REVEL Mt Diablo Presented by Visit Walnut Creek Race Information
In addition to offering a fully-supported run through Mt Diablo State Park, 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 10th Anniversary REVEL Big Cottonwood 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 recent REVEL race medals.
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 Mt Diablo Presented by Visit Walnut Creek 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 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 Mt Diablo Presented by Visit Walnut Creek, the closest airports are Oakland International Airport (26 miles), San Francisco International Airport (36 miles), and San Jose International Airport (48 miles)
Partnering HotelsWe have partnered with several hotels in the area to provide our runners with the best rates and additional amenities to make your travel experience great!
The REVEL Mt Diablo Presented by Visit Walnut Creek Expo will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024 from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, at the Ultimate Field House. REVEL's Online Coach, Paul Carmona will speak at 10:45 AM and 1:30 PM 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
There is no participant or spectator parking available at the finish venue. Participants and spectators are required to utilize race designated parking at Walnut Creek Executive Park - 2125 Oak Grove Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598. Please utilize the Parking & Busing map to ensure easy access to parking and bus loading race morning.
REVEL Mt Diablo Presented by Visit Walnut Creek is a point to point route and as such, shuttles will transport runners from the designated parking area to the start line. All participants are required to utilize the race organized shuttle service and your bib will serve as a ticket to board the bus. There is no parking at the start lines and participants are not permitted to be dropped off at the start venue.
Race designated buses will load alongside Mitchell Dr at the northwest corner of Walnut Creek Executive Park between 4:30 AM and 5:30 AM. Due to Mt Diablo park closures, participants are not able to arrange personal transportation to the start line and runners who arrive after the last bus departure will not be permitted to participate in the race. Please make sure that you are on time! Estimated travel time is 45 minutes to the race start. Please plan your bathroom needs accordingly. Some porta potties will be available at the busing area as well as the start line.
From approximately 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM there will be a continuous shuttle for participants to return to their cars from the finish area to the designated parking.
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 at Mt Diablo Summit.
Porta-potties, water, electrolyte beverage, 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 at Arbolado Park, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. The finish festival will offer recovery aid to runners, as well as food and drink, photo opportunities, vendor engagement, and much more for runners and spectators to enjoy.
Timing & Bibs
The race 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) 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, starting at mile 3. All aid stations will be supplied with water, electrolyte beverage, porta-potties, and basic first aid supplies. Additionally, some aid stations will be supplied with muscle pain relief gel, energy gels, fruit, and medical personnel.
Safety & Medical
North Gate Rd and Summit Rd throuoghout Mt Diablo State Park will be entirely closed to vehicle traffic while runners occupy the roadway. Upon reaching the park exit gate (mile 11), runners will occupy the westbound lanes of North Gate Rd while eastbound lanes will be utilized as a two-way pilot escorted vehicle traffic system. Candlestick barricades will be placed along the center of the roadway, and for your safety you must stay to the right of these cones at all times while on North Gate Rd. Similarly, runners will occupy the westbound lanes of Arbolado Dr and must stay on the left side of the roadway to reach the finish line at Arbolado Park.
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 vehicles as well as an ambulance will be positioned along the course 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 half marathon is based on a 15:00 minute per mile pace. This equates to a time limit of 3 hours and 17 minutes, and with consideration to all runners clearing the start chute within 15 minutes of the start time, participants will have until 10:33 AM to complete the course.
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.
In effort of runners achieving their desired finish time, Pacers will be designated to the following half marathon 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 Walnut Creek, 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.
Due to the road closures being implemented throughout Mt Diablo State Park, spectators will not be allowed to spectate within the park along North Gate Rd and Summit Rd (miles 0-11). Spectators are encouraged to support runners at the finish line.
Spectators are required to utilize the designated parking at Walnut Creek Executive Park and should refer to the Parking & Busing information and map. Shuttle service for transporting specators between the parking area and finish venue will be available from 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Shuttle service for specators will be located alongside Mitchell Dr at the northwest corner of Walnut Creek Executive Park.
Results & Awards
Age divisions include the following:
Race times and results are live and will be available shortly after you cross the finish line.