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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Sunday, February 19, 2017

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

2018: No Results
2017: 200 Finishers
2016: 330 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 11.5%
2016: 7.6%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

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 th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the th largest in 2016.

Last year 11.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 7.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Arizona Marathon the th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the th highest percentage in 2016.

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


Recent Arizona Marathon Reviews

4.7 Stars from 3 Reviews
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review of 2016 Arizona Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Pros: Great organization, well kept aid stations, awesome starting location and pleasant finishing area. I also really enjoyed running in the Air Force base-- a great number of military personnel came out to cheer us on, which was welcome because this race lacked spectators outside of the start and finish.

Cons: Long stretches of empty roads- I need a little more distraction. I would rant this 4/8 on the marathons that I have run between Sept 2016 and mid-April 2017- behind Big Cottonwood, RnR New Orleans, and Go! St. Louis.

Race Tips

Easy start. Not a huge race (participant wise) which was nice. Note that a marathon relay is run concurrently.

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

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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