Overall Rating
Overall Rating (12 Reviews)
3.8
(12 Ratings)(12 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.3
SCENERY
3.1
PRODUCTION
3.8
SWAG
3.6
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon features a flat and fast course through Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe. Run Saturday and Sunday to qualify for the Remix Challenge Medal. Participants Receive: – Scenic course highlighting host cities famous sites – Live, local bands along the course – Spirited … MORE
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    bayna6 FIRST-TIMER '07

    The had a record cold snap while we were there for this race and we were not prepared for the cold. One of the things that people do is drop … MORE

    The had a record cold snap while we were there for this race and we were not prepared for the cold. One of the things that people do is drop clothes as they go and those clothes are picked up for donation, I was picking up the clothes to put on to stay warm. We were walking a lot of this with my brother who had just been cured of cancer. It was a special race for us.

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    cdmauger FIRST-TIMER '15

    I'm a big fan of the Rock 'n' Roll Series, and Arizona is one of my favorites. Nice scenery, both the "college town" area of Tempe and then the nature … MORE

    I’m a big fan of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Series, and Arizona is one of my favorites. Nice scenery, both the “college town” area of Tempe and then the nature preserve portion. Great crowd support and organization as well.

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    Caguffey FIRST-TIMER '18

    The course is very flat. Cruised through the first half, until the sun was full in the sky. Easily the hardest last 6 miles I have run as staying hydrated … MORE

    The course is very flat. Cruised through the first half, until the sun was full in the sky. Easily the hardest last 6 miles I have run as staying hydrated was tough. The landscape is fantastic. Like nothing else in the country. Crowd support was a little thin, but lots of great bands on the course. If you do this, make time to go to the Desert Botanical Gardens.

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    DrewNYC REPEAT RUNNER '18

    My birthday fell on the MLK 3 day weekend this year, and I wanted to go somewhere to run a race. I ran the Rock N Roll Marathon back in … MORE

    My birthday fell on the MLK 3 day weekend this year, and I wanted to go somewhere to run a race. I ran the Rock N Roll Marathon back in 2011 and I liked leaving the NY winter to enjoy the Arizona weather, so I went back for the half marathon. I actually did 3 races this weekend–the 1-miler on Friday night, the 5k on Saturday, and the half on Sunday. It was a great weekend. The courses are almost entirely flat. The weather was perfect.

    The expo was smaller than I remembered. I feel like RnR have gone astray with the shirt designs (I think they used to be MUCH better). The medals were fine–not the best RnR, but fine.

    I stayed in Tempe which worked out really well–I could walk to the start/finish lines for all 3 races.

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    TBurgess FIRST-TIMER '14

    I gave it 3 stars, but don't read too much into that. I thought this event was okay. Nothing particular bad, nothing particular fantastic. Part of the race is in … MORE

    I gave it 3 stars, but don’t read too much into that. I thought this event was okay. Nothing particular bad, nothing particular fantastic.

    Part of the race is in an industrial area, but once it opens up to the beautiful desert around Mile 8, it’s great scenery. There is one big hill. It was fun though with military cheering and the loud drums.

    A great January race. The morning is super cold until race time and the sun starts to come up. You may want to bring some throw-aways for the morning.

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    b2theburns REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This was my first time doing the 10k. Dropped from the marathon to the 10k with no issues. Showed up at the start of the 10k and just ran. The … MORE

    This was my first time doing the 10k. Dropped from the marathon to the 10k with no issues. Showed up at the start of the 10k and just ran.

    The start was the worst I have ever seen it. There were only 2 entry points into the start corrals. So good luck getting to the corral you were assigned to.

    Running around Tempe Town Lake is one of my favorite places to run in Arizona so this course was perfect for that. I am a local and used to all Az has to offer in terms of scenery. It is a relatively flat course through a city and around a man made lake.

