REVEL Big Bear Race Information
In addition to offering a fully-supported run down an incredibly beautiful San Bernardino National Forest canyon and getting the best PR opportunity you may ever have, we strive to make this event even more memorable with some additional perks, listed below.
Free Photos & Personalized Videos
There will be photographers at multiple locations along the course to take pictures of your race experience. Be sure to smile big, make a tough face, or strike a pose for the cameras as you go by. Please make sure your bib is visible as well. Photographers will also be at the finish to capture your sprint across the line and take your photos in front of our backdrops.
All race photos will be provided for free. We will also use photos you select to create a personalized highlight video for you. It is crazy to pay $50 to $100 for a single image download like you may have experienced before. Your memories are on us! Your photos will be made available shortly after the race along with your results on the results page. You will receive a link via email a few weeks after the event to select the photos for your video. Check out the following personalized video sample from our previous REVEL Canyon City event.
Medals are provided to all participants as you cross the finish line. Our race medals are not your run-of-the-mill awards. We award huge, high-quality medals that are equal to your effort. These are certain to win a place at the top of your medal collection. The images below are pictures of the REVEL Canyon City medals from the 2014, 2015, and 2016 races.
Every participant will receive a high-quality, gender-specific race shirt. We guarantee that this will be a shirt you'll want to keep, and maybe purchase an extra or two. During registration you can select between a long sleeve, short sleeve, tank, or tri-blend t-shirt. Select the size of shirt you want, but don't sweat it if you're not sure about sizing. You can try it on at the expo, and if it doesn't fit you can exchange it for a better size, subject to availability. We don't want you to be stuck with a shirt that doesn't fit!
REVEL Big Bear swag and sponsor swag will be available for pick-up at the expo. Race swag will include items such as gloves & blanket for the start line. Iced towels will be given to all runners as they cross the finish line.
Finish Line Festivities
Once you cross the finish line, stick around and enjoy the exciting atmosphere at the finish. Runners will be greeted with some great food as you celebrate your achievement with friends and family. Check out the vendor booths, get a photo in front of our beautiful backdrops, and give a hand to the rest of the runners coming in.
Transfer, Withdrawal & Deferral Policy
We understand that things come up, which is why we try to be as flexible and accommodating as possible. We allow runners to transfer between distances (half to full or full to half), transfer their entry to another individual, defer to another event, defer to next year and even withdraw from the race if their plans change. Visit our withdrawal, transfer & deferral page for more details.
If you are traveling to REVEL Big Bear, the closest airports are LA/Ontario International Airport (25 miles), Palm Springs International Airport (47 miles), John Wayne Airport (59 miles), and Los Angeles International Airport (79 miles).
REVEL Big Bear is working with several local hotels to provide discounted rates and additional benefits for our participants. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.
The REVEL Big Bear Expo will be held on Friday, November 17, 2023 from 10:00AM - 6:00PM at Club Center Events. REVEL's Online Coach, Paul Carmona will speak at 10:45AM and 1:30PM at the Expo & Packet Pick-Up.
A photo ID is required to pick up your race bag. We will allow individuals to pick up someone else's bag, but will require a digital or hardcopy of the person's ID and a written note authorizing them to do so.
If you will be arriving in town after the expo is closed or are otherwise unable to attend the expo, you may elect to pick up your packet and bag on race morning for an additional fee. This option may be selected during registration. There is an option to have your entire race packet mailed to you. You may select this option during registration.
Parking & Busing
Participant parking is not available at the finish venue. All designated parking is a short shuttle ride from the finish line (approximately 15 minutes). The address for both marathon and half marathon parking is 650 E Hospitality Ln. San Bernardino, CA 92408. Please utilize the Parking & Busing map to ensure easy access to parking and bus loading race morning.
REVEL Big Bear is a point to point route and as such, we will bus you from the designated parking area to the start line. 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. 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 3:30-4:15AM. Half marathon buses will load from the SW corner of the lot on E Hospitality Ln and will depart from 4:00-4:45AM. Please arrive on time and make sure you board the correct bus. From approximately 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM there will be a continuous shuttle for participants to return to their cars from the finish area to the designated parking.
Please make sure that you are on time and that you get on the right bus! Staff will be on hand to help direct runners and ensure that parking and busing runs smoothly. Estimated travel time is 60 minutes to the full marathon start and 30 minutes to the half marathon start. Please plan your bathroom needs accordingly. Some porta potties will be available at the busing area as well as the start lines.
Spectators will be allowed to park in the area surrounding the finish venue. Please tell your fan club to park on the city streets (Dearborn St and San Bernardino Ave) near the finish venue.
You will receive a race bag when you pick up your packet at the expo. This bag is for you to take to the starting areas. A number that matches your race bib will be put on the outside of your race bag. This is to identify your bag at the finish area after the race, and you will need your bib to prove ownership of your bag when you pick it up. Please carry any belongings to the starting area in this bag, as opposed to any other personal bags, which cannot be identified by your race number. Bags must be placed in the bag trucks at the starting areas at least 15 minutes prior to the race start.
