P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Sets New Course
- Marathon Start Line Moved to CityScape; Half Marathon to Start from in Tempe
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society Announced as Benefiting Charity
- 9th Annual Event to Welcome 30,000 Runners Sunday, January 15
Phoenix, AZ – September 29, 2011 – For the thousands of runners who flock to Arizona each winter for the ultimate running experience, 2012 is set to shake up their expectations. In its 9th year, the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon returns with a brand new course, including two new start lines.
“Arizona is one of our marquee events, and it’s time for the course to live up to how great the Valley of the Sun is,” said, Scott Dickey, President of Competitor Group. “Our goal is to refresh the experience, with the new route the half marathon is much more runner and spectator friendly on a scenic loop course.”
More than 30,000 runners are expected for the annual mash-up of entertainment and fitness, with live bands rocking stages along each mile of the 26.2 and 13.1 mile courses. The marathon course will once again highlight the neighboring cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, but with some major updates.
The half-marathon will now start in downtown Tempe, and features a fast course touring beautiful Scottsdale, Skysong and Papago Park. Full marathoners will enjoy an exciting downtown start line as well, at the brand new Cityscape in Phoenix before heading along Indian School Road and touring Old Town Scottsdale.
Runners on both courses will enjoy a downhill finish, crossing the scenic Mill Avenue Bridge before reaching the familiar finish line at Sun Devil Stadium, where runners can relax and enjoy the finish line festival and headliner concert.
“We’re always looking for ways to improve and I am certain our runners will find the new start lines to be more convenient, and will enjoy the new scenic highlights that have been incorporated into both new courses,” said U.S. Olympian Alan Culpepper, Course Designer. “We’re really excited to debut these changes as we kick off 2012.”
The 2012 event will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, whose MS Rockstars will team up to raise money through their training to fight the debilitating disease by funding research toward a cure, working with legislators and assisting families and patients.
“We are thrilled to be the official charity partner of this inaugural event,” said Jim Elfline, Arizona, president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Arizona Chapter. “Our gratitude goes out to all the runners and volunteers who are helping us raise donations for multiple sclerosis research and programs for people living with MS. Many thanks for joining the movement to create a world free of multiple sclerosis.”
The P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will return for its 9th year on Sunday, January 15, 2012 with more than 30,000 participants.
Race weekend will begin with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo presented by Fox 10 and MY45 on January 13th and 14th at the Phoenix Convention Center. The Expo, which will be free and open to the public, will showcase the latest in running products and services with interactive clinics from fitness experts. To register or for more information, please visit Competitor.com.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society serves people who are affected by multiple sclerosis, a chronic, unpredictable and disabling disease of the central nervous system with no known cause, cure or prevention. MS is the most common neurological disease affecting young to middle aged adults. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. More than twice as many women as men have MS. There is no known cause, cure or prevention. Symptoms cannot be predicted and can vary greatly, ranging from numbness in the limbs and extreme fatigue to loss of balance and muscle coordination or paralysis. Join the Movement® by visiting www.nationalmssociety.org.