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Feb. 7, 2019
The Run Down - REVEL Race Series Newsletter Feb 2019

REVEL Kulia Course Preview

REVEL Kulia

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 REVEL Kulia 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 Kulia Marathon and Half-Marathon courses.

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Kulia & Mt Charleston Price Increases

Mt Charleston

REVEL Kulia & Mt Charleston have price increases coming up on Feb 12. The Mt Charleston Half Marathon still has spots but the Marathon is SOLD OUT. You can still join the marathon by purchasing one of the limited Charity Bibs for $249 (space is limited). Kulia is our new Hawaii event and has the most elevation drop of any REVEL course. Mt Charleston increases $10 and Kulia increases $15, so be sure to sign up now!

We're Hiring!

We're Hiring

As we continue to grow, we need more help! We're currently seeking a Graphic Designer and Race Director/Event Expansion Specialist. Both positions are full-time and based in our offices in Pleasant Grove, UT. For full details and to apply, please checkout the official Job Postings.

LAUNCH TEAM TRAINING STARTS

Launch Team

The Launch Team youth training for REVEL Mt Charleston starts this week in Las Vegas and Salt Lake. Sign your youth up now! Launch Team has trained hunderds of youth of all ages and athletic abilities to complete REVEL half marathons. If you think your kids can't handle it, they are tougher than you think! Altra, Hoka, Sketchers, and New Balance have donated shoes and Aftershokz has donated Bluetooth headphones that will be given to the first youth to signup (while sizes remain).

Learn more at https://thelaunchteam.org.

Things To Do - BIG BEAR

Big Bear Skiing

Whether you're in the mood to ski, snowboard or snow tube, Big Bear Mountain Resort is the place for you this winter. Enjoy bluebird days and the best snow conditions in Southern California.

 

Race Calendar

Mar. 9, 2019 REVEL Kulia
Big Island, Hawaii

Price Increase Feb 12!

Apr. 27, 2019 REVEL Mt Charleston
Las Vegas, NV

Price Increase Feb 12!

Jun. 2, 2019 REVEL Rockies
Denver, CO
Jun. 29, 2019 REVEL Mt Hood
Portland, OR
Aug. 17, 2019 REVEL Chilliwack
British Columbia, Canada
Sep. 14, 2019 REVEL Big Cottonwood
Salt Lake City, UT
Nov. 2, 2019 REVEL Mt Lemmon
Tucson, AZ
 Nov. 9, 2019 REVEL Big Bear (replaced Canyon City)
SoCal

Charity Donation Highlight

American Cancer Society

REVEL Kulia is proud to partner with another amazing group: American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. Keep your eyes out for the Hawaii Chapter who is bringing their Aloha spirit to the Aid Stations on course!

Mother/Daughter Running Duo

Jacquie and Cam

Jacquie and Cam were awarded the Guinness World Record for running the most marathons run together by a parent and child, 120 and counting! At 66, Jacquie ran the 2018 Big Cottonwood Marathon and placed first in her age group while Cam had a PR at 3:33 with 3:30 on her horizon for a spot in the Boston Marathon. Congratulations you two! Keep up the good work.

Aftershokz

Aftershokz

AfterShokz headphones are unlike any other brand. They don’t nest inside your ears and they don’t cover your ears. They don't even play music the same way your other headphones do. AfterShokz uses bone conduction technology headphones and an open-ear design that allows you to take in all that pushes you, from your motivational playlists to the crowds cheering at the finish line. It’s time to remove the earbuds and take in all that drives you with AfterShokz. Save $50 on the Adventure Bundles by using code REVEL at checkout.

Random Race Entry Winner

Random Winner

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

 

Feb. 5, 2019

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 REVEL Kulia 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 Kulia 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 Kulia Marathon course can be divided into five sections:

Miles 1-2: Warm Up
Miles 3-9: Accelerate Part 1
Miles 10-15: Hang on
Miles 16-20: Accelerate Part 2
Miles 21-26.2: Cruise to the Finish

Similarly, the Kulia Half-Marathon course can be divided into four sections:

Miles 1-2: Gently Fast Start
Miles 3-8: PR Territory
Miles 9-10: Short Slowdown
Miles 11-13.1: Final 5K Kick

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 5,700’ elevation, the marathon starts near the Kilohana Hunter Checking Station on the western slopes of Mauna Kea. The first 10 miles of the course generally trend north/northwest, which means that the rising sun will be mostly at your back.

