REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon & Half

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017


Number of finishers (2015 results): 1265

gain, net: -5204
lowest: 4492
highest: 9696
average: 7000

Half Marathon

Number of finishers (2015 results): 2502

gain, net: -2894
lowest: 4441
highest: 7335
average: 5900

Race Reports for Big Cottonwood Marathon

Breaking the Barrier... Finally! - Sep 16, 2016

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.

Big Cottonwood Half Marathon Recap - Sep 13, 2016

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.

Race Report: 2016 Big Cottonwood Marathon - Sep 11, 2016

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.

REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon - Sep 19, 2015

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).

Review: REVEL Big Cottonwood Half Marathon - Sep 19, 2014

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.

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This race IS a Boston Marathon Qualifier
Distances at this Race

Half Marathon

Contact info for Big Cottonwood Marathon
Link to marathon website

Race Director
11968 N. Ithica Drive
Highland, UT 84003