Distance: 26.20 mi
Type: Point-to-point, Road
Difficulty: 3 / 10
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Address: Valley of the Sun Marathon, c/o Pegasus Productions, P.O. Box 80601, Phoenix, Arizona 85060-0601
Filed Under: Running
Starting at 2,150' and finishing at 1,340' and with expected temperatures from the low 50s to the upper 60s, the Valley of the Sun Marathon is a good place to run fast. But the kids will also have a ball: Race organizers have designed the Valley of the Sun to be a family event, with a kids race on Saturday, the availability of desert camping, hiking on trails lined with Saguaro cacti and the option of catching a Spring Training major league baseball game.
This is a fast, downhill run that's almost guaranteed to be sunny and dry, with perfect temperatures for running - and it's a Boston qualifier. It's often cited as being a great race to bring your family along to - and to chase your PR at.
Participants must attend the great Health and Fitness Expo at Mesa Centennial Center - Rendezvous Center, the day prior to the race from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. All marathoners, half marathoners and relay participants, must attend the Expo to claim their ChampionChip? timing chip in addition to their bib number, T-shirt and goodie bag. More than 50 vendors, from the running, fitness, sports and wellness community will offer interactive displays, samples, and great bargains on apparel, equipment and more. The Expo is an exciting event you won't want to miss.
Shuttle Buses: Buses will take all participants to their respective starting positions. THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC CAR ACCESS TO THE MARATHON/HALF MARATHON STARTING LINE AT USERY PASS MOUNTAIN PARK. ALL SUNDAY, MARCH 9th EVENT PARTICIPANTS NEED TO BE BUSSED FROM RED MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL. Busses will run continuously from 4:00 a.m. - 5:15 a.m. All Marathon Relay participants must be present at 4:30 a.m. at Red Mountain High School to be bussed to their designated start areas.