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10574212_1416925418529812_3006742470463802857_nLast week, in the midst of the sweltering summer sun, I started looking ahead to my fall race schedule.

I’m back this week to “revel” about another very cool race series: The REVEL Race Series.

NOTE: I’ve been a REVEL Race Series ambassador since 2014 and have had an absolute blast.

The REVEL race series features a four-pack of races each year (from April to November):

  • REVEL Big Cottonwood (UT)- September 10, 2016
  • REVEL Canyon City (CA)- November 12, 2016
  • REVEL Mt. Charleston (NV)- April 29, 2017
  • REVEL Rockies (CO)- June 11, 2017

The first thing you should know about these races is they are downhill and FAST. I mean really fast. Damn fast. If you’re gunning for a PR or Boston qualifier (all courses are USATF certified), look no further. Read the rest of this entry


If a picture is supposedly worth a thousand words, then what about a video?

Run Big!

Run Big!

Well, since a video is made up of a whole heap of images (about 29.97 “pictures” per second, depending on your choice of frame rate) wouldn’t that make a video’s value equivalent to about a bajillion words.

The one word that comes to mind then is: Dammmmmmmmmmn.

Okay, just me tossing out a silly introduction for something rather cool.

The other day I received my final bit o’ race swag from the 2015 REVEL Big Cottonwood Half Marathon.

As part of their runner perks, which also includes free race photos, REVEL allows racers to choose their favorite photos (and add captions) that will be turned into a personalized race video. Read the rest of this entry


“Always in motion is the future.”  -Yoda

Last year around this time, Disney opened up registration for the inaugural running of the Star Wars Half Marathon.

This padawan will be MIA.

This padawan will be MIA.

It was perhaps the ultimate “combo” for me (even better than that Reese’s chocolate/peanut butter hybrid)… fusing my love of marathon running with the geek awesomeness that comes from that galaxy far far away.

I signed up faster than you can say “But I was going to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters.”

Go ahead, say it. You know you want to. Oh, and be sure to give it that Tatooine farmboy whine.

And the race certainly did not disappoint. The atmosphere was electric and the runners’ costumes fantastic.

I made my personal trench run and brought home a Chewie tech shirt and a replica of the medal handed out when Luke destroyed the first Death Star. Talk about geeky nirvana. Read the rest of this entry


Hi Everyone,

Last week I posted the first part of a story about Fall race series that I’m involved with (serving as a race ambassador for Lexus LaceUp).

Ready for part two?

Ready to Revel?

Ready to Revel?

This week I’m here to give a shout out about the REVEL Race series, which kicks off its second season next month.

The REVEL Race series consists of a trio of marathons/half marathons:

  • REVEL Rockies (Denver, CO) – 7/19/15
  • REVEL Big Cottonwood (Salt Lake City, Utah) – 9/12/15
  • REVEL Canyon City (Azusa, CA)- 11/7/15

If you’re looking for a fast course, then look no further. All three REVEL races feature downhill courses with descents as great as 5000.’ If you’re in the mood to set a PR or hoping to qualify for Boston, then you should give these courses a serious gander (and yes, they’re all USATF certified).

Oh, and I should mention that the races have some incredible scenery. The courses are nestled up in the mountains, providing some vivid vistas. While running the REVEL Big Cottonwood Half Marathon last year I remember being amazed by the view and uttering “Wow” out loud several times. Read the rest of this entry


Hi Everyone,

Registration is officially underway for all three of the races in the 2015 REVEL Race Series.

For those of you not in the know, the REVEL race series currently consists of three marathons/half marathons:

  • REVEL Rockies (Denver, CO) – 7/19/15
  • REVEL Big Cottonwood (Salt Lake City, Utah) – 9/12/15
  • REVEL Canyon City (Azusa, CA)- 11/7/15
Run Revel Run!

Run Revel Run!

And all three of these race share some great features:

They’re all fast courses. Really fast. Like “greased lightning” fast. These races all feature downhill courses, some with descents up to 5000′ (that’s almost a mile to you and me). Can you say PR? And for those of you looking to qualify for Boston, all three courses are USATF certified.

They’re all scenic courses. Since the courses are typically nestled up in the mountains, you get some absolutely wonderful vistas as you run.

They’re runner friendly. Meaning? These races have a lot of wonderful runner perks, including some unique to the REVEL series.

