Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon

 
3.7 (4 reviews)

Phoenix, AZ
January 15, 2017

Live rock-and-roll bands line this point-to-point road race which links three cities of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area: Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe.

Race Reviews: 4
Overall Rating:
 
3.7
Course:
 
4.1
Organization:
 
3.5
Value:
 
3.4
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I am a six to seven hour marathon walker. I understand and respect time limits, and chose my races accordingly. When I did this race in 2012 it had a seven hour limit. I finished in just over six and one-half hours, but was constantly harassed by the driver of the trailing van who continually offered "bumps" (a ~half-mile ride in the van) to back of the pack folks. The harassment stopped once I finally got in front of someone else who wasn't agreeable to cheating. Otherwise the support was fine, but the course wasn't anything spectacular.

Participation in RNR-Az marathon has steadily fallen since its inception. It now has only about a quarter of the number of marathon finishers it did in its first year, and in 2015 had only ~half the finishers it did in 2011!!

I think the drop in participation is a pretty good indication there must be better races in Arizona than this one.
Overall Rating:
 
2.8
Course:
 
3.0
Organization:
 
2.5
Value:
 
3.0
Reviewed by StevenK on 2/26/2015
Racing Experience: 5 - 10 Marathons
Location: Phoenix, AZ

Review: I am a six to seven hour marathon walker. I understand and respect time limits, and chose my races accordingly. When I did this race in 2012 it had a seven hour limit. I finished in just over six and one-half hours, but was constantly harassed by the driver of the trailing van who continually offered "bumps" (a ~half-mile ride in the van) to back of the pack folks. The harassment stopped once I finally got in front of someone else who wasn't agreeable to cheating. Otherwise the support was fine, but the course wasn't anything spectacular.

Participation in RNR-Az marathon has steadily fallen since its inception. It now has only about a quarter of the number of marathon finishers it did in its first year, and in 2015 had only ~half the finishers it did in 2011!!

I think the drop in participation is a pretty good indication there must be better races in Arizona than this one.

It's interesting how people either seem to have a really good or a really bad experience at RNR races. I have run 5 RNR halfs and this was my second RNR full marathon.. It's really interesting how much the two events differ. As other runners have commented, the race is really geared towards the half marathoners and it shows -- I'd say there was easily a 5-to-1 ratio.

Overall organization was so-so.. nothing impressive, but not horrible. I heard others had issues with parking and getting to the start line, but I guess I got there early enough to where I had no problems. The start was a little crowded, but that's expected with that many participants. I really loved the energy levels from all the athletes -- I feed off of it.

The course is pretty much flat and is clearly setup for a PR or Boston qualifier. There were some boring parts along the way (especially on the out and back), but overall it was a good course.

RnR could use some improvements, but overall was a good race. I'd definitely recommend it to friends/family.
Overall Rating:
 
4.3
Course:
 
5.0
Organization:
 
4.0
Value:
 
4.0
Reviewed by Anna Harris on 6/28/2014
Racing Experience: 10 - 20 Marathons
Location: Mesa, AZ

Review: It's interesting how people either seem to have a really good or a really bad experience at RNR races. I have run 5 RNR halfs and this was my second RNR full marathon.. It's really interesting how much the two events differ. As other runners have commented, the race is really geared towards the half marathoners and it shows -- I'd say there was easily a 5-to-1 ratio.

Overall organization was so-so.. nothing impressive, but not horrible. I heard others had issues with parking and getting to the start line, but I guess I got there early enough to where I had no problems. The start was a little crowded, but that's expected with that many participants. I really loved the energy levels from all the athletes -- I feed off of it.

The course is pretty much flat and is clearly setup for a PR or Boston qualifier. There were some boring parts along the way (especially on the out and back), but overall it was a good course.

RnR could use some improvements, but overall was a good race. I'd definitely recommend it to friends/family.

I know a lot of hard-core marathoners do not prefer the RockNRoll marathons, and this year I found out why. Personally, I think the race should be just a half, because the crowds and support literally turn-off after mile 13. I feel like the organization completely forgets about us doing the 26.2.

Also, I really wasn't that impressed with the organization and logistics. Ive race many other races this size and they do a MUCH better job. For the money, I was expecting much more.
Overall Rating:
 
3.0
Course:
 
3.5
Organization:
 
3.5
Value:
 
2.0
Reviewed by Sophia Evans on 6/16/2014
Racing Experience: 5 - 10 Marathons
Location: Albuquerque, NM

Review: I know a lot of hard-core marathoners do not prefer the RockNRoll marathons, and this year I found out why. Personally, I think the race should be just a half, because the crowds and support literally turn-off after mile 13. I feel like the organization completely forgets about us doing the 26.2.

Also, I really wasn't that impressed with the organization and logistics. Ive race many other races this size and they do a MUCH better job. For the money, I was expecting much more.

I hit a BQ on this course and couldn't be more happy. I knew it was pretty much flat going into it, so I really trained hard and it paid off. I had a little bit of a difficult time fighting through the traffic in the first couple of miles, but it was all good afterwards. Great fast course!
Overall Rating:
 
4.5
Course:
 
5.0
Organization:
 
4.0
Value:
 
4.5
Reviewed by Daniel Long on 3/24/2014
Racing Experience: 20+ Marathons
Location: Phoenix, AZ

Review: I hit a BQ on this course and couldn't be more happy. I knew it was pretty much flat going into it, so I really trained hard and it paid off. I had a little bit of a difficult time fighting through the traffic in the first couple of miles, but it was all good afterwards. Great fast course!

Elevation Profile


Course Vitals

Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 350 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.50
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Gender Distribution


Total Number of Participants: 2,500

Finishing Times

Age Distribution

Boston & NYC Qualifiers

Total Qualifiers:

Boston 207

New York 79

 

Percentage of Total Finishers:

Boston 8.8%

New York 3.4%


Note: Data based off of 2016 race results