Sunday, November 2, 2014 • Scottsdale, AZ • Course Map
Cancelled for 2014
More than 3,000 runners cross the finish line each year in both races combined at Arizona’s Women’s Running Series Scottsdale Half Marathon here in the region known as the “Valley of the Sun,” including more than 2,500 finishers in the 13.1-mile race alone. Though past years featured a 5K, in 2014 the race adds the 10K distance for the first time.
The race is part of a series of half marathons across the United States that began just a few years ago with the first Women’s Running Magazine Half Marathon in St. Petersburg, Fla., back in 2009, and has since grown to races in four states — Arizona, Florida, California and Tennessee.
For runners in the Scottsdale race, they’ll start in front of Scottsdale Stadium, the 12,000-seat spring training home of Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants. From there, the course takes them first along Main Street and then onto Indian School Road, across the Arizona Canal and onto Camelback Road — and a second time across the canal — before settling onto the bike paths in Camelback Park after the mile 3 marker.
Runners also will follow a portion of the course through Camelback Park and Chapparal Park, a pair of local parks that lie side-by-side and total just over 130 acres, which are filled with lakes and running, walking and biking paths. The course will take runners along these paths for an out-and-back stretch through both parks, and then head back onto Hayden Road for a long stretch south to El Dorado Park.
After runners make their way through the city and along the paths that wind through El Dorado Park, the race is set to finish back at Scottsdale Stadium, where a Mimosa Bar will be waiting at the finish line.
In addition to the individual half marathon and 10K races, the event also offers a team half marathon — teams may have as many members as those organizing the teams wish to have, but they must have at least five female members, organizers note. A portion of the proceeds from the race go to benefit the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation, which funds cutting-edge breast cancer research for “prevention, treatment and survivorship,” the organizers note.
The course for the race is USATF-certified, and runners will have 4 hours to complete the half marathon, while those in the 5K will have 2 hours on the course — both runners and walkers are welcome.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in central southern Arizona, about 10 miles northeast of downtown Phoenix and just north of Tempe, Scottsdale typically sees mild to moderately warm and usually very dry weather in November, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 23°F (in 1956) and as high as 95°F (in 2007).
On the day of the race (Nov. 2), the average low is 50°F and the average high is 82°F, while rainfall is scarce, averaging less than an inch for the month.
- $85 for the half marathon, if registered by June 30, 2014
- $90 between July 1 – 31
- $95 between August 1 – 31
- $100 between September 1 – 30
- $105 between October 1 – 26
- $125 at the race expo, if not sold out
To reserve your spot in the fall 2014 running of Scottsdale-Tempe’s Women’s Running Half Marathon or 10K race, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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