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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.