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Each year, Tempe, Ariz. is home to a number of athletic events due to its ideal weather temperatures and scenic landscapes. This year the season kicks off with the Soma Triathlon at Tempe Beach Park, followed by the Women’s Half Marathon & 5K. Late November, Ford Ironman Arizona takes over the city with triathletes from all over the world, and in January the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon and ½ Marathon will have runners singing along to live bands each step of the way on two revised courses with new starting lines. The sunny Arizona weather is the perfect backdrop for these competitive events.
The 8th annual Soma Triathlon, produced by Red Rock Co., kicks off the season on October 23, 2011. Triathlete Magazine recently named Soma Triathlon as one of the top races for the “fair weather athlete.” This triathlon is a great way to warm up for Ironman Arizona, or an excuse to get out and compete in a phenomenal setting. The event takes place at Tempe Beach Park with a 1.2-mile swim in Tempe Town Lake, a 56-mile bike course and a 13.1-mile run around the lake that offers great views of ASU and the surrounding landscape of Tempe.
Women’s Half Marathon & 5K
If you are not quite ready for a triathlon, perhaps a half marathon is more your style. Grab your girlfriends for an unforgettable weekend in Tempe and support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the Women’s Half Marathon & 5K on November 6, 2011. The scenic half marathon course will take you from charming Old Town Scottsdale to beautiful Tempe Town Lake for an extraordinary finish-line party. There is also a 5K event that starts and finishes in Tempe Beach Park. Participants will receive a designer goodie bag and half marathon finishers will be awarded with a one-of-a-kind medal with a removable center charm.
Ford Ironman Arizona
If you think you are tough enough, gear up for Ford Ironman Arizona on November 20, 2011. This grueling, yet inspiring display of athleticism features a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a complete marathon (26.2 miles) all in succession. All transitions and finish line are at Tempe Beach Park. Athletes have 17 hours to complete the event. The triathlon starts with the swim in Tempe Town Lake, then proceeds to the bicycle portion that takes competitors on a three-loop course that starts in Tempe and gradually climbs approximately 10 miles through the Sonoran Desert. To finish, the competitors run a course set up around Tempe Town Lake and Papago Park.
P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon
Kick off the New Year by participating in the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon on January 15, 2012. This 9th annual event is expected to attract more than 30,000 runners from all over the world. The P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon returns with a brand new course, including two new start lines. The marathon course will once again run through Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, with a new starting line at Cityscape in downtown Phoenix. The half-marathon will now start in downtown Tempe’s Mill Avenue District and continue through Scottsdale and Papago Park, finishing back in Tempe. More than just a race, this is a musical running event with bands and spirit teams along the course, an expo and a post-race headliner concert near the finish line. The 2012 event will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
For more information about athletic activities in Tempe, visit the Tempe Tourism Office Web site, http://www.TempeTourism.com, or call 800-283-6734.
About Tempe Tourism Office
The Tempe Tourism Office is a non-profit organization devoted to marketing Tempe, Arizona as a desirable visitor and group destination site. The Tempe Tourism Office’s mission is to provide visitors, media professionals and meeting planners with information on Tempe hotels, Tempe restaurants, Tempe entertainment and local points of interest. To learn more about Tempe, Arizona please call 480-894-8158 or 800-283-6734 or visit our Web site.