The first two miles of the course lose just over 300' of total elevation (grade of -2.9%), making this a perfect gradual downhill warm up for the marathon. The very minor climbs in these first two miles are insignificant compared to the gentle downhill slope that you will enjoy at the start of the race. With the average loss of around 150', the downhill grade of this section is a great way to start the race: not extremely fast, but fast enough to get your legs moving right away. Resist the urge to push your pace hard in these first two miles. There is a lot of downhill ahead, and you want to manage the early downhills by easing into your pace, settling in for the long haul, and letting gravity pull you along at a comfortably fast pace.

Miles 3-9: Accelerate Part 1

Just past mile 2, the course starts heading into some notably sharp downhills. Miles 3-9 all lose well over 300' per mile, with the average loss in this segment at 369' per mile. That is an average of -7% grade.

You want to accelerate as you pass mile 2, and work hard to hold that pace all the way to mile 9. Resist the natural tendency to chase people ahead of you or passing you. Although you want to take advantage of gravity throughout this course by running “faster than normal” on the downhills, 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 10-15: Hang on

When you pass the mile 9 marker and begin mile 10, you will have lost almost 2,900’ of elevation since the start of the marathon. That is 52% of the total elevation loss of the course, but only about one-third of the total distance of the race. Although there is still a significant amount of downhill remaining in the final 17 miles (more than 2,600' of loss), the first real challenge of this course will be holding onto your goal pace for miles 10-15 on legs that have worked hard over the first 9 miles.

Mile 10 actually loses the same elevation (-184') as mile 2. However, that 2nd mile was run on fresh legs, and the 10th mile might feel a lot more challenging. One important mental note to make here is that after mile 10, the course makes the first of only two hard turns on the entire course. After running on Saddle Road for the first 10 miles, you will make a hard left turn, heading south/southwest on Mamalahoa Highway. Not only does the elevation make a noticeable change, but you literally change directions.

Miles 11 and 12 together lose just over 30'. Essentially, this is a totally flat section. Mile 13 actually gains 51' overall. As you approach the halfway mark of the course, the slowdown you experience will simply mean that gravity is no longer assisting you very much (for the moment). Miles 14 and 15 together lose just over 140' of elevation, but you should start to feel gravity helping you again as you approach mile 15. That is where you want to starting thinking about a second surge of acceleration ahead.


Miles 16-20: Accelerate Part 2
Two important things happen as you approach mile 15. First, you make only the second hard turn of the course, which mentally is always helpful when running through a tough stretch. Second, you begin the next hard descent towards the finish: miles 16-20 lose 1,310' overall. Although those aren't the kind of whopping downhills you saw in miles 3-9, this section loses an average of 262' per mile, which is a -5% grade. Generally, you should find it easy to accelerate to a pace that is similar to what you maintained from miles 2-9. You might not be quite as fast as earlier miles, but the more gradual downhill of this section will make it easier to sustain your goal pace, or faster than goal pace, all the way to mile 20.

Miles 21-26.2: Cruise to the Finish

The last 10K of the marathon course is a continuation of the long, sustained downhill section that began way back at mile 15. 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 1,033’, or an average of roughly 166’ per mile. This is a comfortable downhill section of -3.2% grade, and you should be able to sustain your goal pace throughout the final 10K.

Summary of the Marathon Course

The REVEL Kulia Marathon course loses 5,548' overall, more than 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. In that regard, it makes sense to run as fast as you can comfortably run on the downhills, hold on during the middle flats and climbs, and then turn on the acceleration again for the final 11+ miles.


The Half-Marathon Course


Miles 1-2: Gently Fast Start

Starting at 2,664’ of elevation, the course drops about 200' from the start to mile 2. That is a comfortable and manageable descent for your first two miles.

You will need to resist the urge to chase people as they pass you. While you want to take advantage of gravity throughout this course by running “faster than normal” on the downhills, you need to manage the downhill drops by easing into your 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 fast.” If you do, then you should ease back a bit and aim for a “comfortably hard” pace.

