Overall Rating
Overall Rating (10 Reviews)
4.7
(10 Ratings)(10 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.4
SCENERY
4.9
PRODUCTION
4.2
SWAG
3.3
The February 6, 2021 in-person event has been postponed. Registration for the February 6, 2021 Virtual RunSedona Marathon, Half Marathon/10K/5K events is OPEN. We are hopeful to host an in-person RACE later in 2021, but the continuing uncertainty due the COVID crisis will dictate the final decision by State/County/City Officials. … MORE
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    troll2069 FIRST-TIMER '20

    The slogan says if the hills don't take your breathe away, the scenery will. Both are accurate. I live in Phoenix so a weekend trip Sedona is fairly common as … MORE

    The slogan says if the hills don’t take your breathe away, the scenery will. Both are accurate. I live in Phoenix so a weekend trip Sedona is fairly common as a nice getaway. I have hiked a few trails, but never attempted to run there. The hills are definitely challenging. The course is out and back so you get to see the scenery twice, but the nice downward hill around mile one returns as a difficult uphill beast at the end. But the course time limit is long enough that you can make it. I ended up walking more than I planned on the way back because the hills zapped what energy I did have. The medal is very nice and currently it is a portion of what will be a larger item once assembled after four years. The course support was excellent with many aid stations that were well staffed and supportive. The police officers along the course were very nice and encouraging as runners passed. Although challenging, I highly recommend this one.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
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    4
    SCENERY
    5
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    4

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    jmmorse13 REPEAT RUNNER '20

    My husband and I got married in Sedona, AZ, so we hold this city very close to our hearts and visit often. Of course we wanted to run this race! … MORE

    My husband and I got married in Sedona, AZ, so we hold this city very close to our hearts and visit often. Of course we wanted to run this race! It was a beautiful morning with beautiful views all day. Nothing can beat the scenery! We decided to do the 10k, after running the Half Marathon at Lake Powell. It was a perfect distance. I am the slowest runner ever, but all the more to take in the views.

    The race organization in the morning made many runners cranky, and we were heartbroken to see many runners treating the volunteers not as nice as we would hope. Many runners complained about the shuttles and the gear check. My husband and I even spoke to the lady running the gear check after someone became very vocal about the gear check organization. My husband and I have never seen the gear checks to be any different from this race. Not sure what others have experienced, but we were completely fine with the organization. There were so many people that not everyone could hear the start of the race, so many of the half marathons went off with the 10kers. I would just suggest more speakers for everyone to hear.

    The hills were a challenge. The last hill before the turnaround for the 10k was tough to run back up. I am not complaining, but I should find more ways to train on hills in the near future. We would suggest more restrooms and aid stations along the way.

    My husband and I loved the food trucks and vendors at the end of the race. Wish there were more food trucks to choose from because I just love that kind of stuff! The man selling beer was a riot! We wore our T-shirts and metals all day. Loved the bling.

    All in all, this is a race you should not miss. Bring a group with you. You all would have such a blast as we did!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    hacanrun FIRST-TIMER '20

    Sedona was my fourth half marathon. We came for the warmer weather and stunning scenery and this half was wonderful in those regards. The blue skies and red rocks were … MORE

