RACE DAY – Feb. 12, 2022!
Marathon – 6:30 AM
Half Marathon – 6:30 AM
10K Race – 6:30 AM
1K Kid's Run – 12:00 PM @ Mesa Riverview
Motorists in the City of Mesa and surrounding area may experience several road closures on Saturday, February 12, as runners in the Mesa Marathon make their way through the city.
Several streets will be closed starting 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 road closures, please click here.
For the safety of runners and due to traffic limitations, we will not allow runners to be dropped off by family or friends at the full marathon start line. Half and 10K Runners may be dropped off at their respective start lines. See map for drop off details:
Runners must be dropped off no later than 5:15 am to ensure access to the start line.
It is very important to be on time or early because the last bus will leave at the stated time. Please carpool with other runners if possible.
Bus pick-up is located at MESA RIVERVIEW Shopping Center, 1061 N Dobson Rd., Mesa, AZ 85201.
EACH RACE HAS SEPARATE BUSES – Make sure to load your race specific buses! Please click the link in the parking section below for your race to view it’s respective map.
Bus pickup time for all races is at Mesa Riverview.
Full/Half bus pickup – 4:00 AM to 5:15 AM The last full/half marathon bus leaves at 5:15 AM sharp!
10K bus pickup – 4:45 AM to 5:45 AM. The last 10K bus leaves at 5:45 AM sharp!
Plan plenty of travel time so you do not miss your bus and the festivities at the starting lines!
PLEASE CARPOOL OR UTILIZE RUNNER DROP-OFF AT MESA RIVERVIEW WHERE POSSIBLE!!
Do not get stressed about parking at the bus pick-up area. Everything you need to know is right here. You will park by your specific race bus location! Please click the link for your race below to view it’s respective map.
- Full Marathon – Enter the Larry H. Miller lot off south Dobson Rd and then turn west onto Cubs Way. Follow the runner bus pick-up and parking signs.
- Half Marathon – Enter Mesa Riverview off of Alma School Rd. onto Bass Pro Drive and follow the runner bus pick-up & parking signs.
- 10K Race – Enter Sheffield Ave via Rio Salado, proceed north, follow the runner bus pick-up and parking signs.
Do not worry about cold temps while you are waiting for the race to start — we are planning to have plenty of heat to keep you warm if temperatures are cold. If you wear extra layers of toss-away clothing, our volunteers will pick them up and donate to charity.
AT START LINES FOR THE FULL & HALF MARATHON
Before the gun fires, both the marathon and half marathon starting lines will have bag drops. Your expo goodie bag doubles as a gear drop bag; 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. Please carry any belongings to the starting area in this bag, as opposed to any other personal bags, which cannot be identified by your race number.
Any clothing items dropped along the course will be donated to charity.
Calm any jittery nerves and review the course map one last time.
The marathon & half marathon course will be closed at 12:30PM. This is a 6 hour time limit equating to a 13:44/mile pace for the marathon and 27:30/mile pace for the half marathon. Runners falling behind this time will be required to move to the side of the road or sidewalk and obey standard traffic laws such as stopping at stop lights and intersections.
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.
Prize money will be awarded to the top 3 overall Male & Female winners in all three distances.
Additional awards will be given to the top 3 runners in each age division.
Age divisions include the following:1-14
Be sure to document your race experience! Include #runmesa in your Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter posts so we can see all your bright, smiling faces on race day.
RACE DAY INFO (Registration will open in the next two months)
This FREE Kids 1K fun run offers children an experience to run into a finish chute with thousands of spectators cheering them to the finish. Each child will receive a shirt, and a finisher ribbon. There will be food and fun in the finish area. Each participant will receive a bib number, however the race will not be timed.
This FREE Kids 1K fun run is limited to children 12 and under. One parent or guardian may escort the child through the route, but it is not required. Strollers are allowed. Older children will be put in the front, and strollers are to be in the back. We ask if you are pushing a stroller you be cautious of other children around you as you pass them.
TRAIN IN STYLE
Items will be available for purchase at the runner’s expo and at the finish line.