5 Arizona Races You Should Run {link up}

So I’ve been slacking on my Lost Dutchman 10k Recap–not because I did so poorly I swear!–but because I’m still sick 😦

After quite a few days of yuckiness, I’m finally starting to feel like I’m on the mend (don’t want to jinx it though!).

I absolutely love the Lost Dutchman race and have done it twice, both times running the 10k distance. Instead of recapping just the race though, I’ve decided to include it in Cynthia, Courtney, and Mar‘s Friday Five: 5 Races to Run in 2015 πŸ™‚

Now I know the race is in the past, so technically you can’t run it in 2015, BUT, it’s still a race that I super highly recommend, especially if you want a beautiful Arizona race.

1. Lost Dutchman

I love this race because you get a lot of options. There’s an 8k trail race, a 10k, a 1/2 marathon, and a full marathon to choose from. Tons of people from my run club love and swear by the half marathon raving on its stunning views and overall fun course. I have yet to do the half because this race is 2 weeks before Phoenix Marathon and I’m always scared to race race so close to a full. So I stick to the 10k.

The 10k has some small, rolling hills (and from what I’ve heard, the 1/2 and full as well). It’s an out and back and the first 3.1 miles has you running with a huuuge mountain as your scenery. It’s gorgeous.

Seriously though

Seriously though

The race is super family friendly with the start line for all races at an actual park. My husband took my daughter to cheer me on and they played on the playground while I ran πŸ™‚

This year I didn’t run so well, unfortunately. In fact, I might venture to say it was my worst race 😦 I think the fatigue of training and my sickness caught up to me and I just couldn’t muster the energy to run fast. Last year I place 2nd in my age group and snagged a 10k PR so I had a lot to live up to. Wasn’t even close this year. Oh well…it was still a super fun race. One that I love because of it’s small size and homey feel. And killer views πŸ™‚ I’ll do this race every year for sure.

and she loves it too!

and she loves it too!

My fave cheerleader

My fave cheerleader

2. Esprit de She 5k/10k (and du and tri)

This is another smaller race that I really like. There are several states that this race is held in but it’s def not a super big one. It’s an all female race, which I kinda, really like. It’s basically a party with bunch of girlfriends. Wine included!

There’s a 5k and 10k option and the one in my city was a loop you circled twice (for the 10k). This was another race I didn’t do so well in (damn 10ks!) but it’s still another that I’ll do every year because of how much fun it is. The post race party is THEE best.


Me and my beautiful friend, Nadia (who placed 4th overall!)

Esprit de She also holds triathlons and duathlons. Someday, I might get crazy and attempt the du πŸ˜€

I’m an ambassador for EdS and while I don’t have a coupon code to offer for the race, you can use my track code, EDS003 It’s NOT a coupon code, it just tracks how many people I send to the race (in any city).

If you do want to do the du or tri, that I do have a code for: AMBASRD will save you 15%.

3. Phoenix Marathon

I’m kinda biased πŸ˜€ This was my first marathon and I’m so glad I chose it as my first. I love that it’s not a HUGE race ala Chicago or Marine Corps (although those are amazing) and you can’t not like the elevation chart

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The race has a 10k, 1/2 marathon, and full marathon option and it’s quickly become a top marathon to run if you’re attempting a BQ. Duh right? With an elevation chart like that? The full sold out for the second year in a row.

There are a gazillion bloggers/IGers who are doing this race next weekend so you will def be seeing a lot of pics leading up to and the day of. You can also follow #ItsGoingDownAtPHX if you want to see double the fun. Seriously though, a TON of people are doing this race. Except this person who should be doing it, dammit.

4. Aravaipa Trail Race (or find a trail race near you!)

I love, love, love trail running and the trail races to do here in Arizona are put on by Aravaipa. I plan on doing more of their races in the future but the one I have done was SO FREAKING HARD AWESOME. It was a night 27k trail race. Yes, night. I had no idea what I was doing; it was my first trail race and my first race at night and it was def hard. But something totally cool and something I will totally do again.

Adrenaline 27k

Aravaipa Adrenaline 27k

Wouldn't this distract you too?? Photo Cred: B. Swanson

I ❀ the desert.

If you haven’t done any trail running, I highly recommend it. There’s something so liberating about the trails. It’s like there’s less pressure running on the trails then the roads. Less focus on time, more focus on the love of running. On the feeling of awesomeness that is running. Just do it. You’ll love it.

