Arizona is Celebrating 15 Years Running in 2018!

In 2004, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series came to Arizona to put on a race like none other and the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon was born.

Since it’s inception, Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona has made running fun by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams, and creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators. On January 13-14, 2018, the race will return for its 15th year celebration, taking runners on a scenic tour of Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale.

In 2018 we will celebrate 15 years of running in Arizona. We will celebrate each of our runner’s journey, the remarkable race moments from over the last 14 years, and all of the moments worth running for.

Here are few of our moments. What are yours?

2004. Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona becomes the largest inaugural race in history.
2004. Goo Goo Dolls drummer, Mike Malinin, ran the marathon while performing a song at each stage on course, and then performed as the headliner once he finished.
2006. Two-time Olympic gold medalist, Haile Gebrselassie, broke the world record in the half marathon by 21 seconds with a time of 58:55 by running the second leg of the marathon course.
2009 & 2011. Josh Cox set a 50k American record with a time of 2:47:17 in 2009. Two short years later, he breaks his own record at the same race with a time of 2:43:45. He was 7 seconds off the world record.
2012. Olympian, Alan Culpepper, redesigns the race course to feature two simultaneous start lines in different cities (Phoenix & Tempe).
2016. A blistering fast race leads the top 3 men to all beat the previous course record. Bauhs, Bruce, and Droddy all qualify for the Rio Olympic trials on the last possible day.
2017. 73-year old, John Wilkie, falls a few hundred feet before the finish line. Fellow runner, Nathaniel Dillard, helps him up and makes international news as they finish the race together.
2018. Create your moment with us for our 15th year rockin’ Arizona!

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