Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
gain, net: -5204
gain, net: -2894
So, maybe I didn’t win the race. Maybe I only finished slightly higher in the top half than usual. Didn’t matter. It was important to me. After 7 years, I finally achieved something I had worked for so very hard. And I didn’t quit. And they can’t take that away from me. That’s all that mattered as I enjoyed my tiny bag of peanuts on the flight home.
As I was running this race and knowing I would not realistically be going for a PR, I spent a little more time evaluating it from an organizer's perspective. I had to think about things which I would improve or change. Right away that tells me a race is well run.The race provided not only free pictures but had them up on the website 48 hours after the race was done. The swag in the bag was very nice with gloves, a great shirt, a mylar blanket and a beanie to wear if you were cold at the start. There was a timing mat at mile 4.5 and mile 10 which means in theory the runners could set new PRs at those distances if they were certified. I have run a fair amount of these downhill races and have always told the organizers that if they threw a mat down at 5k, 10k, 15k and ten miles they could advertise how their race could provide so many chances to set PRs. I did not stay around for the finish line festivities but if they were anything like the rest of the race I am sure they were top notch. I was however very proud that one of the athletes that I coach ran a 7 minute personal best in the half, so kudos to Jessica for that! Person after person seemed to be streaming in with a smile on their face and a new R in their pocket. Will downhill running help assist you in running faster? Of course, but you have to take it. No one just gives it to you.
While steep downhill courses like this have the potential to be fast, it doesn’t always work out that way. Running downhill for mile after mile can be tricky. It’s hard on your legs. If you do enough downhill training and learn how to run downhill efficiently, a course like this can be lightning fast. If you aren’t ready for it, though, it can really beat up your legs. Then the late miles can be slow and painful, offsetting the fast early miles.
This year Jerry and I had our 20th anniversary! We decided we would celebrate big, with a marathon! The marathon we chose wasn't just any marathon, it was out of state, talked about as "fast" and the hope for both of us to get our BQ (Boston Qualifier).
Ready to get back to nature and chase a PR at the same time? If so, then look no further than the REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon/Half Marathon. As the flagship race in the new REVEL series (also includes the REVEL Rockies and REVEL Canyon City races) this scenic downhill course is situated in the mountains just outside of Salt Lake City. Although a relatively new race, Big Cottonwood has already earned a reputation as a well-run event and also serves as a prime Boston qualifier. This year’s race sold out and drew in excess of 2500 runners for the half marathon and over 1500 participants for the full marathon.
|Date||Marathon||City||Size (finishers)||Net Elevation Change|
|Oct 10, 2015, Sat||Escalante Canyons Marathon||Escalante||M: 94|
|Mar 19, 2016, Sat||Sand Hollow Marathon||Hurricane||M: 114|
|May 21, 2016, Sat||Timp Trail Marathon||Orem||M: 101 HM: 166|
|May 21, 2016, Sat||Zions Bank Ogden Marathon||Ogden||M: 2162 HM: 3833||M: -1142 HM: -1142|
|May 21, 2016, Sat||Huff to Bluff Marathon||Blanding||M: 32 HM: 47|
|Jun 11, 2016, Sat||Bear Lake Marathon||Garden City||M: 184 HM: 209||M: -1 HM: -1|
|Jun 11, 2016, Sat||Utah Valley Marathon||Provo||M: 1145||M: -1459|
|Jul 25, 2016, Mon||Deseret News Classic Marathon||Salt Lake City||M: 329 HM: 592|
|Jul 30, 2016, Sat||Timpanogos Half Marathon||American Fork||HM: 1328||HM: 1767|
|Jul 30, 2016, Sat||Morgan Valley Marathon||Morgan||M: 90 HM: 206||M: 0 HM: 0|
|Aug 16, 2016, Tue||Skyline Mountain Marathon||Ogden||M: 51 HM: 87|
|Sep 3, 2016, Sat||Mt. Nebo Marathon||Payson||M: 200||M: -4505|
|Sep 6, 2016, Tue||Little Grand Canyon Marathon||Price||M: 59 HM: 88|
|Sep 11, 2016, Sun||Mid Mountain Marathon||Park City||M: 213||M: -1200|
|Sep 17, 2016, Sat||Huntsville Utah Marathon||Huntsville||M: 408 HM: 908||M: -3807|
|Sep 17, 2016, Sat||Top of Utah Marathon||Logan||HM: 1234||M: -1094|
|Oct 1, 2016, Sat||St. George Marathon||St. George||M: 5485|
|Oct 8, 2016, Sat||Layton Marathon||Layton||M: 86 HM: 200|
|Oct 15, 2016, Sat||SoJo Marathon||South Jordan||M: 180 HM: 411|
|Oct 22, 2016, Sat||Haunted Half Provo||Provo||HM: 1672||HM: -1071|
|Nov 6, 2016, Sun||Moab Trail Marathon||Moab||M: 509 HM: 842||M: -11 HM: 2|
|Apr 22, 2017, Sat||Salt Lake City Marathon||Salt Lake City||M: 704||M: -611|