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    Joerobe FIRST-TIMER '17

    As a disclaimer, I'm a country runner, so I'm never really thrilled to run in cities. That being said, I needed to start doing some back to back marathons and … MORE

    As a disclaimer, I’m a country runner, so I’m never really thrilled to run in cities. That being said, I needed to start doing some back to back marathons and the Rock and Roll Arizona was a good fit after Lake Mead.
    I travel with my family, so many times we opt to tent camp instead of staying in a hotel, in order to save money; this is not an option for this race. We found upon searching that hotels near the start line were pretty expensive, and hotels near the finish were non existent. The best we could do was the Best Western Inn of Tempe (which wanted to charge an extra day to extend checkout…uh, no thanks), but did take the room for the night for about $80.
    The marathon organizers did allow me to pick up my packet at the solutions tent the morning of the race, which was awesome, as I couldn’t make it from Nevada to the expo in Phoenix in time. Waiting around for the race to start wasn’t bad, found some people to talk to and hear their stories.

    There were a lot of people…repeat…there were a lot of people.

    The start went ok, I’m kind of used to a slow start, so not a big deal for me, although I did hear some grumbling from other runners that they weren’t able to establish a pace. The course was fine, nothing really scenic, but if I hadn’t run a marathon the day before, would have definitely been a PR.
    The finish line was smooth, getting food was smooth, getting the shirt and jacket was not as smooth, and then my wife broke the news that she had to park about a mile away because the lot we had planned to park in was roped off…bummer.
    At the end of the day, this was a marathon, I didn’t get lost or mugged, and I crossed AZ off the list; so it was fine. If you need to cross AZ off the list and this fits the schedule, or are looking for a PR, this race fits the bill. If you are looking for scenery and camaraderie, this is probably not the race.

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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '17

    There was a very long wave start, the course was pretty flat with not much to look at, there wasn't enough music or cheerleaders throughout. The post race was nice. … MORE

    There was a very long wave start, the course was pretty flat with not much to look at, there wasn’t enough music or cheerleaders throughout. The post race was nice. I wouldn’t do this race again.

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    cdefonso FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was my first time running the Arizona RnR half marathon, and it was a great experience! The course was pretty flat, not many inclines or hills. Mostly ran through … MORE

    This was my first time running the Arizona RnR half marathon, and it was a great experience! The course was pretty flat, not many inclines or hills. Mostly ran through the streets of Tempe and Scottsdale. There was a little bit of scenery the last half of the race. Weather was unseasonably cool – in the mid 50’s and overcast/cloudy. Ideal running conditions! I ran the 5K the day before so in addition to the 5K medal, I got a Remix medal for running both the 5K and the half. Shirts were just average, no thought put into the design. But they were Brooks technical shirts, so I’ll wear the shirts for weekly workouts. I’d recommend this race to anyone!

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    tinamartin FIRST-TIMER '15

    The scenery was nice, and it was a beautiful but warm day. If you are coming from a northern state keep this in mind because it affects the race. I … MORE

    The scenery was nice, and it was a beautiful but warm day. If you are coming from a northern state keep this in mind because it affects the race. I enjoyed the race and of course went to PF Chang’s (race sponsor) after for some of their awesome food. The medal is average.

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    MadelynMarino FIRST-TIMER '13

    I completed this race in 2013. This is a huge event with tons of participants. The expo was amazing with numerous booths and merchandise. The parking lot for the race … MORE

    I completed this race in 2013.

    This is a huge event with tons of participants. The expo was amazing with numerous booths and merchandise.

    The parking lot for the race was packed and crazy. Make sure to arrive extra early. By the time we walked to the starting point we had about a half hour to spare. It was a good thing we had spare time because the lines for the port a potties were horrific. We ended up running into a hotel nearby.

    Despite some of the production aspects, the race was wonderful. The weather was perfect. There were many spectators throughout the course cheering people on.

    I ended up finishing the race with a new PR. It was a fantastic time!

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    azdeedee REPEAT RUNNER '16

    I've run the half marathon many times, and even did the Bike Tour one year, but had not run the 10K. I really enjoyed it - the route was great, … MORE

    I’ve run the half marathon many times, and even did the Bike Tour one year, but had not run the 10K. I really enjoyed it – the route was great, and it was nice to finish early (before most of the half and full runners), so the finishers village was not nearly as crowded as I have experienced before. The expo and the event overall seemed smaller this year, which is a good thing! I think it was getting too large in the past.

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