Overall Rating
Overall Rating (42 Reviews)
3.5
(42 Ratings)  (42 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.4
SCENERY
3
PRODUCTION
3.6
SWAG
3.1
Celebrate the start of a new year with a tri-city foot tour through the Valley of the Sun! Run through the butte-iful red sandstone formations of Papago Park, snap a selfie in front of colorful art installations, and soak up the southwestern style while dancing and dashing through the streets. … MORE
Local Weather (Jan 13):
2023 2022 2021 2020 2019
 
H (° F ) 76 72 67 69 63
L (° F ) 55 44 38 40 47
Powered by Dark Sky
Find Nearby Lodging (hotel, rental, etc.):

Recent reviews

    Runningmom3 FIRST-TIMER '23

    I’ve ran a few Rock n Roll half marathons and I was pretty excited for the Arizona being my first full marathon. Usually the crowd turnout is fantastic for RnR … MORE

    I’ve ran a few Rock n Roll half marathons and I was pretty excited for the Arizona being my first full marathon. Usually the crowd turnout is fantastic for RnR which keeps runners going!

    I’m pretty disappointed with how the race went though! The tracking system wasn’t accurate and only available through the RnR Running Series app. The expo was pretty sad and barely gave any swag. The gear check had the wrong address in the final race day info and there weren’t any signs how to get to the starting line with road closures. The crowd turnout was ultimately the hardest part though!! There were absolutely no fans for the last mile. It was blocked off. There were only 1400 marathon runners so it was a pretty quiet “big” race.

    Mile 16-18 were uphill which really made runners lose momentum and mile 25 was also uphill. There was a long stretch for runners to walk to get to the final celebration area. Volunteers weren’t helpful or celebratory. It was really bizarre.

    Three pros: the bands were great and the course was relatively easy until mile 16. There were plenty of water/endurance/aid stations too.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    1
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    1

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    clintcarpenter FIRST-TIMER '23

    My first "Rock n Roll". The organization had the business side of the marathon down. The expo was full and everything was organized to move you through smoothly. However, the … MORE

    My first “Rock n Roll”. The organization had the business side of the marathon down. The expo was full and everything was organized to move you through smoothly. However, the race itself was just “ok”. I liked the live entertainment (which varied widely in quality), but the nature of running by them meant I only ever got snippets of a song.
    There were some beautiful miles of the course on parks or river side, but the bulk of it was on city streets. Most of the time the streets were only partially closed so we were running with traffic on one or both sides of our reserved lane. That was a big negative for me.
    Aid stations were plentiful, but it felt like the vast majority of the support on the run was from the paid entertainment and aid stations. Nearly no signs or cheering to break the monotony of running through buildings next to traffic.
    I will not be seeking out other “Rock n Roll” marathons and instead looking for ones more connected to community or place.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    3

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Bettejh1 REPEAT RUNNER '23

    This 5k exists because of the half and full marathons the next day. I think the RnR race events try to get as many runners as possible to register. This … MORE

    This 5k exists because of the half and full marathons the next day. I think the RnR race events try to get as many runners as possible to register. This is a well-planned event, the race morning set up is easy to get to, organized well with lots of space for runners and the after-race tents. The course is pretty plain, through Tempe, on closed paved roads. Not much elevation gain or loss although there is one longish incline in the first mile and a couple declines that you can use to your advantage. There are no AG medals. I was 1st AG, but I do not need another medal. I ran the 5k last year pretty slowly with a friend/client who is new to running, and then ran the half marathon the next day. Def much more going on during the half…anyway, I’d recommend this to locals, but I would not travel far for this 5k.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    1
    SWAG
    2

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Mueller375 FIRST-TIMER '23

    Friday - Expo - Smaller than expected but smooth as silk. Saturday - 5K - 8am start time is not my favorite I prefer an earlier start time. However they … MORE

