Part of the appeal of Arizona is the comfortable fall, winter and spring temperatures - which means a lot of outdoor activities and community runs/walks for a cause. For a complete calendar of all AZ runs/walks,
Some of the most well known annual Phoenix runs/walks are:
1/1/2012 - New Year's Day 5K
455 N Galvin Parkway, Ramada 9 &10
Phoenix, Arizona 85008
Recover from your New Year's Eve festivities and kick off your new year's resolution by getting your blood flowing with the 7th Annual New Year's Day 5K ($18). Race starts at 9am and has an optional 1 mile fun run/walk ($13) if you'd like to make it a family event.
1/7/2012 - 8th Annual Run to Remember
All proceeds of this 5K & 10K run benefit the families of Police officers that will be honored in the May National Police Week.
1/7/2012 - Run, Walk, & Roll
620 N Mill Ave
Tempe Town Lake Beach Park
Tempe, AZ 85281
The Run, Walk, & Roll 10K, 5K, and Mile Fun Run/Walk ($25), benefits Arizona Disabled Sports. People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate.
1/15/2012 - PF Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and 1/2 Marathon
Anyone who runs a 1/2 Marathon is a rock star, but racers in the Rock "n" Roll half marathon get live bands every mile to keep their feet thumping! The race, this year on Jan 15,2012, and benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The Marathon ($135) begins in Downtown Phoenix at CityScape, and travels through Phoenix, Scottsdale, to finish in Tempe at the Sun Devil Stadium. The Half Marathon ($120) begins in Tempe and circles a 13 mile loop through Scottsdale to end at Tempe's Sun Devil Stadium for the post race concert at the finish line featuring the B-52's (free to the public).
2/11/2012 - Ethan's Run: Hope for Heart Defects
Boulder Mountain Park
3120 N Red Mountain
Mesa, AZ 85207
Congenital Heart Disease is the #! birth defect in the United States. This 10K ($25), Fun Run ($15) creates hope for Heart Defects. A family fun zone will be available in the park with bounce houses provided and snacks and pancake breakfast available for purchase.
2/12/2012 - Sweetheart/Singles Valentine's 5K
Thunderbird Paseo Park
59th Ave & Thunderbird Rd
Glendale, AZ 85306
Runners in this race are entered to win a two night stay at the Hampton Inn at Westgate. Single entrants for the run/walk are $15, couples can sigh up for $25. Work up a sweat with your hunny, and enjoy discounted rates at the Hampton Inn for participating.
3/3/2012 - Phoenix 1/2 Marathon, 10K, 1K Fun Run
3939 N Usery Pass Rd
Mesa, AZ 85207
The Phoenix 1/2 Marathon ($89) and 10K ($49) helps underprivileged children by donating a portion of the proceed to Arizona Brainfood (a non-profit who provides backpacks of food to children on the free or reduced lunch program so they have access to food over the weekends). In 2013, a full, Boston Marathon qualifying Phoenix Marathon will be available to run ($109). This race will be held yearly, on the first Saturday in March. 3/17/2012 - 'Stache Dash For Autism
1045 E Juniper Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85234
The 'Stache Dash offers a 10K ($25), 5K ($20), and buddy walk ($10) with proceeds benefiting Autism research. Just as it sounds, this co-ed phoenix event does require a mustache! Stick on your 'stache and strap on your sneaker for a great cause!
3/17/2012 - St Patrick's Day Run
5th Ave & Goldwater
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Get your Irish on with this evening race ($25) through Old Town Scottsdale and along the Arizona Canal. Wear your green so you don't get pinched, and enjoy the beer garden after the race!