The Arizona Road Racers Desert Classic Half Marathon course takes runners on a long, mostly straightaway route just to the north of White Tank Mountain Regional Park, a 30,000-acre park filled with rugged, rocky, mountainous terrain near Phoenix. From there, the course follows an out-and-back race run entirely over a paved highway road leading west from the city of Surprise, with majestic scenery as well as a true arid, desert climate. It’s a long, gradual uphill to the half-way point, followed by a long, gradual downhill in the second half.
Note: The course map above provides the approximate route for the race. Though every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy, changes are sometimes made to race routes due to weather conditions, road closures or other circumstances that can require a course to be changed.
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