    Friday – Expo – Smaller than expected but smooth as silk.
    Saturday – 5K – 8am start time is not my favorite I prefer an earlier start time. However they closed off roads pretty early making uber & public transit much harder than expected. Thankfully they updated WAZE so as long as someone is using it you will be fine. Renting a scooter to get to and from is my suggestion for a smooth exit especially if you have sore legs.
    The Start line is about .75-1.5 miles from the finish line so be prepared to limp back to the car. Renting a scooter to get to and from is my suggestion for a smooth exit especially if you have sore legs.
    I hope they move the 10K to Saturday as well

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Mueller375 FIRST-TIMER '23

    Friday - Expo - Smaller than expected but smooth as silk. Saturday - 5K - 8am start time is not my favorite I prefer an earlier start time. However they … MORE

    Friday – Expo – Smaller than expected but smooth as silk.
    Saturday – 5K – 8am start time is not my favorite I prefer an earlier start time. However they closed off roads pretty early making uber & public transit much harder than expected. Thankfully they updated WAZE so as long as someone is using it you will be fine. Renting a scooter to get to and from is my suggestion for a smooth exit especially if you have sore legs.
    Sunday – Half – 7:55 is when the first wave starts but lots of the roads start shutting down at 630… so you’re stuck waiting in your car for well over an hour which is annoying. It started raining at 630 and didn’t let up until about 830 when coupled with the wind and the 45 degree weather… it was one of the worst starting lines I’ve been through.
    Once the rain stopped the rest of the race was great. Mile 8-9.5 are all uphill so brace yourself for that. The Start line is about .75-1.5 miles from the finish line so be prepared to limp back to the car. Renting a scooter to get to and from is my suggestion for a smooth exit especially if you have sore legs.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    edge FIRST-TIMER '23

    Definitely a race worth doing and I assume most years the weather is a bit nicer than it was this year. Course was okay but nothing special. MORE

    Definitely a race worth doing and I assume most years the weather is a bit nicer than it was this year. Course was okay but nothing special.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Chinanow FIRST-TIMER '22

    RNR post covid is definitely not RNR back in the heyday...however it is RNR. The race was good. The 5K was Saturday and half and full on Sunday. Start was … MORE

    RNR post covid is definitely not RNR back in the heyday…however it is RNR. The race was good. The 5K was Saturday and half and full on Sunday. Start was easy and the course wasn’t bad…there were inclines so hill train. It did start getting warm so definitely wear sun screen. They had course entertainment, my favorite was the Native American Hoop dancer…really beautiful. Overall it was a nice race for RNR.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    2

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Profile photo of BJ Fuller
    bjfuller2000 FIRST-TIMER '22

    Another great race from the people at RnR Marathon series. Perfect weather and amazing scenery. One of the best races I’ve ever run!!!! Highly recommend. MORE

    Another great race from the people at RnR Marathon series. Perfect weather and amazing scenery. One of the best races I’ve ever run!!!! Highly recommend.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    tiffwhit FIRST-TIMER '22

    I have run 6 other RnR halfs. I registered for the 2021 race, RnR cancelled the race and deferred it to 2022 - Covid happens right? Well, two days before … MORE

    I have run 6 other RnR halfs. I registered for the 2021 race, RnR cancelled the race and deferred it to 2022 – Covid happens right? Well, two days before I was to leave MN for AZ my child tested positive for Covid. I immediately contacted RnR and got no response. My race partner contacted RnR two days later, informing RnR of the scenario and was offered to defer her race entry. I contacted RnR again and was told NO, this would not be offered to me. I had to either show I was positive with Covid or forfeit my fee. Knowing that I could test positive within 14 days I was astounded that RnR would not provide me with a deferral. I am so disappointed with the disparage application of their deferral policies and the idea that they would put profit before runner safety.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    1
    SCENERY
    1
    SWAG
    1

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    dlmartin REPEAT RUNNER '22

    They're back!!! After two years of not having a live race, the Rock n Roll Arizona event and organizers came back in tip top form and with great enthusiasm. I … MORE

    They’re back!!! After two years of not having a live race, the Rock n Roll Arizona event and organizers came back in tip top form and with great enthusiasm. I have completed several RnR Arizona events since its inaugural day and this 2022 race production, course, music and volunteer support was exceptional, especially considering all the hurdles and obstacles that needed to be overcome, not only for the race organizers, but for the participants, too.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    1

