Amazing Run, I did my first Marathon last year in this race, well organize, amazing view of the San Bernardino Mountains
Great race! A nice course and beautiful terrain. You cover a lot of ground - cold / heat, high altitude, tree cover, exposed, hills and descents, tight turns and long, straight expanses, darkness to intense sun. A lot of advice here is about the first 9 miles and the descent. It’s a lot more than that in only the best ways! I highly recommend the course.
The busses in the morning were a bit messy. Half and full marathon mixed together and not where they were shown on the map, but plenty of helpful Revel staff to make it right.
The altitude wasn’t an issue, except w hydration. I hydrated well the previous few days and morning off but still felt parched at the start. First 9 miles are rolling hills, none of which are tough. The longest at mile 3 or so it over before you know it. They come so early in the race that you still have plenty of energy to do them. Watch for small pocks in the road and the divots along the centerline - it’s east to turn an ankle in spots.
Watch out for the water station look-alike nearly mile 18 serving Coca Cola and beer. I downed an energy goo ahead of time thinking it was water and was so disappointed when I arrived to wash it down and only had coke!
Overall it’s a great course and a well produced race. I would do a another revel event in a heartbeat.
This race was all that I trained for. The first 9 miles hard rolling hills.... The next 15 miles were mine all DOWNHILL Train with at least once in your training cycle with time to recover for a 4-5% decline on a long run 20 miles at least... Most people need 2 weeks to recover. Don't forget to do hill training in your long runs on your easy days. Threshold runs, and interval work is absolute. This is by far the most fantastic course. For 9 miles your are rolling hills not beating your Quads.... Then for 15 miles your quads are lit... the last mile if your race properly your coast in with your heart and raw emotions
Hi, I posted 2 of the wrong pictures of my friend on his photos so I was wondering if theres a way for the 2 photos I posted to be be taken down his name is Aaron Kim, age division 6-14, gender male. Thank you.
I entered my email wrong when registered. How do I fix it?
I would like to register for the full marathon.
First revel race and it definitely wont be the last #revelfamily
This company does nothing to prepare the town for the race and wreaks havoc in the community, please use some of the profits to actually organize and conduct outreach To communities you will be disrupting with your race. You closed down the whole highway with no advance notice!! Who does that?
Alex you are correct, they take our communities captive and disregard the people that live in these communities. Would they like it if we blocked their driveways when they needed to go to work. Disrupting someone’s livelihood is unacceptable. We need to organize a protest if they can’t be respectful of residents.
Why do you put expo package pick up date as November 12 Firday on your website? The Friday is November 11, not 12. Please let us know what is the race day and what is package pick up day. You must mixed year 2021 and year 2022 date. Thanks
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I live close to sea level. I had to capitalize on decades of accumulated fitness to pull off my BQ. A long journey. I did workouts at elevations many times since May (drive up, do the workout, come back home). I didn't have time for altitude adjustment. I like downhill running and I did squat training, and very steep hikes at Yosemite (Mist trail or Upper Yosemite Falls trail) hardened my quads. Those out-and-backs also help dealing with running on slanted road crown. When I didn't have time to drive up to the mountains for a half day workout, I picked some smaller hills in close parks and did hill repeats: that can train you towards rolling hills.Knowing how much punishment I gave to my legs, I was still in the verge of cramping from around mile 19, but I could hold on. I didn't have my watch with me so it wouldn't influence me in any way and I could be present, only focusing on my body and how various parts felt.
Reflecting to other reviews:0. The expo was indoors this year.1. It was easy to find the bus shuttle pickup area, and it was easy to park.2. Not sure how was before, but the start area was well lit and the porta potties have glow sticks in each of them. The wait was bearable if you picked a shorter line.3. The course was very well marked, some aid stations handed out Honey Stingers on top of water / powerade. On average I could run through aid stations really well.
Overall the race provided pretty ideal conditions and it all came down to how much punishment my legs could take. Someone may think downhill running is easy. Those people probably never run such event as this. The first 10-15 miles maybe easy, but even the toughest quads start to beg for mercy after that. I've talked with a person DNFd because of a stress fracture on the bus the way back, keep that in mind and train relentlessly to harden up your body for the stress. It's a lot of stress on the body! But if your body can take it, you'll be rewarded with a BQ or better qualifying times.
If you are competitive and wondering about the course: it's all paved, and I saw many people in Next%. Especially in the top 100 where I ran, it was a Next% fest. I was a little hesitant to go with Nike 4% or Next% because the heel landing is less stable than for example a Hoka, and I did my training most in a Carbon Rocket. I changed my mind when running the Tahoe trifecta: I realized at the end of the 3rd day how much does just a little more plush matters! That can be a breaking point when you come close to cramp up after 20 miles. If your shoe is less plush, you'd get more shock, and that's worse for the muscles. The stress is accumulated and you cramp up sooner. Just my two cents. I have a Next% (and a plethora of various Hokas, shoes), so I could have chosen those as well. I went with the 4% and not a flyknit one, because the original provides more toe room, which again your feet will thank for after 15 miles.I heard horror stories about cold at the start. At race day it was 8C-9C, perfect for running. While lining up at the bus shuttle someone told me it's gonna be 31F. That would be freezing. People, please check the weather very well, preferably a service which can give forecast for specific GPS points too, and hourly details. Of course it wasn't freezing (although I packed more warm clothes in my bag just for safety). You have to dress up in a way that you feel cold at the start, otherwise you'll start to overheat after a couple of miles. If it was freezing (like at the first day of the Tahoe Trifecta), all I would have done is to have a head band for ear cover, the pair of gloves and an extra shirt. These all can be thrown away without stop. All I had was a racing shirt, compression shorts, sock + shoes and a couple of arm warmers. Those arm warmers were sacrificed. As we were descending the temperature got pretty warm, I doused myself with water. Actually later that day when I was refueling at Golden Corral (that is a no-brainer destination after a marathon no one seemed to mention so far) the temp went up to 94F!
I may come back to Big Bear, Mt Charleston or Mt Lemmon to try to make it to a NYC qualifier. 3:03 is pretty good for my BQ 3:10 with enough cushion, but the NYC 2:58 is just hard to gasp right now. I need to drop 10-15 pounds of weight and be at my old kayaker racing weight around 170, then sub 2:58 will be feasible. Every extra pounds you carry count.
The race was awesome. The hills and the scenary was remarkable. The expo before and after race was the worst I have ever been too and I do about 2 races a year. The TRULY at the end was horrible as well. I wanted a beer! We paid ALOT of money for this race and we were underwhelmed.
Examples: food choices were not healthy options, drinks were not good(Truly!), lack of music or motivation/excitement at end and throughout the race.
Resident of Angelus Oaks, the mountain community at mile 9 of the marathon were promised (and it was in the mailer) pilot cars to get down the mountain during the event. Revel pilots never showed and CHP started piloting residents down at 8:30am. UNACCEPTABLE. This is our home. We live here year-round. We've also still seen trash and clothing along the highway which is upsetting. I ran this year but if you don't get your logistical act together, I'll do my best to make sure 2020 is the last year you are welcome in our mountains.