View 2022 Race Program HERE.
RACE DAY: Feb. 4, 2023
EXPO & PACKET PICKUP:
BUS LOADING TIMES:
Marathon 4:00-5:15 a.m. (runners must arrive no later than 4:30 a.m.)
Half Marathon 4:00-5:15 a.m. (runners must arrive no later than 4:30 a.m.)
10K 4:45-5:45 a.m. (runners must arrive no later than 5:15 a.m.)
RACE START TIMES:
Marathon – 6:30 a.m.
Half Marathon – 6:30 a.m.
10K – 6:30 a.m.
1K Kid's Run – 12:00 noon
PARKING & BUSING
All runners (Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K participants) MUST ride the buses provided by the race in order to arrive at the start lines. There is no parking available at the start lines and it will not be possible to be dropped off anywhere near the start lines due to road closures that will be put in place several hours before the race begins. Runners who attempt to arrive at the start line in any way other than via the race buses risk not arriving on time and missing the start of the race.
Please plan to carpool with other runners as much as possible in order to avoid long wait times and congestion in the parking area.
Each race (Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K) has separate parking and bus loading areas. The map at the bottom of this section provides details regarding parking and bus loading locations for each race. Please note the address of the parking area you plan to use on race morning.
MARATHON:Marathon buses will depart from 4:00-5:15am. However, marathon runners are advised to arrive at the parking and bus loading area no later than 4:30am.
Marathon runners may park at either of the following locations:
- 2039 Riverview Auto Dr - the large dirt lot directly west of Larry H Miller Nissan. This option is the closest to the marathon bus loading area and therefore it will fill up first. Those who plan to arrive near the end of the bus loading window will likely find this lot full and will be directed to use the alternative option below.
- 2100 W. Rio Salado Pkwy Parking - the parking lot directly west of the Riverview Softball Complex. This option requires a 5-10 minute walk to arrive at the bus loading area after parking. Runners hoping to avoid the walk should plan to arrive early and park at the first option outlined above.
Marathon runners who plan to be dropped off by a vehicle that will not park in the area should be dropped off along Cubs Way, between Riverview St & Dobson Rd.
After parking or being dropped off, marathon runners should proceed on foot to the marathon bus loading area on Riverview Auto Dr, directly north of Larry H Miller Nissan.
HALF MARATHON:Half Marathon buses will depart from 4:00-5:15am. However, half marathon runners are advised to arrive at the parking and bus loading area no later than 4:30am.
Half Marathon runners may park at either of the following locations:
- 1051 N Dobson Rd - the lots surrounding the Cinemark. This option is the closest to the Half Marathon bus loading area and therefore it will fill up first. Those who plan to arrive near the end of the bus loading window will likely find this lot full and will be directed to use the alternative option below.
- 963 N Dobson Rd - the lots east of Walmart. This option requires a 5-10 minute walk to arrive at the bus loading area after parking. Runners hoping to avoid the walk should plan to arrive early and park at the first option outlined above.
Half Marathon runners who plan to be dropped off by a vehicle that will not park in the area should be dropped off at 945 N Dobson Rd near El Pollo Loco.
After parking or being dropped off, Half Marathon runners should proceed on foot to the Half Marathon bus loading area on the far north side of the Cinemark parking area.
10K:10K buses will depart from 4:45-5:45am. However, 10K runners are advised to arrive at the parking and bus loading area no later than 5:15am.
10K runners may park at either of the following locations:
- 2330 W Rio Salado Pkwy - the lot north of Sloan Park near the Center Field Gate. This option is the closest to the 10K bus loading area and therefore it will fill up first. Those who plan to arrive near the end of the bus loading window will likely find this lot full and will be directed to use the alternative option below.
- 2202 W Rio Salado Pkwy - the large grass field southeast of Sloan Park. This option requires a 5-10 minute walk to arrive at the bus loading area after parking. Runners hoping to avoid the walk should plan to arrive early and park at the first option outlined above.
10K runners who plan to be dropped off by a vehicle that will not park in the area should be dropped off on Sheffield Ave near the Right Field Gate of Sloan Park.
