Whiskey Row Marathon


As an Arizona running tradition for 98 years, the Whiskey Row Marathon is among the toughest races in the country. Featuring rugged terrain, an altitude in excess of one mile above sea level and, on occasion, severe weather, it’s challenging, fun and offers a number of running routes for runners of all skill and fitness levels, including a half marathon, a 10k and a 2 mile run/walk.

Come join runners from all over the county in this prestigious event – and show your friends and family that you were "Tough Enough"!

A first person view of the Whiskey Row Marathon course.


Marathon Guide – Course Description:

This out-and-back course is considered one of the most challenging in the United States. Starting at 5,280 feet, the elevation increases to 7,000 feet over the first seven miles, then down to 5,600 feet at the 13-mile turn around. The course is paved road for the first and last five miles, while the rest of the running route is a trail race on a dirt road maintained by the US Forest Service.

Please note: The 10k race is a loop course.

Marathon, Half Marathon: Start on Montezuma in front of the Palace Bar heading South, West (right) on Goodwin, North (right) on Summit, West (left) on Gurley, South (left) on Hassayampa Village Ln., West (right) on Copper Basin Drive and onto Forest Service dirt road to thumb Butte Park. The course is a turn-around course.

2 Mile: The 2 mile course is back to the same route from 2001. Head South on Montezuma to the turnaround at Copper Basin and WhiteSpar, then back to the finish line.

10K: The 10K is a loop course. Head South on Montezuma, West (right) on Goodwin, North (right) on Summit, West (left) on Gurley, South (left) on Hassayampa Village Ln, East (left) on Copper Basin, North (left) on Cypress, East (right) on Linden, North (left) on Cherry, East (right) on Middlebrook, South (right) on Birch, East (left) on Linden, East (left) on Copper Basin, North (left) on WhiteSpar to finish line. Download map of 10K route.

10K Route - Street Map View
10K Route - Hybrid Map View
Click here to see 10K map on MapMyRun

Course Descriptions with water station locations and directions.

Marathon Course in Runkeeper - Click here

Garmin GPX Files

Click on the links below and and click "Save As" to download the files to your computer. You'll be able to upload them to your GPS device via your Garmin software.

10K GPX File
Half Marathon GPX File
Full Marathon GPX File

Google Earth Files

If you have Google Earth installed you can see the routes in detail. Click "Save As" and then click on the files to launch Google Earth. You need to have it installed on your computer already. To install it, Click Here.

10K KMZ File
Half Marathon KMZ File
Full Marathon KMZ File

High Res PDF - 10K Profile High Res - Half Marathon Profile High Res PDF - Marathon Profile

Fast Facts for WRM Runners

  • Marathon Start: 6:00am
  • Half Marathon Start: 7:00am
  • 10K Start: 7:20am
  • 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk: 7:15am
  • Course officially closes at 12:00pm

Event Registration: Register Now

Runners and guests may park in the city’s five-story parking garage on Granite Street (located less than two blocks from the starting line). A $5 parking fee may apply. Streets around the area will be closed. We do NOT advise parking on streets downtown.

Gear Check:
Runners may store valuables or drop bags labeled with their bib numbers. These items may be picked up at the Finish Line/Refreshment Garden area after the race.

Please note: Clothing and other items discarded along the running routes will be available for pick up at noon on Sunday, May 6th at the James Family Prescott YMCA. Items not picked up by May 31st will be donated to local charities.

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