    1 member marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Bettejh1 FIRST-TIMER '22

    The Arizona R&R was Basic. Everything was managed well, the course was not overly difficult or easy, there was minimal community support and not a lot to look at. However, … MORE

    The Arizona R&R was Basic. Everything was managed well, the course was not overly difficult or easy, there was minimal community support and not a lot to look at. However, “managed well” counts for a lot if you’ve run some that are managed poorly. The packet pickup was on Friday noon to 7 and on Saturday starting at 9AM. This required a trip to Phoenix on Friday if you were also running the 5k on Saturday. The 5k started at 8am, so there was no choice but to go to the “expo” on Friday. I picked up both packets/shirts for the 5k and the half on Friday. The expo was pretty small, mostly clothing and shoe vendors, but it was quick to get through and out. Lines on Friday were short. You could change your corral, check out the pacers table, and switch shirt sizes, etc.
    The 5k started and finished at the location where the full and half would finish the next day. This was a good way for my support to know where to find me on Sunday. She lives in Phoenix so I was at her place most of the weekend. She and I ran the 5k together. Easy course, in town, mostly commercial areas, not much community presence. But, free parking and easy access.
    We opted to get a room nearby (Comfort Inn on Scottsdale Rd) Saturday night so she could go back to sleep after dropping me off at ASU. At first we thought we might be stuck by closed roads as our hotel was practically in the middle of the course, but we shot down Scottsdale, followed a line of cars dropping people off and I got out. Walked 2 blocks. Easy.
    I’ve run hundreds of races and I gotta say: they had all the porta-potties. Not once did I wait in a line. And I went a lot. It was cold!!! LOL
    10k took off 30 min before the full and half. I had a throwaway coverup from an old OC half and was glad for it; once I got into my corral and was surrounded by warm bodies I was good to leave it on the barrier railing when we started to move.
    In both the 5k and Sunday races we were not only in corrals but also at the start line we were separated as we went off: there were 9 “gates” (think of horses lining up at the track) and every 2 seconds they let people go. It was pretty cool and it kept the crowd from becoming the mob we are all used to at the start of a race. I was grateful and pulled my mask off around the first quarter mile; I did not toss it on the ground. I put my arm through the strap; being considering of the earth.
    Now, I really study courses on race sites I’m going to run. I knew the half was a slight over-all incline the first 6 or 7 miles, but I also know that doesn’t mean all up…it means some up and some down with an OVERALL incline. Almost all the incline sections were hardly noticeable and the slight downhills were a nice break. I was on track up to mile 9 to get my usual goal of breaking 1:59:59.
    BUT!!! there are 2 mighty long climbs around mile 9. Up, up and more up. Then, down about 60% as long as the climb. U-turn and climb that again…and then down…whew, glad that was over…except I forgot there is just a mean little hill right after that! Turn right and there it is. It’s not super long but your legs are gassed from the 2 big climbs so it is a struggle. The last 3 miles were mostly flat or slightly down. The last half mile is sort of a climb…the bridge is a hump. LOL…I’m writing this less than a week after so it is all fresh in my head!
    The finish line for the half and full was the only real downer (no puns) of the whole event. The finish like is not set up for spectators (it is at the end of a bridge)…you have to walk about 100 yards to get out of the barriers and the people waiting for runners are all jammed up against the railing at the end. I saw my friend completely pushed up against it and wondered how she would get out. As I left the runner-only barriers, the crowd pretty much swallowed up runners as we tried to get to daylight.
    Then, just as you think you are out of the crowd, there was a Heineken rep with a big barrel of zero alcohol beers right there with a small patio umbrella stopping progress….really bad planning in a pandemic or a moving crowd any time.
    Anyway, I found my friend. I decided not to stand in line for the medal they were giving runners who had completed 2 distances. I already had 2 medals; the third was not any better symbol of my effort than the 2 I had. I don’t know if there was more to do, see, eat or drink since I wanted to get out of the crowd. I did have my better half back home check the tracking app and since I was not in the top 3 of my AG, we didn’t wait for those medals.
    I loved, loved, loved getting to run with my friend and pushing her to a 90 second PR for her second ever 5k. I didn’t mind at all that I would have gotten an AG medal for that if I’d run my pace…cuz I can’t run with her often and I my heart was full.
    All in all the Arizona R&R was an easy race to navigate and run. I probably would not do it again unless there was a major sale on the entry. Even if I lived in Tempe, I wouldn’t say it is a must do. I’m signed up for the New Orleans 5k (I was already going to be there that weekend for other reasons so why not?). Hoping the medals are more music themed and that AG medal is around my neck when it is over!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    2

