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Phoenix Marathon

Mesa, AZ

Race Dates

2018: Saturday, February 24, 2018
2017: Saturday, February 25, 2017

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 59°F (15°C)
Average High: 73°F (22°C)
Average Low: 45° F (7°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 101.67
Course Score: 101.67

Race Size

2017: 2,003 Finishers
2016: 2,109 Finishers
2015: 1,881 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 20.1%
2016: 14.8%
2015: 17%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Mesa-PHX Marathon is a fast net downhill, point-to-point course which drops nearly 1000 feet from start to finish. Runners will experience a nearly completely downhill finish from approximately the 10K point to the finish.

The downhill course and favorable weather make this an attractive PR and BQ course.

Marathon Rankings

The Phoenix Marathon was the 38th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 54th largest in 2015.

This year 20.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 14.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Phoenix Marathon the 97th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 3rd highest percentage so far in 2017.

Its Course Score of 101.67 ranks it as the 15th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st 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 Phoenix Marathon a PR Score of 101.67. This PR Score ranks it as the 14th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Arizona.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 2049 feet (624m)
Min Elevation: 1197 feet (364m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Phoenix Marathon

4 Stars from 5 Reviews

review of 2017 Phoenix Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Fast course, great weather, highly organized and top notch finishers area. Loved the medal as well.

Race Tips

Get up early and get to the shuttle busses with time to spare. Avoid going out too fast on long descent in the first 4 miles.

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

Hyatt Place is the place to stay...walk to shuttle busses in the morning, walk to room after race. Great pool and hot tub.

review of 2016 Phoenix Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I like the downhill course. Aid stations are great. Weather is usually good. Last 6 miles of course are a bit boring. Last mile has a nice downhill for faster finish.

Race Tips

Get to early buses. Don't wait. Last buses don't leave enough time to get through potty lines. I got there early but it was bad for last few buses. Also, check weather. Last year was 15 degrees above normal. You have to adjust for that or even defer.

Watch uphill miles 4-6. Slow down.

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

Get to buses early. Park farther away in shopping center to get out faster after.

Stay in finish line area as long as you need or want food and water. Food there, of you can eat after, is incredible.

review of 2016 Phoenix Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


The race is well organized, but, other than the beginning is not very scenic. it is very fast, but is also not very transparent about it's charitable efforts.

Race Tips

Run even splits even though the race is downhill for the first 13.1. Save energy on the first half so you can keep the pace.

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

review of 2016 Phoenix Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars


It was very hot by the time we finished. The first third of the race was very pretty and scenic. The middle third was bleak/industrial. Several main thoroughfares were closed for the marathon and local citizens were not happy about it. Several people yelled derogatory comments, not vulgar but things like 'you guys suck' and 'I hope you don't finish'. Having never experienced anything but positive vibes and cheering in past marathons/races it was a little shocking.

Race Tips

Train in heat. That will be hard if you live in a legit winter state because the race was in February, maybe do some indoor running on a treadmill to get ready for a warm run.

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

Hard not to take advantage of the early downhill and not try to bank time but don't, you'll regret it about mile 16 when things get flat and hot.

review of 2014 Phoenix Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great race overall, outstanding organization, pacers, smooth course with nice downhill sections. A definate PR course and I have run a dozen different marathons. Go fast in the first half and hold onto your pace and your time will be amazing. Cool start with heaters and fireworks. A nice small town feel with lots of fast runners. WIll not dissapoint as long as the weather is normal, around 50 at the start. It was the best marathon for those that love to go fast......Do the Phoenix and smile,,,also a BQ for me,,,double smile.....Mike from S.Diego

Race Tips

Fast first 5 miles, downhill, one mile up but smooth then a gradual drop to 18 and then level until the last downhill, beautiful, mile and finish. Around 50 at the start and 60 at the end. Good pacers, water stations exactly every two miles. Small expo but great finish line and food places.......

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

I stayed in Tempe, and saved a lot of money since its only 10 minutes to drive. If you have no car, definitely stay by the bus pickup. Lots of restaurants,,,you name it. A bit crowded, but get there early and its nearly vacant.

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