Arizona > Mount Lemmon Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K
Tucson, AZ • Sunday, April 27, 2014 • Course Map
Ready for a race that even its organizers bill as "the toughest road marathon in the world"? You'll certainly need to be at Arizona's Mount Lemmon Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K, which follows a course that takes runners up the mountain of the same name in the mountains of the Coronado National Forest that look southward out onto Tucson below, and where runners can expect blazing sunshine out in the hills, mesas and mountains of the area.
To get an idea of the difficulty of the race, consider this -- those running in the full, 26.2-mile marathon will climb more than 6,000 feet in elevation from the start of their race near the base of the mountains, all the way to the top of Mount Lemmon.
Those running the 13.1-mile half marathon have an easier task ahead of them -- with a climb of just over 1,600 feet in elevation from their start at the mid-way point of the course -- but still quite a challenging one, to say the least.
Nearly all of the route for the race unfolds along the Mount Lemmon Highway (also known as the General Hitchcock Scenic Byway), and those running the half marathon start at the area along the highway known as Windy Point. Lying at an elevation of about 6,415 feet above sea level, Windy Point's wind-swept rock formations mark the point at which the scenery along the highway changes from the Sonoran desert to a forest, and is a popular spot for tourists looking to make a stop and take in the awe-inspiring vistas all around.
From there, runners follow the upward climb of the race as it winds its way through the now more forest-like areas of the mountains. The course winds all the way upward until runners reach the finish line at the top of the marathon near the town areas of Mount Lemmon, after which they'll be able to board one of the race's many shuttle buses back down to the event's designated parking areas at the base of the mountains.
Both the half marathon and the full marathon feature an early starting time to give runners a chance to run the bulk of their races before the heat of the day sets in, which means that runners in the half will need to board the shuttle bus to the starting line early in the morning (check the race website for times).
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled among the mountains of the Coronado National Forest in southernmost Arizona, just over an hour's drive from Tucson to the south, Mount Lemmon experiences slightly cooler weather than nearby Tucson, which typically sees mild to warm (and sometimes hot) weather in April.
||Day of Race
||Rain: 0.36 in.
||Snow: 0 in.
See the race route map for the Mount Lemmon Half Marathon
6:45 AM - full marathon
7:00 AM - half marathon, 10K
$60 for the half marathon, if registered by March 14, 2014
$75 between March 15 - April 23
To reserve your spot in the spring 2014 running of Tucson's Mount Lemmon Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K race, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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