Start & Finish Areas
The half marathon begins in the vacant lot located on the South side of Valley of the Falls Dr. in Forest Falls, CA just East of Highway 38. The full marathon begins an additional 13.1 miles up Highway 38 at the Greyback Amphitheater in the San Bernardino National Forest.
Porta-potties, water, Nuun, basic first aid items, and last-minute instructions will be provided at the starting areas. While we will provide gloves and mylar blankets, we highly recommend that you come prepared for cold temperatures at the start line by layering and then shedding your layers to put in your drop bag just before the race begins.
The finish line is located on E. San Bernardino Ave, between Dearborn St. and Wabash Ave. It is adjacent to the Redlands Sports Park. The finisher's area will be packed with food, massage, vendor booths, and more.
Timing & Bibs
The races will be chip-timed using timing tags adhered to the back of your bib. Your time will begin when you cross the starting line, not at the start gun, and will stop when you cross the finish line. Overall prize winners (top 3 in each race) will be determined by gun time, not chip time. Please do not tamper with the timing chips, as they cannot be replaced once linked to your bib number.
Because the timing tag is adhered to the back of your race bib, it is important that you do not cover your bib with clothing or other objects that may interfere with the tag reader when you are crossing the start and finish lines. Furthermore, in order to ensure that race volunteers, officials, and photographers can properly identify you, you must wear your bib on the front of your person in an unobstructed position. If the photographers along the course cannot see your bib number, we will have no way to get your photos to you.
Aid stations will be located approximately every two miles along the courses. All aid stations will be supplied with Nuun Lemon Lime electrolyte drink, water, porta-potties, and basic first aid supplies. Additionally, various aid stations will be supplied with doTERRA Deep Blue, Powerbar energy gels, frozen treats, fruit, and medical personnel.
Safety & Medical
The road will be partially closed to traffic during the race. During this time, the down-bound (Southbound) lane will be reserved for runners. Traffic in the up-bound (Northbound) lane will remain open to up-bound traffic only. Candlestick barricades will be placed along the center of the road, and for your safety you must stay to the right of these cones at all times while in the canyon.
Race volunteers and police officers will be present at all major intersections and turns on the courses to guide runners and stop traffic when necessary. Please follow their directions at all times in order to ensure your safety.
Each aid station will be supplied with a first-aid kit that will include items such as bandages, moleskin, vaseline, anti-inflammatories, etc. If you are in need of any of these items, simply stop and ask the volunteers at the aid station and they will be able to help you.
In addition to the first-aid kits, various aid stations will be staffed by medical professionals and equipped with advanced medical supplies. The medical provider and their trained EMTs will be ready to service runners at the medical aid stations. See the Aid Stations section for more details.
Multiple sag wagons and ambulances will be roaming the course as well to respond to any emergencies and transport runners who cannot continue to the finish line. A full-service medical tent will also be at the finish line.
Pacing & Time Limits
Because the roads used for the race must be re-opened for normal traffic patterns, we are required to set course time limits that must be strictly adhered to. The course time limit for the full marathon is based on a 15:00 minute per mile pace, which is a light jog. This equates to a 6:33 marathon. The time limit for the half marathon is based on a 30:00 minute per mile pace, which is a leisurely walking pace. This equates to a 6:33 half marathon. Both races start at 6:00am, and participants will need to finish by 12:33pm.
Those who are unable to maintain the required pace must consent to be picked up by an escort vehicle and escorted to the finish venue, where they will still be allowed to cross the finish line and receive a medal.
Based on the USATF certification standards the course is measured on tangents or SPR-Shortest Possible Route. Therefore if you run on the inside or outside line the entire length of the race your GPS may reflect a distance slightly greater than 13.1 or 26.2.
Pacers will be running both the full marathon and half marathon to lead everyone to a fast time.
The full marathon will include pacers at various Boston-qualifying paces, including:
The half marathon will include pacers at the following paces:
Although we cannot predict the weather, we can provide some historical weather averages for the area on the date of the race:
Please remember that these are average temperatures for Redlands, CA, and that temperatures may be considerably cooler in the morning at the start. While we will provide gloves and mylar blankets, we highly recommend that you come prepared for cold temperatures at the start line by layering and then shedding your layers to put in your drop bag just before the race begins.
Spectators will not be allowed on Highway 38 anywhere in the canyon during the race. Spectators are asked to select cheering points in the City of Mentone and City of Redlands only. Please note that there will be no parking allowed along the entire route.
Alternatively, spectators are invited to await the arrival of their runners at the finish venue on E. San Bernardino Ave (adjacent to Redlands Sports Park). There will be plenty of activities and things to see while waiting at the finish line.
Spectators will be allowed to park in the area surrounding the finish venue. Please tell your fan club to plan to park on the city streets (Dearborn St and San Bernardino Ave) near the finish venue.
Results & Awards
Age divisions include the following:
Race times will be available shortly after you cross the line at the race, and will also be posted online as soon as possible after the race.