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Just a final shout out to everyone who ran, walked or cheered this past weekend at Rock 'n' Roll Arizona. Congrats!


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Running Logistics Survey

A group of students at Northwestern University are conducting a survey of runners to understand what goes into your decision-making when planning to participate in an endurance event. The results will be used to make races as stress free as possible for runners.

You may access the survey through the following link:

The survey takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete, and your answers anonymous.

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Student Profile | Ayusa

Host Family for Exchange Student/Running Enthusiast Sought

Ayusa Global Youth Exchange is seeking 1 family in Maricopa County that enjoys learning about the world around them, is loving and adventurous, and would love to make a dream come true for a foreign teenage exchange student. Ayusa has about 24 students are runners and is looking for a family interested in running.

For example, one such student is Caue from Brazil. Caue is family-oriented, likes to travel, runs 5Ks and 10Ks, eats lunch with his grandmother weekly, plays guitar, enjoys stand-up comedy and telling jokes. His brief profile can be viewed at

A volunteer host family is single or married, with or without children. They welcome a student into their home like a new son or daughter. They provide 3 meals a day, a bedroom (can be shared with same gender +/- 5 years) transportation to the local high school and lots of TLC!

Students speak English, have their own spending money and are insured. They have varied interests such as art, sports, fitness, etc. There is a student for every family out there with similar interests.

To find out more, please visit the website Angel Rogers is the local representative in Queen Creek and may be reached at 940-595-9404 or [email protected] with any questions and/or to help you through the application process.

Student Profile | Ayusa


Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona events on Sunday!!! (And the few Running Arizona runners - Colleen Clayton, Amy Garfield and Alice Sauve - I was lucky enough to run with in the Key West Half Marathon.)

It sounds like some race times were not what you expected and others were even better. I definitely miss being there to cheer everyone on, but it is always great to hear and read about your amazing days and much earned accomplishments. So however your day went, congratulations!!!🎈🍾🎉🎊


Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon 11/25/2017

Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

If you are planning to run or walk in one of the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona events in January, you might want to register by the end of THIS month. There will be a price increase on November 30th.

Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series makes running fun! We infuse our events with miles, music, medals, and moments that make our events one of a kind. Run with us!

GENUINE Real People Casting | Powered by Strickman-Ripps 02/23/2017

GENUINE Real People Casting | Powered by Strickman-Ripps

Hey Running Fans Interested in Becoming Models,

If you have ever thought of appearing in an advertisement, then check out the note below from a casting company…

GENUINE: The Reap People Company, powered by Strickman-Ripps, a NYC-based casting company that specializes in finding all kinds of people for commercials, web videos and print advertisements.

GENUINE is currently CASTING Women who use Bar Soap to be featured in a campaign for a well-known beauty brand.

If you are interested in participating, please complete and submit on an online questionnaire at:

GENUINE Real People Casting | Powered by Strickman-Ripps


2017 New York City Marathon...

If you are interested in running the New York City Marathon but don't want to leave your entry into the race up the lottery, then check out running for an approved charity...

The Melanoma Education Foundation, provides no-cost skin cancer lessons on early self-detection of melanoma to high schools and middle schools throughout the U.S. Over 1700 schools in 49 states were using the lessons at last count. Lives of students and teachers have been saved because of the lessons.

As a partner charity of the New York Road Runners Association, the Melanoma Education Foundation has been approved to enlist 10 runners for the 2017 New York City Marathon.

To find out more check out:

Cold Weather Running | runningarizona 12/24/2016

Cold Weather Running | runningarizona

Our latest blog is now available.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Cold Weather Running | runningarizona Although lower temperatures arrived well before the phrase “Winter Begins” appeared on the calendar, now that the season is upon us it might be a good idea to p... 11/13/2016

Hey Running Fans,

Please check out our updated web site. We felt it was finally time to retire our webpage software from 2003. We also felt it was time to unveil some of the new services we offer.

Not only will we continue to offer written training schedules for runners training for any race of their choosing, but we now offer runners with a writing habit the opportunity to share their writing through our publishing service. Plus, if you are training for a race and you are missing out on those weekly emails that were a part of Running Arizona group training programs, we have you covered with our Running Blog which will provide tips and advice on a regular basis throughout the year.

Thanks – and as always, feel free to keep us posted on how your training is going!



Survey/Study for Runners Currently Training or Just Starting...

A student assistant at Texas A&M University Kingsville is helping his professor conduct a study on runners of any experience level as they train for a run of any distance - 1 mile all the way up to an ultra. Runners need to be within the first 25% of their training program for their intended event, over the age of 18 and provide a valid email address.

The study is a series of four surveys: 1) at the beginning of training, 2) half-way through training, 3) at three-fourths through training and 4) finally post-event. Each survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.

The link for the study is:


Save 10% on your entry fee when you register for any of the races of the Phoenix 10K (other than the Mollen Mile) by entering the code:
club 16

The 41st Annual 3TV Phoenix 10K & Half Marathon will be held on November 6th. The above discount code is valid through October 31st. You may register for the race at:

Richard Stark 07/29/2016

Richard Stark

NEW Book by Richard Stark NOW Available!

Running Arizona is proud to announce a new book written by Coach Richard Stark. Although this book is not necessarily about running training, it does deal with the sport of running… very loosely.

