Marathon Course Description and Maps
All Courses except 8K:
Lost Dutchman Course Map
Marathon Elevation Map
Desert Trail Run Map
our marathon course page or
marathon map pages for
details about the marathon course.
1/2 Marathon, 10K, 8K & 2-Mile Courses
The Half Marathon begins and ends in
and is an out-and-back over the last 6.55 miles of the Marathon course. We have a designated lane for runners going
toward the turnaround and a return lane when you are headed for the finish line
to avoid conflict with oncoming runners and walkers. You will notice a gradual
incline as you run toward Superstition Mountain and an equivalent decline on the
way back. There are no significant hills. The course is paved, but there are
significant stretches of freshly graded shoulder if you prefer to run on dirt.
The half marathon course is certified (AZ10015TLB ) through 2020. View the
2010 Half Marathon start video.
There will be mile markers on the race course.
The 10K begins and ends in
and is an out-and-back over the last 3.1 miles of the Marathon course. The
course is all on pavement, with broad freshly graded shoulders much of the
way if you prefer to run on dirt. The route is relatively flat. The course includes a slight incline
going out and decline coming back to the finish line. There is no time limit
for the 10K, HOWEVER, walkers and slow runners should be aware of faster
half marathoners approaching from behind and sharing the return lane; please
There will be
mile markers on the race course.
The 8K is a Desert Trail Run starting and
Prospector Park. The course is mostly on dirt trail in the northern and
eastern portions of the park that is undeveloped. The only elevation changes
are where the course crosses dry washes, otherwise the course is flat. It
should be considered relatively easy as trail courses go. There is no time
limit for the 8K.
The 2-Mile Family Fun/Run Walk starts and
Prospector Park, and loops out onto Idaho Road.
Half Marathon and 10K Aid Stations: For the 10K and Half Marathon courses there are aid stations every mile with water at every aid station
with GuBrew (lemon lime) at every other aid station. There are port-a-jons near every aid station.
8K Aid Stations: For the 8K trail race there
is one aid station that all runners will pass twice.
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.