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Overall Rating (55 Reviews)
4.4
(55 Ratings)  (55 Reviews)
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2.4
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3.3
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4.6
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4.2
The Mesa Marathon presented by Mountain Vista Medical Center (previously known as the Mesa-Phoenix Marathon) is the premier race in Arizona. Runners receive the race experience and perks of a major marathon as well as the personalized service and local flavor of your favorite hometown race. Race day is all … MORE
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    dlmartin REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Great, easy, flat and quick course for half marathoners. Full marathoners get to enjoy premium city/valley views as the course winds itself down into the city. The race production was … MORE

    Great, easy, flat and quick course for half marathoners. Full marathoners get to enjoy premium city/valley views as the course winds itself down into the city. The race production was among the best I experienced and the 10th anniversary swag was bountiful and top notch. The race directors went above my expectations. Local police, fire and the community gave full support securing the course from uninvited drivers. The volunteers were not only supportive but great cheerleaders. This is a good race for those visiting the valley in the spring. For locals, its a great race stay in shape.

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    clarke.jana FIRST-TIMER '22

    Gorgeous for the 1st 10 miles or so, the desert is amazing. The rest of the views are kinda blah, but the course is flat and fast. It was SO … MORE

    Gorgeous for the 1st 10 miles or so, the desert is amazing. The rest of the views are kinda blah, but the course is flat and fast. It was SO WELL SUPPORTED. That was the best part. Coming from the PNW, I required way more water than Phoenix desert air had to offer, so fortunately the many, many aid stations helped me out. While I HATED training in the cold rainy winter of my state, it was a dream to race in warm, sunny Arizona. I most definitely will come for this race again!

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    lmkunz REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This is probably my most favorite course. Fast downhill first half (other than a hill from mile 4-6). And then gradual downhill in second half. This was my second time … MORE

    This is probably my most favorite course. Fast downhill first half (other than a hill from mile 4-6). And then gradual downhill in second half. This was my second time running it (2020 and 2022).
    Pros For 2022:
    Well organized expo
    Liked staying on the busses at the start
    Fireworks at the start
    Fast course
    Cons for 2022:
    Too hot during second half of race (nothing can be done about the weather, I just wished it was cooler this year)

    I’m definitely planning to do this one again!

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    Bks262 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    You can’t beat the weather in Phoenix and this event is one of the most well organized event I’ve ever been a part of. 10 years and counting! Oh.. I … MORE

    You can’t beat the weather in Phoenix and this event is one of the most well organized event I’ve ever been a part of. 10 years and counting!

    Oh.. I run this event without training at all. Have traditionally ran the full, this was my first half. Equally as enjoyable!

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    johnmoriarty3 FIRST-TIMER '22

    Great race - just be prepared to get up early to get to the finish, park ate take a bus to the start. It was colder than I expected (I … MORE

    Great race – just be prepared to get up early to get to the finish, park ate take a bus to the start. It was colder than I expected (I am from out of town) and a long wait until the start, but they had loads of heat lamps at the start to keep us warm until the start.

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    runMesamarathon FIRST-TIMER '22

    Well organized nice course with great cheering support. Organizers add funny signs along the way to keep you entertained. Great for PR and BQ and for those simply looking to … MORE

    Well organized nice course with great cheering support. Organizers add funny signs along the way to keep you entertained. Great for PR and BQ and for those simply looking to have an enjoyable fun experience.

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    ekkk REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This race is well organized. Communication is great. From sign up to packet pick up to the actual race. Great pre and post race experience. The course is fantastic. When … MORE

    This race is well organized. Communication is great. From sign up to packet pick up to the actual race. Great pre and post race experience. The course is fantastic. When running with the app on it gives you a little tour of the city and gives you encouragement along the way. The aid stations are great and spaced perfectly. I will be doing this run annually as long as I am able to. One thing I wish was on offer is a VIP experience like the other race that takes place in Tempe in January.

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    kattycakes FIRST-TIMER '22

    I couldn't be happier with my first marathon experience! The scenery was beautiful in the first part of the race running as the sun rose into the valley. The volunteers … MORE

    I couldn’t be happier with my first marathon experience! The scenery was beautiful in the first part of the race running as the sun rose into the valley. The volunteers were amazing, cheering you on as you went. Appreciated the aid stations throughout the race. My favorite part was the neighborhood that has signs cheering you on throughout the entire mile. It was a good first experience.

