Frequently Asked Questions
Is this race a Boston qualifer?Yes, this is a USATF certified Boston-qualifying marathon course, with certification number UT12016GAN. According to the BAA's most recent press release, registration for 2014 is set to open on September 9th and will remain open according to the schedule on the website. They are increasing their capacity this year to include 36,000 runners, and have also announced that the qualifying window for the 2015 Boston Marathon begins on September 14, 2013, which is our race date. This is great news, as your race this year could potentially get you into two Boston Marathons!
I am coming from sea level. How will the altitude effect me?Because the canyon portion of the race is significantly downhill, the cardiovascular requirements during this portion are largely minimized. Additionally, atmospheric oxygen levels will increase as runners descend the canyon, allowing runners to benefit from increased oxygen intake as they progress in the race. Based on the experience of runners coming from lower elevation in last year's event, altitude was not a factor and many were able to achieve personal records by significant amounts.
Is a downhill course hard on your quads/knees/toes?Increased speeds on a downhill slope also increases impact and works your muscles differently compared to running on flat surfaces or uphill slopes. The bottom line is that if you prepare by following a few simple training guidelines that are specific to downhill racing, you'll be able to take full advantage of this course without any adverse effects. See our "Training" tab for more specific and comprehensive advice on preparing for a downhill race.
How do I withdraw from the race?Visit our withdraw page. We understand that life is unpredictable and that plans sometimes need to be changed. Our withdraw policy allows you to withdraw from the race and get a full refund minus a small transaction fee.
How do I transfer between events or to another person?Visit our transfer page if you want to transfer to a different race or to a different person.
Is race-day packet pickup available?Because the time frame to get runners to the starting lines is so short and we want to ensure an on-time start, we do not offer packet pick-up at the race venue the day of the race. If you are unable to make it to the expo to pick up your race packet, we will allow another individual to pick it up for you. We will require a signed note from the participant authorizing that person to pick up their packet, as well as a photocopy of your driver's license or other photo ID. We don't want anyone unauthorized taking your prized spot in the race!
Are there course time limits?
Because the canyon will be partially closed only until 10:30 AM, any runners still in the canyon at that time will be picked up and driven to the mouth of the canyon to finish the race. To make it out of the canyon in time, marathon runners will need to average a 13:30 minute/mile pace and half marathon runners will need to average a 27:00 minute/mile pace. This is equivalent to a very light jog or brisk power walk, and for this reason the expectation is that only a few runners, if any, will need to be picked up.
Once outside the canyon, the course will close at 1:00 PM. Any runners still on the course after this time may continue to proceed along the course route to the finish area, but aid station and traffic control support will not be available.
What nutrition will be provided on the course?All of our aid stations will be supplied with yellow lemon-lime Gatorade and water. Additionally, some aid stations will be supplied with Gu Energy Gels, fruit (oranges and bananas), and other items like candy to suck on. Information regarding what is available at each aid station will be given in the Runner's Guide.
Are strollers allowed on the course?Because of both logistical and liability issues, we are not currently allowing strollers on the buses or in the event. We're sorry that we are not able to accommodate you at this point, but will keep these requests in mind for future years.
Are there prizes and awards for winners and age division placers?
All runners completing the race will receive an amazing finisher's medal as they cross the finish line. Additionally, the top three finishers in each age division will receive Skull Candy Chops Buds, additional prizes from our sponsors, and an awards certificate.
The top three overall males and females will receive acrylic trophies, running gift baskets, additional prizes from our sponsors, and the cash prizes listed below. The awards ceremonies will take place at 10:30 AM (half marathon) and 11:30 AM (full marathon).
- 1st Place: $500
- 2nd Place: $250
- 3rd Place: $100
- 1st Place: $300
- 2nd Place: $100
- 3rd Place: $50
How do I get my free photos and personalized highlight video?We will send out an email prior to race-day asking for permission to have the photos and personalized highlight videos given to you directly via Facebook. Once the photos and video are in your possession they are all yours!