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Arizona Marathon

Glendale, AZ

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, February 19, 2017
2016: Sunday, February 14, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Downhill
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 56°F (13°C)
Average High: 67°F (19°C)
Average Low: 44° F (6°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 100.09
Course Score: 100.09

Race Size

2016: 330 Finishers
2015: 273 Finishers
2014: 267 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 7.6%
2015: 11.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

**New Course for 2016**

The Arizona Marathon course slopes gently downhill for approximately the first 10 miles then is mostly flat until the finish. A good early year PR course.

The course winds through desert scenery in the shadows of the Estrella and White Tank Mountains.

The marathon starts at Verrado in Buckeye and continues through Goodyear, Avondale, Litchfield Park, Phoenix and Glendale to finish at the Westgate City Center.

Marathon Rankings

The Arizona Marathon was the 193rd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 234th largest in 2015.

Last year 7.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 11.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Arizona Marathon the 308th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 146th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 100.09 ranks it as the 28th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 5th fastest course in Arizona.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Arizona Marathon a PR Score of 100.09. This PR Score ranks it as the 26th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 5th fastest in Arizona.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 1298 feet (395m)
Min Elevation: 996 feet (303m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Arizona Marathon

5 Stars from 2 Reviews

review of 2014 Arizona Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Flat and fast. Small marathon if you don't like the crowds. Reasonable entry fee.

Race Tips

Only 300 entrants so friends and family can see you 3 to 4 times along the course and get to the finish line without getting caught up in traffic. Great spot for finish lots of sports bars.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stay at the finish line and take bus to start.

review of 2013 Arizona Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Very well organized and great finish location at Westgate. Fantastic course support for a smallish marathon. Affordable also!

Race Tips

The first 3 miles are gentle downhill but the rest is pancake flat. Not sure why they rate this as a "downhill marathon."

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

If you're unfamiliar with the area it can be a little challenging finding the starting area.

Finish Time Equivalent

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