According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. At the present time, 12.5 million children, ages 6-19 in the United States are obese. Many more are overweight. Starting January 16, 2015, an international team of athletes will begin a 4 1/2 month journey, running the equivalent of 117 back-to-back marathons across the United States with the goal of inspiring a healthier generation. Join us as we run across the country. Apply for the core team, cross a state or run one of thirteen 4-day challenge events. If you are not a runner, you can sponsor, donate or volunteer! Teachers, please click here.
Border to Border
Description: Run 15 back-to-back marathons across the Grand Canyon State of Arizona from the Colorado to the New Mexico border. Details>>>
Arrival Date: Tue 1/27/15 5PM
Departure Date: Fri 2/13/15 4PM
Stages: 01-16 (see map)
Total Distance: 405.4 miles
Description: Run back-to-back marathons to the Valley of the Sun (Phoenix). Details>>>
Arrival Date: Thu 1/29/15 5PM
Departure Date: Mon 2/2/15 4PM
Stages: 03-06 (see map)
Total Distance: 106.1 miles
Description: Run four back-to-back marathons (a QUADZILLA!) up the Beeline Highway all the way to Forest Lakes. Details>>>
Arrival Date: Thu 2/5/15 5PM
Departure Date: Mon 2/9/15 4PM
Stages: 09-12 (see map)
Total Distance: 106.2 miles
View RAUSA Arizona Route in a larger map
|Click for Map||Date||Starting Location||Miles|
|Tue Jan 27||Arrive|
|RAAZ 01||Parker, AZ||26.41|
|RAAZ 02||Thu Jan 29||Bouse, AZ||25.45|
|RAAZ 03||Fri Jan 30||Salome, AZ||26.51|
|RAAZ 04||Sat Jan 31||Aguila, AZ||26.53|
|RAAZ 05||Sun Feb 1||Wickenburg, AZ||26.44|
|RAAZ 06||Mon Feb 2||Peoria, AZ||26.60|
|RAAZ 07||Cave Creek, AZ||26.47|
|Wed Feb 4||Rest Day|
|RAAZ 08||Thu Feb 5||Fort McDowell, AZ||26.45|
|RAAZ 09||Sunflower, AZ||26.45|
|RAAZ 10||Sat Feb 7||Payson, AZ||26.84|
|RAAZ 11||Sun Feb 8||Payson, AZ||26.42|
|RAAZ 12||Mon Feb 9||Forest Lakes, AZ||26.52|
|RAAZ 13||Tue Feb 10||Heber-Overgaard, AZ||26.43|
|RAAZ 14||Wed Feb 11||Show Low, AZ||26.52|
|RAAZ 15||Vernon, AZ||26.45|
|RAAZ 16||Fri Feb 13||Springerville, AZ||7.86|
Event Format: Most days, we will cover a marathon distance (26.2 miles). You can run or walk. We will start at approximately 8am each morning. The time limit to complete each day’s distance is 8 hours. We will have bibs and official results posted for each day’s race. You will have the opportunity to briefly visit schools en route with the hope of inspiring a generation.
Relay Teams: If you and a friend or family member (or two!) want to run as a team, we have designed a program for you!! The price is per runner is the same but the team can split the applicable fundraising goal. Together, the team must complete 26.2 miles per day in order to qualify for an award. The current format allows runners to switch at the halfway point of the day’s stage (approximately 13.1 miles). More frequent runner switching may be added in the future as more volunteers are recruited. Successful team members who each complete 100 miles or more will receive a buckle. Successful team members who each complete less than 100 miles will receive a medal. Make sure to select (or create) a team during registering. (Don’t forget to ask for a discount for teams of 3 or more!) Contact us if questions. Register Now>>>
Additional Costs: Runners should allocate additional funds for crew, daily accommodations, as well as food. There may be the option of staying in a tent in a campground (subject to availability).
Drivers: We have set up a Facebook Group so you can coordinate with other runners for transportation. Up to four runners can share a driver/car. After drop off each morning, drivers work together as a team to support all runners at each of the aid stations. While you run, you will have support based on what you have stored in each of your drop bags at roughly 6.6 miles, 13.1 miles and 19.7 miles. Check out the Facebook group for the Race Across Arizona!
* Fundraising: Ever wonder how you could use running to give back to kids? Together with others, we are running coast to coast for the 100 Mile Club®, a 501(c)(3) organization that is stemming the tide of childhood obesity! If you are new to fundraising, our Ninja Guide to Fundraising will help! If you are unable or unwilling to fundraise, you can make the donation to your own fundraising page before the race starts. Help us to spark a renaissance of student health and fitness.
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Note: We are currently looking for volunteers! If you are interested, check out the open positions.
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