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    rajarvis91 FIRST-TIMER '22

    -I really enjoyed this one -This was my first Rock N Roll series race and I really enjoyed it. I liked the bands at every mile -The course was flat … MORE

    -I really enjoyed this one
    -This was my first Rock N Roll series race and I really enjoyed it. I liked the bands at every mile
    -The course was flat with a small little hill towards mile 9 I believe
    -Plenty of water/gatorade stations
    -I liked the course scenery (I’m not from around here)
    -Would have been nice to have a few more food options for the post race goodies. I feel like they were limited to like 3 things-a bag of chips, fruit snacks, and maybe a bag of cookies. However, they did give out cases of alcohol. I saw multiple people walking around with cases. I’m not a drinker, so I didn’t partake.
    -My complaint is for the medals. If you run for the medals, like I do (what can I say, I like my bling 🙂 ), then this wouldn’t make the cut. Very disappointed in the size of the medals. For as big as this race is, I would have thought they would have been a tad bigger. I’ve ran multiple halfs and this is the smallest one I’ve seen. Very, very small. Very disappointed. Hate that I traveled 20 hours for this race and got the smallest medal ever. 🙁

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    AmySue FIRST-TIMER '22

    The Rock and Roll Running Series are popular and there is a reason. They are well-managed, located in fun locations, and If you register early enough, reasonably-priced. The local music … MORE

    The Rock and Roll Running Series are popular and there is a reason. They are well-managed, located in fun locations, and If you register early enough, reasonably-priced. The local music and bands of the Rock and Roll series are always a treat. Phoenix is an ideal get away from winter’s cold to enjoy the beauty and mild temperatures of the desert. The course is mostly flat, the mornings cool, and the Tempe course is visually interesting with clean streets, shops, the canal, and the surrounding desert mountains. Travel to Phoenix is easy and inexpensive, frequent flights from major cities, an easy to manage light-rail system, and a choice of hotels for any budget. Post-race-restaurant variety and an unlimited choice of hiking trails to explore. Few suggestions for Rock and Roll Races-improved post race snacks and easier gear check pre-race.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

    1 member marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    RRWAEB83 FIRST-TIMER '22

    RNR returned to Phoenix/Tempe, and the course was great. A few small inclines, so pretty Mountain Views and a MUCH BETTER expo than Savannah and DC in November. I enjoyed … MORE

    RNR returned to Phoenix/Tempe, and the course was great. A few small inclines, so pretty Mountain Views and a MUCH BETTER expo than Savannah and DC in November. I enjoyed the race and got my second best time ever. Medal was a bit small but still cute, volunteers were friendly.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    libaker FIRST-TIMER '22

    If this is your first half, like it was mine, don’t do it! Mile 9 is all up a huge hill. Lots of hills on the race. Train to run … MORE

    If this is your first half, like it was mine, don’t do it! Mile 9 is all up a huge hill. Lots of hills on the race. Train to run hills if you do this. Finish line was lame. No spectators near the finish line and all have to wait way past it. San Diego race you can cheer them on as they enter the last finish area and after the finish line. Booo Phoenix. I heard this is a new route. Change it back!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

    1 member marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Chinanow Jul 01, 2022 at 8:38am

    Just a note...don't run Atlanta if you thought RNR Arizona was "hilly"....this race was a piece of cake in comparison.

    Just a note...don't run Atlanta if you thought RNR Arizona was "hilly"....this race was a piece of cake in comparison.

    Please login to reply to this review.

