2016 Revel Big Cottonwood Discount

Registration is already open for Big Cottonwood Marathon & Half for 2016.  Talk about a jump start!  The 2015 race was just a few weeks ago.  They open it early so that folks can plan in advance, and get in on the lowest pricing.

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With that being said, current pricing is as follows, and will stay at this price until 4/12/16.

Half Marathon $79.95

Full Marathon $99.95

My plan is to head back to Utah for this race in 2016 (since it’s one of my absolute favorites) and have created a team that you can join for an even lower price.  Joining my team gets you an additional $5 off current pricing, and if you “Like” them on Facebook during checkout they offer another $5 off.

My team name is “Chasing Boston”, so when registering, just choose “join a team”, and enter that name.  We don’t have to run together, but we can save money together, right?  This past race I had over 20 people join my team, all saving money along the way.

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The Big Cottonwood course is a fast, downhill race that qualifies tons of folks every year for Boston, hence the team name I chose.  So?  What are you waiting for?  Join in on the fun in Salt Lake City.  You may even see a moose or two during your race down Cottonwood Canyon.

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Revel Rockies Race Discount

With just a little over a month to go before race day on 7/19/15, I wanted to once again share a way to save money for those of you out there on the fence about running this race.

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My team “Running Down a Dream” as of today is 20 runners strong!  We had 20 signed up about two weeks ago when one member had to defer her race entry until 2016.  With that, we had 19.  Today, we had another runner sign up on the team, so we are back to 20.  BUT….. There is room for more!

If you still would like to race either the Half or a Full Marathon consider joining my team.  You will save $5 for joining, and also save another $5 if you “like” Revel Races on Facebook when you checkout.  So, with a savings of $10, why not join us?

I will be running the marathon with a BQ in mind, but every kind of runner is accepted and welcomed on the team.  So far we have about 6 running the Half and the remainder running the Full.  We don’t have to run together, as being on the same team doesn’t mean it’s a relay.  Being on a team just means you save money when you register, and we can, if you want, get together for a group photo at the start or finish, or both!  It’s a fun way to meet new runners, and I am really looking forward to it.

I have teams created for the other two Revel races this year as well.  You can join team “Chasing Boston” if you want to run a Big Cottonwood, and/or Canyon City.

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For Rockies in July though, search for team “Running Down a Dream” when you are signing up, to save $$.

If you have any questions before or after registration, please don’t hesitate to give me a shout.  See you in Colorado!

Revel Race Series Discount

Fast

Beautiful

Downhill

All words that any marathoner loves to hear!  Revel Race Series has all of these, and much more.  Like free race photos, free personalized highlight videos, great medals and race shirt.

Price increases are next week for the race in Canyon City and the Rockies event.  If you register before the increase, you instantly save $10.  You can save an additional $10 if you join any of the teams I have created for the three Revel Races this year.

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https://www.runrevel.com

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Anyone can join my teams.  Half Fanatics, Marathon Maniacs, BQ seekers, anyone.  We don’t have to run together, but we can save money together by being on a team!

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Revel Race Series Discounts

Another update!!!  Please read on, but the team name for the 2019 race is what?  You guessed it, “Chasing Boston”.  Good for all discounts again this year  race date is 4/27/19.

 

UPDATE***  Team Name for 2018 Mt. Charleston Marathon or Half is “Chasing Boston”.  Get $5 off registration plus another $5 off by liking them on Facebook during checkout.  Register quick as this is the fastest BQ race in the country.

*Updated 5/17/17

Good morning!  Just wanted to share some discount codes with my readers today.  Registration is now open for all three events happening this year.  Since this race series is exclusively in the western U.S., I’m just trying to do my part to spread the word to other runners looking for an amazing race that may not know about them otherwise.  Spreading the love!

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I ran the Big Cottonwood Marathon in Salt Lake City, Utah this past September.  Based on that race alone, I can recommend this series.

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They have two other races though.  Revel Rockies in Colorado, and Revel Canyon City in Asuza, CA.  Here are some important dates…..

Revel Rockies-  Denver, Colorado.  7/19/15

Revel Big Cottonwood- Salt Lake City, Utah.  9/12/15

Revel Canyon City- Los Angeles, California.  11/7/15

This race series has so many great runner amenities, it really is tough to list them all.  Here are a few highlights…  Free photos, free personalized race video, awesome swag and medal, and a very generous withdrawal policy.  The folks at Revel Races really puts the runner first.  They have amazing, fast and beautiful courses, that you may just forget that you are running.

