Sunday, February 16, 2020 • Apache Junction, AZ • Course Map
A beautifully scenic and very challenging race that has won raves from publications like Runner’s World magazine (which called it one of the “Best Little Marathons in the Country”) to AZCentral.com, which named it 2005’s best marathon for serious runners, this race offers a rugged desert course and what is usually a smaller field of participants than bigger-city races.
From the starting line at Prospector Park near downtown Apache Junction, the half marathon portion of the race takes runners eastward toward the Superstition Mountains that tower over the city on its eastern side.
Mostly flat for the first four miles that unfold through the city, the course turns hilly and more challenging as it reaches Mountain View Road, Geronimo Road and East Broadway Avenue, which contain some stretches of dirt road.
The elevation change for the course is mostly uphill for the first half and mostly downhill for the second half, including the half-marathon’s most significant hill around mile 10, when runners will see about a 50-ft. change.
Race organizers also impose no time limit for the half-marathon, which covers the final 6.55 miles of the full marathon route.
More than 2,100 runners crossed the finish line in the full marathon, half marathon, 10K and 8K races combined in 2016, including just over 700 finishers in the half marathon alone.
For the 2020 race, the half marathon is limited to 1,100 entrants, the full marathon to 400 entrants, the 10K to 800 entrants, and the 8K to 800 entrants.
Race Weather & Climate
Highly variable weather year-round is the norm in the Apache Junction area, which lies just to the east of Phoenix and Tempe in southern Arizona. February temperatures average between 42°F and 70°F, while rainfall is relatively low, averaging about 1.4 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Feb. 16), the average low is 42°F and the average high is 70°F.
- 2019 Lost Dutchman Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Lost Dutchman Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Lost Dutchman Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Lost Dutchman Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Lost Dutchman Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Lost Dutchman Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Lost Dutchman Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Lost Dutchman Half Marathon Results
- 7:00 AM – full marathon
- 7:15 AM – half marathon
- 7:45 AM – 8K
- 8:00 AM – 10K
- $75 – $105 for the half marathon
- $85 – $120 for the full marathon
- $45 – $65 for the 8K and 10K
To reserve your spot in any of the race distances at the late winter 2020 running of Apache Junction’s Lost Dutchman Marathon, register online at ChronoTrack.com here.
Official Race Website
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