Rock & Roll Arizona Marathon, Half Marathon & Mini Marathon

Sunday, January 19, 2025 • Tempe, AZ • Course Map

The streets of the Phoenix-Scottsdale-Tempe area — often called the “Valley of the Sun” — are expected to fill with as many as 30,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes with the 20th annual running of the Rock & Roll Arizona Marathon & Half Marathon, which sees more than 15,000 runners cross the finish line in just the half marathon each year.

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After years of running a point-to-point course that started in downtown Phoenix and finished in nearby Tempe on the campus of Arizona State University, the route was completely redesigned a few years ago to feature an out-and-back loop that starts and finishes near the ASU campus, and takes runners through Tempe and north into Scottsdale, where they’ll cross the Salt River twice and head through both Eldorado Park and a long stretch through Papago Park.

Like all of the “Rock & Roll”-themed running events, the Arizona race will also feature live bands playing music throughout the course, stationed roughly every other mile, along with cheerleading squads from local high schools and thousands of local spectators out to cheer on runners around the course. The race finish line will lie in the parking lot on the ASU campus, just outside Sun Devil Stadium.

Considered an excellent race for first-time marathoners and half-marathoners, thanks to its largely fast and flat course — the race follows a very gradual overall uphill from the start to about the mile 10 marker, and gains only about 150 feet in elevation throughout the first 10 miles of the half marathon — the Rock & Roll Arizona race also features a relay race for two-person teams.

Note that the full marathon will not share the same starting line as the half marathon; while the half marathon will start within the Arizona State University campus along Mill Avenue and 3rd Street, the full marathon will start at CityScape in downtown Phoenix, near West Washington Street and 3rd Street.

Runners in the half marathon will have 4 hours to complete their 13.1 miles, while those running the full marathon will have a 7-hour time limit on the course.

Due to the popularity of this event’s half marathon, organizers have adopted a wave start to allow plenty of room for all runners at the starting line and along the course throughout the race. The starting time for each won’t begin until the shoe chip crosses the starting line.

The Phoenix skyline. (Photo by Tyler Bolken/flickr)

The Phoenix skyline. (Photo by Tyler Bolken/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Located among the hills, mountains and deserts of central southern Arizona, within a short drive of both nearby Tempe and Scottsdale, Phoenix typically sees January temperatures that average between 45°F and 67°F, with just under an inch of precipitation for the month.

On the day of the race (Jan. 19), the average low is 45°F and the average high is 68°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the Rock & Roll Arizona Half Marathon course map here.

Starting Time

7:50 AM


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To reserve your spot in the winter 2025 running of Tempe’s Rock & Roll Arizona Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay or Mini Marathon, register online at the event website by clicking here.

Official Race Website

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13 comments… add one
  • April Fredericks December 31, 2019, 3:15 pm

    Why do you have to be 18 to run the half, 10k, and 5k? My son really wanted to run this time as he is a cross country runner in high school.

  • Susan Floyd June 5, 2019, 12:15 pm

    I signed up for the 2020 marathon for Phoenix, and I am wondering how I get the free t-shirt that they advertised for it??

    • Laurie Russell August 25, 2019, 11:33 am


      I think you have to come to Boise to pick up the T-shirt!!! hahaha

      I think we’re going to do it too!!!

  • steve January 14, 2019, 8:00 pm

    can someone send me the contact number for the race organizer? I have a problem with my registration

  • eddy December 17, 2018, 11:36 am

    is there a way to sign up for 2019 Phoenix using the 50% promo?

  • clyde February 21, 2018, 4:23 pm

    please send me on 1/2 marathon confirmation

  • Beverly McCabe January 30, 2017, 9:48 pm

    I really like the event, I did the 10K this year and last year, before that i did the half marathon too.and I wanted to know how I can get some pictures?

  • Teresa January 16, 2017, 7:27 pm

    I though the medal was going to be a piece of 4 series of the state of aZ. What is going on??

  • E.J. Valinski August 10, 2016, 11:36 am

    Save $15 off the registration for the full or half marathons. Use discount code EJAZ.


    Save $5 off the registration for the 5k or 10k. Use discount code EJAZ5.

  • Maria Mendoza January 15, 2016, 9:07 am

    Could I still sign up at the race? Online is closed

  • Paul January 17, 2015, 12:40 pm

    Can you tell me the pre determined interval between corals after the marathon starts… Is it every minute, two, three, etc…

    • E.J. Valinski August 10, 2016, 11:37 am

      It can very but it’s typically between 1-3 minutes.


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