2015 ARR Races

South Mountain Classic 20K & 5K - March 28

Summer Series #1 5K (Riparian Preserve) - May 23

Summer Series #2 5K (Reach 11) - June 14

Summer Series #3 4M (Rio Vista Park) - July 4

Summer Series #4 5K (Kiwanis Park) - July 18

Summer Series #5 5K (South Mountain) - August 9

Jerome Hill Climb -September 6

Endless Summer Distance Classic - September 13

Thanksgiving Classic 10M, 5K and 1M - November 26

Desert Classic 5K,30K, and 30K Relay - December 20

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Why Run ARR Races?

  • Real Time Results at the Race

  • Website Results on Race Day
  • Chip Timing
  • Certified Courses
  • Economical Pricing
  • Member Discounts
  • Races Designed by Runners

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Intervals at Shadow Mountain High School - 3/24/2015

Intervals again this Tuesday, March 24th, with the fast running starting at 6:40 pm.The restaurant for the week, for those interested, is Nee House.Here are the workouts:Marathon:5 - 7 x (1000) @ 10K pace, 2 minute recovery.5K through 1/2 Marathon:4…Continue

Started by Norm Janoff Mar 22.

Intervals at Shadow Mountain High School - 3/17/2015

Intervals again this Tuesday, March 17th, with the fast running starting at 6:40 pm.The restaurant for the week is Sala Thai, for those interested. Thanks to Rick Burch for volunteering the beer :-)My knee is still not ready to walk laps at the…Continue

Started by Norm Janoff Mar 15.


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South Mountain Classic

Time: March 28, 2015 from 6:30am to 10am
Location: "South Mountain Park"
Street: 10409 South Central Ave
City/Town: Phoenix, AZ
Website or Map: http://maps.yahoo.com/#lat=33…
Phone: (602) 684-1496
Event Type: 20k, 5k, race
Organized By: Arizona Road Racers
Latest Activity: Feb 7

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Event Description

The South Mountain Classic is a 20K or 5K starting and finishing at the South Mountain Activity Center in Phoenix. Take Central Avenue two miles south of Baseline Road to the park. For more information, please contact the race directors, Hal Gensler and Marty Michelson

Race Day

Registration begins at 6:30 AM. The 20K begins at 7:30 AM and the 5K begins at 7:40 AM.

Please plan to arrive early! Park Rangers will be checking each vehicle before entering the park. This can cause a backup in traffic, especially nearing gun time.Click HERE to print your parking pass.

Because South Mountain Park requires all runners to be off the road by 10:00 a.m., runners in the 20K must be able to maintain at least a 12 minute per mile pace. If you cannot keep a 12 minute mile pace or faster, an early start is available at 6:30 a.m. Registration for early start runners begins at 6:00 a.m.

Both the 20K and 5K are USATF certified courses. The courses are on roads only (no trails).

Awards will be presented to the first 3 finishers overall (no double dipping) and to the top 3 finishers in the following age groups (male/female): 19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79,  80 & over.

Bib/Chip/Shirt Pickup
Runners pick up their bibs, timing chips, and race shirts on race day beginning at 6:30 a.m. NOTE: T-Shirts are guaranteed only to runners who pre-register and pick up their shirt before gun time.

Registration for members $32 through 3/6


Please click here to volunteer.

Desert Classic Marathon


Event Details

Desert Classic Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K

Time: January 31, 2015 from 7am to 1pm
Location: Riverboat Village
Street: 18300 West Bell Road
City/Town: Surpise
Phone: (602) 684-1496
Event Type: marathon, half-marathon, 5k
Organized By: Hal Gensler
Latest Activity: Sep 17

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Event Description

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 day registration begins at 6:00 AM at Riverboat Village. Early start runners will register at 5:30 AM.
  • The marathon and half marathon begin at 7:00 AM.
  • The 5K run will start at 7:20 AM.
  • An early start of 6:00 AM is available -- as long as you give prior notice (e.g., before the day of the race).
  • Runners who take the early start are not eligible for overall or age group awards.

Packet Pickup

Race packet pickup (bib with timing chip, race t-shirt) is available on race day beginning at 6:00am.

Race T-Shirts
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!


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Arizona Road Racer News

Looking to step up your game? Compete in the ARR Grand Prix! This annual series consists of 15 races in Arizona, some of which are ARR races. Run in as many or as few as you like. The top two point leaders in each age group will receive awards at the annual ARR Awards Meeting in January.
About the Grand Prix - How It Works
  • The cost is $5.00 ($10 for non ARR members) for the entire series. This does not include race entry fees. It is a one-time fee paid to ARR.
  • GP scoring will include only GP registrants who are registered finishers of a GP race. No retroactive registration; runners registering after the Friends of the Rec 10K, for example, will not be counted in the Friends of the Rec 10K Race’s GP results even if they ran it.
  • Runners score according to their finish place out of all GP registered finishers each race. The first GP runner in each race will score 1,000 points. All others will score based upon the percentile in which the runners finish such that the middle finisher will always score 500 points. Points are awarded without regard to age or sex. In scoring races we use USATF rules (thus gun time is used rather than chip time).
  • There are 15 Grand Prix races. A runner may compete in as few or as many of the races as they choose; however, results from only 10 races will count. If a runner runs more than 10 races, only their 10 highest scores will count. Anyone running in 10 or fewer races will have all of their scores included.
  • Scores are tallied within age division for each sex. Runners do not change age divisions during the year. A runner’s division is set according to their division on the day of their first GP score. For example, a runner turning 50 on April 1 would be scored all year in the 45-49 bracket if she runs the Friends of the Rec 10K as a GP registrant, but would score all year in the 50-54 bracket if her first GP score is after April 1.
  • Age groups for both male and females are: 0-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85+. In order for an age group to exist, it must have at least two participants completing 4 races each. In addition, in order for an individual to win an age group they must run in at least 4 races
  • Grand Prix standing information will be included on the ARR website at arizonaroadracers.com and e-mailed to all participants.
  • There will be awards for the first 2 people in each age group, which will be presented at the ARR awards meeting held in January 2015.

2015 Race Schedule

A printable copy of our yearly race schedule is available HERE


This personal training log book is produced yearly including all of the ARR races as well as over 300 other races in the Phoenix area and throughout the state. It also contains 70 race photos, 40 running clubs as well as other information. The book is free to members and is available to non- members for $14.95 plus $3.00 shipping. Individual membership is only $25.00.

 You can order a copy HERE

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Arizona Road Racers is a non-profit volunteer club dedicated to supporting running in metro Phoenix.

Contact Us

Mailing Address
Arizona Road Racers
428 E. Thunderbird Rd. #425
Phoenix, AZ 85022-5229

ARR Hotline
(602) 684-1496



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