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June 7, 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 veteran aiming for a PR or BQ, you should have a well-planned strategy for how you intend to manage the course!

The head coach of REVEL’s Online Coaching Program, who has run a Boston Qualifying time in all the REVEL marathons that he has run, has prepared detailed descriptions of the Revel Mt. Hood Marathon and Half-Marathon courses.

Managing the Course Based On Segments
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.

Generally, the Revel Mt. Hood Marathon course can be divided into five sections:

Miles 1-5: The “Ski Slopes” Fast Start
Miles 6-10: Settle In
Miles 11-15: Accelerate Past the Half
Miles 16-20: Flatten Out
Miles 21-26.2: Rolling Finish

Similarly, the Revel Mt. Hood Half-Marathon course can be divided into four sections:

Miles 1-4: Fast Four
Miles 5-8: Steady Four
Miles 9-12: Work Hard Four
Mile 13 (plus .1): Fast Finish – Final Kick

You can study the courses yourself on the REVEL Mt. Hood 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 1-5: The “Ski Slopes” Fast Start

Starting at 5,620’ elevation, the marathon starts adjacent to the ski lifts at The Timberline Lodge and Ski Area at the base of Mt. Hood. The first five miles of the marathon are almost entirely on the Timberline Highway, a smooth paved road that is nestled between tall pines and firs that line the road.

The first five miles of the marathon lose 1,645' of elevation, with less than 20 total feet of climbing over that opening segment. These downhills are notably sharp, and you will want to take advantage of gravity by letting yourself move comfortably fast. Be wary of a sensation of “running too fast” in this entire stretch of the race. If you feel out of control, or if you feel yourself working “too hard” while running downhill, then slow down.

Miles 6-10: Settle In

Shortly before mile 5, the course turns from Timberline Highway onto U.S. 26. Over the next 5 miles, the course loses another 1,352’. This 5-mile segment is not as sharp as the opening segment, but still runs noticeably downhill. Like the opening 5 miles, this section is where you will want to take advantage of gravity and let your pace accelerate to the "comfortably fast" edge of your ability as you “settle in” at your goal pace, or slightly ahead of it.

Miles 11-15: Accelerate Past the Half

From mile 10 to mile 15, the course loses 1,051’ of elevation. You will notice the more gradual descent, which is still significant, with each passing mile. At this stage of the race, with the sharpest descents behind you and the flatter miles ahead, you want to accelerate past the halfway mark. Miles 14 and 15 are two of the last miles where you will see elevation loss greater than 3% (more than 160’ per mile). Take advantage of these downhill miles as you approach the last 11 miles of the race.

Miles 16-20: Flatten Out

Overall, miles 16-20 lose 362’ total, compared to earlier segments that lost 3-4 times that. These are much more gradual drops that what you encountered in the first 15 miles, and the key to this section is to maintain a steady pace that parallels the lower drop in elevation: lower drop means slower pace. You will notice a slowing of your pace, and that you cannot increase your pace without an increase in effort. This is due not only to the normal and expected fatigue at this point in a race, but also due to the lower amount of elevation loss per mile.

Miles 21-26.2: Rolling Finish

Make no mistake: this is where it gets tough for about 5 miles of the final 10K. All totaled, the final 10K of the course loses 348’ of elevation. Miles 21 and 22 together lose a total of 171' of elevation, and there are some noticeably sharp drops followed by gradual climbs. After that, miles 23 and 24 roll gradually up and then down to lose just over 120’ of elevation. Mile 25 actually gains 12’ overall, and then mile 26 loses just under 60’. The final .2 is essentially flat.


Summary of the Marathon Course

The Revel Mt. Hood Marathon course loses over 4,750’ 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 "go out too fast" in the opening miles of a marathon, remember that gravity is your friend, and you want to take advantage of the benefits of downhill running.

THE HALF-MARATHON COURSE

Miles 1-4: Fast Four

Starting at 1,759’ of elevation, the course drops roughly 440’ total from the start to mile 4. You will encounter a few gradual climbs in these opening miles, but nothing too severe. What you want to do at this early stage of the race is take advantage of the downhills, take it easy on the uphills. The downhill is noticeable but comfortable – not too steep, but just enough to let your legs turn over quickly. At the same time, be wary of a sensation of “running too fast.” If you feel out of control, or if you feel yourself working “too hard” while running downhill, then slow down.

