For the 2018 Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, we reset our focus on delivering best-in-class running events with improvements throughout race weekend, including more support on course, more music, and more fun.

Check out the highlights of what 2018 had in store!






Music that Moves You

As the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, music is a core part of our DNA. We stepped up our game and delivered an experience that included:

  • Better band stages that rock while you run
  • More music on course
  • New music playlists all weekend
  • Pacer teams with music to help you rock to your goal
  • Customized playlists through Spotify 

Support for Runners, By Runners

 Race day is not just about the training you did to get there (though it is important). It’s about the course support, volunteers, aid stations, and all the things runners need. We’re here for you to help you have your best race:

  • Extra visible mile markers to keep you motivated
  • More gel aid stations (two on the half marathon course and three on the marathon)
  • Pacer signs you couldn't miss
  • All new corral signs that LIGHT UP so you can see them in the early morning
  • New bib timing technology
  • More porta potties for your comfort and convenience
  • All new mobile app to track your runners
  • And for those marathoners who are running 26.2 miles: bananas on course, a red carpet finish line, and a post-race finisher zone just for you, complete with pizza, snacks, massages and more

We are a Community

Your friends and family have your back — and in 2018, we had theirs!

  • Spectator grandstand viewing zone at the Finish Line
  • Cameras on both the marathon and half marathon course streaming to the Finish Line so your friends and family can see you rock on the big screen

Bringing the Fun Back to the Run

The community of Arizona has supported us for 15 years, so with our constant goal to improve, we are always keeping this community in mind.

We hope you had a great 2018 event and are looking forward to 2019!