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Race Dates

2017: Saturday, September 9, 2017
2016: Saturday, September 10, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Downhill
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 57°F (13°C)
Average High: 70°F (21°C)
Average Low: 44° F (6°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 103.82
Course Score: 103.82

Race Size

2016: 1,333 Finishers
2015: 1,265 Finishers
2014: 1,527 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 28.7%
2015: 25.1%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

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.


Marathon Rankings

The REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon was the 68th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 75th largest in 2015.

Last year 28.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 25.1% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon the 14th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 14th highest percentage in 2015.


Its Course Score of 103.82 ranks it as the 9th 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 6th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Utah.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 9726 feet (2965m)
Min Elevation: 4441 feet (1353m)

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Ratings & Reviews for the REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon

4.4 Stars from 9 Reviews



review of 2016 REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Excellent organization and small Expo, which help me not to spend too much time walking so I could rest my legs for the race. Stayed in Crystal Inn and they offered FREE pasta dinner and breakfast to go at 3:00am. 2 race buses picked us up at the hotel to the starting line. Hydration points every 2 miles and funny signs along the race made me kept going. Very fast course and did not feel I had to brake along the course. I did a PR and only trained for 8 weeks since I had a surgery. Will race it again in 2017 and hope to train for at least 16 weeks!!!!

Race Tips

For me Miles 20 thru 24 are the tough ones, since they are flat and little slopes, also weather gets a little warm. Miles 24 til finish line are flat and little downhill which are good to give all you have left. Do some training in downhills and running hills to help legs getting used to the course...., but this course is not so bad if you have Marathon experience.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

If you do not want to drive and avoid hurries, stay in the recommended hotels....the Race organizers will send buses to the hotels. Most of these hotels will offer pasta dinner and early breakfast. There is plenty of parking where the buses are waiting also.



review of 2016 REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Excellent Organization. Love the downhill. I did not feel it was hard on quads since I trained on various types of courses with hills. Made PR and only made my training for 8 weeks because of a surgery. Will do the race again.

Race Tips

Did all the race at a steady pace. Ran with 5 people at my side, did not feel crowded. Hydration every mile.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stay at a Race recommended hotel , since organization will send pick up buses at hotel.



review of 2016 REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

The marathon was gorgeous and very well run.

Race Tips

The first four miles are incredibly steep. (I intended to run 7:45 minute miles, but ran the first mile in 6:27 because it was hard to hold back) The only way to get the full time advantage of this downhill course is to practice on steep hills. I ran hills and did one and two legged squats in preparation but, still, by the end of the race my legs were completely spent and sore for ten days after. The first 18 to 19 miles are beautiful, shaded and downhill, then it begins uphill (admittedly mild, but by comparison jarring) and in full sun. Also, it is very cold at the start because of elevation and early morning so bring lots of layers and the provided space blanket. The drop bag system is extremely efficient. Overall, I really enjoyed this marathon, but wish I had gone out slower.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

The Crystal Inn provides nice accommodations (including race day snacks starting at 3:00 a.m.) and is within walking distance (about 1 mile) of the finish.



review of 2016 REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Beautiful course! Well supported, friendly volunteers.

Race Tips

This race can be divided into 2 parts. 18 miles of challenging, fast downhills - then 8 miles of flat/rolling hills. At that point, the scenery isn't as beautiful, you are in full sun, and the toll that the down hill took on your legs is realized. Be mentally prepared for this section of the race...it sneaks up on and can get the beat of those who aren't prepared.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Plan to rent a car!! Recommended hotels are not in a pedestrian friendly area, and cabs are a 15-30 minute wait.



review of 2016 REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Down hill, beautiful scenery, fast, well organized.

Race Tips

practice downhill running before hand its hard on your quads.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




review of 2016 REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars

Review

I thought the race was well organized and there were plenty of aid stations. I did PR at this race, but the course was a lot tougher than I expected. You start out with 18 miles of downhill, very steep in sections, and that beat the crap out of my legs. There's a 5 mile out and back section when you get out of the canyon that i thought was boring, then a gentle 3 mile downhill to the finish.

Race Tips

It is really cold at the start, so bundle up. They gave us hats, gloves and blanket for a reason. No place to warm up before the race.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

We stayed at the Hyatt and thought it was great. Busses pick you up outside the hotel and there were a lot of food/drink options within walking distance.



review of 2015 REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Revel runs a fantastic marathon. This one is scenic and fast. I have gotten my 3 fastest marathon times on Big Cottonwood (I've ran BC 3 times and done 9 marathons) the portion of the run done on Wasatch Blvd is the only negative to this marathon...it is hot and has rolling hills...I'm always on pace to qualify for Boston until I get to Wasatch Blvd.

This is one of my favorite marathons and the only one I've repeated. The course is the prettiest one I've done.

Race Tips

Practice running rolling hills in the heat at the end of your long runs and make sure you do adequate downhill training runs

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




review of 2014 REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

If you are looking to PR or BQ this is your race. Very fast race. I loved this race and will run it again in the future.

Race Tips

You will spend the first 15 miles trying to slow down. The race really begins the last 11.2 miles, make sure you still have something left for the rolling hills between 15 and 23 mile markers. Wear warm clothes because its cold at the startline.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Make sure that you pick a hotel that is part of the marathon, they will bus you from the hotel to the start line. There is plenty of parking at the finish for any people coming to support you.



review of 2013 REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars

Review

It was so steep that i had to "put on the brakes" a lot. When it got to the last 10 miles of rolling hills. my legs were trashed. Definitely don't do unless you train on "steep" downhills and a high elevation. My friends that trained on that course and lived there did well.

Race Tips

Train on steep downhills.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

The first 16 miles are very very steep. hold back a little because when you hit the last 10 miles of rolling hills and gradual uphill, you will need feeling left in your legs.



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