Photo courtesy of Grandpa Jim’s Camelback Marathon

In an inspiring blend of endurance and charity, the annual Grandpa Jim’s Camelback Marathon is set to take place on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event, dedicated to supporting Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, offers participants the challenge of a 50K ‘easy’ route or the option to complete as many round trips on Camelback Mountain’s Echo Trail as they wish during the 12-hour marathon. The trail head is located at 5700 N. Echo Canyon Pkwy., in Phoenix.

The annual event is renowned not only for its physical demands but also for the noble cause it supports. Funds raised through the marathon will go towards sponsoring a memorable Grand Canyon hike for the children of Sunshine Acres. This initiative provides an enriching outdoor experience for the kids, fostering a love for nature and adventure.

Participants looking to contribute can directly support the Grand Canyon hike by visiting the Sunshine Acres donation page at and selecting the ‘Grand Canyon Hike’ program. This specific contribution ensures that the funds are channeled towards this special outing for the children.

The event promises great prizes for participants, but the real reward lies in the knowledge that their efforts will brighten the lives of children at Sunshine Acres. The marathon is not just a test of physical stamina but also a testament to the community’s commitment to supporting meaningful causes.

For more information and to contact the organizers, visit