The Desert Classic is an Arizona original. Join the tradition this year on Saturday Jan. 27th, for your choice of a half marathon or 5K race starting and finishing at Riverboat Village, 18300 W. Bell Road in Surprise. – Please Note – There is No Onsite Day of Race Registration for this race. Registration via RunSignUp closes at 5:59 am race day morning.
Half marathoners must be 14 years or older on race day.
Packet pickup including your bib# and race shirts are available race day morning 6:30 am to 8:00 am. Please note that the start line is located a couple of long blocks from the parking and bib pickup area. Allow time for the pick up and any pre-race needs.
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 is a USATF certified course AZ22005JOE. The 5K course follows the half marathon course with a turnaround at the 1.55 mile mark. Both courses are entirely on blacktop surfaces. The race course closes at 11:00 am.
Please pick up your race shirt when picking up your race bib before gun time. Any remaining T-shirts will be available for purchase after gun time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please review the FAQs for answers to common questions that apply to all ARR races.