5. Pat’s Run

This is the race to run in Arizona. I can guarantee if you’re in a room with people someone will have run this race at some point. Maybe all of them will have.

It’s a 4.2 mile course in honor of Pat Tillman, former ASU and Cardinal football player who wore #42. He left the NFL to defend our country after the events of 9/11.

This is not a race to run if you’re super focused on time. It’s just way too crowded. There are TONS of people who run this; it sells out every. single. year. Pat’s Run also has “shadow runs” in different states where runners run the same distance, 4.2 miles. Check out the website to see if there’s a Pat’s Run in your are (those stateside).

This will be my little girl’s first race! We signed her up last year but then had to cancel when we took our impromptu trip to Spain. She’ll be doing a 42 yard dasher ❀

The race ends inside Sun Devil Stadium (Arizona State University) at the 42 yard line. So you get to run through the tunnel and enter the stadium as you finish. It’s pretty awesome.


I’ve also written more about this race here πŸ™‚

I stayed local and that’s because there are so many awesome races here! So if you’re ever in Arizona and wanna race, make sure you let me know you’re coming though so I can run with ya! ❀

–Do you like small, local races? or larger, more well known races?

–What is the race to run where you’re from?

Thanks to the DC Trifecta ladies again for hosting!

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35 responses

  1. All of these looks so cool and each one I read made me want to comment! Pat’s run looks amazing. I volunteered at the Esprit de She here in Chicago and it was a really great and laid back event. Your night trail run makes me want to jump in and try that. So cool!

  2. I’m so sorry your sick and your 10k wasn’t the best- I hope you kick it it in time to rock your marathon! I’m so excited for you!
    I saw Lost Dutchman pics all over IG this weekend, looks like everyone enjoyed it regardless of their finishing time πŸ™‚
    I prefer smaller races if I’m racing them for a PR or place, but like bigger races for the experience. The Baltimore Marathon was my largest race to date, with a little under 5,000 people I think, so there’s definitely room to grow πŸ™‚
    The Baltimore half /full or the Charles St 12 are must dos in Maryland!

  3. Agree with you 100% about trail races………but at night? Holy crap – you are a rockstar! I’m also a little obsessed with saguaro cacti – I think they are so cool. In Utah, you have to run a canyon half or full marathon (Ogden, Utah Valley, American Fork, Deseret News). They are so pretty and downhill – the only downside is an early start to bus you to the top.

  4. I’m a terrible Arizonan ha! I haven’t done any of these! Shame on me…I’m super undecided if I want to do P.F. Changs or the Phoenix Marathon as my first full next year! I was leaning towards P.F. Changs, but with how awesome you make it sound and the fact that it runs right by my neighborhood, I’m leaning more towards that one…Ahhh, you’re killin’ me Helly πŸ˜‰ I want to come check it out this year, but my athletes have practice that Saturday. I would totally just make them watch the marathon as practice haha, but I’m not head coach lol ;).
    My favorite was the Women’s Half before they took it away :(. I may just have to do Espirit De She this year though. I’m all about the girl power haha.

    • I totally thought of you because as soon as I hit “post” I remembered another fave–FIESTA BOWL!!!!
      I think you should do Phoenix Marathon. I’m not running it next year because my husband is so I can totally fan out and cheer you on!
      I wish you could come next weekend but I totally understand you’ve got work ❀

  5. You’re sick too? So am I. Sucks. Hopefully I can run an AZ race with ya. I like that elevation of the marathon! Here, the Dallas Marathon is a biggie, so is the Rock n Roll Half. But I do like the smaller races – I just miss the crowd support of the larger ones.

      • Houston is a big one – lots of elites. I’m a little afraid of it cause Houston is usually so freakin humid. I think it depends the year if the race is muggy or not. Let me know if you want to run in Texas…especially Dallas!!!!!

  6. Sorry you’re sick 😦 Those races sound awesome. I’d love to do just about anything in Arizona now. So sick of this upstate, NY winter!

  7. You have so many fun races around you! I would love to do the Phoenix marathon but I don’t think another full is in my cards until Ash is older! There are a few races in my area that are big draws, the Boston Marathon and the Falmouth Road race are two of the biggest ones!