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    lcjones7770 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    No big hills l, great expo, lots of aid stations on the course with great volunteers. This was my 9th year. I have ran the full and half. Beautiful view … MORE

    No big hills l, great expo, lots of aid stations on the course with great volunteers. This was my 9th year. I have ran the full and half. Beautiful view on both

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    TravisC REPEAT RUNNER '22

    I ran the full marathon. It’s a good race. The expo is really small, but organized. The race started at 6:30 am. The buses drop runners off at the starting … MORE

    I ran the full marathon. It’s a good race. The expo is really small, but organized. The race started at 6:30 am. The buses drop runners off at the starting line about 5:00-5:30 am. It gets hot in Mesa, even in February. It would be nice to start the race 30 minutes earlier to avoid some of the sunshine during the later miles. There were plenty of restrooms at the drop off in 2022. There were restrooms and water stops at least every two miles beginning around mile 3. The race scenery is nice at the beginning and not as much in the last half of the race. There is quite a bit of downhill running the first half of the race and then it’s fairly flat the second half. This race doesn’t really run through neighborhoods so it can get pretty quiet out there. The timing system used for the 2022 race had glitches, both in the overall times for some runners and the tracking system. The finish line area is large and the race bibs come with a beer ticket. Water was handed to runners as soon as they cross the line, but couldn’t be found as soon as they moved through the corrals. Hopefully, the finish line area is better stocked throughout the area next time.

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    marandaw01 FIRST-TIMER '22

    Take time the day before to visit booths! Fun photo booths, swag and boot legs. Lots of people on hand after race for stretching and massages. MORE

    Take time the day before to visit booths! Fun photo booths, swag and boot legs. Lots of people on hand after race for stretching and massages.

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    rjhughes1409 FIRST-TIMER '22

    I didn't come away with any negatives from this race. The atmosphere was top notch, scenery beautiful, organized and easy to switch my distance last minute. I thought the swag … MORE

    I didn’t come away with any negatives from this race. The atmosphere was top notch, scenery beautiful, organized and easy to switch my distance last minute. I thought the swag bag had some useful items, which is rare, usually just a lot of marketing. Pizza, beer and ice cream after I finished, what’s not to love?

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    edwardsaiz88 FIRST-TIMER '22

    This race has to be the best run mid-sized race (2000+ marathoners) in the country and it is FAST! Expo is efficient and I was quite impressed by the marketing … MORE

    This race has to be the best run mid-sized race (2000+ marathoners) in the country and it is FAST! Expo is efficient and I was quite impressed by the marketing and swag – just a cool logo! Parking is a bit disorganized in the AM so get there early, but bus ride up was easy, plus the heat lamps at the start were such a nice touch because it was cold. Portapotties were plentiful and cool fireworks show at the start.
    Course for the Marathon is ideal for a PR. Nice gradual downhill first half (100-200 foot declines per mile) with one two mile hill climb at mile 4. It gradually flattens out after mile 13 or so, and also I appreciated the long strait aways – helped me focus in the mid part of the race. First part is beautiful desert but it’s a bit dark to see then run through suburban houses – the community also came out and support the runners as well! Aide stations were plentiful every 2 miles or so. I really want to run this again because I cramped bad mile 23 (it was a record high for the weekend) because I know I would have broken 3 hours and PRed!

    Personally I liked this much better than a Revel downhill race, because the downhills were straight and gradual enough to save on your effort/fuel and gave you a speed boost but didn’t feel like absolute hell on your quads; wasn’t aggressive. It was an Awesome race! My only complaint was the hot weather, but sadly in 2022 we just had a bad heat wave because I love winter training and thrive in the cold, which is why I chose this early winter marathon to compete. Medals were super cool in 2022 as well! Finish line was well stocked with goodies pizza beer and ice cream all complimentary for runners and a shuttle back to your car was nice, but going up the bus steps after the race was probably harder than the race it self 🤣
    I initially planned this a one and done but I think I’ll be back from Vegas next year to run again. Sub 3 is calling my name on this fast course!

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    monson4223 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This is a fast course, point to point race. You will take a bus to the start line. Warning, it will be early! Lots of porta potties this year and … MORE

    This is a fast course, point to point race. You will take a bus to the start line. Warning, it will be early! Lots of porta potties this year and it wasn’t cold so no one had to huddle around the heat lamps. The start is amazing with fireworks!! It’s nice to run the first few miles in the dark, watch the sun rise and finish the race in Mesa. The food in the runners area is delicious, lots of people cheering you in at the finish and a really nice medal. Race shirt was not good this year, but in the past year it’s been amazing.

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    abbey.road FIRST-TIMER '22

    First off, I would highly recommend this race to anyone looking for a fast, BQ course. While not 100% downhill (there is a ~200' climb from mile 5 to the … MORE

    First off, I would highly recommend this race to anyone looking for a fast, BQ course. While not 100% downhill (there is a ~200′ climb from mile 5 to the 10K point), you get plenty of gravity assistance everywhere else.

