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Overall Rating (21 Reviews)
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(21 Ratings)(21 Reviews)
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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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    mbjohn411 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    In 2016, I checked off my Bucket List the long-standing goal of running a marathon. A friend challenged me to run the Half Marathon and I accepted. We agreed to … MORE

    In 2016, I checked off my Bucket List the long-standing goal of running a marathon. A friend challenged me to run the Half Marathon and I accepted. We agreed to do the Rock-n-Roll Marathon. We trained for two whole months, barely. The course was challenging but encouraging with all the fanfare and different types of bands playing cool sounds along the way. I just wanted to check a goal off my list and move on. But when I crossed that finish line, I caught the running bug! I haven’t stopped running since. The Rock-n-Roll is a great race for first-timers and one of the best to add on your list of staple marathons. I’ve run the Rock-n-Roll four times now and I plan on running them all including international. Go ‘head and add it to your Bucket List!

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    mbjohn411 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The Rock-n-Roll AZ Marathon has become one of my staple races over the years. The best part is reaching mile 8 and passing the drummers by Papago Park and seeing … MORE

    The Rock-n-Roll AZ Marathon has become one of my staple races over the years. The best part is reaching mile 8 and passing the drummers by Papago Park and seeing the layout of the city.

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    chiquens FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race wasn't as awful as I thought it was going to be, but if you don't like, hills, this isn't the race for you. The first 10 miles are … MORE

    This race wasn’t as awful as I thought it was going to be, but if you don’t like, hills, this isn’t the race for you. The first 10 miles are mostly up hills, even if they’re small. At mile 10, you’re on a HUGE hill. It’s silly. And then downhill for basically 3 miles..

    The view is great, the weather was lovely, and the parking is REALLY well managed. But yeah, 10 miles up hill.

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    davethe10r FIRST-TIMER '19

    It was awesome to go from running icy streets and snow-covered trails to a warm run through one of my favorite cities. I don't live in Phoenix anymore, but this … MORE

    It was awesome to go from running icy streets and snow-covered trails to a warm run through one of my favorite cities. I don’t live in Phoenix anymore, but this race took me back to my years in Phoenix. The course isn’t “easy” (the first 12 miles are a gradual uphill climb), but the weather is great and the spectators are generous. The light rail system makes it a cinch to get to the starting line and back from the finish line. That bridge at the end, though … that’s just mean. Maybe rethink the design of the finish area to cut down on crowd bottlenecks?

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    VSalas72 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The course is not flat. There are lots of inclines the slow steady kind and by mile 6 you realize why your calves are burning, Huge hill at mile 9, … MORE

    The course is not flat. There are lots of inclines the slow steady kind and by mile 6 you realize why your calves are burning, Huge hill at mile 9, Amazing scenery at the top. Great water stops..those saved me it was hot for me I had been training in cold temps. I ran a pretty slow time but the race is well done.

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    sarastew REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I've been to this race every year for the past 6 years and have done every event. The kids rock with my kids, the 1 mile (finished first female overall … MORE

    I’ve been to this race every year for the past 6 years and have done every event. The kids rock with my kids, the 1 mile (finished first female overall this year in 2019), the 5k, the half marathon, and the full marathon. RnR always puts together a good event and draws quite a crowd. They have changed various aspects of management so during my registration my emails went unanswered for MONTHS, the race expo lacked a lot of good vendors and was about half the size I remember it being. They switched race photographers which took HORRIBLE photos and very few. Not even all of the events were photographed which was a true downer.

    Overall the courses are great. Weather in AZ in January is wonderful especially if you come from a cold place you’ll enjoy consistent weather that typically is around 60-70 at the time the race ends.
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    ldoucet FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was an OK course. Not at all scenic until Mile 9-11, course support was sparse in some areas but got better through Mile 8 to the Mile 13. Lots … MORE

    This was an OK course. Not at all scenic until Mile 9-11, course support was sparse in some areas but got better through Mile 8 to the Mile 13. Lots of cracks in the pavement so watch your footing if the course remains the same.
    The Expo was well done and easy pick up. Lots of space and did not feel crowded at all. The Headlining Act at the end was good until their music started to sound the same after 45 minutes, again lots of space to enjoy it and unwind.
    Overall, I ran this once and probably would not do it again. It’s a city run and honestly, I am more of a outdoors runner.

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    LeonaT FIRST-TIMER '19

    Start line for the Half and Full Marathon was a distance from the finish line The most scenic part of the Half Marathon I would guess was at Mile 9 … MORE

    Start line for the Half and Full Marathon was a distance from the finish line
    The most scenic part of the Half Marathon I would guess was at Mile 9 to 11 when we ran by Camelback Mountain, watch your footing as there were several cracks in the pavement, rest of the course was Meh.
    Great police support and they were interactive with the runners.
    Crowd support was sparse along the first Half of the course, it got better towards Mile 7.
    Also noticed that people were cutting the course as well. I witness as well as other runners as we all commented together, that people were cutting across green space and missing timing mats. Hopefully, they get caught.

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    ehamshazam FIRST-TIMER '19

    Arizona was my first experience with the Rock'n'Roll Race Series and I really don't have many complaints. The course was very flat, with the exception of 2 or 3 hills … MORE

    Arizona was my first experience with the Rock’n’Roll Race Series and I really don’t have many complaints. The course was very flat, with the exception of 2 or 3 hills in the back half, and even then I still consider the course easy. The weather was great, about 48 degrees at the start and warmed up in the mid 70s (coming from NH, this was basically ideal). I did better than I was expecting since my training went off the rails a bit, by no fault of R’n’R. There were bands set up at every mile, and some of the neighborhoods we ran through turned it into a block party, which was fun to run through (lots of energy). There were some sections of the course where there was no crowd support and things got a little stale. I participated in the 5k on Saturday as well as the marathon Sunday and got the extra Remix medal, which was nice, but the rest of the swag was just mediocre. I still think R’n’R overall put on a fun and safe event. I probably won’t travel to Arizona for this race again, but I would be inclined to do another one in another location (looking at NOLA at the moment).

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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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