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If the Sedona Marathon Event isn’t on your bucket list, it should be. I ran this race last year (see review) and loved it enough to come back for more fun this year!
There is a 5k, 10k, half and full marathon. I chose to stick with the 10k again since I am still working my way back after knee surgery and the courses are tough!
Bonus: My husband was totally on board to make a weekend out of this again. So cool. It’s pretty rare that I get my family to join me at races these days.
Packet pickup was at the Elks Lodge this year, it’s a tiny expo, but I was able to buy myself a cute Sedona Marathon Event tank top! The volunteers were SO friendly.
One of the best things about this race (other than the scenery) is the late start time. My race started at 9:20. I could take my leisurely time. Although the race offered free shuttle service, my hotel was close enough for me to walk. Yay!
The full marathon started at 9AM, with each race starting every 10 minutes after that. I met my fellow BibRave Pros for a team photo and wished everyone well. We were all running different distances. Look at all that beautiful Orange!!!
Once again, the start backdrop was inspiring. There were record crowds this year, it was noticeably busier in the start area, especially as the half marathoners were getting ready to start.
The course has rolling hills,with the worst one for me at the 10k turnaround. Because you have to turn around the way you came, you have no momentum going into that gigantic hill. It takes the wind right out of your sails.
They were offering a “free” race tracking app, Race Joy, and I decided to give it a try so that my hubby could track me easily. Downloading it and setting it up was fairly easy but I was getting concerned that there would be a charge. Race morning I had to activate it 30 min prior to start, and then hit start as I cross the line. Well I couldn’t get a signal at the start (it just kept spinning). So I fumbled around with that for a few minutes, gave up, and definitely lost some time there. Frustrating. I also stopped twice to text my husband to let him know I wasn’t able to use the app and how much longer I’d be. More time wasting. And it appears that I was charged for the app :(
I enjoy the second half way more than the first. I was able to make up a little of my lost time and ended with a 1:04:12 time, 2 min faster than last year!
The medal is part of a series where each year is a piece of a 4 year pie. I was disappointed to see that everyone still gets the same exact medal and ribbon, no matter which distance they ran. This is one of my pet peeves and something I hope they will consider changing for future races. Even a customized ribbon would make it more unique and special to the runner. The 5k runners actually get something different entirely, which is kind of strange.
The weather was warmer this year (low 40’s) at start, and it warmed up into the low 60’s by noon.
We extended our stay and went hiking (amazing) and to a nearby winery for wine tasting.There really is a lot to do. I highly recommend this for a destination race getaway!
Hi, I'm Emily! I'm an avid runner in Arizona with a passion for travel and racing around the country!