    Expo is small and outdoor but lots of pre-race photo opportunities. Race staff was outstanding when my wife’s bib couldn’t be located. They quickly corrected the problem with her registration and got her a bib. Compact and nicely organized whether you lingered or grabbed your swag and left.

    Parking was clearly communicated and well marked for half marathon (we had a few in our group running the half). Walk to the buses was a quick 5-7 minutes then just a couple minutes wait to load. 45 minute ride to the start where the buses stayed if you didn’t want to wait outside in the ~45º air. Propane heaters were a nice touch lined up opposite the porta-potties, which were plentiful.

    It was still dark at the start but lighting from the corral helped to provide some visibility in the first 1/4 mile. The sun was just starting to light the horizon to the east, which reminded me of scenes from Forrest Gump. If you looked at the course, you knew there was a steady climb leading to the 10K point then downhill or flat the rest of the way. The aid station at Mile 9 was far and away the best on the course. The neighborhood embraced the challenge with a Christmas theme and had signs along the median every 25-50 feet for about 1/4 mile. Sun finally rose above the mountains in a clear blue sky. Crossing the halfway point, the scenery noticeably changed to more city/industrial with long, straight stretches. I would have liked a at least one more aid station at Mile 20 to help with hydration for the last 10K. Last mile was unremarkable but there were plenty of spectators near the finish line.

    Volunteers in the finish chute were outstanding and the medical staff was very aware of runner’s conditions crossing the finish. It was nice to be able to stay near the finish and be there for my traveling partners when they finished. I never felt rushed to clear out as in other races. The ice-water soaked towels were outstanding!

    Post-race PT for stretching was a great asset especially on a warmer day. Line moved along quickly. Food and drinks were plentiful and I really liked being able to get printed results before leaving.

    One suggestion for a better race experience:
    1. Many runners travel for this race and may not be used to the AZ winter temps (like me). Consider offering ice, ice packs or ice-water soaked sponges after Mile 20.

    All in all, a great destination race during the winter. I will definitely consider returning in the future.

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    lisaro2705 FIRST-TIMER '22

    This is an amazing event. The expo was great, the race itself was very organized. For 10 runners there was hydration at every mile. Definitely want to run this race MORE

    This is an amazing event. The expo was great, the race itself was very organized. For 10 runners there was hydration at every mile. Definitely want to run this race again!

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    hmurphy1025 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This was my 19th marathon, 3rd Mesa. And a PR and BQ for me!! I can't say enough how much I love this race! For so many reasons. It's on … MORE

    This was my 19th marathon, 3rd Mesa. And a PR and BQ for me!! I can’t say enough how much I love this race! For so many reasons. It’s on a Saturday at 6:30!! You have the WHOLE WEEKEND to enjoy once it’s over. The course is super flat, slight uphill 4-6 and some downhill, but overall, FLAT. The race expo is very large and extremely well-organized. So many aid stations. GREAT crowd support. Amazing after-party/goodies at the finish line. And this year, they added WAY MORE porta potties at the start and that was such a great thing to see when I piled off the school bus. I plan to run this race every year…it seems to get better every year!

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    jc_tri31 FIRST-TIMER '22

    It's a good race course to debut as a marathoner. It was my first marathon and I enjoyed as everyone else. People are so kind with runners because you will … MORE

    It’s a good race course to debut as a marathoner.
    It was my first marathon and I enjoyed as everyone else.
    People are so kind with runners because you will always find someone cheering you in every mile and every spot.
    Good bless to the Staff, volunteers, medical staff and directors for doing this race every year.
    Thanks 😁👍🏼

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    aliciakclinton REPEAT RUNNER '22

    The mesa marathon is such a great experience. They have thought of everything you could need for your race experience. Expo is well done and they even give you gloves … MORE

    The mesa marathon is such a great experience. They have thought of everything you could need for your race experience. Expo is well done and they even give you gloves and a Mylar blanket to help keep you warm at the race’s start, which is in the desert. They have heat lamps to keep you warm and plenty of portapotties. The race start is fast and beautiful. Enough aid stations throughout and lots of support. Can’t recommend enough!

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    ctownruns REPEAT RUNNER '22

    From the expo to the finish line experience you can clearly tell that this event is coordinated by runners. Even the course design is perfectly selected with a subtle downhill … MORE

    From the expo to the finish line experience you can clearly tell that this event is coordinated by runners. Even the course design is perfectly selected with a subtle downhill the length of the course with the greatest slope with a mile left to really push you to hit your PB. Because of the quality of this race I have noticed a huge increase in quality and elite runners joining which means you have a really fast group of runners out front pushing the paces to get you fantastic times. I come every year from Canada to run this race and I am certainly not alone!

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