Miles 5-8: Steady Four

You will notice the difference between miles 1-4, which average more than 100’ of elevation loss per mile, and miles 5-8, each of which drop between about 50' and 78' per mile. These are more gradual drops than what you encountered in the opening segment, so you will want to maintain a steady pace. There are no steep, fast drops, but also no hard climbs. As the course gradually drops, you want to maintain a steady level of effort to hold your pace.

Miles 9-12: Work Hard Four

Make no mistake: this is where it gets tough and where you will need to work hard. Miles 9 and 10 together lose a total of just over 50' of elevation. You don’t want to “push” yourself to try matching the fast pace that you held in the more downhill miles earlier in the race. Mile 11 will suddenly feel faster again. It loses 68’ of elevation, and you will notice it. However, mile 12 requires some work: it has a net gain of more than 20’ overall.

Mile 13 (plus .1): Fast Finish – Final Kick

Once you reach mile 12, you can say to yourself "now downhill to the finish!" Even better, the downhill in the closing 1.1 miles is steady and gradual, but quite noticeable, which is great for tired legs. The elevation loss from mile 12 to the finish is roughly 70’. You should find yourself able to resume some of the faster paces that you were able to run in the earlier miles of the race.


Summary of the Half-Marathon Course

The Revel Mt. Hood Half-Marathon course loses nearly 900' of elevation from start to finish. That's an average of around 70' per mile, making 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 speed on the downhill segments.

Paul Carmona is the Online REVEL Coach who has designed training plans specifically for REVEL downhill courses. He is a 22-time REVEL Marathon Finisher and has run multiple Boston Qualifiers on every REVEL course that he has run, with his current streak at 20 BQs in a row at REVEL marathons!

May 10, 2019
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REVEL is thrilled to announce that it has taken over management of the Portland Marathon, which will take place on October 6, 2019. REVEL runners can save $10 on registration with code REVELPDX, which is valid through May 14.

If you have ever wondered what a REVEL race would be like in an entirely urban setting, this is your chance to find out! We have completely redesigned the former Portland Marathon & Half Marathon courses to offer an unbelievable tour through the Rose City. Although it will not be part of the REVEL Race Series, runners will still be treated to the typical race experience that can be found at a REVEL event.

Find more information and register now at portlandmarathon.com.

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May 8, 2019
The Run Down - REVEL Race Series Newsletter May 2019

Rockies Course Preview

REVEL Rockies

A course strategy – and overall race strategy – is a must for optimal performance on race day. 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.

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Rockies, Mt Hood, Chilliwack Price IncreaseS

REVEL Mt Hoold

April running brings May price increases. Rockies, Mt Hood, and Chilliwack all have a
price increase on May 14. REVEL Rockies in Denver is our most diverse course with
sweeping alpine views turning into a majestic canyon. Mt Hood is in Portland, and
we've all seen the photos of Portland with the dormant Mt Hood volcano in the
background. Come run down it. Chilliwack is our newest REVEL event in British
Columbia, Canada. Don't miss out on being a Legacy Runner for this one. The prices increase $10, so be sure to sign up now!

2020 Mt Charleston Open For Registration

REVEL Mt Charleston

REVEL Mt Charleston is excited to announce the 2020 event will take place on
Saturday, April 4, 2020. All future races will take place on the first Saturday of April to
beat the heat. Save up to $15 when you sign up by May 14. Use $10-off code EARLY
at checkout along with the $5 team discount to redeem your savings!

REVEL Takes Over The Portland Marathon

Enterprise

REVEL is thrilled to announce that it has taken over management of the Portland Marathon, which will take place on October 6, 2019. REVEL runners can save $10 on registration with code REVELPDX, valid until  May 14.

If you have ever wondered what a REVEL race would be like in an entirely urban setting, this is your chance to find out! We have completely redesigned the former Portland Marathon courses to offer an unbelievable tour through the Rose City. Although it will not be part of the REVEL Race Series, runners will still be treated to the same race experience that can be found at a REVEL event. Register now at portlandmarathon.com.

Sprouts

Sprouts

Sprouts Farmers Market is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. Their welcoming stores offer a complete shopping experience and their friendly, knowledgeable and engaging team members are there to help you make healthier choices that are better for you and your budget. Look for Sprouts at the expo giving out healthy snack options as well as providing all the fruit at the finish line at REVEL Rockies.

Things To Do - Rockies

Red Rock Amphitheater

Opened in 1942 with seating for 9,525, Red Rocks is a geologically formed, open-air amphitheater that is not duplicated anywhere in the world. With Mother Nature as the architect, the design of the Amphitheatre consists of two, three hundred-foot monoliths (Ship Rock and Creation Rock) that provide acoustic perfection for any performance. From Sting to The Beatles to U2 this one-of-a-kind venue has a story to tell. Take a look north after crossing the finish line and you can see the top of the monoliths! Outside of ticketed concerts it's open to the public free of charge.

