Buckeye Marathon / Half Marathon / 5K Race to the Runway

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 8:00 AM

Buckeye Municipal Airport
Buckeye, AZ

StartLine Racing

Event Website:

Boston Qualifier! Many marathons claim to be flat and fast, but how many can say they are DOWNHILL and fast! Join us for the inaugural Buckeye Marathon / Half Marathon / 5K Run. The marathon route features a drop of over 640' from start to finish.

The Buckeye Marathon / Half Marathon / 5K will take place on December 13, 2014.  All distances will end at the Buckeye Municipal Airport.  The Half Marathon and 5K will also begin at the airport, with the Marathon course starting at Festival Foothills Elementary School 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 certified course (certification #AZ14011JOE) 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.

What You Get!!

  • Custom Event Finisher's Medal
  • Custom Event Dri-Fit Tech T-Shirt
  • Age Group Awards for Top Three in all Age Groups
  • 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 a professional race management team to maximize your experience!
  • Entry into post-race festival.



  • $90 August 4 through November 9
  • $105 November 10 through December 7
  • $110 December 8 through December 11
  • $115 on Race Day

Half Marathon 

  • $60 August 4 through November 9
  • $75 November 10 through December 7
  • $80 December 8 through December 11
  • $85 on Race Day


  • $35 August 4 through November 9
  • $45 November 10 through December 7
  • $50 December 8 through December 11
  • $55 on Race Day

1 Mile

  • $20 through November 9
  • $25 November 10 through December 7
  • $30 December 8 through December 11
  • $35 on Race Day

Register online above or by mailing in your payment with this Registration Form!

Schedule of Events

Friday, December 12

  • 3:00 - 8:00pm  Packet pick up and late registration at Cancer Treatment Centers of America
    • CTCA is located at 14200 Celebrate Life Way, Goodyear, AZ 85338 (map)

Saturday, December 13

  • 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 Begins
  • 9:30am   5K Run Begins
  • 10:30am 1 Mile Run Begins
  • 11:00am 5K & 1 Mile Awards Begins (approximate)
  • 11:45am Half Marathon Awards Begin (approximate)
  • 12:30pm Marathon Awards Begin (approximate)

Race Hotel

The official hotel for this year's Buckeye Marathon event will be the Holiday Inn Express in Goodyear (1188 N. Dysart Road).  The discounted rate will be $99/night.

There are two ways to reserve your room:

  • Online by following this link - Buckeye Marathon Hotel
  • By calling the hotel at 623-535-1313 and requesting the "Buckeye Marathon Discount 8" Rate

Race Day Parking/Directions

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:

  • 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.

Race Information

All participants will be chip timed by StartLine Racing.  Awards will be given to the top 3 finishers in all age categories (5 year age groups).

Questions about Boston Marathon Qualifying Standards?  Check out the BAA's information here.


Can't run/walk in the event but want to participate?  We are always looking for volunteers to help support our athletes.  If you are interested in volunteering, please complete our Volunteer Application!

Thank You To Our Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor



  Platinum Sponsors




Gold Sponsors:



Silver Sponsors:


Looking to participate in the event as a vendor or sponsor?  Visit us here

Questions about sponsorships or getting involved in the event?  Please contact Miranda Gomez or Douglas Strong at the City of Buckeye Recreation Department.


Bragging Rights

Connect your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts with your registration now! On race day, we'll automatically post your results for you.

Mobile App

The official ITS YOUR RACE app has all the information you'll need for your event.

Search the Apple App Store or Google Play Store for 'ITS YOUR RACE' or click the links below: