June 21, 2018

There are many downhill training methods and workouts that help runners find their optimum amount of downhill training, meaning the appropriate level of intensity depending on experience level, and the adequate number of days and proper distances for downhill "practice" during the weeks leading up to race day.

Generally, you should include downhill training hill workout about once every 10-14 days. Hill workouts place a lot of load and stress on your legs. An excessive number of hill workouts can lead to injury. Likewise, hill workouts typically should be a bit lower on mileage than most other runs. A 5-mile easy run is a lot less stressful on your body than a 5-mile hill workout. Again, overdoing it with mileage on a hill workout creates a higher chance of injury.

The types of hill workouts that will benefit you the most are downhill repeats of distances ranging from 1/4 mile up to 1 mile in length, although more advanced runners can practice sustained downhill intensity for longer distances. Whatever your experience level, your training should include enough downhill distance to allow you to practice your form, but without putting enormous strain on your legs.

Finally, it is important to find the right downhill grade for your workouts. Almost all REVEL courses all average between 3-4% total downhill grade. It will help you to run similar grades in your training. To determine grade, use your GPS device to measure the total distance of a hill (in miles converted to feet) and the total downhill (in feet). After that, use simple math to calculate the grade, which is total elevation loss in feet divided by the distance in feet. Remember that a mile is 5,280 feet.

Thus, the math for 1 mile that loses 150’ in elevation is as follows:
1 mile = 5,280’
150’ divided by 5,280’ = 2.8%
The 1-mile downhill is a -2.8% grade.

Similarly, a half-mile that loses 100’ can be calculated as follows:
Half-mile = 2,640’ (half of 5,280’)
100’ divided by 2,640’ = 3.7%
The half-mile downhill is a -3.7% grade.

Using these calculations, find a hill that loses anywhere from about 150’ to 200’ over a mile, and use that hill for your downhill workouts.


Paul Carmona is the Online REVEL Coach who has designed training plans specifically for REVEL downhill courses. He is a 16-time REVEL Marathon Finisher and has run multiple Boston Qualifiers on every REVEL course that he has run, with his current streak at 14 BQs in a row at REVEL marathons!

June 15, 2018
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This is a friendly reminder the early bird pricing is ending! Save up to $25 when you sign up by 11:59pm SUNDAY, June 17. Use code EARLY at checkout to save $10 and combine that with the Facebook and team discounts to get a total of $25 off your registration!

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June 3, 2018
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REVEL Rockies is excited to announce the 2019 event will be taking place on Sunday, June 2.

Save up to $25 when you sign up by June 17. Use $10-off code EARLY at checkout along with $15 from the Facebook and team discounts!

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May 30, 2018

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Race week is finally here for REVEL Rockies! Stay tuned as we pass along a few more updates this week. All questions regarding the race can also be answered via the Participant Guide or Race Info page.

Participant Tracking

Your friends and family can track your progress as you pass timing checkpoints along the course. They can also sign up to receive free text alerts each time you cross a timing checkpoint. Sign up at this link:

Give this link to your friends and family. This link is also where they can sign up to receive free text alerts (or you can sign up for them).


Spectators will not be allowed on Squaw Pass Road (Highway 103) or Highway 74 between Evergreen and Morrison due to the unique traffic control plans that will be in place for the event. Spectators are encouraged to gather at the finish venue to support their runners.

Alternatively, spectators can choose to support their runners along the Evergreen Parkway portion of the race. Because of closures, the best way to enter and exit the Evergreen area is by using Interstate 70, thus avoiding Highway 74 between Evergreen and Morrison. Runners will be using the easternmost lane of northbound Evergreen Parkway and there are multiple parking areas available along this portion of the route. Please also note that the course runs along Meadow Drive between Evergreen Parkway and Highway 74, thus avoiding the downtown Evergreen strip.

From approximately 6:00 AM to 12:30 PM there will be a continuous shuttle between downtown Morrison and Bandimere Speedway, where spectators can take the bus to the finish line. This will also be the same shuttle finishers and spectators can take back to their vehicles. There will be no vehicle traffic allowed at the finish venue.


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:

  • 3:05 (Men's 18-34 BQ mark, 7:03/mile pace)
  • 3:10 (Men's 35-39 BQ mark, 7:15/mile pace)
  • 3:15 (Men's 40-44 BQ mark, 7:26/mile pace)
  • 3:25 (Men's 45-49 BQ mark, 7:49/mile pace)
  • 3:35 (Women's 18-34 BQ mark, 8:12/mile pace)
  • 3:40 (Women's 35-39 & Men's 55-59 BQ mark, 8:23/mile pace)
  • 3:45 (Women's 40-44 BQ mark, 8:34/mile pace)
  • 3:55 (Women's 45-49 & Men's 60-64 BQ mark, 8:57/mile pace)
  • 4:10 (Women's 55-59 & Men's 65-59 BQ mark, 9:32/mile pace)
  • 4:25 (Women's 60-64 & Men's 70-74 BQ mark, 10:06/mile pace)
  • 5:40 Full Marathon cut off time 

The half marathon will include pacers at the following paces:

  • 1:30 (6:52/mile)
  • 1:40 (7:38/mile)
  • 1:50 (8:24/mile)
  • 2:00 (9:10/mile)
  • 2:10 (9:55/mile)
  • 2:20 (10:41/mile)

Honey Stinger

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As REVEL's exclusive headwear partner for 2018, Headsweats is dedicated to providing the highest quality headwear in the industry using innovative materials and designs. Keep a cool head.

