Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Announces New Friday Night 1 Mile Race

1 Mile distance will take place on Friday night in Tempe Beach Park; Annual race will celebrate 15 years running the weekend of Jan. 12 – 14

Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon has announced a third day of running to race weekend with the new 1 Mile distance for the 2018 event. The Friday Night 1 Mile will take place on January 12 at 6:00 pm, and will start and finish in Tempe Beach Park. Online registration for the race is now open at

“We are starting the Rock ‘n’ Roll party early this year with the Friday Night 1 Mile,” said Nathan Kopp, Event Manager. “With the milestone of 15 years running and a new distance, this race weekend is one you won’t want to miss. We invite the entire community to come out for three days of running and to celebrate with us in 2018.”

The Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K also returns on Saturday, January 13 at 8:00 am and the marathon, half marathon and 10K on Sunday, January 14 at 7:50 a.m. Participants that run Friday or Saturday and any distance on Sunday will earn the coveted Remix Challenge medal in addition to each race’s finisher medal.

The marathon will continue to start in downtown Phoenix at Arizona Center (Van Buren St. and 2nd St). The half marathon and 10K will start in Tempe on University and College. All runners will cross the finish line at Tempe Beach Park. The 5K will start and finish in Tempe Beach Park.

Live bands, cheerleaders and thousands of spectators will help motivate runners to the finish line. Upon finishing, participants are invited to relax with family and friends at the finish line festival and post-race Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series.

Race weekend kicks off with a two-day Health and Fitness Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center, where runners can find the latest in running technologies, fitness apparel, health and nutrition information and interactive displays. The Expo takes place on Friday, January 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.