    PeteSinCA Jan 17, 2022 at 12:56pm

    Looking at the course map and elevation profile here, https://www.runrocknroll.com/arizona-courses , it doesn't look extreme. But checking out the elevation profile for a race and training appropriately is always a… MORE

    Looking at the course map and elevation profile here, https://www.runrocknroll.com/arizona-courses , it doesn't look extreme. But checking out the elevation profile for a race and training appropriately is always a good idea. LESS

    Please login to reply to this review.

    libaker Jan 18, 2022 at 3:09am

    Not One Person was running up mile 9. Seems extreme to me but whatever

    Not One Person was running up mile 9. Seems extreme to me but whatever

    Please login to reply to this review.

    PeteSinCA Jan 18, 2022 at 7:46am

    I would consider as examples, these elevation profiles in the "extreme" range, http://www.coastaltrailruns.com/mm_montara_mountain.html , though I have seen some even more so.

    I would consider as examples, these elevation profiles in the "extreme" range, http://www.coastaltrailruns.com/mm_montara_mountain.html , though I have seen some even more so.

    marsch FIRST-TIMER '21

    I swore after the rock n roll Vegas in 2012 that I would NEVER do another RNR race again…. Well, almost ten years later I decided to give them another … MORE

    I swore after the rock n roll Vegas in 2012 that I would NEVER do another RNR race again…. Well, almost ten years later I decided to give them another chance and I completely regret it. Worst race organization ever. Avoid the whole series.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    1
    SCENERY
    1
    SWAG
    1

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    lancenull REPEAT RUNNER '20

    Race starts in downtown Phoenix and ends in Tempe. Course is very light rail friendly. Expo, Start and Finish are all close to the light rail lines. Possible to visit … MORE

    Race starts in downtown Phoenix and ends in Tempe.
    Course is very light rail friendly. Expo, Start and Finish are all close to the light rail lines. Possible to visit city and run race without a rental car.
    Good support along the course. Adequate hydration stations available.
    Just over 16 min/mile pace is enforced. They will “move you forward” in the race, and DNF you for the race (but you can still get the medal.)
    Post race food starts to disappear after 6 hour finish time. Concert ends at 6:30:00 finish time. At 7 hours only water and Gatorade was left in 2020.
    Decent crowd support along the race. Easy for family to support with a little planning.
    The processing fees are now 20% of the race cost, a big extra cost.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    3

    2 members marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    troll2069 REPEAT RUNNER '20

    I have completed this run probably the most of all of my runs. I haven't attempted it for a few years and this time the sponsor is different and the … MORE

    I have completed this run probably the most of all of my runs. I haven’t attempted it for a few years and this time the sponsor is different and the course was changed. I didn’t mind the new course because it mostly stays in Tempe and part of Scottsdale, so there isn’t a shuttle as there was in the past. Other than the hills in Papago Park it is a fairly flat course, but the last few miles are mostly downhill. Other than the park and Tempe Town Lake there isn’t much to see along the way. I was hoping to do better than my finish in Buckeye two weeks ago, but I didn’t. It was weird because while running I felt like I was doing well and ahead of pace over the first 8 miles. This course over the years has always given me slightly slower times for some reason. The medal is nice and the crowd support along the finish is always good.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    3
    My Media

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    dlmartin REPEAT RUNNER '20

    The Arizona Rock n Roll races are always big, crazy fun, well run and supported course. Great race for out of staters to come and complete. Lots of local other … MORE

    The Arizona Rock n Roll races are always big, crazy fun, well run and supported course. Great race for out of staters to come and complete. Lots of local other activities in general area. Usually perfect race weather conditions.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    This was my 3rd RNR marathon (also ran Vegas and Nashville) and by far my favorite one. The full marathon didn’t feel neglected like it did at the other two. … MORE

    This was my 3rd RNR marathon (also ran Vegas and Nashville) and by far my favorite one. The full marathon didn’t feel neglected like it did at the other two. Maybe that was partly because of the separate start lines. The course is scenic and flat but not shaded at all so it did get warm towards the end. Plenty of aid stations. Nice shirt and medal. Post race party/ concert was fun (this was pre Covid)

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

  1. Races
  2. Rock 'n' Roll Arizona