St. anthony hospital

REVEL Rockies Marathon & Half is pleased to have St. Anthony Hospital back as the Official Medical Provider for the 2018 event. St. Anthony Hospital is part of Centura Health, which connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 17,100 of the best hearts and minds in health care. For more information, please visit

May 25, 2018


Please take a few minutes to read this email. Important updates and helpful tips are included to make your race experience more enjoyable. All questions can also be answered via our Participant Guide or Race Info page. 

Do you have a friend or family member who would like to lend a hand race day? Would you like to assist at the Expo & Packet Pick-Up? Volunteer spots are still open! Sign up to volunteer now.

Bus Captains

REVEL Rockies is seeking Bus Captains for race morning transportation. A Bus Captain's role is to act as the navigator for their respective bus driver to ensure the timely arrival of buses to the start lines. You will be provided directions to load into your phone to navigate from Bandimere Speedway along I-70 to the start line.

Marathon Captains need to report by 3:00am and Half Marathon Captains need to report by 3:30am at Bandimere Speedway. For your efforts, you will receive a REVEL Rockies pint glass, which can be redeemed at the Merchandise tent after the race. To confirm your spot as a Bus Captain please reply to this email. 


The REVEL Rockies Expo & Packet Pick-Up is located at the Steinhauer Field House on the Colorado School of Mines Campus. All parking is free but NO STREET PARKING is available, you must park in the designated lot. Please use the map below for reference.  

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. Unless you have pre-purchased Race Day Packet Pick-Up, bag and shirt pickup will not be available the morning of the race.


Saturday, June 2: 10:00am-6:00pm


The School of Mines has one address for their entire campus so please do not put it in your GPS. The Expo is located at 13th and Maple Street. Use this Google Maps link for specific directions from your location.

Parking & busing

Because REVEL Rockies is a point-to-point route, we will bus you from the finish line to the start line. Your bib is your ticket to board the bus. Due to road closures and participant safety all runners must take the buses the morning of the race. You may not park or be dropped off at the start lines.

Race parking is available in the Island Lot which is located directly across from Bandimere Speedway at 3051 S Rooney Rd, Morrison, CO 80465. Please take the Morrison Road (Highway 8) Exit off of C-470. All parking is free.

All buses will depart from the Island Parking Lot. Marathon buses will load from 3:30 to 4:15 AM and Half Marathon buses will load from 4:15 to 5:15 AM. 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.

Spectators will also park at the same location as runners. From approximately 6:00 AM to 12:30 PM there will be a continuous shuttle between downtown Morrison and Bandimere Speedway, where spectators can take the bus to the finish line. This will also be the same shuttle finishers and spectators can take back to their vehicles.

Aid stations

All Aid Stations will be equipped with water, Powerade Lemon Lime, restrooms and basic medical supplies. In addition some aid stations will include Honey Stinger (Gold, Fruit Smoothie, and Strawberry Kiwi-caffeine), fruit, a frozen treat, doTERRA Deep Blue and medical personnel (see aid station map below).

**Any personal belongings dropped at aid stations or anywhere along the course will be donated to charity.**



Aid station Map

Bag Drop

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 attached to 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. 

Important: Ensure your bag is secured tightly and do NOT place personal items or anything that you cannot afford to lose in your bag. REVEL will not be responsible for lost items.

**Any personal belongings dropped at aid stations or anywhere along the course will be donated to charity.**

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 and 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.

finish line festivities

Once you cross the finish line, stick around and enjoy the exciting atmosphere at the finish. Runners will be greeted with pizza, delicious Kneaders french toast, and doughnuts from The Dapper Doughnut as you celebrate your achievement with friends and family. Check out the vendor booths, get a photo in front of our beautiful backdrops, listen to some great music, enjoy an ice cold beer from Lagunitas (must have Photo ID), and give a hand to the rest of the runners coming in.


REVEL Race Series is thrilled to partner with doTERRA Essential Oils at all our REVEL locations in 2018!

Deep Blue

You will find doTERRA® Deep Blue along all REVEL courses. It just may be the difference in reaching your PR! This topical cream formulated with Deep Blue Soothing Blend of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils, natural plant extracts, and helpful ingredients provides comforting sensations of cooling and warmth to tightening legs and aching muscles.

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