Office Olympic Games: How to Host the Olympic Games IN Your Office

The Office Olympic Games are basically games you can play where you work using materials typically found in the office as the sports equipment, such as rubber bands for Archery or business cards for Sailing. Runners in the Office Olympic Games will actually use their fingers to do the running – which makes for some rather interesting hurdles and steeplechase competitions.

The book is available on Amazon, just follow the link to Richard’s author page at

Be sure to SHARE your Office Olympic Games photos and stories at the book’s page for Office Olympic Games.

Richard Stark Visit's Richard Stark Page and shop for all Richard Stark books and other Richard Stark related products (DVD, CDs, Apparel). Check out pictures, bibliography, biography and community discussions about Richard Stark


Hey Running Fans,

If you are thinking about running the half or full marathon for Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona 2017, but don’t have a group to train with or you are not able to attend regular workouts, then we just might have the training program for you.

Last year a number of you joined us for our virtual training program complete with twice monthly email messages of encouragement and a written training schedule from August 15th through race day on January 15, 2017.

If you are interested in our virtual training program – which is only $26.20 for Running Arizona alumni – then simply visit our web site at If you have any questions please give Richard a call at 602-373-0438 or send an email to [email protected].

We hope to help you reach your Rock ‘n’ Roll goals!



Congratulations to all who participated in and finished the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona half or full marathon on Sunday! It was quite different for Running Arizona this year, as this was the first time in the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona that we did not have coaches on the course – though we did have one past coach who ran quite well in the half marathon.

Please feel free to share your memories from yesterday right here. We look forward to hearing from you and to helping you train for any future running events.


Love running? Love dogs? Why not combine two passions into one and run with a shelter dog? Lost Our Home Pet Rescue has several adoptable dogs that would LOVE to get out of the shelter and onto the sidewalks, streets, trails, wherever to stretch their legs and get out into the fresh air! Volunteers will need to go through a brief orientation that includes basic dog handling training as well as be comfortable around active dogs of all breeds and sizes.

Anyone interested, please contact Tracey Varga, Lost Our Home Shelter Director at [email protected] - Let's get these dogs out of the kennels for a good long run!


Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon or 5K Discount Code

Hey Running Fans,

If you are planning to run in the 28th Annual Runner’s Den/Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon & Food for the Hungry 5K on December 13th, we have a discount code for you to use.

Just send an email to Richard @ [email protected].


WIN a Running Arizona Running T-shirt
Guess 100-Degree Days Left This Year

Although we are not holding group workouts this year, we do still want you to have the chance to answer our traditional “Sign-In Sheet Questions,” a favorite being “How many 100-degree days are left this year.” Just reply with your name and your guess to the number of days left in 2015 in which the temperature will reach triple digits. The person closest to the actual number of 100-degree days will win a Running Arizona running T-shirt.


Hey Running Fans,

If you are thinking about running the half or full marathon for Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona 2016, then we are now less than two months away from the start of training. However, that training with Running Arizona will be much different than in years past.

For the past 12 years, Running Arizona has provided weekly long effort group workouts on the weekends and track workouts on Wednesday evenings. Going forward we will no longer host group workouts but do plan to assist anyone training for a race - whether a marathon, half marathon, 5K or other distance.

During the past dozen years it has been an incredible honor to have been part of the many miles you have logged in training and on race day. It has been a pleasure to have run and walked with so many wonderful people. I and the coaches (Jon, Sandra and Hoyt) who have helped along the way are truly honored to have had the opportunity to be part of your marathons and half marathons. So, to the nearly 1,000 runners we have personally trained to complete a half or full marathon over the past 12 years, to the special runners who oversaw workouts for us when needed, and to the many bakers and chefs amongst you who filled our empty bellies, we want to extend a very heartfelt THANK YOU!

I would also like to add a special personal thank you to Coach Jon who did far more than just keep the workouts going for the past three years. He definitely lived up to his Superman tattoo.

Thank you ALL!


Hope you all have a great race today!


We are going to cancel the run tomorrow due to the rain. You can still run on your own if you choose. We will do the sock exchange and breakfast next week.
Stay dry and have a fun weekend!

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Breakfast in the park!

Photos from Running Arizona's post 08/16/2014

First run of the season!!

Mobile uploads 08/16/2014

Mobile uploads

Mobile uploads 08/16/2014

Oh it feels good to be back!


Getting excited to run, see you tomorrow!!


"Runners just do it – they run for the finish line even if someone else has reached it first."

– Anonymous


It is almost time to dust off those running shoes - and not just because of the lastest haboob!
Just THREE weeks from today is our first group workout of the season.
We are looking forward to another year training for Rock 'n' Roll Arizona. See you all soon!


ONE MONTH from today we will have our first group workout to train for Rock 'n' Roll Arizona 2015!
Saturday, August 16 @ 7:00 am at Kiwanis Park in Tempe.
We hope you can make it!

Celebrate National Running Day With Us! - Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series 06/04/2014

Celebrate National Running Day With Us! - Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series

SAVE Money on Race Registration for Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona – TODAY ONLY
Celebrate National Running Day, June 4th, by saving 20 percent off the entrance fee for the 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half or Full Marathon on January 18, 2015.

Celebrate National Running Day With Us! - Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series National Running Day is a celebration where people everywhere declare their passion for running. It is a coast-to-coast tribute to our sport; for longtime runners to reaffirm their love of running and for beginners to kick off a lifetime commitment.


Last Saturday group run of the season tomorrow. Who's runnin with me!?


"I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs."

-Jesse Owens


"Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running."

-Julie Isphording




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