Run-Walk Events is excited to announce the Arizona Challenge Races! In the run up to the historic Race Across USA, we have added two shorter races in Arizona – the Race Across Arizona Valley of the Sun and the Race Across Arizona Beeline and Beyond. While we have had a lot of interest from runners who are interested in running across the entire state of Arizona, some runners just can’t get the time away from work. These two “Challenge” races are less expensive and just four days long. In fact, we have “wrapped” them around weekends. That is, both races start on a Friday and end on a Monday. Think of it: four back-to-back marathons in only four days – a QUADZILLA!
AZ02 – Valley of the Sun (4 Marathons)
Join us from Salome, through historic Wickenburg to the Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve. Wickenburg bills itself as “where the West is still wild.” The town certainly looks the part with an historic and well-maintained downtown that could be right out of the late 19th century. Along the fertile plain of the Hassayampa River, farmers and ranchers began to settle this area following the end of the Mexican-American war in 1848. The downtown area of Wickenburg is vibrant with almost all the buildings occupied by cafes, saloons, western wear stores, and Indian art and souvenir stores.
AZ03 – Beeline and Beyond (4 Marathons)
Challenge yourself as you run up and over the Beeline Highway starting in Sunflower, AZ all the way to Forest Lakes. As we climb, we will run through the Sonoran Desert where the Saguaro cactus grows. This species grows up to 25 feet in height, is tree-like and columnar, covered in needle-like spires, and it grows upward tilting branches (properly called arms) as it ages.
Photo Credits (in the order that they appear)
- Used with permission from Colon Terrell.
- Photo licensed under Creative Commons from Race Across USA.