    Sedona was my fourth half marathon. We came for the warmer weather and stunning scenery and this half was wonderful in those regards. The blue skies and red rocks were beautiful and visible from different angles throughout this out-and-back course.
    The expo was pretty small. No freebies, save for tourist maps. There were some $50 shoes, mostly in sizes 7 and 13. Some runners got great deals! After the expo, we wandered around the park, which was surrounded by beautiful scenery, so that part was the treat.
    In the morning, we decided to take the shuttles. Turned out all right, but …
    Race organizers: The first shuttle passed us by and left us standing in the freezing morning air. A second one wasn’t going to stop until we jumped up and down waving our arms. The driver even said to us that we should have waited for the third one! There were only four people on his bus, so no reason not to stop. You need to train your shuttle drivers. Also, we were from out of town, so information was needed on how much time we should expect the shuttles to take in the morning. Even a “be at the shuttle stop an hour before your race start” or something like that would have helped. That was a big question mark for us in getting to the race on time that could easily be provided next year. The shuttle maps were great. Despite the problems, we support the shuttle effort! Good idea!
    The race start/finish was well-organized and easy to use. No lines for anything before the start. There was a great atmosphere and good music at the starting line, plus a great view!
    Being early in the season and viewing the elevation map in advance, we were not trying to PR at this race. Good thing, too! Those hills were steep and numerous. The thing about an out-and-back is the glory of the downhills is tempered by the knowledge that you’re going to have to run back up them. We ran 5×1 for this one, and despite the steepness of some of the hills and the long, gradual inclines, we managed to keep to our regular walk breaks and not take extras. There was a final hill at about mile 10-11 that had a steep bit and then a gradual incline for the whole mile, maybe longer. Be ready for that. We were, and we knew once we finished that, we had a nice downhill and one smaller uphill to the finish. The small uphill to the finish was psychologically tough, but once you see the finish line, you power through.
    The only problem we had with the course, being slower runners, was the hill before the half turnaround. Runners were crowded on half the road, despite there being little traffic there. You had 2-hour finishers barreling down the hill, while slower runners were walking up it or running up it. That was a dangerous situation and I think you could have closed the other half of the road on that hill for a short time to provide more room for the runners.
    That was one blip though. Overall, people were friendly, the aid stations were great and created a festive atmosphere. We loved the Vikings! Plenty of water and gatorade, bananas and Gu … and port-a-potties.
    After the race, we hung out and had a craft beer, chatting with other runners. We wanted to get massages, but even long after the race the lines were too long. I think this is typical, so we weren’t surprised by this. The race finisher shirts ran a bit small, but the volunteers made it easy to exchange sizes. The medals were all right, nothing special.
    Also, Sedona is a beautiful community. If possible, give yourselves some extra days here to explore, hike, bike and enjoy the restaurants.
    Thanks to all the Sedona volunteers for putting on a great race!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    1

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    Almost perfect race course and production. Easy parking (if you show up a little early). Fun race environment and just enough hills to make you wonder if you trained hard … MORE

    Almost perfect race course and production. Easy parking (if you show up a little early). Fun race environment and just enough hills to make you wonder if you trained hard enough…. and the sunrise and scenery were quite memorable

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    sarastew FIRST-TIMER '19

    Overall, this was a great race. It was organized well. Email communications leading up to the race had everything explained clearly. Coming from out of town I had no problems. … MORE

    Overall, this was a great race. It was organized well. Email communications leading up to the race had everything explained clearly. Coming from out of town I had no problems.

    Dont underestimate the hills. Especially, mile 10 for the half when you only got 5k left to go. It was intense and challenging.

    Here are my only 2 real peeves with this race. For the half marathoners on the way back the course becomes flooded with walkers from the 10k and 5k. I LOVE everyone being out there, but they block the path and the runners are forced to move to the traffic lane or zoom between walkers which takes a lot of energy especially with the hills and extra miles. Maybe the volunteers could remind them to move over and not walk spread out along the course.

    My 2nd peeve is all the race medals were the same. I don’t want to sound like an elitist, but most races identify with the medal lanyard the difference in distance. I feel putting in the effort for the different distances should be identified.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
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    5
    SWAG
    3
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    M_Sohaskey Mar 19, 2019 at 8:41pm

    Congrats on a nice two weeks of Arizona running, Sara! You live in a great part of the country for access to cool races. And I don't think it's elitist… MORE

    Congrats on a nice two weeks of Arizona running, Sara! You live in a great part of the country for access to cool races. And I don't think it's elitist at all to expect differentiation among the medals, it's not only appropriate but also motivational for those who run shorter distances and aspire to the longer ones. If the medal itself isn't different, then at least the ribbon should be. Thanks for the thoughtful review! LESS

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    PeteSinCA Feb 03, 2019 at 10:39am

    Re walkers (which I am), I agree. Staying to the right should be common courtesy. As to medals and ribbons, identical for all distances is pretty common here in the… MORE

    Re walkers (which I am), I agree. Staying to the right should be common courtesy. As to medals and ribbons, identical for all distances is pretty common here in the SF Bay Area. As one who, at present, does mostly 10K or 5K, it would not bother me. LESS

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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was my 34th state and first time ever in Arizona (2 hour drive from Phoenix airport). I stayed in an AirBNB with a very nice lady near one of … MORE

    This was my 34th state and first time ever in Arizona (2 hour drive from Phoenix airport). I stayed in an AirBNB with a very nice lady near one of the shuttle stops. Small but well stocked packet pickup with friendly volunteers and every question answered.

