What: The BMO Harris Bank Mesa-Phoenix Marathon, aka The Phoenix Marathon, aka The Mesa-PHX Marathon. (There were approx 17 different hashtags associated with this race at various points — a little bit of an identity crisis, I think.) (Not to be confused with the Rock ‘N Roll Arizona race, also held in the Phoenix area.)
Where: Mesa, Arizona, just a few miles outside of Phoenix. Race started in Usery Mountain Regional Park and ended in the Mesa Riverview shopping center.
Hi all! Writing here from the comfort of my sweet, sweet air-conditioned home. This Memorial Day weekend I ventured up to Burlington, Vermont and ran the Vermont City Marathon, marathon number 17 for me and state number 12. But it almost didn’t happen! Suspense!
Size: 12,000 runners across events, including a half marathon.
Weather and What I Wore: It was great running weather–clear skies, not windy, comfortable temperature. I wore too-short shorts (which came back to haunt me, and necessitated handfuls of Vaseline as a I neared the end of the race), a short sleeved tech tee, and a hat. I started with a long sleeved tee on top but ended up with it tied around my waist for most of the run.
Size: About 700 full marathoners, joined by a small contingent of relayers.
Time of Year and Weather: November. Both times I ran, the weather was great for running, although a bit cold at the start. Luckily there is no waiting around necessary before the start. Towards the end of the race, running in the sun along the water, I wanted to shed all of my layers. But then once I finished, I wanted them all back.
Time of Year: October, which is a very lovely time of year in the mid-Atlantic. I recall having great weather.
Logistics: Getting to Baltimore is very easy via air (flying into BWI) or Amtrak if you do not live within driving distance. Packet pickup was in the city–very easy. I stayed with a friend in the city the night before the race, but there are tons of hotel options. The race starts and finishes as Camden Yards–again, super easy. Walk to the start! (Yesssss.) Also, Camden Yards is pretty and fun.
Swag: I cannot emphasize this enough. REQUEST A MEN’S SHIRT. The women’s cut did NOT work on me. Maybe it has been improved? Better to just stick with the guys. But otherwise, YAYLONGSLEEVEDTECHTEEMYFAVORITE.