2018: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Point to Point
Race Day Weather
44° F (6°C)
PR Score & Course Score
PR Score: 103.82
Course Score: 103.82
2017: 1,381 Finishers
2016: 1,333 Finishers
2015: 1,265 Finishers
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The Big Cottonwood Marathon course starts at a very high elevation of approximately 9,600 feet and finishes at just above 4,300 feet (~5,300' net loss).
The course begins on Guardsman Pass, circles through Brighton, and then winds straight down the canyon.
Upon exiting the canyon, the course heads north for an out-and-back on Wasatch Boulevard. This four and a half mile section is relatively flat with a few rolling hills.
After the out-and-back section, the marathon course returns to the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon and enters the city of Cottonwood Heights and travels downhill to the finish in front of the Cottonwood city offices.
The steep downhill grade can be very hard on the quadriceps - especially for those who have not trained for downhills.
If your quads and lungs survive, the course can be fast.
The REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon was the 69th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 76th largest in 2015.
This year 24.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 28.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.
This gives the REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon the 15th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 25th highest percentage so far in 2017.
Its Course Score of 103.82 ranks it as the 11th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Utah.
The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon a PR Score of 103.82. This PR Score ranks it as the 8th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Utah.
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