I have created teams at each of these three events for 2015.  By joining my team, you get a $5 discount off current registration rates, and another $5 off if you “like” them on Facebook during checkout.  Oh, and they do not have a mysterious added fee at checkout either, like many of the registration sites do.  We don’t have to run together, as joining a team is not a relay.  It just allows us all to save some money.

So, if you’re interested in Revel Rockies, join team “Running Down a Dream”.

If you would like to run Big Cottonwood or Canyon City, join team “Chasing Boston”.

https://www.runrevel.com

Check out the race website!  You will learn a ton more about these fast downhill races.

2015- Marathon Calendar

As 2014 comes to a close in just a little over a month, the focus for many runners out there is picking which races will fill the calendar in the year to come.  How does one choose?  There are so many factors that go into the decision making process.

Do you choose races based on price?  How about location?  Do you look for races within driving distance, or is a destination race including airfare not out of the question?  Do you choose races based on the course?  Big races, small races, races for charity?  PR chances?  With so many options out there for racing at any distance, the possibilities are endless.

What have you chosen?

Here’s look at some of my choices….

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I chose this one based on proximity to family.

Asheville in March…. and All American a week later.  Yes please….  North Carolina races.  One about four hours away in the mountains, the other a military event about an hour from home.

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Looking forward to returning to both of these events.  Both tried and true.  Awesome races!

Up until this point in my “marathon career”, I’ve raced 16 marathons.  Each one of them has been different.  Looking at these three races, I have run each of them one time before.  It’s time for me to return and try to better my times.  Can you believe I haven’t repeated any marathons up until now?  Wow, it’s true.

I do however need a new race for 2015, and for that I am looking at the New River Marathon, in Todd, NC.  Another event in the mountains, the beautiful area near Boone.  A small race by comparison to many others, this race has a real small town feel.  At least that’s what I’ve heard.

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I am not 100% decided yet! but really want to run this one!

I need to jump on an airplane this Summer, and head to a Revel event.  This year was Big Cottonwood in Utah, next July I am planning on Revel Rockies in Denver.  Destination, and PR chance, to boot.

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This will be my attempt at Boston 2016.  Let’s see if I can make it happen.

Next Fall?  Gosh, I haven’t given it a ton of thought just yet.  Solidifying the next six months has been more critical right now.  Oh, how I would love to return to Chicago again.  Big Cottonwood?  Would absolutely love to run that one again, but does money grow on trees?  I have to remember that I can’t do it all.  I did enter a contest to get into the New York City Marathon next year, but that will probably never happen.  Can’t hurt thinking about it though, right?

Well, that’s where I’m at with my planning right now.  Have you decided on any big races for next year yet?  It’s such a great time for planning, and remember….  many races are offering Black Friday discounts not only tomorrow, but throughout the rest of the weekend.

Happy planning!  Let me know if you’ve found a can’t miss race that I need to try to squeeze into my schedule.  Happy Thanksgiving!  Have you said your thanks for the ability to run today?  I know I have.

Revel Rockies Marathon & Half

Revel Race series is currently a group of three incredibly beautiful, downhill races in western U.S..  Big Cottonwood, in Utah (which I ran this year), Revel Rockies in Colorado, and Canyon City just outside of Los Angeles, California.  The inaugural event at Canyon City is this weekend, so good luck to those of you lucky enough to be running there!

A huge fan of this race series, I have to check them off my race to-do list.  Why?  I can think of many reasons.  Traveling to race?  Yes!  Up until my race in Utah in September, I hadn’t been to any of the three locations they offer races.  A great reason to run.  Visiting Salt Lake City was a load of fun.  Getting to see a beautiful area on foot while running a marathon was just amazing!  Downhill races equal faster races.  Better chance for a PR or BQ, or both?  Another huge factor for wanting to run these races.  They have a naturally higher percentage of Boston Qualifiers than most races in the States.  Beautiful vistas, mountains, canyons, nature.  Courses designed for beauty and speed, amazing!  They also have great bling, swag and offer a very generous cancellation policy.  You don’t see that in many races at all.  So many reasons to run a Revel event.

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I have decided to run the Rockies event in 2015.  Race day is July 19th.  I haven’t booked any travel yet, as one of my favorite airlines, Southwest, hasn’t opened up their flight schedule that far out yet.  Travel details will work themselves out in the months to come.  For now though, I have created a team, and would welcome anyone who wants to join in.  You only run together if you want to, but joining a team allows you to get a discount on registration in addition to liking them on Facebook (which gets you another $5 off).  My team name is “Running Down A Dream”.  You can click on the following link and be taken to the registration page.  https://www.brooksee.com/rdv/register?team=146952.   Let’s Revel Rockies.

