4th Annual Buckeye Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Obstacle Course

3000 S Palo Verde Road
Buckeye, AZ 85326

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Event Description

Boston Qualifier!

Join us for the 4th Annual Buckeye Marathon, Half, 10K, 5K, and Obstacle Course. 

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, and 5K 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.

The 4th Annual Buckeye Marathon / Half Marathon / 10K / 5K / Obstacle Course will take place on December 9, 2017.  All distances will end at the Buckeye Municipal Airport.  The Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Obstacle Course will also begin at the airport, with the Marathon course starting at Sun City Festival Baseball Complex in the Sun City Festival community (transportation will be provided from the finish line to the start line for marathon participants). 

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.

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

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" (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!

  • Entry Into Post Race Festival.

Event details and schedule

Marathon Course Map

Half Marathon Course Map

10K Course Map

5K Course Map


Schedule of Events

Friday, December 8

     • 3:00pm  Packet picket up and late registration at the Holiday Inn Express from 3-8pm

Saturday, December 9

     • 7:00am   Race Day Packet Pick-up & Registration Opens for Marathon at Festival Foothills

     • 8:00am   Marathon Begins

     • 8:00am   Race Day Packet Pick-up & Registration Opens for Half Marathon/5K at Airport

     • 9:00am   Half Marathon Run Begins

     • 9:30am   5K Run Begins

     • 10:45am Awards Begin (approximate)

Obstacle Course Information

Join us at the Buckeye Marathon for an Obstacle course sponsored by CrossFIT Fury.  This one-mile family-friendly course will test your agility and strength as you weave through the tire field, crawl through storm pipes, and weave through the spider web obstacle.  Multiple obstacles will be onsite to accommodate varying abilities.

The obstacle course will be open from 9:00am to 12:00pm for you and your family to run!!


Race Day Information


  • Race Day Registration will be available beginning at 7:00am.

    • We accept cash, check, and credit cards (Visa or Master Card) on race day
    • Race day pricing will be: Marthon $110, Half Marathon $80, 10K $60, 5K $50, Obstacle Course $5
  • 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.
  • Bag Check

    • Bag check will be available for MARATHON PARTICIPANTS ONLY.

  • 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

Packet Pick-up Opportunities

  • Packet Pick-up is available on Friday, December 8th from 3-8pm at the Holiday Inn Express Phoenix West - Buckeye (map)

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


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.



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