After parking or being dropped off, 10K runners should proceed on foot to the 10K bus loading area on Waveland Ave, directly north of Sloan Park's north parking lot.
Health & Safety Protocols:
As recommended by the CDC, all runners will be required to wear a mask while being transported to the start lines on race buses. This requirement will also apply to those who utilize the post-race shuttle to return to the parking areas. Disposable masks will be provided to runners as they board the buses on race morning.
Due to the possibility of cold temperatures at the start lines, all runners will receive a heat blanket and a pair of gloves in their race bags. Gloves may be disposed of in the start venue or at any aid station along the course, but heat blankets must be removed prior crossing the start line. Additionally, outdoor heaters will be provided at the Marathon and Half Marathon start lines.
Abundant portable restrooms, water, and Gatorade Endurance will be available in the start line staging areas. Basic first aid supplies will also be available upon request.
After arriving at the start line staging area, Marathon runners will be allowed to stay on their buses if they choose. However, Half Marathon and 10K runners must exit their buses upon arrival and bring all of their belongings with them.
You will receive a race bag when you pick up your packet at the expo. This bag is for you to take to the starting areas. A number that matches your race bib will be put on the outside of your race bag. This is to identify your bag at the finish area after the race, and you will need your bib to prove ownership of your bag when you pick it up.
Each start line staging area (including the 10K) will have a gear check truck. Runners must place their bags in the gear check trucks no later than 6:00am. Please do not leave valuable items such as phones, wallets, or car keys in checked bags. The Mesa Marathon will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.
Runners will be directed to line up in the start chutes beginning at 6:00 a.m. Large markers denoting various paces will line each start chute and runners will be directed to queue in the zone which marks their expected pace.
10K runners will line up on E 8th St immediately north of the baseball diamonds. Faster pace groups will stage on the east side of the chute closer to start line, and slower pace groups will stage farther west towards Center St.
Half Marathon runners will line up on E McDowell Rd between Ogden St and Greenfield Rd. Faster pace groups will stage closer to start line near Ogden St, and slower pace groups will stage farther east towards Greenfield Rd.
Marathon runners will line up on N Ellsworth Rd near the Rio Salado Sportsman's Club. Faster pace groups will stage closest to the start line near Gun Range Rd, and slower pace groups will stage farther north towards the bus parking area.
TIMING & BIBS
The races will be chip-timed using timing tags adhered to the back of your bib. Your time will begin when you cross the starting line, not at the start gun, and will stop when you cross the finish line. Overall prize winners will be determined by gun time, not chip time. Please do not tamper with the timing chips, as they cannot be replaced once linked to your bib number.
Because the timing tag is adhered to the back of your race bib, it is important that you do not cover your bib with clothing or other objects that may interfere with the tag reader when you are crossing the start and finish lines. Furthermore, in order to ensure that race volunteers, officials, and photographers can properly identify you, you must wear your bib on the front of your person in an unobstructed position. If the photographers along the course can not see your bib number, we will have no way to get your photos to you.
Interactive course maps can be viewed on each race subpage below.
There are 14 aid stations along the marathon course, 8 aid stations along the half marathon course and 5 aid stations along the 10k course. All aid stations will be supplied with Gatorade Endurance Lemon Lime, water provided by WhiteWater, portable restrooms, Biofreeze, and first aid. When passing an aid station, runners will always be offered Gatorade first and water second. Certain aid stations will also be supplied with Gatorade Energy Gels and other amenities. Refer to the Aid Station Map below for details on exact locations and amenities at each aid station. Flavors of Gatorade Energy Gels include Blackberry and Apple Pear (noncaffeinated), as well as Strawberry and Caramel Candy (caffeinated).
In an effort to contain waste and facilitate cleanup operations, runners are asked to discard trash and shed clothing as close as possible to an aid station rather than elsewhere along the course. Any clothing that is shed along the course or at an aid station will be collected and donated to charity.
