7th Annual Buckeye Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run

3000 S Palo Verde Road
Buckeye, AZ 85326

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Event Description


This event will be run on a USATF Certified Course and serves as a Boston/National Qualifier.


Join us for the 7th Annual Buckeye Marathon, Half, 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run.

Known for its downhill and fast course

(marathoners will drop over 530 feet in elevation from the start to finish),

the marathon route starts in the community of Sun City Festival before

making its way around the beautiful White Tank Mountains and ending at the

runway of the Buckeye Municipal Airport.

Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 1M runners will start and finish at the airport, with views of the

White Tank Mountains on the outgoing section of the out-and-back courses.



NEW for 2021 - A 1 Mile Fun Run has been added and will replace the Obstacle Course!


Proceeds will benefit the City of Buckeye Youth Scholarship Fund, giving kids the opportunity to participate in recreational activities throughout the city.

Event details and schedule

Marathon Course Map

Half Marathon Course Map

10K Course Map

5K Course Map



Sponsor and Vendor Opportunities 


The 7th Annual City of Buckeye Marathon will be here before you know it!! If you have not already committed to something else, we would love to provide you the opportunity to be a sponsor or vendor at the event.


Interested? Please email Jessica Thompson at jthompson@buckeyeaz.gov


For our current vendor application please visit us here.




Mail-in Registration Form 


To register by mail please complete and return our Mail-in Registration Form! Please make checks payable to StartLine Racing.




What You Get! 


  • Custom Event Medal for all participants

  • Custom Event Dri-Fit Tech T-Shirt for all participants

  • Age Group Awards for Top Three in all Age Groups for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K distances 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 Brunch" (granola bars, fruit, water, Gatorade, etc)

  • Chip Timed with 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.




Race Day Information 


  • Marathon Parking and Shuttles

    • We ask that all marathon participants park at the starting line location (Sun City Festival Baseball Field - map).
    • Shuttles will be available from the finish line area to return you to your vehicle.
      • Shuttles will run every 30 minutes starting at Noon with the final shuttle leaving the finish area at 3:00pm.
  • On Race Day there will be alternate directions to the Buckeye Municipal Airport due to road closures for the race route. Please use the following direction to the event area at the airport:As these races will start and end at the Airport, no bag check will be available.

    • From I-10, take AZ 85 Exit 112 to Yuma/Gila Bend (heading south)
    • Turn Right onto W. Southern Avenue from AZ 85 (heading west)
    • Turn Right onto S. Palo Verde Road from W. Southern Avenue (heading north)
    • Turn Left into the Buckeye Municipal Airport - 3000 S. Palo Verde Road.
  • Strollers are welcome

  • No pets allowed on this course

  • Pacers will be provided for the marathon and half marathon courses courtesy of Marathon Maniacs. Pace times are as follows:

    • Marathon: 3:40, 3:55, 4:10, 4:25, 4:40, 5:00 and 5:30 Half Marathon: 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45, and 3:00.

  • The marathon course will be a closure time of 6 hours and the half marathon course will have a closure time of 5 hours.
  • This event will take place rain or shine. There are no refunds for due to weather.




Host Hotel 



Information for 2021 coming soon!






Packet Pick-up Opportunities 


  • Packet Pick-up is available on Friday, January 1st from 2-6pm at the Holiday Inn Express Phoenix West - Buckeye (map)

    • The Holiday Inn is located at 445 S Watson Road, Buckeye, Arizona 85326

  • Race Day Packet Pick-Up will be available beginning at 7:00am at both Start Line areas.




Volunteer Information 


Become a Buckeye Marathon Volunteer

The City of Buckeye is seeking volunteers to help with the 7th Annual Buckeye Marathon. Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas, which include manning water stations and distributing medals.

This is a great way to get involved with the community and cheer on runners from all over. Other benefits of volunteering include meeting new people, receiving volunteer credit hours, and being compensated with a commemorative shirt and lunch.

Volunteer opportunities are open for groups or individuals. All ages welcome. Shifts start between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Adam Melle at (623) 349-6350 or amelle@buckeyeaz.gov.



Additional Course Information 


  • Water and Gatorade will be located approximately every two miles of the marathon course through Mile 20 and at every mile there after; for the half marathon and 5K courses, water stations will be available at every mile.
  • GU Energy Gels will be available during the marathon at miles 8, 16, and 22. For the half marathon gels will be available at mile 8.5.
  • Restrooms will be located approximately every two miles along the course.
  • This event will be run on a USATF Certified Course and serves as a Boston/National Qualifier.
  • All events will be chip timed. The marathon course will be a closure time of 6 hours, requiring a minimum pace time of 13:45/mile.







Event schedule 

    January 1 2:00 PM - Packet Pick-up at Holiday Inn Express from 2-6pm
    January 2 7:00 AM - Race Day Packet Pick-up and Registration Opens
    January 2 8:00 AM - Marathon Begins (at Sun City Festival Baseball Fields)
    January 2 8:30 AM - 1 Mile Fun Run
    January 2 9:00 AM - Half Marathon Begins
    January 2 9:15 AM - 10K Begins
    January 2 9:30 AM - 5K Begins
    January 2 10:45 AM - Award Ceremony Begins (approx)


COVID-19 Policies 




Due to COVID-19 there will be changes in place to keep everyone safe.


  1. There will be staggered starts with assigned start times for the Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 1 Mile distances. Participants will not be allowed in the event area until their assigned start time. There will be a max of 30 people allowed to sign up for each time slot.
  2. There will be no water or Gatorade coolers out on the course or in the event area. We will only supply bottled water on the course. The event area will have bottled water and pre-packaged food.
  3. All StartLine staff and volunteers will have masks and gloves
  4. Participants will be required to wear a mask in the event area but not out on the course.
  5. There will be no awards ceremony. Age group awards will be mailed out following the race.


If, for some reason, the City of Buckeye decides to cancel this event, all registered participants will be given the following options:


  • Transfer to 2022 event
  • Transfer to virtual event
  • Full Refund


If you have any questions in regards to this policy please email us at info@startlineracing.com


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