Down - REVEL Race Series Newsletter August 2018

Big Cottonwood Course Preview

Big Cottonwood Course Preview

A course strategy and overall race strategy is a must for optimal performance on race day. You should have a well-planned strategy for how you intend to manage the course!

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.

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Big Cottonwood Price Increase

Big Cottonwood

REVEL Big Cottonwood in Salt Lake has a $10 price increase on August 7. Sign up now to save! REVEL Big Cottonwood was the original and still the largest REVEL event. It is a must-do. Big Cottonwood Canyon is spectacular!

Register for Big Cottonwood

 

Big Bear Expo Location

Big Bear Expo

The REVEL Big Bear Expo will be held at Sylvan Park (NW corner at University St & Colton Ave): 601 N University St, Redlands, CA 92374. The expo will be on Saturday, October 13 from 10:00am-6:00pm.

 

 

Big Bear Training Group

Big Bear Training

Are you currently training for REVEL Big Bear? Don't train alone and join the FREE in-person Pasadena Pacers training program. All abilities are welcome!

Sign up today

 

REVEL Mt Hood Winners

REVEL Mt Hood was held on July 28, 2018 near Portland, OR. Here are all your winners.

Gary Krugger
Male Marathon Winner
Gary Krugger
2:36:56.86
Sylvanna Toledo
Female Marathon Winner
Sylvanna Toledo
3:00:13.06
Connor Peloquin
Male Half Winner
Connor Peloquin
1:09:30.45
Corrine Murray
Female Half Winner
Corrine Murray
1:25:29.12

Half Team Winner
Orange Crush
1:15:37

Marathon Team Winner
Hasbeens & Nevergunnabees
3:04:57

Race Calendar

Sep. 8, 2018 REVEL Big Cottonwood
Salt Lake City, UT

Price Increase Aug 7, 2018!

Oct. 14, 2018 REVEL Big Bear (replacing Canyon City)
SoCal
Nov. 3, 2018 REVEL Mt Lemmon
Tucson, AZ
Apr. 27, 2019 REVEL Mt Charleston
Las Vegas, NV
Jun. 2, 2019 REVEL Rockies
Denver, CO
TBA 2019 REVEL Mt Hood
Portland, OR

HOKA ONE ONE

HOKA ONE ONE

HOKA ONE ONE is excited to be partnering with REVEL Big Cottonwood for a sixth year! Be sure to stop by their expo booth to pick up your next pair of HOKA ONE ONE shoes.

SCHEELS

Scheels

The Scheels located in Sandy Utah is a great place to pick up your new running gear and much more. Be sure to stop by their expo booth at Big Cottonwood and say hello to them at their aid station! Thanks Scheels!

The More You Know - Mt Lemmon

Mt Lemmon

Sitting at 9,150 feet, the Mount Lemmon Air Force Station was said to be the
world’s highest radar installation in 1957. It was manned by the 684th Aircraft
Control and Warning Squadron, whose motto was “Who goes there?” Along
with dozens of similar stations, it watched for Soviet aircraft before the
advent of satellite surveillance. 

Intermountain Alta View Hospital

Intermountain

Alta View Hospital is a great REVEL Big Cottonwood Sponsor. Be sure to thank their staff on course for keeping everyone safe and healthy at this years REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon & Half.

Team Highlight

Marathon Maniacs

Check out the Marathon Maniacs & Half Fanatics, the running club that is crazy about running! 3 marathons or half marathons within 90 days to qualify. Do you have what it takes? Visit marathonmaniacs.com or halffanatics.com for more details.

HeadSweaets

HeadSweats

REVEL's exclusive headwear partner for 2018 is Headsweats. Headsweats is dedicated to providing the highest quality headwear in the industry using innovative materials and designs. Keep a cool head. Check your swag bag for this year's FREE REVEL HeadSweats Hat.

Charity Donation Highlight

Charity

Since 2012, REVEL has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to chairities aligned with our vision of fitness and stewdardship of our courses. Charities include Cottonwood Canyons Foundation, Brighton Institute, Drive Smart, Mt Lemmon Community Center, Mt Charleston Volunteer Fire Department, and Hoodland Fire. We strive to give back to those areas that are gracious enough to host our events.

Scott James Sport Jewelry Partner

Scott James Sport Jewelry

For 2018, REVEL Race Series has partnered with Scott James Sport Jewelry for all of our runners' jewelry needs. Scott James Sport Jewelry has over 300 running charms available, including location charms specific to most REVEL events! The leader in sport and running jewelry, all of their jewelry is cast in sterling silver and finished with a unique satin finish that's only available from Scott James. Whether shopping for yourself or a friend, stop by their booth at the next event to pick up your REVEL Race Series jewelry and a few running charms.

Random Race Entry Winner

Random Winner

Congratulations to Melissa Levy who ran the 2017 REVEL Canyon City Marathon. She was randomly selected as the winner of a FREE race entry to any 2018/2019 REVEL event. Keep your eyes out each month to see if you're the next random winner. Melinda, email revel@runrevel.com to claim your prize.

 
 
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