Yes, the marathon is a USATF certified Boston-qualifying marathon course.
Runners must complete the race in less than 6.5 hours.
In order to remain within the guidelines of the State of Idaho and other permit authorities, this race will be capped at 499 registrants per day. In order for us to make necessary plans and purchases, we need to know by March 8th whether or not we will have 499 registrants each day. Thus, March 8th will be the last day to register.
If the cap of 499 registrants for any race day is not hit by midnight on March 8th, that race day will be cancelled and those who registered for that day will receive a complete refund. In other words, each race day will only proceed if 499 runners register by March 8th. Registered runners are therefore encouraged to wait to book travel plans until receiving confirmation that the cap has been met.
Unlike other REVEL races, it will NOT be possible to withdraw from this race and receive a refund; nor will it be possible to defer your entry to a future REVEL race. Once registration is complete, your entry is locked in and cannot be undone. However, it will be possible to transfer your entry to another individual per usual at REVEL events. See the Transfer page for additional details.
Because this race is being capped at an extremely low participant count, we fully anticipate that the event will occur. Steps are being taken to ensure that we adhere to all permit and health department guidelines. However, in the extremely unlikely scenario that the race is forced to cancel due to COVID-19 restrictions, all participants will receive a full refund.
If the race is cancelled for any other reason not related to the COVID-19 pandemic (such as weather conditions) refunds will not be issued. Under this scenario, runners would receive a partial credit of their registration fees that may be used towards future REVEL races.
The entire policy can be seen on the Transfer page.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions there will not be a pre-race expo. Instead, runners will need to attend a simple packet pickup between 3:00-6:00 on the afternoon prior to their race day.
Runners will be allowed to use earphones on the course. However, for your safety we highly recommend that you keep the volume of your music low enough to still be aware of your surroundings, as police officers, volunteers, or emergency vehicles may need to get your attention at some point along the course.
Because of both logistical and liability issues, we are not currently allowing strollers on the buses or in the event. We're sorry that we are not able to accommodate you at this point, but will keep these requests in mind for future years.
You will receive an email within a week after the race to view and download your race photos. They will be stored on your results page so that you can always access them in the future.
The entire race is run on paved surfaces.
Because the race is significantly downhill, the cardiovascular requirements are largely minimized. Additionally, atmospheric oxygen levels will increase as runners descend the course, allowing runners to benefit from increased oxygen intake as they progress in the race. Based on the experiences of runners coming from lower elevation in previous years at other REVEL events, altitude has not been a factor and many have been able to achieve personal records by significant amounts.
Increased speed on a downhill slope also increases footstrike impact and works your muscles differently compared to running on flat surfaces or uphill slopes. The bottom line is that if you prepare by following a few simple training guidelines that are specific to downhill racing, you will be able to take full advantage of this course without adverse effects. See our Training page for more specific and comprehensive advice on preparing for a downhill race.