The Desert Classic Marathon is an Arizona original. Join the tradition this year on Saturday Jan. 25, for your choice of a marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K race starting and finishing at Riverboat Village, 18300 W. Bell Road in Surprise.
Please note: Marathon participants must be 18 years or older on race day. Half marathoners must be 14 years or older on race day.
Packet pickup including your bib# and race shirt is available race day morning. To guarantee your shirt, please pick up prior to the start of the race.
The marathon begins at 7:00 a.m. An early start for the marathon is available at 6:00 a.m., as long as you notify the race director prior to race day. The marathon course closes at 1:00 p.m. There will be aid stations every 2 miles.
The half marathon begins at 7:30 a.m. The 10K begins at 8:00 a.m and the 5K begins at 8:15 a.m.
The marathon will have 10-year age groups (starting at age 18) while the half marathon, 10K and 5K will have 5-year age groups for awards (gun time for overall, and chip time for age groups). Everyone will get a finisher medal (shown here).
The marathon and half marathon courses are certified by USA Track and Field.
The long-sleeved, tech-fabric Desert Classic Marathon race shirts are only guaranteed to runners who pre-register and pick up their packet before gun time. Remaining shirts will be available to race day registrants and available for purchase after gun time.