Over 50,000 athletes and spectators attended the 5th Annual BMO Harris Bank Mesa-PHX Marathon on Saturday, February 25. The sold-out Mesa-PHX Marathon was a certified qualifier for The Boston Marathon,
and brought together experienced and amateur athletes alike for an
exciting day of running, cheering, and celebrating at the finish line of
our Mesa Riverview shopping center in Mesa, Arizona.
Whether they were running a 10K, half marathon, full 26.2 mile race,
or joining in on the kid’s 1K fun run, participants had motivation to
finish strong knowing that festivities were in store when they crossed
the finish line. It was boasted as “the best finish experience ever,” as
10,000 athletes were able to cool off and refuel with an elaborate
variety of food, drinks, and services.
The full marathon award ceremony began at 10:30 a.m. with winning
categories ranging from Top Finisher, Masters, and Division Awards.
Polina Carlson finished in record time for the female marathon runners,
with Teklu Deneke placing first for the male runners.
Runners, spectators, and guests were able to fuel up at the food
trucks, have faces painted, and enjoy a relaxing post-race massage.
Tents from the race’s sponsors lined the streets at Mesa Riverview,
while activities for all ages occurred throughout the day.
In addition to the Mesa-PHX Marathon and post-event activities, it
was Opening Day for the Chicago Cubs. Fans had the opportunity to ride the free Mesa Riverview shuttle,
which is available for all Cubs spring training home games and provides
transportation to and from Sloan Park. The trolley does pick-ups every
20 minutes from 11 a.m. until 30 minutes after the last out and is
located behind The Brass Tap and Matta’s Grill & Cantina near
The eventful day was all for a good cause as runners and spectators were able to raise money for the Phoenix Marathon Foundation
— a program that provides scholarship funds for high school students
who have participated in running-related athletics and are dedicated to
the pursuit of higher education, and also supports Mesa Counts on
College. In 2016, Phoenix Marathon Foundation had over $80 thousand
committed in scholarships.
With our pivotal $5 million redevelopment of Mesa Riverview
in 2014, we hoped to create a special destination where families and
neighbors could gather. Hosting the Mesa-PHX finisher’s line not only
offers runners and spectators a place to celebrate the marathoners’
accomplishments, but also brings steady foot traffic to the center — a
win-win for all. Missed out on the fun? Check out the photos below!
Read the full Blog posting with photos here.