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Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
4
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
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1.3
SCENERY
2.3
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4.3
SWAG
4.3
Known for its downhill and fast course (marathoners will drop over 530 feet in elevation from the start to finish), the marathon route starts in the community of Sun City Festival before making its way around the beautiful White Tank Mountains and ending at the runway of the Buckeye Municipal … MORE
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    runningriddles FIRST-TIMER '20

    The Buckeye Marathon itself is a point-to-point race. Runners park their cars and start at a local baseball field complex to the north, and then run south through a community … MORE

    The Buckeye Marathon itself is a point-to-point race. Runners park their cars and start at a local baseball field complex to the north, and then run south through a community and then along a long stretch of highway road ultimately finishing at an airfield by some large airplane hangars. I remember one review I read of the race compared the course to a “road runner cartoon”. Having never been in a desert area, I was looking forward to a new terrain experience for my latest marathon.

    The weather was calling for perfect race conditions that day with a high in the mid to upper 50s and sunny. That morning it was pretty chilly waiting around at the start, but luckily I had brought some light pants and jacket which I was able to wear and then stuff in my hydration pack before the race. There was also a beautiful sunrise that I was able to take in while waiting around as well. As this was a small race with around 200 marathon runners, the amount of port-o-pots at the start were not that many (so if you plan on running this race, be sure to get in the bathroom line earlier rather than later).

    For this marathon the first three miles running through the surrounding community were slightly uphill, but then the rest of the race was flat or down hill. Since we ran along a desert stretch of highway, there was not much to look at other than a random cactus or two that you would pass. In fact it was odd…even though the course was flat, I read about and experienced first-hand desert hypnosis. This was the feeling of the course seeming like it was going slightly uphill due to the curvature of the earth, even though it was flat.

    Obviously this course did not have much runner support aside from those at the aid stations which were every 2-3 miles. However those helping out at the aide stops were very nice, friendly, and encouraging. As usual I supplied my own fuel via hydration pack and energy gels, so I didn’t have to depend on the supplied snacks.

    The post-race celebration wasn’t anything spectacular (standard fare of bananas and granola bars), but is always appreciated. I took a few pictures with my family and we headed back to our rental car to begin our drive back towards Los Angeles to catch a flight home the next day…but not before I got one last picture with a cactus!

    Read my full race report with photos and much more detail at https://runningriddles.com/races/2020-buckeye-marathon-in-arizona/.

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    4
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    2
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    5
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    troll2069 FIRST-TIMER '20

    I've been very lazy for a long time. My last half marathon was June 2018. This is a "local" race for me, even though it's an hour a way. The … MORE

    I’ve been very lazy for a long time. My last half marathon was June 2018. This is a “local” race for me, even though it’s an hour a way. The half marathon started and finished at the airport. Lots of vendors there and good pre and post race activities. The run is mostly flat. Slight incline going out, but the back is mostly down hill and pretty solid decline the final 4 miles. It’s from the airport out through the desert and turns around in a subdivision. One lane was blocked but there were cars on the road so be aware. Every station has water and Gatorade. One of the girls when filled up my water bottle. Police had the roads well controlled and turns were well marked. Not very scenic but you should finish in a good time. I had an idea in mind having not ran a half in a long time and I did better than expected. I didn’t buy the shirt but the swag bag was nice – including a cow bell. It was nice seeing some other 50 staters out there.

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    4
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    Raena.king FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was a small race that seemed to attract runners from all over. Despite having fewer than 150 finishers they did provide pacers. The course has a steady downhill grade. … MORE

    This was a small race that seemed to attract runners from all over. Despite having fewer than 150 finishers they did provide pacers. The course has a steady downhill grade. Because of desert hypnosis you will sometimes feel like you are running uphill when you really aren’t. The course isn’t exciting but it is a good place to set a PR with its gentle downhill slope. The course is mainly on a highway but there were no issues with cars. It just got a bit boring looking at the desert for hours. It is Arizona in December which gets warm and dry once the sun comes up. Drink way more water and Gatorade than you think you need. I could have done much better had I known that. It is also a Boston qualifier for those capable of that. There wasn’t much crowd support to the point that I saw the same spectators 3 times and recognized them. You ride a bus back to the start line after completing the race. And you are riding for almost the full distance as the course is nearly a straight shot down the highway. The town of Buckeye generally has no idea that there is even a marathon in their town. At a restaurant bar the night before I mentioned to locals that I was running the Buckeye marathon the next day. None of them knew about it, but they also asked me if it was a 5 mile marathon. I met a lot of great people at the race and the race shirt is my new favorite running shirt.

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    Bettejh1 Nov 05, 2019 at 8:14am

    What a fun review...mostly because it didn't seem like you were even trying to be funny. I might just have to run this! thank you

    What a fun review...mostly because it didn't seem like you were even trying to be funny. I might just have to run this! thank you

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    runningriddles Apr 26, 2019 at 11:37am

    Great review! I'm running it in 2020 to cross AZ off my state list. I LOL'd at the comment about a "5 mile marathon". I've gotten similar ones from non-runners… MORE

    Great review! I'm running it in 2020 to cross AZ off my state list. I LOL'd at the comment about a "5 mile marathon". I've gotten similar ones from non-runners before, along with "did you win?". LESS

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    troll2069 Dec 29, 2019 at 9:06pm

    I am running the half. I have been a slacker for 18 months, so this might be a good one to get back into the swing.

    I am running the half. I have been a slacker for 18 months, so this might be a good one to get back into the swing.

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    usamhall Sep 17, 2019 at 1:33pm

    Hey, I am thinking of doing this one, too. But the six hour limit bothers me somewhat. If I drive 1 1/2 days I would like to make sure, I… MORE

    Hey, I am thinking of doing this one, too. But the six hour limit bothers me somewhat. If I drive 1 1/2 days I would like to make sure, I get a finish time. Have you seen an elevation map for the race. Thanks Michael LESS

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    Raena.king Apr 26, 2019 at 12:38pm

    It is a very relaxed race. Small but well run and there were so many nice people there. Water every 2 miles until you merge with half runners. Then every… MORE

    It is a very relaxed race. Small but well run and there were so many nice people there. Water every 2 miles until you merge with half runners. Then every mile. I got asked about the distance of the marathon by at least 3 locals. Non runners... 🤷‍♀️ LESS

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