Although we cannot predict the weather, we can provide some historical weather averages for the area on the date of the race:
- Average Low: 46F (right before sunrise at race start time)
- Average High: 70F (late afternoon)
Please remember that these are average temperatures for central Mesa and that temperatures may be considerably cooler in the morning particularly at the marathon start. While we will provide gloves and heat blankets, we highly recommend that you come prepared for cold temperatures at the start line by layering and then shedding your layers to put in your drop bag just before the race begins.
Pacers will be available for the Marathon and Half Marathon. Pacers will line up in the start chutes next to the large signs marking each pace zone, and they will be holding elevated signs to show their location.
The Marathon will offer pacers at the following paces:
- 3:00 (Men's 18-34 BQ mark, 6:52/mile pace)
- 3:05 (Men's 35-39 BQ mark, 7:03/mile pace)
- 3:10 (Men's 40-44 BQ mark, 7:15/mile pace)
- 3:20 (Men's 45-49 BQ mark, 7:37/mile pace)
- 3:25 (Men's 50-54 BQ mark, 7:50/mile pace)
- 3:30 (Women's 18-34 BQ mark, 8:00/mile pace)
- 3:35 (Women's 35-39 & Men's 55-59 BQ mark, 8:12/mile pace)
- 3:40 (Women's 40-44 BQ mark, 8:23/mile pace)
- 3:50 (Women's 45-49 & Men's 60-64 BQ mark, 8:46/mile pace)
- 4:05 (Women's 55-59 & Men's 65-69 BQ mark, 9:20/mile pace)
- 4:20 (Women's 60-64 & Men's 70-74 BQ mark, 9:54/mile pace)
- 4:40 (10:41/mile pace)
- 5:00 (11:27/mile pace)
- 6:33 (15:00/mile pace)
The Half Marathon will offer pacers at the following paces:
- 1:30 (6:52/mile pace)
- 1:40 (7:38/mile pace)
- 1:50 (8:24/mile pace)
- 2:00 (9:10/mile pace)
- 2:10 (9:55/mile pace)
- 2:20 (10:41/mile pace)
Because the roads used for the race must be re-opened for normal traffic patterns, we are required to set course time limits that must be strictly adhered to. The course time limit for the full marathon is based on a 15:00 minute per mile pace, which is a light jog. This equates to a 6:33 marathon. The time limit for the half marathon is based on a 30:00 minute per mile pace, which is a leisurely walking pace. This equates to a 6:33 half marathon. Both races start at 6:30am, and participants will need to finish by 1:03pm.
Those who are unable to maintain the required pace at each mile marker must consent to be picked up by an escort vehicle and escorted to the finish venue, where they will still be allowed to cross the finish line and receive a medal. Alternatively they may elect to move to the side of the road or sidewalk and obey standard traffic laws such as stopping at stop lights and intersections. Aid station support and course directional signage will be removed immediately following the rolling closure time at each mile marker.
Based on the USATF certification standards the course is measured on tangents or SPR-Shortest Possible Route. Therefore if you run on the inside or outside line the entire length of the race your GPS may reflect a distance slightly greater than 13.1 or 26.2.
Spectators are welcomed and encouraged along the vast majority of the route. Please be considerate of public and private property and never interfere with the progress of any race participant. Spectators are required to follow the instructions of volunteers and law enforcement officers at all times.
Recommended cheering locations:
- SE or SW Corner of Hawes Rd. and E McDowell Rd.
- Community park on N Ridgecrest just North of E McDowell Rd.
- Corner of N Power Rd. and E Thomas Rd.
- 5000 E McDowell Rd. (The Boeing Company)
- 4136 E McDowell Rd. (WAXIE Sanitary Supply), west of N Greenfield Rd. on E McDowell Rd. (Eastbound traffic is closed from 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m., but spectators can park on the south side of E McDowell Rd. or behind WAXIE Sanitary Supply by entering on E Virginia St., north of N Greenfield Rd.)
- Corner of N Val Vista Rd. and E Brown Rd.
- 2700 E Brown Rd. (Mt. View High School) on E Brown Rd. and N Lindsey Rd.
