Sprouts Mesa-PHX Marathon Race Day
MARATHON EXPO & PACKET PICK-UP
Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Each runner must present a valid photo ID or a copy of their confirmation email in order to pick-up their bib, timing chip, and race shirt. If you are picking up for another runner, don’t forget their photo ID and a copy of their confirmation email as well! Please be ready to confirm name and date of birth on the bib(s) you are picking up.
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RACE DAY – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 24TH!
Full Marathon – 6:00 AM
Half Marathon – 6:00 AM
10K Race – 6:00 AM
1K Kid’s Run – 11:30 PM @ Mesa Riverview
Motorists in the City of Mesa and surrounding area may experience several road closures on Saturday, February 24, as runners in the Phoenix-Mesa Marathon make their way through the city.
Several streets will be closed starting at 4:00 a.m. on February 24. Streets will reopen in stages with all streets reopened by 1:30 p.m. Traffic will not be permitted to cross the race route during the event.
Motorists should plan ahead for possible delays. To avoid the race route completely, travelers are advised to skirt the perimeter by using the 202 Red Mountain Freeway (north and east borders); the 101 Price Freeway (west border); and US 60 Superstition Freeway (south border).
For a detailed map of the race route and road closures, please click here.
There is NO parking available at the starting lines! Due to safety and traffic limitations, getting dropped off at the start line is strictly prohibited. All runners must ride the race buses.
Bus pick-up is located at MESA RIVERVIEW Shopping Center, 1061 N Dobson Rd., Mesa
EACH RACE HAS SEPARATE BUSES – Make sure to load your race specific buses! Please click the link for your race below to view it’s respective map.
Yes. There is no parking available at the starting line.
Bus pickup time for all races is at Mesa Riverview.
Full/Half bus pickup – 3:45 AM to 5:15 AM The last full/half marathon bus leaves at 5:15 AM sharp!
10K bus pickup – 4:30 AM to 5:45 AM. The last 10K bus leaves at 5:45 AM sharp!
Plan plenty of travel time so you don’t miss your bus and the festivities at the starting lines!
ON-SITE PARKING IS EXTREMELY LIMITED THIS YEAR. PLEASE CARPOOL OR UTILIZE RUNNER DROP-OFF AT MESA RIVERVIEW WHERE POSSIBLE!!
Don’t get stressed about parking at the bus pick-up area. Everything you need to know is right here. You will park by your specific race bus location! Please click the link for your race below to view it’s respective map.
- Full Marathon – Enter Mesa Riverview off of Alma School Rd. onto Bass Pro Drive and follow the runner bus pick-up & parking signs.
- Half Marathon – Enter Mesa Riverview off of Alma School Rd. onto Bass Pro Drive and follow the runner bus pick-up & parking signs.
- 10K Race – Enter the Larry H. Miller lot off south Dobson Rd and then turn west onto Riverview Auto Dr. Follow the runner bus pick-up and parking signs.
Don’t worry about cold temps while you’re waiting for the race to start — we’re planning to have plenty of heat to keep you warm if temperatures are cold. If you wear extra layers of toss-away clothing, our volunteers will pick them up and donate to Savers. Proceeds to benefit the Mesa-Phx Marathon Foundation.
CLOTHING DROP OFF
AT START LINES FOR THE FULL & HALF MARATHON
Before the gun fires, both the marathon and half-marathon starting lines will have gear drops. Your expo goodie bag doubles as a gear drop bag; please stick your 4×6 adhesive bib number on this bag, and bring it with you to the starting line if you intend to drop off a bag. A volunteer will collect your bag, and we will have a truck take your belongings back to the finish area. We will have an area at the finish where you can retrieve your bag based on your bib number. Please make sure that your adhesive bib tag is attached to your gear bag. This will enable us to return your bag to you quickly and efficiently!
Clothing bags not picked up by 2:00 PM on race day will be donated to Savers. We will take the utmost care with all items left at the gear drop areas, but please DO NOT put valuables or expensive items like cameras, car and house keys, cell phones, money, GPS devices, etc. in the gear drop bags. We are not responsible for lost items!
Calm any jittery nerves and review the course map one last time.
The marathon & half marathon course will be closed at 12:30PM. Runners falling behind this time will be required to move to the side of the road or sidewalk and obey standard traffic laws such as stopping at stop lights and intersections.
Runners will be able to use their bib number to sign up their friends and family for text message tracking alerts during the race. For marathoners, updates will be sent at the halfway point, at 20 miles, and the finish. For half marathoners, updates will be sent at the 10k remaining, and at the finish. Click here to track your favorite runner(s).
SPROUTS CHEER CHALLENGE
The Sprouts Mesa-PHX Marathon Aid Station Cheer Challenge is back! Each Aid Station host has been encouraged to create an environment that will give the runner a big boost or a moment of excitement as they pass by. We would like each runner to vote for their favorite Aid Station on our website by March 1. Prize money will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place winners. Many of our stations are hosted by local schools, athletic clubs, and service organizations. Please help us by voting for your favorite Aid Station!
The marathon awards ceremonies for all three race distances will take place at Mesa Riverview at the stage area. Awards will not be mailed, so please be in attendance if you expect to win an award.
Overall and Masters awards will be based on gun time per USATF rules. Age group awards will be based on chip times.
10K Race – 8:00 AM
Half Marathon – 9:00 AM
Full Marathon – 10:30 AM
Qualifying for the Boston Marathon is a huge achievement, and we want to celebrate it with you! If you qualify for Boston while running the Mesa-Phx Marathon, stop by the booth at the finish line to receive a free visor. Wear it proudly around the finishing area! Check out Boston qualifying times here.
Be sure to document your race experience! Include #BMOPHX in your Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter posts so we can see all your bright, smiling faces on race day.
RACE DAY INFO
This FREE Larry H. Miller Kids 1K fun run offers children an experience to run into a finish chute with thousands of spectators cheering them to the finish. Each child will receive a shirt, and a finisher ribbon. There will be food and fun in the finish area. Each participant will receive a bib number, however the race will not be timed.
This FREE Larry H. Miller Kids 1K fun run is limited to children 12 and under. One parent or guardian may escort the child through the route, but it is not required. Strollers are allowed. Older children will be put in the front, and strollers are to be in the back. We ask if you are pushing a stroller you be cautious of other children around you as you pass them.
TRAIN IN STYLE
Items will be available for purchase at the runner’s expo and at the finish line.
We’ll see you on race day!