Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon

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Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon
Date January
Location Phoenix, Tempe, AZ, Scottsdale, AZ
Event type Road
Distance Marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k
Established 2004
Official site Arizona Marathon

The Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon is a marathon and half-marathon race, held annually in Arizona on the Sunday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and linking three cities of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area: (Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe). Like the original Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in San Diego, it is organized by Competitor Group, Inc.. It was sponsored until 2015 by P. F. Chang's China Bistro. The marathon race can be used to obtain a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon.

The competition attracts tens of thousands of runners each year; more than 32,000 competed in 2010. The prize money for winning the men's and women's marathon races is US$1,000.[1]


Haile Gebrselassie set a world record on the course in 2006.

In prior years, both race courses started in Phoenix, however, in 2012 the courses were split. The start of the marathon is located in downtown Phoenix near the CityScape Plaza. The half marathon and newly added 10k start in Tempe. All races finish in the city of Tempe at the Tempe Beach Park. The event also includes wheelchair races starting 10 minutes and 5 minutes before the marathon and half-marathon races. The average start line temperature is around 40 °F (4 °C), and the average daily high temperature is between 50 °F and 70 °F (10 °C-21 °C).[2]

Along the route are over 40 high school cheerleading teams and 70 bands who perform for the runners.[2] Later in the evening there is a concert held in Tempe for all the runners, volunteers and spectators.

World record[edit]

The event is noted for the half-marathon world record set by Haile Gebrselassie on January 15, 2006, who ran the second half of the marathon course in 58 minutes and 55 seconds. This part of the marathon course is slightly downhill, but is still within IAAF requirements for world record status. Gebrselassie's record stood for a year, until it was lowered by two seconds on February 9, 2007 by Samuel Wanjiru at Ras al-Khaimah.

Race records[edit]

Simon Bairu set a new men's race record for the half marathon, on January 17, 2010, with a time of 1 hour, 2 minutes, 47 seconds which was well under the previous race record of 1 hour, 4 minutes, 35 seconds set by the late Ryan Shay in 2004.[3]

Deena Kastor set a new women's race record for the half marathon, also on January 17, 2010, with a time of 1 hour, 9 minutes, 43 seconds which also broke the state record.[3]


Key:   Course record


Half marathon[edit]

Wheelchair race[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cruz, Dan (2010-01-18). Kastor back with sub-1:10 in Phoenix. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-01-18.
  2. ^ a b "Race Information". Archived from the original on 2007-12-03. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  3. ^ a b "Records fall in P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Half Marathon". AZ Central. 

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