The Desert Classic Marathon is an Arizona original. Join in on the tradition!
The Desert Classic is a marathon, half marathon and 5K run starting and finishing at Riverboat Village, 18300 West Bell Road in Surprise.
The marathon and half marathon races begin at 7:00 AM. An early start for the marathon is available at 6:00 AM as long as you notify the race director prior to race day. The marathon course closes at 1:00 PM. There will be aid stations every 2 miles. The 5K race begins at 7:20 AM.
For more information, please contact the race director Hal Gensler
The marathon, half-marathon and 5K races will have the usual 5-year age groups for awards (gun time for overall and chip time for age groups). There is a marathon and half finisher medal.
The marathon (AZ10007TLB) and half marathon (AZ10008TLB) courses are certified by USA Track and Field. Additional race information is available HERE. This contains the venue layout, the course layout and an elevation chart.
Race Day Schedule
Race packet pickup (bib with timing chip, race t-shirt) is available on race day beginning at 6:00am.
Race t-shirts are only guaranteed to runners who pre-register and pick up their shirt before gun time.
If you would like to volunteer at this event, please click here!