Race Calendar

Jun. 2, 2019 REVEL Rockies
Denver, CO

Price Increase May 14!

Jun. 29, 2019 REVEL Mt Hood
Portland, OR

Price Increase May 14!

Aug. 17, 2019 REVEL Chilliwack
British Columbia, Canada

Price Increase May 14!

Sep. 14, 2019 REVEL Big Cottonwood
Salt Lake City, UT
Oct. 6, 2019 Portland Marathon
Portland, OR

Use code REVELPDX for $10 off

Nov. 2, 2019 REVEL Mt Lemmon
Tucson, AZ
 Nov. 9, 2019 REVEL Big Bear (replaced Canyon City)
SoCal
Jan. 18 2020 REVEL Kulia
Big Island, Hawaii
Apr. 4, 2020 REVEL Mt Charleston
Las Vegas, NV

Use code EARLY for $10 off

REVEL Reward Program

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Want to earn points for free REVEL Races and other prizes? Install the REVEL Race Series app today! You earn points when you register for REVEL events plus bonus points & prizes when you visit designated booths at our Expo & Packet Pick-Ups

REVEL Mt Charleston Winners

REVEL Mt Charleston was held on April 28, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV. Here are all the winners:

Benjamin Kopecky
Male Marathon Winner
Benjamin Kopecky
2:29.42
Ashley Paulson
Female Marathon Winner
Ashley Paulson
2:36:00
JJ Santana
Male Half Winner
JJ Santana
1:04:27
Ellie Stevens Meany
Female Half Winner
Ellie Stevens Meany
1:14:46
NWA Runners
Half Team Winner
NWA Runners
1:33:41

Marathon Team Winner
Team L.A. International
2:44:55

Charity Donation Highlight

Vedder River Cleanup

REVEL Chilliwack is excited to announce their official charity, The Chilliwack Vedder River Cleanup Society. They are a not-for-profit society formed in 2002 by a group of dedicated anglers. While they have passed the torch, the original goal remains the same, to keep this magnificent river valley clean so we can enjoy its beauty today and for generations to come. For more information go to cleanrivers.ca.

Runner Highlight

Manuel Calero

A big shout out to eagle-eyed runner Kathy Schancer who spotted Manuel Calero's wedding ring while running the REVEL Mt Charleston marathon! Manuel had slipped his glove off along with his wedding ring without noticing! Kathy spotted it and ran with it to the finish line. She gave it to a REVEL staff member who held onto it just in case someone reported it missing. And guess what, we were able to reunite Manuel with his ring after he emailed in to ask if anyone turned it in. Thank you Kathy for proving how awesome the running community is! What are the odds?

Aftershokz

Aftershokz

THE SAFEST WAY TO TUNE IN! Take on your next REVEL Race with a listening experience that'll keep you connected to your music and your world. Bone conduction technology delivers music through your cheekbones, leaving your ears open to ambient sounds for maximum situational awareness. Titanium construction makes the headphones lightweight and flexible, ensuring a secure fit and all-day comfort, straight to the finish line. Get $50 off a Wireless Adventure Bundle at revel.aftershokz.com.

 

Launch Team

Launch Team

Congratulations to the almost 100 kids from Las Vegas and Salt Lake City who just completed REVEL Mt Charleston Half Marathon! The Launch Team is now gearing up to start their 12 week training on June 24 for REVEL Big Cottonwood. Registration open for any youth, 18 and under. All NEW participants will receive Aftershokz Bluetooth headphones ($100 value) when they register (while supplies last).

Launch Team Shirt and Medal

The Launch Team 5K/10K 80's run (+ virtual run) is back on August 3 in Salt Lake City and now open for registration! Open to all ages, this downhill, fast and fun event helps raise money for Launch Team to get kids up and running! Find all the information about The Launch Team and sign up for the race at thelaunchteam.org.

Honey Stinger

Honey Stingers

Honey Stinger is proud to be your official on-course nutrition for REVEL Rockies! Our great tasting, honey-based products make sure your fueled from start to finish. Make sure you’re ready for race day with these great fueling tips!

Enterprise/National Car Rentals

Enterprise National

REVEL is excited to announce it has teamed up with Enterprise Rent-A-Car & National Car Rental to get you the best rate! Book your rental today at this link.