Miles 3-8: PR Territory

Miles 3-8 lose 1,440’ of elevation, which is an average of 240’ per mile. This is a series of very fast downhill miles averaging -4.5% grade, and the segment is where your half-marathon personal record (PR) will be made. Don’t be surprised to see that you have picked up significant speed and are running well ahead of your goal pace. At the same time, if you feel out of control, or if you feel yourself working “too hard” while running downhill, then slow down.

Miles 9-10: Short Slowdown

Mile 8 to mile 9 actually drops 144' overall, but there is a climb of about 35' that starts as you approach the 9-mile mark. After that, mile 10 drops only 65', which is the lowest amount of elevation loss since the first mile of the race.

You can expect a short slowdown in this two-mile segment due to the short climbs and flatter terrain. You will need to “switch gears” to a slower pace based on even effort, and should be prepared to run slightly slower than your goal pace on the uphill segments. Also, you really do not want to concern yourself with runners passing you if that happens. It is easy in a race to get caught up with the pace of other runners. Remember, you have some downhill miles ahead where you can expect to speed up significantly to finish the race, and you want to conserve your energy for the finish. If you feel yourself working too hard in this sections, then simply lower your overall effort.

Miles 11-13.1: Final 5K Kick

The final 3.1 miles of the course are similar to the long, sustained downhill section from miles 2-8. Even better, the downhill in the closing 5K is less severe than the earlier segments, which is easier on tired legs. Overall, this section drops 655’, or an average of roughly 211’ per mile. This is a comfortable downhill grade of -4%, and you should have no problem sustaining your goal pace throughout the final 5K. The last mile - which is always challenging in any race - takes a "final dive" towards the coast, losing 282'. The final .1 loses 34' of elevation, which allows for a strong final kick.

Summary of the Half-Marathon Course

The REVEL Kulia Half-Marathon course loses more than 2,500’ of elevation from start to finish. With an average loss of more than 191' per mile (a grade of -3.6%), 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 "faster than normal" pace on the downhill segments.

Paul Carmona

Paul Carmona is the Online REVEL Coach who has designed training plans specifically for REVEL downhill courses. He is a 20-time REVEL Marathon Finisher and has run multiple Boston Qualifiers on every REVEL course that he has run, with his current streak at 18 BQs in a row at REVEL marathons!

Nov. 18, 2018

REVEL is proud to support the conservation efforts of the Pono Pledge. As a REVEL Kulia participant, we encourage you to Take the Pono Pledge prior to your visit to the Big Island for REVEL Kulia.

We value the opportunity the local authorities and residents give us to hold REVEL events. We strive to be good partners by minimizing distruptions to the extent possible and leaving our courses cleaner than we found them. We rely on our participants to be good stewards of the land as well. The Pono Pledge is a great way to do your part to preserve the Hawaian Islands.

 
Aug. 18, 2018
REVEL Kūlia in Hawaii on March 9, 2019

We are excited to announce a new location in the REVEL Race Series! Join us on Saturday, March 9, 2019 for the Inaugural REVEL Kūlia Marathon & Half. Starting on the western slope of Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island and running downhill to end in Waikoloa, this course offers the signature downhill profile and beautiful scenery that REVELers have come to love.

Marathon Net Drop: -5,548 ft
Half Net Drop: -2,505 ft


Add REVEL Kūlia ("koo-lee-a," emphasis on "koo") to your running schedule and register by September 11 to save up to $15. Use code EARLY at checkout to save $10 and combine that with the Team discount to get a total of $15 off your registration!

Register Now

Book your Hotel

Stay at the Official Hotel of REVEL Kūlia, the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Located 2.5 miles from the finish line and playing host to the Expo & Packet Pick-Up, Hilton Waikoloa Village is the spot to be! Race day busing is also provided for those staying at Hilton Waikoloa Village. 

Make Your Reservation

Course Info

With a net elevation loss of 5,548 feet, the REVEL Kūlia Marathon has more downhill than any other REVEL course, and is the only course that drops more than one whole vertical mile.

Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain on planet Earth, as measured from base to peak (even beating out Mount Everest). Don’t miss this chance to run the fastest marathon in the world down the tallest mountain on Earth! This is guaranteed to be the most spectacular REVEL yet. See you in Paradise!

 
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.

Read More

 

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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