Big Cottonwood Marathon – 3 days away!

I cannot believe it, but my 14th marathon is now just a few days away.  The Revel Big Cottonwood Marathon is this Saturday in Utah, and I cannot wait to get this running adventure started.

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It seems like eons since my last marathon back in May.  I’ve spent virtually the entire Summer preparing for an honest attempt at a Boston Qualifying time, and now it’s almost upon me.  That chance for a PR, that chance to get to Boston.  It has been a very personal journey, with many highs and lows.  I am optimistic.  

Being sick this past week has not helped at all, but I am finally on some heavy duty antibiotics to hopefully kick this crud out of my system for good before I toe the line on Saturday morning.

Revel posted late yesterday that the Half marathon had sold out, and that there were only a few spots left in the full. I’m thinking that I will gather with many other happy runners in a few days to take one epic journey down Cottonwood Canyon, enjoying the beautiful surroundings.  The weather forecast looks perfect.  Temperatures in the mid 40’s at the start high up in the mountains at Brighton Ski Resort.  Daytime high of around 80 degrees at the finish, but will more than likely be in the low to mid 70’s when I finish.

I am so looking forward to meeting some new faces, and really enjoying my first race in Utah.  Marathon #14, State #5.  This love affair I have with running continues to grow.  Look out Big Cottonwood, here I come.  

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REVEL Race Series Ambassador – I am a REVELer

imageI am proud to announce, and excited to begin another ambassadorship with an extremely popular and brilliantly run race series.  REVEL Race Series is known for fast, beautiful and downhill races with amazing amenities.  

When looking for a new vacation race several months ago, I read about the Big Cottonwood Marathon and Half in Cottonwood Canyon south of Salt Lake City, Utah.  It didn’t take me long to make the decision to register for this event!  It’s fast, it’s beautiful.  This race is unique as it starts at a high altitude, and descends down through Cottonwood Canyon.  It offers a great chance at qualifying for Boston.  My fastest marathon time is just seven minutes shy of my Boston Marathon qualifying time, so this race naturally became my BQ goal race.  

A few months later, I saw the opportunity to become an Ambassador for this race series.  Naturally, I applied.  Recently selected to the team, I couldn’t be happier to help promote this awesome race series.  Great locations, beautiful courses, amazing swag including one of the biggest finisher medals I have ever seen, and charity supporters are some of the reasons why I applied.  

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I will provide much more information and even provide you with a race discount if you check out this race, or one of the others in California or Colorado, and decide to run one.  I would love to have some company this September!  I am adding the race in California and in Denver to my “must run” list.  Check them out online at http://www.runrevel.com.  

Follow them on Twitter:  @runrevel. They are also on Instagram and Pinterest.

This race series offers races in beautiful canyons, fast Boston-qualifying courses, with a huge emphasis placed on the runner experience.  Great customer service, great refund policy, awesome shirts, medals and free photos and videos.  Free photos?  What?  Yes, free race photos and personalized video from your race.  High quality races, and top notch fun!  

If you have any questions about how to REVEL, just ask.

Don't you want to run here?  I can't wait.

Don’t you want to run here? I can’t wait.