The Desert Classic is an Arizona original. Join the tradition this year on Saturday Jan. 30, for your choice of a half marathon or 5K race starting and finishing at Riverboat Village, 18300 W. Bell Road in Surprise. We will be following Covid safety protocols.
While we are planning to hold this event in person, we also are aware that things could change due to Covid 19 restrictions. Therefore, we want to let you know that if our permit gets cancelled you will be able to get a refund, less the processing fee or have your entry transferred to this race in 2022.
Note – There is no Day of Race Registration for this race
Half marathoners must be 14 years or older on race day.
Packet pickup including your bib# and race shirts are available race day morning. To guarantee your shirt, please pick up prior to the start of the race.
Each registrant will receive a link to select a START time within the range of 7:30 am – 8:15 am. Runners are asked to arrive NO EARLIER than 40 minutes prior to their selected start time.
The half marathon and 5K will have 5-year age groups for awards (all awards will be based on chip time). Everyone will get a finisher medal.
The half marathon course is 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. *** Please note that women’s shirt sizes run small when selecting your shirt size.***