Take a look at the great finisher medal from the inaugural event this year.  It’s huge!

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The Rockies event promises a beautiful downhill course.  Just look at the elevation chart.  I can tell you from experience, you must train differently for a downhill race.  Do some research, and find yourself a good training plan so that your legs aren’t wrecked post race.

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If you are anything like me, you base many decisions on what events you sign up for on the overall runner experience. You look at race recaps, online forums, and race websites.  Based on my experience at Big Cottonwood this year, I know the folks at Revel Races do races right.

Check out this great race series online.  You can read all about their mission, read runner reviews, check out the race course maps, and much more.  www.runrevel.com.

Revel Races – “We Do Fast”

One of my favorite races of the year, Big Cottonwood Marathon in Utah, has opened for registration for next year’s event.  I know I want to return, so I have already started looking for flights out west. I had a great race this year, but didn’t qualify for Boston.  That was my goal, and I didn’t make it.  I learned though from this race course, and feel that a return would be successful. I have to give it another try.

Free photo (a runner perk) of me during my marathon at Big Cottonwood 2014.

Free photo (a runner perk) of me during my marathon at Big Cottonwood 2014.

The Revel Race series currently has three great downhill courses in three U.S. States.  The aforementioned Big Cottonwood that I attended this year in Utah, Revel Rockies just outside of Denver, and Revel Canyon City outside of Los Angeles, California.  The a Canyon City race for this year is this coming weekend.

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As my plans start coming together for 2015, and the possible races start getting filled into the calendar, I really want to attend another Revel event in 2015.  I am looking at Revel Rockies as a real frontrunner.  Starting at over 10,000 ft. in elevation, the course looks absolutely incredible!  I have never been to Colorado before either, so this race naturally is a big draw on me.  It would be a perfect race to add to my calendar, as it occurs in July (the 19th to be exact), when races around here are no more than 5k, if any.  Might be a really excellent choice for a Summer vacation!

As always, if you have any interest in running a Revel race, just drop me a comment here on my blog, and I can get you details on a discount for the race(s) of your choice.  As an Ambassador for this fine race series please look them up online at http://www.runrevel.com, or on Twitter @RunRevel.  They specialize in fast and beautiful races, and let’s face it, we all love those kind of courses!

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Marathon #15

One week away from another Racecation.  My trip to Chicago!  A big marathon called the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, a World Marathon Major, and fittingly a major achievement for me, as well.  Chicago will be my 15th marathon.

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Yes, in just a week’s time I will be headed here….. Chicago’s Midway Airport.

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….and then a ride here…McCormick’s Place.  The site of the BOA Chicago Marathon Expo.

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…..and then here…  The Langham Chicago.  The #1 rated hotel in Chicago on TripAdvisor.

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As I enjoy my coffee on a beautiful 60 degree morning, I can’t help but to reflect on what a positive impact running has had on my life.  It helps me stay in shape in my mid 40’s, it keeps me calm, and gives me time to myself.  It grounds me.  It gives me goals, and things to aspire to.  It gives me reason to be out in nature and enjoy our amazing world.  It gives me reason to travel, and experience places I never would have seen otherwise.  It makes me happy!

On the cusp of running my 15th marathon, I look back on the first 14.  My first in Myrtle Beach, SC.  Wow, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.  I ran an amazing race, mostly because I was a virgin and just gave it everything I had.  That 3:33:24 proved to be a hard PR to beat.  I had no idea then just how good that finish was.  My next marathon was a disaster, and had the most negative impact on me.  A 4:11:27 at Tobacco Road, scarred by injuries and extremely painful for the final 19 miles on the most boring marathon course ever.  I think it was here that I learned the most marathon lessons.

After a car accident, a broken metatarsal and much agony, my next marathon in the Outer Banks of NC proved to be, and still is, my worst marathon finish in 4:13:58.  I struggled with PF for almost 8 months.  I ran thought it, smart or not.  It sucked.  It was after that race that I figured out how to take care of my body.  How to listen to my body.  I took a month off.  No running at all from Thanksgiving through Christmas.  I began anew the start of the next year.

