Overall Rating
Overall Rating (6 Reviews)
3.7
(6 Ratings)(6 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.5
SCENERY
3
PRODUCTION
3.5
SWAG
3.3
The BMO Harris Bank Mesa-Phx Marathon began as an idea of long time runners in the hills and mountains just east of the Phoenix Valley. A group of elite runners were assembled to design the perfect gradual decent into the Valley of the Sun. The race founders knew that many … MORE
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    nwhelan87 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Entering and exiting this race is absolutely horrible. 45 minutes from the time we exited the highway until we were able to park and 1.5 hours to leave. The starting … MORE

    Entering and exiting this race is absolutely horrible. 45 minutes from the time we exited the highway until we were able to park and 1.5 hours to leave. The starting area needs more bathrooms as the lines were so long and barely moving that most people were just going into the bushes to go. The beginning of the course had great views of the desert. Somewhere around mile 12 you get into a very boring part of Mesa and you stay there for the rest of the race. Other than not having much to look at the second part of the course is mostly flat with some downhill. The aid stations were great and all of the volunteers were very friendly. The finish line area was nice but no beer was very disappointing. If they can improve the situation for entering and exiting the parking lots this could be a really good race that I would run again.

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    janerunswild FIRST-TIMER '16

    *I prepared for warm weather as much as I could, but wasn’t expecting low 70 degree desert air to affect me as much as it did towards the end of … MORE

    *I prepared for warm weather as much as I could, but wasn’t expecting low 70 degree desert air to affect me as much as it did towards the end of the race! It probably added a few minutes to my time, so this is something to consider if you’re interested in running Phoenix marathon.
    *While parts of the route were beautiful and somewhat downhill, particularly through mile 4, around mile 9, and towards the end of the race, the rest of the course was fairly boring and flat, with some uphill stretches mixed in. This is a fairly fast course as the race directors say, but not as easy as other marathon courses such as Chicago, New Orleans, and even Philadelphia (in my opinion). I had anticipated some of the hills and was well-prepared (helps to drive the course before a race if you can!!).
    *Lastly, the lines for the port-a-potties at the start were somewhat of a cluster. I would highly recommend getting to the start (via buses that shuttle you from the finish of the race area to the start) as early as possible!
    *The water stations were plentiful and full of energetic volunteers. For a course that has limited spectators, this was very welcome! Particularly the station at mile 9- the signage was memorable and hilarious, and the spirit carried me through the next few miles to the half-way point.
    *Although I couldn’t really eat after I crossed the finish line, the post-race food and entertainment were great. There were BBQ and French toast stands among other delicious food and drinks. They also handed out nice bags that we were able to fit all of the foods in. I really enjoyed this post-race atmosphere and stayed a little longer than I have at other races.
    *Last but not least, the race medal was cool! A reminder that the race organizers do a great job and pay close attention to the little things, which is very important!

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    mlaibe REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Start right before sunrise..so pretty in the desert. After the first 5 miles, scenery not great at all and tends to get very hot. Downhill after climb at mile 6 … MORE

    Start right before sunrise..so pretty in the desert. After the first 5 miles, scenery not great at all and tends to get very hot. Downhill after climb at mile 6 but then flat and not a favorite of mine. Very crowded at start with buses

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    3

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    ccolgan FIRST-TIMER '16

    The race has excellent scenery for the first half, with great desert and mountain views. But the second half is through some of the more boring parts of Mesa. Routing … MORE

    The race has excellent scenery for the first half, with great desert and mountain views. But the second half is through some of the more boring parts of Mesa. Routing through the new downtown would have been better. Also, the marathon parking was very far from the finish line, which made for a not so fun walk. Maybe some pedi-cab shuttles next time? Those are minor issues though, overall the race was great…very well run, great volunteers, and overall just a great race.

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    3
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    I traveled to Phoenix to run this race and wasn't disappointed! It was incredibly well organized, had the perfect amount of runners (Approx. 2000 finishers in the marathon - large … MORE

    I traveled to Phoenix to run this race and wasn’t disappointed! It was incredibly well organized, had the perfect amount of runners (Approx. 2000 finishers in the marathon – large enough to always be running with others, but small enough not to have any issues with congestion), and was a very nice gentle downhill course. The only thing I will caution anyone on, is that the first half is definitely a steeper descent than the second half which can make pacing yourself difficult. The race had pace teams within 5 minute intervals which was awesome. The swag was great (very well designed shirts AND arm warmers). The weather was perfect for the 2015 race (60’s and overcast), other than a tough headwind depending on which direction you were going. Overall I really recommend this race and would definitely run it again if I lived in the area.

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    2
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    5
    My Report
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    3
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    5

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    MKullander FIRST-TIMER '14

    If you book early the Marathon is only $69! Only about a month after the PF Chang's Rock n Rock, better to wait and do this over that race. This … MORE

    If you book early the Marathon is only $69! Only about a month after the PF Chang’s Rock n Rock, better to wait and do this over that race. This race is significantly less crowded! You get an cool looking tech shirt and race sleeves. The course is reasonable in difficulty if you pace yourself through the first 5 mile rolling hills. I am going back next year…signed up for the marathon and can always do the half (its so cheap) compared to most races!

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    3
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    5
    SCENERY
    3
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    3

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