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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Saturday, November 4, 2017

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 59°F (15°C)
Average High: 74°F (23°C)
Average Low: 44° F (6°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 110.94
Course Score: 110.94

Race Size

2018: No Results
2017: 783 Finishers
2016: 1,069 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 24.3%
2016: 21.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Canyon City Marathon course is extremely downhill. The marathon course drops 5,200 feet from the start (~5800') to the finish at ~600'. It can be a very fast course for those runners who are able to successfully navigate the significant downhills.

Marathon Rankings

The REVEL Canyon City Marathon was the 99th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 82nd largest in 2016.

Last year 24.3% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 21.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the REVEL Canyon City Marathon the 34th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 33rd highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 110.94 ranks it as the 1st fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in California.

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 Canyon City Marathon a PR Score of 110.94. This PR Score ranks it as the 1st fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in California.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 5816 feet (1773m)
Min Elevation: 601 feet (183m)


Recent REVEL Canyon City Marathon Reviews

3.3 Stars from 10 Reviews
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review of 2017 REVEL Canyon City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Well organized, great swag, cool medal, The expo is perfect, Azusa is a great town that fits this event very well. I would run this event again.

Race Tips

Fast yes! Easy not so much, Start off slow and you'll be ok. the heat was not an issue this year, dress warm for the start and bring a light, there are no lights at top of the mountain. No one wants to "feel their way around" a porta potty at 4am. The downhill is great but prepare for a few hills towards the end of the first half. Aid stations were well suited and the volunteers were great.

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

Come to Azusa a day early to settle in. We ate breakfast at Flo's Coffee Shop & Restaurant, food was awesome!

review of 2017 REVEL Canyon City Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


This is one tough race. Once you've pounded down 5000 ft in the half, there is 600 ft of up to tackle. I ran tons of elevation in preparation for this race and it still didn't fully prepare me. This site's appraisal of this race's PR Score of 110.94 is extremely inaccurate. Other Revel courses are less difficult.

Run Revel does a great job of putting on a race. The runner expo is extremely low key but they more than compensate for this with excellent aid stations, a multitude of port-a-potties and yummy treats at the finish. If you like bling, the medal is quite substantial.

Race Tips

Pace yourself conservatively on the downhill. Dress warmly for the start line.

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

There was a shuttle from the Doubletree Hilton right to the start line.

review of 2016 REVEL Canyon City Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars


It was too hot and only the first half of the course was fast.. the last 13 miles had a good amount of uphill...with no shade in the heat I ran another marathon 2 months before and lost 10 lbs prior to this marathon and was still almost 30 minutes slower

Race Tips

Bring a cooling towel practice running steeper downhill and rolling hills in the heat.

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

The marathon hotels weren't close to the marathon because of CA took us forever to get to the expo and race because of traffic even though we were staying at a marathon hotel 5 or 6 miles away

review of 2016 REVEL Canyon City Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Revel organization is fantastic. This course is a steep downhill and then flattens out and has some uphill in the back half of the marathon - very hard on quads, back, etc. Fast, but only if you don't fall apart. I went out too fast and paid for it in the end.

Race Tips

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

review of 2016 REVEL Canyon City Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


The Race was well organized. Free Pizza, Pie , Beer at the Finish..I wanted to Follow a pacer but they didn't have many Slots covered which was very surprising given how organized they are on other aspects! The Course is fast if u pace yourself Right. The first half is all downhill. The second half has some rolling hills which you have to slow down and by this time, it was really hot and the calf's , Quads were on fire. By Mile 20, My legs cramped, I saw my pace slow Down by 2 Minutes and my BQ gone. Definitely, One needs to do a lot of training on Steep Hills for both Downhills and uphills to get the legs ready for the ride.

Overall, I PR'ed by 21 Minutes but could have done better with better pacing and a cooler temperature!

Race Tips

You want to be a little conservative on ur pace the first half to preserve energy for the Hills on miles 15, 17 and 20. If's the weather is above 60 Degrees, Go 5-10 secs slower per Mile than planned. Going at your goal pace will not get you to 26.2 at your MGP except for those who are used to running in that heat.

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

I didn't stay at the host hotels but stayed at a hotel a Mile to the busing area. The host hotels were 5 to 8 Miles away and had no Shuttle buses. We car pooled with other runners from the hotel. Its a little cold up the mountain. So take some throw away clothes with you.

Finish Time Equivalent

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