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Runners pour into Valley for marathon

With ideal weather forecast and more than 25,000 participants itching to lace up their Nikes, the 10th annual P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon looms this weekend.

Thousands of runners, cyclists and even occasional weekend joggers will gather Sunday for the  yearly affair. Throughout its 10 years, the event has been known for its runners smashing world records, raising thousands of dollars for charity, and even qualifying one local Arizonan for the U.S. Olympic Trials.

The 2013 P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon will be one to remember as it offers a little something everyone. There is the standard full marathon (26.2 miles), a half marathon (13.1 miles), a mini-marathon (5.4 miles) and the KiDS ROCK mile-long run, allowing runners of all levels to participate.

KiDS ROCK is an untimed run for children grades K-6, which ends with every child receiving a T-shirt, finishers medal and goodie bag.

This year’s full marathon begins at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix, winds through Scottsdale, and after 26.2 hard-earned miles the runners will cross the finish line next to Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.

As if this route wasn’t enough to get any exercise enthusiast interested, the event has made an appeal to cyclists as well. The first annual Cole Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Bike Tour will also be on Sunday, prior the running events.

On Friday and Saturday, the Phoenix Convention Center will be taken over by more than 60 vendors and exhibitors for the Health & Fitness Expo. They will be showcasing and sampling the newest running gear, nutrition products and athletic apparel. Attendees can also participate in interactive clinics where they can test state-of-the-art sports equipment. This event is free to the public.

Since its start in 2004, the marathon has raised more than $28.5 million for 45 different charities. This year the event will be partnering with organizations such as St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, ASPCA, Team in Training and several other charities.

But don’t worry if running or cycling isn’t your thing. The event provides more than 3,000 volunteer opportunities for those who also would like to give back to the community.

With runners coming from all 50 states and 14 countries, the 2013 P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon will be one for the books. Also featured will be a Health & Fitness Expo. This event will conclude with a Finish Line Festival and a post-race concert at Sun Devil Stadium headlined by artist Andy Grammer. Both of these festivities are free and open to the public.

Event Schedule

Friday

Noon to 7 p.m.

Health & Fitness Expo presented by Fox 10 and My45

Phoenix Convention Center, North Building

100 N. Third Street

Saturday

9 a.m.

KiDS ROCK Arizona

Tempe Beach Park

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Health & Fitness Expo presented by FOX10 and My45

Phoenix Convention Center, North Building

100 N. Third Street

Sunday

RACE DAY

7:15 a.m. – Cole Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Bike Tour Start

7:50 a.m. – Half Marathon, Relay, Mini Start

7:45 a.m. – Wheelchair Invitational Start

7:50 a.m. – Full Marathon Start

8:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.– Finish Line Festival