The Phoenix Marathon

The Phoenix Marathon

Quick facts about the Phoenix Marathon

  • Saturday March 2nd 2013
  • Full Marathon bus pickup time at Mesa Riverview (1061 N Dobson Rd) – 4:00 a.m. to 5:15 a.m.
  • The marathon is chip timed, and your time won’t begin until you run past the starting line.
  • The Phoenix Marathon is USATF sanctioned and certified so it is a Boston Marathon qualifier.
  • Marathon runners will experience nearly 1000 feet of net elevation loss in this fast
  • Very few Marathons are held on Saturday mornings like the Phoenix Marathon

The Phoenix Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k are great ways to get out during winter and get ready for the running season. The Marathon starts at Usery pass, which is near the huge white sign with an arrow pointing to Phoenix that you can see when flying into the Valley. Since Usery Pass is the high point of the marathon the first few miles are all down hill. The only real up hill battle will be in Las Sendas.

The Phoenix Marathon has spectacular views of the East Valley


The Last half of the marathon is basically flat running on wide roads with very few turns and major intersections each mile. Tempuratures can be as low as the 50’s in the morning and 60’s to 70’s by the time you finish. If your coming in from out of town bring clothes for chilly mornings and warm days.


For the safety of runners and to avoid traffic jams, runners are not allowed to be dropped off by family or friends at their respective start lines. Runners are to park at Mesa Riverview and take the provided buses to your respective start line. It is very important to be on time or early because the last bus will leave at the stated time. Please carpool with other runners if possible.