I ventured off to Asheville, NC and ran the exclusive inaugural marathon at the Biltmore Estate.  It snowed, windchill in the single digits.  It was beautiful, but I found it difficult to run that far while my toes were frozen, and I had icicles in my hair.  Another 4 hour marathon.  I won a contest, and got to travel to Virginia for what is touted to be “America’s Toughest Road Marathon”, the Blue Ridge Marathon.  With over 7,000 ft. of elevation change over the course of three mountains, I almost loved every moment still. A true test of grit and determination, my marathon focus turned positive again that day.  Although I finished in 4:04:59, I felt like the King of the world after conquering that course.  I was reborn.

That marathon, my fifth, was my last 4 hour plus finish.  I’ve run nine more since all sub-4.  That day was a turning point.  I adopted a catchphrase from the race, “You run Hills, I run Mountains”.  After that race I turned in times of 3:45 in Asheville, and then my current PR of 3:32:24 at Raleigh’s City of Oaks Marathon.  Too tough courses about six weeks apart, my mojo was certainly back!

Since then, I have traveled to Las Vegas, Charleston, Hilton Head and Wrightsville Beach, four flat courses (well mostly) in search of a new PR.  Hasn’t happened yet, but all solid races for the most part.  My Birthday marathon, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh, now that one was unique.  I just wanted to finish sub 4, and did.  My family at the finish.  Priceless birthday present.  Then the All American, a run with the military.  Amazing!  Meeting Meb!  Wow, I have had some great runs.  My last was Big Cottonwood, in Utah.  Talk about breathtaking beauty.

They have all led me and my marathon journey to Chicago for #15.  Grateful for my health, and happiness.  Anxious for another epic run.

I love marathoning!

#Chimarathon Participant Guide comes in the mail

Two weeks from now it will all be over.  The Chicago Marathon is on October 12th, approaching at light speed. I really want to enjoy the time leading up to the race, and then thoroughly experience Chicago while I am there.  What better way to enjoy Chicago than on foot through all of its neighborhoods?

On Saturday, this came in the mail…..

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It will go with me to packet pickup, along with my ID, to pick up my bib.  I’m starting in Corral D, bib # 12273.

Chicago will be my first of the World Marathon Majors, which also includes Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin and New York.  Let me just say that unless I amass a large fortune in the coming years, Chicago may be the only Major I run.  Well, maybe NYC one day.  I cannot imagine how much it would cost to get to and from Tokyo to run the marathon there.  The Berlin Marathon was just held yesterday, I know someone who ran it.  Let me just say that it’s not a cheap trip from the States.  Boston?  I have to earn that one, and although not cheap, would probably be the most affordable.  But, I have to earn it.  I haven’t yet.  I’ve come close, but I’m not there yet.

So, Chicago awaits.  My recovery/training runs this past week were good.  The body feels better and better every day.  With my last marathon just two weeks ago, I am feeling pretty good about my recovery and prospects for a good race in Chicago.  September overall, has been a moderate to low mileage month for me because of the marathon a few weeks ago.  You can’t, well I can’t run multiple marathons during a season and back that up with high mileage training before and afterward.  I listen to my body, and react accordingly.  I want to have the legs to run Chicago, not burn them out.

Another interesting fact about October is that I have another marathon planned just six days after Chicago.  Wow, I’ve barely even thought about that.  Hummmm…..  Chicago first, Chicago is the focus.

I didn’t qualify; but I’m ok

Now that a few days have passed since my BQ attempt at Big Cottonwood, with each passing day I am becoming more and more comfortable with the idea that I will not be at the 2015 Boston Marathon.  Looking at pictures from my days in Utah, how can I really be disappointed?  I ran an amazing race, my fourth best marathon out of 14 overall.  I got to see a new part of the country.  I got to run in beautiful natural surroundings.  At the end of the day, it was incredible.

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As I sit here I can’t help but feel that it still stings a little bit, but soon enough I will be over it.  There will be other chances for Boston, just not next year.  All things happen for reasons though, so as I come to terms with it my focus turns to qualifying for 2016.

I still have a very busy fall running schedule.  I actually have two more marathons this fall, so I may qualify at one of those.  Maybe I won’t.  After giving it my all this past weekend in Utah, I am not sure I really have the legs to be honest.  It may have to wait until next year.  I’m ok with that.

Next up is Chicago.  Yes, running in Chicago will be just a treat.  I am looking forward to the crowd support and running the streets of Chicago, one of the big marathons in the world.  Time to turn my focus to that.  I just want to enjoy the marathon in its simplest form, feet on pavement.  I will run it keeping in mind how lucky I am to be healthy enough to run 26.2 miles.