Runner's Den Pancake Run presented by IHOP

4568 E. Cactus Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85032

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In our 42nd year running, come enjoy our rich history and join us for one of the oldest and most popular events on the Phoenix running calendar. Originally staged in 1979 to showcase the talents of marathon legend Bill Rodgers and the opening of Paradise Valley Mall, the event remains a Valley Classic. And of course, IHOP has again joined us to present our race theme, "Pace, Love and Pancakes". Our continuing goal is to maintain all of the previous highlights runners have come to expect and create the perfect event to run a PR just prior to enjoying the best pancakes on earth.

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WHAT: 42nd Annual RUNNER'S DEN PANCAKE RUN presented by IHOP.
5K Run, 5K Walk, 10K Run, Double Stack (Run 5K & 10K for combined time and place) and the Paradise Valley Mall Diaper Derby
(50 yard dash for infants up to 36 months)

WHEN: Sunday, February 2, 2020
WHERE: Paradise Valley Mall, 4568 E. Cactus Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85032
(Cactus & Tatum Blvd.)

Save time race day and pick-up your packet early. (Optional)
Saturday, February 1, 10am - 5pm
Runner's Den
6505 North 16th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Participants may pick up, up to (4) packets for others after signing for them.

Packet Pick-Up Opens: 6:00am

10K Run: 7:30am

PVM Diaper Derby: 8:45am

5K Run: 9:00am

5K Walk: 9:03am

• Entry into the 42nd edition of one of the oldest and finest staged events in the southwest
• Complimentary Pancake Breakfast courtesy of IHOP immediately following your race
• Custom designed Brooks Podium Tech t'shirt available in women's and men's sizing
• Opportunity to win one of hundreds of prizes in our Really Big Raffle
• Text messaging of your split times to your fans
• Certificate for additional complimentary Short Stack of Pancakes at area IHOP restaurants

10K RUN Start Time 7:30am

The 10K USAT&F certified course (#12018JOE) is a flat, blazingly fast loop. There will be split times each mile with four aid stations appropriately placed. All participants will receive a chip generated finishing time with individual, age-group and over-all placing. This race starts at 7:30am.

5K RUN & WALK Start Times 9:00am/9:03am
The 5K event is open to all runner's and fitness walkers. The course is USAT&F certified (#AZ12019JOE), flat and fast. All participants will receive a chip generated finishing time with individual, age-group and over-all placing. The 5K events will have separate start times.


This ever growing event is becoming one of our specialties.  The "Double Stack" is for those of you interested in adding to the challenge.  Simply put, you run both the 5K and the 10K runs and your finish times will be combined and then ranked against other "Double Stack" competitors. Age group awards will be presented in 10 year divisions.

There will be one hour between the starts of the two events so you will have to figure out a strategy balancing out your pacing and recovery time to produce your over-all best time. 

All participants in the "Double Stack" will receive one t-shirt, individual event times, over-all and age-group placing for both events in addition to competing for age group awards. Double Stack participants will be eligible for 5k/10K age group awards. Last year, 22% of the competitors chose to  Double Stack. Give it a try and see how you stack up in the Double Stack.


Thanks to our hosting sponsor, Paradise Valley Mall, it has returned and is now a permanent fixture on the schedule. This is a very special event open to children up to 36 months of age. The Paradise Valley Mall Diaper Derby is a non-competitive 50 yard dash on a lightening fast, pancake flat course. The event will feature three wave starts; #1: 25-36 months, #2: 13-24 months and #3: 12 months and younger.
As a wonderful photo opportunity, parents are encouraged to provide whatever support they feel appropriate to get the kids to the finish line. Crawlers, baby walkers, fishing poles with dangling teddy bears or simply loving words of encouragement. Anything goes! Parents are welcome to line up with their kids and help them along after the starting bell rings. Costumes for the kids are encouraged.

An Official Paradise Valley Mall Diaper Derby t'shirt, certificate of participation, post event pancake breakfast and IHOP short-stack certificate will be presented to all entrants. Registration is limited to the first 150 entrants and to control the field size, is available by "Online Registration" only. When the field is filled, the Online Registration Button will be removed. Please note, the 2016 registration closed. Enter early so none of us are disappointed!
Entry fee is $5.00. (+ small processing fee)


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