Random Race Entry Winner

Random Winner

Congratulations to Brenda Sparks who ran the 2019 REVEL Mt Charleston 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. Brenda, email revel@runrevel.com to claim your prize.

 

 
 
May 7, 2019

A course strategy – and overall race strategy – is a must for optimal performance on race day. Whether this is your first REVEL Rockies race and your goal is simply to finish, or you are veteran aiming for a PR or BQ, you should have a well-planned strategy for how you intend to manage the course!

The head coach of REVEL’s Online Coaching Program, who has run a Boston Qualifying time in all the REVEL marathons that he has run, has prepared detailed descriptions of the Revel Rockies Marathon and Half-Marathon courses.

Managing the Course Based On Segments

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.

Generally, the Revel Rockies Marathon course can be divided into five sections:

Miles 1-13: Fast Half (with 4 subsections)

Miles 14-16: Evergreen Rollers

Miles 17-20: Steady Drop

Miles 21-22: Flatten Out

Miles 23-26.2: Fast Finish

Similarly, the Revel Rockies Half-Marathon course can be divided into four similar sections:

Miles 1-3: Evergreen Rollers

Miles 4-7: Steady Drop

Miles 8-9: Flatten Out

Miles 10-13.1: Fast Finish

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 1-13: Fast Half

Starting at over 10,500' elevation, the first half of the marathon loses nearly 3,000' of elevation, with minimal climbing over that entire first half. The average loss per mile is more than 228' per mile, which is a 4.3% downhill grade. Be wary of a sensation of “running too fast” in this entire stretch of the race. If you feel out of control, or if you feel yourself working “too hard” while running downhill, then slow down.

Generally, it is never a good idea to divide a marathon into "first half/second half" for strategy purposes. The best way to break down the first half of the course is to think of it in 4 subsections:

Miles 1-5, which lose over 1,300' and gain less than 10' overall. In this section, the downhills are sharp at times, and you will want to take advantage of gravity by letting yourself move comfortably fast. Each of these first five miles drops well over 200' per mile, and the only climb - which is minor - is in the first mile. After you pass mile 1, the next 4 miles each drop 250' or more and gain zero.

Mile 6, which flattens out slightly, with a net loss of only 150' while gaining about 10' along the way. After the early miles of higher elevation, you will find it slightly easier to breathe, but you can expect a mild slowdown due to the lesser amount of elevation loss.

Miles 7-11, where the elevation loss is similar to the first 5 miles, but have almost no gain at all. The course drops over 1,100' over these 5 miles, and gains zero. Like the opening 5 miles, this section is where you will want to take advantage of gravity and let your pace accelerate to the "comfortably fast" edge of your ability.

Miles 12-13, where you will have turned off Squaw Pass Road onto Evergreen Parkway. Here, you will encounter short, gradual climbs. You will climb a little more than 30' here, which is more in these two miles than you had in the entire first 11 miles of the course. Although you will still be running downhill, the elevation loss of approximately 370' in this 2-mile section, paired with the short bit of climbing, will feel slower than the opening 11 miles. It won't be your imagination: the course will feel slower here.

Miles 14-16: Evergreen Rollers

Just past the start of the half-marathon, the course continues on Evergreen Parkway and gradually rolls through miles 14 and 15, then turns onto Douglas Park Road and Meadow Drive as you approach mile 16. Over this 3-mile segment, the course drops approximately 500'. The challenge is the climbing, which will be visible as you run on Evergreen Parkway. Remind yourself that overall you are still running downhill. The net elevation loss over these 3 miles is about 500 feet!

Miles 17-20: Steady Drop

Not long after you pass mile 16, you will make a hard left turn onto Bear Creek Road. Here, miles 17 to 20 each drop between 71' and 108' per mile. These are much more gradual drops that what you encountered in the first 13 miles, and are also less than the elevation loss on Evergreen Parkway in miles 14-16.

Miles 21-22: Flatten Out

Make no mistake: this is where it gets tough for a short bit. Miles 21 and 22 together lose a total of just over 120' of elevation. Compared to the early miles of steady downhill at more than 4% elevation loss, you will definitely notice how in miles 21-22, with a 1% downhill grade, it is harder to hold your pace. Moreover, the climbs that do appear in miles 21 and 22 might slow your pace noticeably. But don’t panic if you find your pace slowing in this segment. You don’t want to “push” yourself to try matching the fast pace that you held in the more downhill miles preceding miles 21-22.

