Sparky's Challenge 5K/10K

4701 W Thunderbird Road
Glendale, AZ 85306

Running > 10k, 5k

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Event Description

Join the ASU Community for the 6th Annual Sparky's Challenge 5K and 10K 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 either the 5K or 10k.

This is event is FREE to current ASU students, staff and faculty and only $10 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!

What you Get!

- Custom Event Finisher's Medal 

- Custom Event Dri-Fit T-Shirt

- Age Group Awards for Top Three in all Age Groups (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" (bagels, fruit, water, Gatorade, etc) 

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

- Course set/marked by StartLine Racing to maximize your experience!

Event details and schedule

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 (Visa or Master Card) on race day

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

Packet Pick-Up Opportunities

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

  • Saturday, October 15th from 2:00 - 5:00pm at Sun Devil Fitness Complex on ASU West Campus (map).

    Sunday, October 16th starting at 2:30pm at ASU West Campus (race location)


Event Schedule

  • October 15 02:00 PM - Packet Pickup at Sun Devil Fitness Complex 2-5pm

  • October 16 02:30 PM - Race Day Packet Pick-up and Registration Opens

  • October 16 03:30 PM - 10K Race Begins

  • October 16 03:45 PM - 5K Race Begins

  • October 16 05:00 PM - Awards Begin (approximate)


Event Location & Accomodations

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