- 12 miles, 13.1/Half Marathon
- Road Race
The Rock N Roll series is always reliable for a good time. The expo was solid with good vendors and opportunities to try snacks and buy gear. Running in Arizona is always good for elevation and in January it is also good for the weather. Not too hot and not too cold. Parking for the expo and the event was adequate and available. As for scenery, well Arizona is a wonderful state and the Phoenix area is a great place to run anytime. A few areas in the later miles were less exciting with little interesting to look at but that is very short lived as you get near the waterfront and back into the road areas. The event course was all road and clearly marked. The bands playing throughout the course were very good. I love the creativity of the bands and the variety of music played. The course had plenty of Aid stations well spread out about every 2 - 2-1/2 miles with port-a-potties available about every 3 or 4 miles. The final miles bring you right to the waters edge and to a beautifully open park. The event permitted my family to sit and wait in a nice area. After the run, there were massages available, cold beer and music. Better than Ezra was the band featured and one that I have always enjoyed. My kids danced and sang the songs we all knew.
The hardware was great with Arizona colors and the captured image of runners and music at the same time. Race management did a solid job and you could hardly tell they were there which is a compliment to how efficient they ran the event. I would definitely recommend the Arizona Rock and Roll Half Marathon or any of the RockNRoll series. I look forward to running several others later this year. Hope this review was helpful in the highlights and personal experiences.