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Race Dates

2019: Sunday, January 13, 2019
2018: Sunday, January 14, 2018

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
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: 45° F (7°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.95
Course Score: 98.95

Race Size

2018: 1,851 Finishers
2017: 2,334 Finishers
2016: 2,338 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: 6.8%
2017: 8.4%
2016: 9.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon is a mostly flat, fast marathon course through the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. The course gradually climbs approximately 250 feet the first 12 miles and then it is mostly flat to slightly downhill to the finish.

Marathon Rankings

The Rock n Roll Arizona Marathon was the 35th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 36th largest in 2016.

This year 6.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 8.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2017.

This gives the Rock n Roll Arizona Marathon the 241st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 23rd highest percentage so far in 2018.

Its Course Score of 98.95 ranks it as the 208th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 6th 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 Rock n Roll Arizona Marathon a PR Score of 98.95. This PR Score ranks it as the 149th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 6th fastest in Arizona.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 1315 feet (400m)
Min Elevation: 1081 feet (329m)


Recent Rock n Roll Arizona Marathon Reviews

4.5 Stars from 2 Reviews
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review of 2017 Rock n Roll Arizona Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Race was well supported, though if you like a big race with lots of spectators this is not your race. Viewers were scattered, and the runners spread out pretty quickly so you can feel lonely out on the course.

Race Tips

You don't feel the incline but it's there for the full first half of the race. Account for 5 to 10 seconds off your desired pace, but it gets quite fast after the first half. Save it for that. Overall, it's a course conducive to a good time.

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

Easy peasy. Race organizers do a good job and there is nothing complex about the logistics here. Uber it to the start if possible.

review of 2013 Rock n Roll Arizona Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


This is a point to point race that winds through a large part of Phoenix. While not the most scenic race ever, it has some great parts and some average parts, but nothing bad and no turn offs about Rock and Roll Arizona. The first half is slightly uphill, with miles 13-20 being flat or downhill. A few small kickers at the end, but nothing serious. Always cold and dry conditions, plenty of space on course and a lot of spectators and crowd support. Big finish near Sun Devil Stadium on the ASU campus makes the final few miles go by rather quickly. Great race, right between a big city marathon and a small local race. Combined with the 1/2 marathon (although, different courses) so the entire event is rather large.

Race Tips

Race starts is generally around 40deg, but it "heats up" into the high 50s and 60s rather quickly, so two layers with an easily removable top will work for many. Entirely asphalt, enough elevation gain to notice, but not enough to focus a training program around. GU brand gels on course, which by the way, are often cold and thick, so hard to consume. I'll put the gel in my hand for 5min before and aid station to thin it out a little before taking. Except a clear, cool, sunshiney day.

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

Point to point race. I am local and usually get a ride to the start, then leave my car at the finish. You can park at the finish and take the local train to the start--a popular way to do it (and most common). If you stay near the ASU campus, you can almost walk to the train as well as walk home from the finish. Pick a hotel near Mill Ave and you won't even need a rental car--just a short taxi from the airport. The local train goes right by the expo in downtown. Mill Ave has a ton of restaurants, plenty of running paths for the days before. Logistically, it's fairly hassle free if you stay in the right spot.. near the finish line/ASU campus.

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