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Dave McKay Memorial Annual Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run

August 11, 2018

The second oldest Half Marathon in Arizona, and the ONLY one that directly impacts the lives of local youth in the high country! The Dave McKay Memorial Half Marathon/5K Fun Run is an adventure with the monsoon madness and spectacular views. It is considered one of the most scenic and challenging half marathons in the Southwest and all proceeds benefit children by helping Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff match them with appropriate adult mentors. Enjoy meeting runners at the FREE pasta dinner the Friday before the race. We are a proud member race of the Run Flagstaff Summer Series! Please take advantage of the special early packet pick up/registration held at Run Flagstaff, also at the pasta dinner, and again on race day, but prices go up race day.

The Flagstaff Summer Series Races, except for Run for Life, take place on forest dirt roads and trails. Long courses are considered competitive level, short, non-competitive. Competitive runner’s average their best 3 races. Competitive Prize Divisions 18 and Under, 19 to 39, 40 to 59, and 60 and over. More information can be found at Flagstaff Summer Series.

Register for the Summer Series Here:
Register for the Half Marathon and 5k Here:


Early bird price is $75 until June 30th for the Half Marathon. After that the cost is $80. Fun Run is $35 until June 30th. After that the cost is $40.

LOCATION Wheeler Park, 211 West Aspen Street, Flagstaff

Half Marathon 7:30 AM
Half Marathon Walk 6:00 AM
5K 7:45 AM
Kids Run 7:50 AM

Half Marathon Division Prizes 3-Deep 18 and Under, 18- 29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ Overall Champion and Masters Champion pulled from Division for separate awards.
5K Top 3 Male and Female Finishers only.

Run Flagstaff Thursday August 9th, 3pm to 6 PM
Fratelli’s Pizza Party Thorpe Park Picnic Ramada, August 10th, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Race Day, 6 AM to 7 AM Wheeler Park, 6 AM Walkers must be pre-registered.


Join us for early packet pick up at Run Flagstaff from 3 PM to 6 PM on Thursday August 9th or at the pre-race FREE pizza dinner starting at 6:00 PM at the Thorpe Park picnic ramada on August 10th (Additional guests cost $5 per person). Remember, there are no refunds or transfers and absolutely do not give your number to another runner. This will result in disqualification from the race. If you can not make the run know that your entry fee is helping match local children with an appropriate adult mentor!    

On race day, packet pick up begins at 6 AM (or 5:45 for walkers). Please park in residential neighborhood west of Library, preferably on either Birch, Cherry, or Dale Avenues. Aspen street is where the race takes place so it would be nice not to have cars parked there!   ABSOLUTELY NO PARKING IN LIBRARY OR CITY HALL LOT!  

All races start in front of City Hall at 211 West Aspen Avenue. 

If you are walking or walk/running the half marathon 6 AM start, please either pick up your bib Thursday or Friday evening. You can do so race day, just make sure you are to Wheeler Park no later than 5:45 AM. 

At all packet pick-ups, please take your assigned shirt size. If you wish to exchange a size, please wait until after the race. Also, be sure to take your Pay N'Take 2 for 1 drink coupon!  After you cross the finish line you can cool off by jogging two more blocks to east to redeem! 

Half Marathon starts at 7:30 AM Saturday.

5K starts at 7:45 AM with kids dash following immediately after that! 

During the race, please make sure your bib is visible to timers and Coconino Amateur Radio Club volunteers who will be tracking you for your safety!  We also will have a course crew with vehicles. If you have any health issues during the race, do not hesitate to ask for help or first aid!  

In the 5K fun run, medals are only awarded to top 3 overall male and female. We will announce the 5K awards at 8:30 AM. 

For the half marathon, all walkers and runners will get a beautiful finishing medal and we will have awards announced at Charly Pub and Grill (just two blocks east of race start) at 1 PM. Doors will open at 12 PM for all runners. 

If you have never done our race before, you are in for a treat. Do understand it is mostly on forest roads and trails. The first part of the race is the toughest as you climb about 400 ft between where you hit the Forest by Thorpe Park and mile 2. If you are from lower elevations, you should consider walking or jogging very slow for first 2 miles. It will pay off later, I promise. Miles 3 to about 3.75 is a bit rough going, a steeple chase of sorts. You will be running alongside a road that was closed after last year's logging operations. The best route with least rocks will have pin flags. Between miles 6 and 7.5 are some of the best scenery in Northern Arizona. Take it all in and smile for the many cameras on the course. Our volunteers can't wait to party with you. 

The course can be muddy in places and there will be puddles on course that are easy to get around. The course will be well-marked with big sweeping arrows on every turn and plenty of flagging tape to guide you. 

Half marathoners will have 8 aid stations strategically placed. If you need anything other than water or gatorade, please carry it yourself. 

Two port-a-potties will be at the Junction Aid Station at about mile 5 and again on the return at about mile 9. 

5Kers will have just the water aid station where just past you will turn around and head back to start exactly the way you came. 

Great times for a great cause!

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