- Corner of Mesa Dr. and E Brown Rd.
- Banner Corporate Center on N Date (525 W Brown Rd.)
- 945 W Rio Salado Pkwy. (Westwood High School)
- 48 North Robson (Inside the Bungalow)
- Finish Line approach on Bass Pro Dr.
MESA MARATHON CHEER CHALLENGE
The Mesa Marathon Cheer Challenge is a highlight of the race experience. Local community groups are invited to take over an aid station along the course and do anything they can to give runners a boost as they pass the aid station. Music, costumes, fun signage, and of course CHEERING is encouraged.
After the race, runners vote on which groups did the best job of providing energy and excitement. The top groups are rewarded with a financial donation to their organization. If your group is interested in participating, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immediately after crossing the finish line runners will find themselves in an enclosed Runner Services area. Spectators will not be permitted to enter this area and should plan to meet up with their runners in the festival area north of the finish line. Once runners exit Runner Services they will not be allowed re-entry. They should ensure that they have collected their medal and recovery items before exiting.
Just past the runner services area, runners will be able to collect their free post-race food by removing the tear tags along the bottom of their bibs and redeeming them at the designated tents.
Runners of legal age will be treated to a free post-race beer in the Beer Garden, located outside of The Brass Tap in the festival area. Runners may either have their ID checked and receive a wristband or stamp at the Beer ID Check Booth during the Expo, or bring proper photo ID to the Beer Garden entrance.
The Finish Venue Map below shows the layout of the festival area at Mesa Riverview.
A free shuttle service will be available to transport runners from the finish venue back to the parking areas. This service will run from 7:00am - 1:00pm. The shuttles will be available for all Marathon and 10K runners. Because Half Marathon runners will park in the area immediately surrounding the finish venue, they will not need a shuttle to return to their vehicles.
As shown in the Post-Race Shuttle Map below, Marathon and 10K post-race shuttles will depart from 1017 N Dobson Rd, which is the far northwest end of the finish festival area. The shuttles will drop off Marathon runners on Cubs Way in between the two designated Marathon parking areas. They will then continue to Sloan Park where they will drp off 10K runners on Sheffield Ave in between the two designated 10K parking areas.
RESULTS & AWARDS
A results tent will be set up near the exit of the Runner Services area. Runners may visit this tent and present their race bib to receive a free result card. Results will also be available on the Photos/Results page of the Mesa Marathon website as soon as runners cross the finish line.
Awards ceremonies for overall winners will take place on the main stage in the Finish Festival. The 10K awards ceremony will occur at 7:30 am; the Half Marathon awards ceremony will occur at 8:30 am; the Marathon awards ceremony will occur at 9:30 am.
Age division awards will be given to the top three finishers in each division category. These may be retrieved at the results tent in the festival area; there will not be an awards ceremony for age division winners.
For additional information on overall and age division awards, please visit the Awards page.
Qualifying for the Boston Marathon is a huge achievement, and we want to celebrate it with you! If you qualify for Boston while running the Mesa Marathon, stop by the results tent to receive a free BQ luggage tag. Use it proudly when you travel to Beantown next April! Check out Boston qualifying times here.
Stick around the finish festival to support the participants in the free Kids 1K at 12:00. There is nothing better than seeing the joy on the young faces as they cross the same finish line as everyone else. Visit the Kids 1K page for additional information.
Motorists in the city of Mesa and surrounding area may experience several marathon course-related street closures on Saturday, February 12. Expect traffic to be slow in and around areas impacted by the race course.
Street closures will begin at 4:00 a.m. on February 12. Streets will re-open in stages with all streets re-opened by 1:30 p.m. Traffic will not be permitted to cross the race route during the event.
Motorists should plan ahead for possible delays. To avoid the race route completely, travelers are advised to skirt the perimeter by using the 202 Red Mountain Freeway (north and east borders); the 101 Price Freeway (west border); and US 60 Superstition Freeway (south border).
For a detailed map of the race route and street closures, please use this link.