Check out just some of what you get:

  • No silly registration “convenience” fees.
  • Social media discount and discount for forming or joining a team.
  • Great bib transfer and race withdrawal policies.
  • Free race photos.
  • Free personalized runner’s video.
  • Stylish men’s & women’s tech race shirts (with ability to choose tank top, short sleeve or long sleeve shirt).
  • Great finisher’s medal (these things are sweet).
  • Additional runner’s swag, like gloves and a mylar blanket for race morning.
  • Great food at the finish line. In addition to snacks you expect, REVEL races in the past have also had: pizza, chicken nuggets, fresh pie, soda and beer (for +21 runners).
  • These are races designed for runners by people who understand runners (let’s face it, we can be scary at times).

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Fun with made-up words!

Fun with made-up words!

Hi Trippers!

Just a quick pair of tidbits today keeping you “informated*.”

*NOTE: Okay, I know that “informated” isn’t a word, but rather a typo I just made. But doesn’t it look like it should be a word?

Okay, sometimes my brain gets way ahead of my fingers (not that I’m the greatest typist to begin with… I’m fast, but not accurate) and I come up with some wonderful typos that can confound even smartest of spellcheck programs. So in honor of my fingers having a mind of their own, I’m going to keep that word and use it occasionally. How’s this for a definition?

Informated (verb): to haphazardly impart one’s supposed knowledge to others in the hopes of broadening their understanding on a topic or at least making them smile over use of such a silly word.

“I informated to everyone that while ketchup is a wonderful condiment, mustard should be used in its place on hot dogs as a gesture of goodwill.”

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Run The Rockies.

Run The Rockies.

Who wants to run a “mile high” marathon (or half marathon) in the “Mile High City”?


That’s right, my scheduling conflict is your benefit. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to run the REVEL Rockies Marathon/Half Marathon on August 17th in Denver, Colorado.

So I want you to run it in my place.

The great people at the REVEL Race Series are allowing me to give my entry to the REVEL Rockies race to one lucky Tripping The Kenyans reader.

And this is one cool race.

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Speedy and striking!

Speedy and striking!

Q: What’s better than running a half marathon or marathon?

A: How about running a half marathon or marathon that features a “fast as hell” downhill course? And how about a “scenic” fast as hell downhill course?

Q: What’s better than that?

A: Saving some money (aka cash, dough, coinage) while running a scenic, fast as hell, downhill half marathon or marathon.

Q: How much money?

A: How’s $10 grab you? Or better yet, how about a chance to run for FREE?

First things first.

Last week I was named one of the Revel Race Series ambassadors and it’s time to get the ball rolling… downhill.

Click on the image below to learn more about the REVEL Race Series and its trio of races (REVEL Rockies, REVEL Big Cottonwood and REVEL Canyon City).

I’ve just created team “Tripping The Kenyans” for both the REVEL Big Cottonwood and REVEL Canyon City races and here’s you chance to sign up for a team too.

Why join a team?

By signing up for a team, you can save $5 off of the price of registration. And coupled with the additional $5 Facebook discount available during checkout, you can save up to a total of $10 (pretty sweet).

And be sure to sign up before August 1st to beat the price increase on the REVEL Canyon City race.

And it’s worth noting that the REVEL Race Series does NOT have any of those annoying registration/convenience/nonsense fees that many other races tack on to hide additional costs.

And there’s additional team benefits:

  • Teams get a professional group photo taken at the race
  • Teams with 12+ members get tent space at the finish line
  • Teams are eligible to win a prize for the lowest average time in each race distance

So talk to your friends/running group and see about starting up your own team (and coming up with a cool name).

And you’re also all invited to join team Tripping The Kenyans (and can save up to $10 immediately). Just click on the links below:

Team Tripping The Kenyans- REVEL Big Cottonwood (Sep. 13th)


Team Tripping The Kenyans- REVEL Canyon City (Nov. 15th)


Yes, I did.

In addition to offering team discounts, I wanted to let you know in the upcoming days/weeks I’ll be running contests to give out a FREE registration for each of the three REVEL races.

And the first contest starts on Monday, August 4th. So be sure to check in and see about running a marathon “gratis.”

Join a team, save some cash… and Run on!


One of my favorite TV Shows, “Futurama,” often began episodes with quirky professor Hubert J. Farnsworth” walking into the conference room at Planet Express spouting his catchphrase: “Good news everybody.”

So, let me follow suit… “Good News Everybody.”

I’m finally able to officially announce that I’ve been chosen as one of the “Ambassadors” to the Revel Race Series (check it out by clicking here).

Like Shirley Temple Black, Henry Kissinger and the “older version” of Mr. Spock, each of us 14 Ambassadors gets to spread the word… about this cool series of races.

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