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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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    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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    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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