Miles 23-26.2: Fast Finish

Once you reach mile 22, you can say to yourself "now downhill to the finish!" Even better, the downhill in the closing 4.2 miles is roughly 750’. That is over 180' per mile, or approximately a 3.4% elevation loss. You should find yourself able to resume some of the faster paces that you were able to run in the first half of the race.

One word of warning: there is a short 20-foot climb at the very end of the course as you turn onto Bear Creek Avenue and Union Avenue. It is literally within the last .10 mile, but hopefully at that point you will be glad to see the finish line ahead of you and won’t notice the short climb as the crowds cheer you on.

Summary of the Marathon Course

The Revel Rockies Marathon course loses over 4,700’ 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 "go out too fast" in the opening miles of a marathon, remember that gravity is your friend, and you want to take advantage of the benefits of downhill running.

THE HALF-MARATHON COURSE

Miles 1-3: Evergreen Rollers

Starting at 7,500’ of elevation, the course drops almost 500’ total from the start to mile 3. You will encounter a few gradual climbs in these opening miles, but nothing too severe. What you want to do at this early stage of the race is take advantage of the downhills, take it easy on the uphills. The downhill is noticeable but comfortable – not too steep, but just enough to let your legs turn over quickly. At the same time, be wary of a sensation of “running too fast.” If you feel out of control, or if you feel yourself working “too hard” while running downhill, then slow down. But be mindful that it is expected for you to be ahead of goal pace at times during the downhill segments. Meanwhile, don’t push your pace on the gradual climbs. Remind yourself that overall you are still running downhill, and that the net elevation loss over these 3 miles is about 500 feet!

Miles 4-7: Steady Drop

Not long after you pass mile 3, you will make a hard left turn onto Bear Creek Road. Here, miles 4 to 7 each drop between about 50' and 105' per mile. These are more gradual drops than what you encountered on Evergreen Parkway in miles 1-3. There are no steep, fast drops, but also no hard climbs. As the course gradually drops, you want to maintain a steady level of effort to hold your pace.

Miles 8-9: Flatten Out

Make no mistake: this is where it gets tough for a short bit. Miles 8 and 9 together lose a total of just over 160' of elevation. Moreover, the climbs that do appear in miles 8 and 9 might slow your pace noticeably. But don’t panic if you find your pace slowing in this segment. You don’t want to “push” yourself to try matching the fast pace that you held in the more downhill miles preceding miles 8-9.

Miles 10-13.1: Fast Finish

Once you reach mile 9, you can say to yourself "now downhill to the finish!" Even better, the downhill in the closing 4.1 miles is steady and gradual, dropping over 700’. That is more than 170' per mile, or approximately a 3.4% elevation loss. You should find yourself able to resume or exceed some of the faster paces that you were able to run in the earlier miles of the race.

One word of warning: there is a short 20-foot climb at the very end of the course as you turn onto Bear Creek Avenue and Union Avenue. It is literally within the last .10 mile, but hopefully at that point you will be glad to see the finish line ahead of you and won’t notice the short climb as the crowds cheer you on.

Summary of the Half-Marathon Course

The Revel Rockies Half-Marathon course loses over 1,700' of elevation from start to finish. With an average loss of around 130' per mile, 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 speed on the downhill segments.

 

Paul Carmona is the Online REVEL Coach who has designed training plans specifically for REVEL downhill courses. He is a 22-time REVEL Marathon Finisher and has run multiple Boston Qualifiers on every REVEL course that he has run, with his current streak at 20 BQs in a row at REVEL marathons!

May 4, 2019
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Training Youth to Run the REVEL Big Cottonwood Half Marathon

The Launch Team's mission is to train youth of all abilities to finish the REVEL Big Cottonwood Half Marathon in Salt Lake on September 14th. They follow a fun and progressive training program that begins in June.

Participants meet with their team twice per week. Salt Lake has six locations: Cottonwood Heights, Davis County, Daybreak, Provo/Orem, Surgarhouse, or Thanksgiving Point. Las Vegas has two locations: North Las Vegas or Henderson.

The program fee of $99 Includes:

  • Race entry into the REVEL Big Cottonwood Half Marathon on Sept 14, 2019.
  • 12 week coaching program
  • Group training sessions twice per week
  • Launch Team T-shirt

Las Vegas participants have the option to pay an extra $100 for travel and lodging.

 

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Volunteer Coaches Needed

If you are interested in volunteering as a coach to help train the youth, please Apply. Coaches who complete the program receive a free entry to the REVEL Big Cottonwood half marathon. Duties include meeting twice per week with their team to follow the prescribed training program. No previous coaching experience is required; only a passion for running and a desire to help youth develop a love for running.

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