    Pros:
    Race morning-Walked to the shuttle and got on within 10 minutes.

    Course: VERY HILLY! Beautiful scenery 100% of the race.
    Plenty of well stocked water stations and toilets along course.
    Plenty of message therapists and water at the finish.

    Cons:
    – ‘Food’ was for purchase from a whole foods tent. It would have been nice to have something other than water and bananas, cookies that was offered to runners (like a sandwich or pizza).
    – Course signage was small and several mile markers were either missing or had been removed (I was a pacer and was relying on MM signs!)
    – A section of the last mile was on the main highway and was NOT marked. Luckily it was an out&back course and I knew which way to go. The highway was very busy by that time so we had to run on the sidewalk. POLICE & VOLUNTEERS SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE! (As I was walking back post-race, I directed several runners where to go when they approached that intersection and then told a spectator to stand there and continue.)
    – SHUTTLES: The shuttles were supposed to run until 4pm. But post race it appeared only 1 bus was running. We got a ride from a local good Samaritan because we had been waiting for over 30 minutes.

    Overall I loved the race! Very hilly and this year it was pretty warm as well.

    WOULD I RETURN: Yes!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    anjad72 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    course is crazy good challenging- Swiss Alps Profile, coming from Miami a true killer - but so worth it - course is stunning and Sedona remains a special place- intimate … MORE

    course is crazy good challenging- Swiss Alps Profile, coming from Miami a true killer – but so worth it – course is stunning and Sedona remains a special place- intimate race – well organized and simply a must for anyone who loves running for fun and enjoys a “change of scenery”

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    2

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    Lorelei FIRST-TIMER '16

    Unrelenting hills. Perfect running temps. This could easily be one of the most beautiful races I've eve run. Except, it ends on an uphill! The crowd support, when you see … MORE

    Unrelenting hills. Perfect running temps.

    This could easily be one of the most beautiful races I’ve eve run. Except, it ends on an uphill! The crowd support, when you see it, is phenomenal.

    Stay at the Sedona Summit Resort. The start/finish is right there.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    skydivemom FIRST-TIMER '15

    Hilly course as expected. One of the few races I've run that had ham radio operators along the course for communications, great volunteers along the course. Rain the day before … MORE

    Hilly course as expected. One of the few races I’ve run that had ham radio operators along the course for communications, great volunteers along the course. Rain the day before caused the full marathon portion to be canceled. Easy shuttle pickup across the street from my hotel.
    DID NOT LIKE: traffic control along the last couple miles was poorly coned, drivers tried to pass oncoming traffic on one lane allowed for cars. There should have been escorts for the vehicles for the safety of the runners. Cars passed scarily close several times. For this reason, this may be the only time I run this course.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    mgronek REPEAT RUNNER '15

    For a road race, this is a tough course with lots of hills. The 10k features a significant steep downhill with the turnaround at the bottom so you run down … MORE

    For a road race, this is a tough course with lots of hills. The 10k features a significant steep downhill with the turnaround at the bottom so you run down the hill and immediately run back up it. The course runs through a residential area and runners are limited to one lane of the roadway on an out and back course. This means that especially if you are a front runner, you will be “swimming up stream” after the turn around. Many novice runners on this course means that after the turn around, you will have to dodge the on coming runners.

    The medal is a quarter circle (think slice of pie) and each year is slightly different so you need to run 4 times in a row to get the complete circle. All race lengths receive the same medal.

    Due to extensive rain in the days prior to the 2015 race, the full marathon was cancelled as the Forest Service would not allow the runners on the forest roads. Full marathon participants were limited to running the half marathon.

    Expo is very small but well organized and packet pick up is a breeze. The surroundings are awesome as you have constant views of Sedona’s red rocks and forest.

    The best training for this race is on groomed trails with hills.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
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    3

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