BWW Review: The Inaugural PHOENICIAN HALF MARATHON in Scottsdale, AZ - An Exquisite Experience to Run Through Luxury
Known as the "racecation," the inaugural Phoenician Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K was held at one of the most luxurious resorts in the country. An absolutely breathtaking course that exclusively toured the grounds of the estate for 5Kers, then went on through the Arcadia area with palm-lined streets and citrus groves for 10Kers, and continued along the Canal Trail before finishing at the historic Jokake Inn for Half Marathon runners. The event was limited to the first 1,000 registrants to offer an exclusive and serene experience without all the glitz and fanfare of larger races.
Check out the video below of the Half Marathon course!
With a start time of 7am, participants enjoyed the added bonus of watching the sun rise over the majestic mountains as they ran through the winding and hilly grounds of the Phoenician Resort golf course. Plenty of water/aid stations were available throughout the race to ensure all runners were well-hydrated. Kudos to the awesome volunteers who woke up early with smiles on their faces to ensure this event ran like precise clockwork. Special shoutout to the young boy who literally sprinted down the street to catch up with me, water in hand, after he missed the exchange at the fuel station!
The post-race party was one of the most elegantly impressive in the country. This was not your ordinary bananas and snack-sized pretzels after-party. A full vineyard vines champagne buffet brunch featured various exquisitely displayed stations including mounds of fresh fruit, achiote pulled pork, egg & cheese burritos, roasted poblano-southwestern coleslaw, homemade guacamole and salsa, an assortment of fresh breads and pastries including pepperoni and mozzarella cheese focaccia, various juices, coffee and teas, and a full bar with champagne flowing endlessly. Round tables were luxuriously draped with light blue linens and servers and bartenders were donned in black tie apparel. A live band, Rhythm Edition, took the stage and belted out an eclectic mix of dance tunes, singalongs, and old standards to get the crowd back on their feet after their long run.
Awards were presented approximately two hours after the start time, which acknowledged overall finishers in each category, both male and female. Age group winners also received special awards for their accomplishments. Each finisher, regardless of the event, received a gender-specific technical race shirt, entry to the post-race party, special discounts for accommodations and amenities at the Phoenician Resort, and a one-of-a-kind 4" official finishers medal.
Top 3 overall males in the Half Marathon category were Nick Petter (1:37:52), Charlie Coppola (1:40:22), and Normand Guillemette (1:40:47). Top 3 overall females in the Half Marathon included Susan Ross (1:43:10), Andrea Burke (1:52:26), and Karoline Jones (1:53:05).
Top 3 overall males in the 10K were Armando Gonzalez (50:27), Max Witwer (50:52), and Ken Schlemmel (51:06). Top 3 overall female finishers in the 10K were Christina Mancuso (48:19), Jessica Findley (48:55), and Katharine Sullivan (53:12).
Top 3 overall males in the 5K included Luc Guillemette (19:33), Robert Kielty (19:53), and Brent Hendon (20:53). Top 3 overall female 5K finishers were Stacy Weakened (24:07), Kennedy Leach (26:26), and Ann Cheri Leach (26:47).
Congrats to all the finishers! To see your official results, click HERE.
The Inaugural Phoenician Half Marathon was an enormous success, offering participants the rare opportunity to tour the exquisite grounds of a premier luxury resort while burning off those extra calories from the holiday season. A superior race that is truly a hidden gem in the country.
About the Phoenician Resort: Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, the Phoenician sits on 250 acres, with eleven restaurants, nine swimming pools, eleven tennis courts (and the only resort in Arizona with four different playing surfaces), and an 18-hole golf course designed by Ted Robinson and Homer Flint.
About The Resort Races Collection: The Resort Races Collection™ is a meticulously curated collection of events host by the finest resort hotels in the world. Rooted in distinctive style and beauty shaped through decades of serving the most discerning, well-traveled guests, every member event embodies the essence of its location. The aim is to captivate and inspire you through remarkably uncommon race experiences.
Join any of these Resort Races Collection™ experiences: Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Half Marathon, Phoenician Half Marathon, Sea Island Half Marathon, Pinehurst Half Marathon, The Half Marathon at Pebble Beach®, and the Greenbrier Half Marathon.
The Resort Races Collection™ is a division of Capstone Event Group.