Arizona > Valley of the Sun Half Marathon
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Run in the shadow of the Usery Mountains that stand tall just outside
the town of Mesa, Ariz., the Valley of the Sun Half Marathon takes
runners on a fast and mostly downhill course filled with long, gently
sloping downhill grades and a few hills mixed in. The first 3 to 4
miles of this race are reportedly the fastest, as they feature the
race's steepest downhill stretch -- from an elevation of just above
2,000 feet above sea level at the start to 1,648 feet by the fourth
Along the course through the northern sections of Mesa, runners are
treated to sights such as majestic mesas jutting up from the horizon,
the snow-capped peaks of the nearby McDowell
Mountains and the peaceful waters of the Salt River, which participants
run past between miles 8 and 10. The race includes a sharp uphill
around mile 11, and then a mixture of additional uphills and downhills
on the way to the finish line on N. Bush Highway.
The terrain for the race is made up entirely of paved surfaces, and
there are typically few spectators along the course, thanks to its
remote location away from populated areas and neighborhoods.
Weather & Climate
While weather conditions generally are mild to cool in the Mesa area
this time of year, with March temperatures that average between
77°F and 49°F, past participants have reported quite
temperatures on the day of the race in previous years. Rainfall is
generally not a factor, as the area sees an average of about 1.19
inches of precipitation during the month.
To register for the spring 2010 running of Mesa's Valley of the Sun
Half Marathon, register online at the event website.
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