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Desert Classic Marathon

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Marathon, Half Marathon, 10 K, 5 K
Riverboat Village
Surprise, Arizona
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The Desert Classic Marathon is also a half-marathon a 10K and 5K put on by the Arizona Road Racers running club. The course is out and back on paved asphalt.The race starts and finishes at Riverboat Village, 18300 West Bell Road in Surprise.

The marathon begins at 7:00 AM, the half marathon at 7:30 AM., the 10K and 5K at 8:00AM. 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 Arizona Road Racers, the largest and oldest non-profit running club in the state, produces this runner-friendly race. 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 at the Arizona Road Racers Website ( Click HERE under Courses for the venue layout, the course layout and an elevation chart. The marathon is a Boston qualifier.

Event Start Location
18300 W Bell Rd. Parking is at Riverboat Village.

Course Description
The course is out and back on paved asphalt, beginning and ending at Riverboat Village, 18300 W Bell Rd, Surprise, AZ

Awards are three deep, five year year age groups.

Packet Pickup / Expo
Packet pickup up is the morning of the race only.

Timing / Results
Results are available on the webpage:
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Post Race Activities
Ample refreshments are available at the race site after finishing any of the four races.

Weather is typically cool and dry at the start and warms up as the sun rises. Typically the race is run under excellent marathon running conditions.

Head west on Bell Rd to 18300 W. Bell Rd.

At Riverboat Village

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Year: 2015     Participation      
    Total finishers: 49      
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Miguel Perez   Marathon Men 2:48:30 6:26  9.33 mph 
 Amanda Murdaugh   Marathon Women 3:49:54 8:46  6.84 mph 
Complete 2015 Results (All Races)
Year: 2009     Participation


52 men competed in the 2009 Desert Classic Marathon 52 (67.5%)
    Total finishers: 77


25 women competed in the 2009 Desert Classic Marathon 25 (32.5%)
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 David Adams   Marathon Men 2:45:38 6:19  9.49 mph 
 Nicole Armbrust   Marathon Women 3:44:26 8:34  7 mph 
 Paul Bonnett   Marathon Masters Men 3:00:54 6:54  8.69 mph 
 Cynthia Pool   Marathon  Masters Women  3:48:44 8:44  6.87 mph 
Complete 2009 Results (All Races)
Year: 2008     Participation


41 men competed in the 2008 Desert Classic Marathon 41 (68.3%)
    Total finishers: 60


19 women competed in the 2008 Desert Classic Marathon 19 (31.7%)
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Kit J. Menlove   Marathon Men 2:51:00 6:32  9.19 mph 
 Ashley McCowen   Marathon Women 3:51:44 8:51  6.78 mph 
 John Curley   Marathon Masters Men 3:09:40 7:14  8.29 mph 
 Dawn Bedwell   Marathon  Masters Women  4:10:56 9:35  6.26 mph 
Complete 2008 Results (All Races)
Year: 2007     Participation


32 men competed in the 2007 Desert Classic Marathon 32 (78.0%)
    Total finishers: 41


9 women competed in the 2007 Desert Classic Marathon 9 (22.0%)
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Gregg Walchli   Marathon Men 3:04:55 7:03  8.5 mph 
 Amy Yanni   Marathon Women 3:25:20 7:50  7.66 mph 
 Gregg Walchli   Marathon Masters Men 3:04:55 7:03  8.5 mph 
 Amy Yanni   Marathon  Masters Women  3:25:20 7:50  7.66 mph 
Complete 2007 Results (All Races)
Year: 2006     Participation


35 men competed in the 2006 Desert Classic Marathon 35 (74.5%)
    Total finishers: 47


12 women competed in the 2006 Desert Classic Marathon 12 (25.5%)
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 John Curley   Marathon Men 3:11:04 7:18  8.23 mph 
 Hollis Karoly   Marathon Women 4:18:21 9:52  6.08 mph 
 John Curley   Marathon Masters Men 3:11:04 7:18  8.23 mph 
 Susan Saunders   Marathon  Masters Women  4:28:58 10:16  5.84 mph 
Complete 2006 Results (All Races)
Year: 2005     Participation


73 men competed in the 2005 Desert Classic Marathon 73 (70.9%)
    Total finishers: 103


30 women competed in the 2005 Desert Classic Marathon 30 (29.1%)
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Joe Siegel   Marathon Men 2:49:58 6:29  9.25 mph 
 Elizabeth Lightner   Marathon Women 3:37:55 8:19  7.21 mph 
 Perry Edinger   Marathon Masters Men 2:54:56 6:41  8.99 mph 
 Amy Yanni   Marathon  Masters Women  3:41:42 8:28  7.09 mph 
Complete 2005 Results (All Races)
Year: 2004     Participation


93 men competed in the 2004 Desert Classic Marathon 93 (68.9%)
    Total finishers: 135


42 women competed in the 2004 Desert Classic Marathon 42 (31.1%)
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 TONY KELLY    Marathon Men 2:54:39 6:40  9 mph 
 JANICE POSEY    Marathon Women 2:48:47 6:27  9.31 mph 
 DAN KASPER   Marathon Masters Men 3:08:23 7:11  8.34 mph 
 KATHY PALMER   Marathon  Masters Women  3:27:48 7:56  7.56 mph 
Complete 2004 Results (All Races)
Year: 2004     Participation      
    Total finishers: 315      
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 STAN CLARK    Half Marathon Men 1:16:47 5:52  10.24 mph 
 NICOLE HUNT    Half Marathon Women 1:21:31 6:13  9.64 mph 
 ROMANO SCATURRO    Half Marathon Masters Men 1:18:46 6:01  9.98 mph 
 TRACY MALONE   Half Marathon  Masters Women  1:32:04 7:02  8.54 mph 
Complete 2004 Results (All Races)
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