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Gold Canyon, AZ (30 miles east of Phoenix), the
marathon is a scenic, rolling, point-to-point,
USATF certified course (#AZ10016TLB) that can be used as a qualifier for the
Boston Marathon. Although this is a challenging course, every year a significant
number of finishers run Boston-qualifying times. We also receive letters from
experienced marathoners who PR on this course.
All runners will receive free
transportation from the
Rodeo Grounds to the start. A clothing drop
bag location will be at the marathon start, and runners will receive their
clothes after the finish of the race. The race start
elevation is at 2330 feet above sea level. The
elevation at the finish is 1840 feet. Every mile split will be marked.
marathon starts a half mile south of the Peralta Trailhead on Peralta Road. The
first six miles are on a well-maintained, unpaved road through beautiful desert
vistas. The seventh mile of Peralta Road is a newly paved four-lane boulevard.
The course transitions to US 60 for 1.5 miles and then turns north on Kings
Ranch Road for a tour of the beautiful and historic Kings Ranch and Gold Canyon
area. There are rolling hills in this area,
but the focus is on the majestic view of the famous Superstition Mountains
immediately to the north that rise straight up from an elevation of 2000’ to
Men's Marathon Record Holder
The course returns to US 60 at approximately the 15 mile mark and follows
US 60 for another 1.5 miles to Mountain View Road. The course departs Mountain
View and moves at a gradual incline toward the base of Superstition Mountain
where you will find a turnaround at about 19.4 miles; from that point the
elevation again drops toward the finish line.
Shortly after the turnaround you will be running with half marathoners. It adds
to the fun to see how many half marathoners you can pick off before crossing the
finish line. Just past mile 23 you will pass through a wall which is a great
photo op with beautiful Superstition Mountain in the background. Save a little
energy for the last 2 tenths as you run past the on lookers to the finish line.
Marathon Aid Stations: There are aid stations every 2 miles on the
marathon course for the first 20 miles and then an aid station every mile to the finish. There are port-a-jons near every aid station. GU Brew lemon lime will be available at every other aid station starting at marathon mile 4. GU energy gel (vanilla bean and caffeine free strawberry/banana) will be at miles 10 and 18 on the marathon course only. Bananas will be at
2 aid stations.
Aid stations are staffed by our tremendous volunteers without whom our event could not happen. Please thank them along the way.
Start training today with our official Course Fuel! Information is available at the
GU Energy Website.
Courtesy Clothing Drop: There will be
clothing bag drop zone in
Prospector Park for the convenience of the runners not wishing to return
to their cars.