Sparky's Challenge 10K - 5K - 1.35M

4701 W Thunderbird Road
Glendale, AZ 85306

Running > 5k, 10k

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Event Description

Join the ASU Community for the 13th Annual Sparky's Challenge 10K, 5K and 1.35 Mile event!

Begin the week of homecoming festivities on the right foot with this family-friendly event for people of all ages and ability levels. Participants can choose to walk or run in any of the distances.

This is event is FREE to current ASU students, staff and faculty and only $15 for ASU affiliates, alumni and community.

ALL participants will receive a Sparky's Challenge Official Race T-Shirt and Finisher's medal.  

Registration is required for ALL participants. 


Virtual Run

Can't make it to this year's event but still want to participate? We are excited to announce our Sparky's Challenge Virtual Race. A virtual race is a race that can be ran at any location. You can walk,use the treadmill, run outside or participate in another race. You can run your race at your pace wherever you like. All virtual race participants will receive a custom event finisher's medal and custom event dri-fit tech t-shirt.  All you have to do is register above and we will mail you your gear after the event on October 22, 2023. 

Virtual Registrations are restricted to US addresses only.  If you reside outside of the US and wish to participate please contact StartLine Racing at

What you Get!

- Custom Event Finisher's Medal 

- Custom Event Dri-Fit T-Shirt

- Age Group Awards for Top Three in all Age Groups for the 10K and 5K (Race Day Participants only).  Our age groups are the following:

  • 8 & Under, 9 & 10, 11-13, 14-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 & Over

- Pre- and Post-Race "Runner's Snack" (granola bars, fruit, water, Gatorade, etc) 

- Real Time Results and Photos on our Website or Mobile App (on Apple and Google

- Event managed by StartLine Racing.  Club SLR discounts do not apply.

Event details and schedule

Course Maps

1.35 Mile Course

5K Course Map

10K Course Map


Race Day Information

  • Race Day Registration will be available beginning at 2:30pm at ASU West Campus (map).
    • We accept cash, check, and credit cards on race day

  • Cost of registration on race day will be:
    • 1.35M/5K/10K - Current ASU Faculty, Staff and Students - FREE
    • 1.35M/5K/10K - ASU Affiliates, Alumni and Community - $15
  • Stroller friendly event!

    No pets will be allowed at this event.

Packet Pick-Up Opportunities

You will have two opportunities to pick-up your race packet (bib, chip, event swag, etc):

  • Saturday, October 21st from 2:00 - 5:00pm at Sun Devil Fitness Complex on ASU West Campus (map).

    Sunday, October 22nd starting at 2:30pm at ASU West Campus (race location)



Event schedule 


    October 21 2:00 PM - Packet Pickup at Sun Devil Fitness Complex 2-5pm
    October 22 2:30 PM - Race Day Packet Pick-up and Registration Opens
    October 22 3:30 PM - 10K Race Begins
    October 22 3:45 PM - 5K Race Begins
    October 22 3:55 PM - 1.35M Begins
    October 22 5:00 PM - Awards Begin (approximate)


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