This November, the Peoria Sports Complex will be the hub for runners and families alike as it hosts two premier racing events – the 11th Annual AZ Veterans Day Run and the Annual Thanksgiving Classic races. Whether you’re a seasoned racer or looking for a family-friendly event, these two races have something for everyone.
11th Annual AZ Veterans Day Run
On Sunday, Nov. 12, join Team Red, White, and Blue (RWB) Phoenix and StartLine Racing for a dynamic experience, with race distances ranging from a Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, to a 1-mile race. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to Team RWB, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of America’s veterans.
The half marathon starts at 7:30 a.m., with other distances starting soon after. The courses take you through dedicated running trails (all asphalt and concrete) of the New River Trail System, starting and ending at the Peoria Sports Complex – meaning no need for transportation before or after the race just to get back to your car! Please note – this is an open use trail system and does not close for this event.
This year, there will be a Remembrance Garden in the event area. This will be a special area to remember those veterans who are near and dear to our hearts. If you would like to have a special remembrance sign placed in the garden on race day to remember a loved one, it is $15 for a sign placed in the garden. This will cover the cost of the sign and all remaining money will be donated to Team RWB. No money will be kept as profit from this purchase. You can select this option during the registration process.
For more information on the 11th Annual AZ Veterans Day Run, visit startlineracing.com.
Thanksgiving Day Classic
Kick off your Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 23, at 8 a.m. with the Thanksgiving Day Classic! Arizona Road Racers (ARR) offers participants a choice between a 10 Mile, 5K, and a 1-Mile Fun Run. The top three finishers in every age group for the 5K and 10-mile races will be awarded pies. The 5K awards ceremony, starting around 9:15 a.m., promises to be a delightful treat
A few essential details for the Thanksgiving Classic races:
• Race Registration: No race day signup. Registration closes on November 23 at 11:59 p.m. Online registrations are available on runsignup.com, with varying registration fees depending on the date and race.
• Race Start Times: The 10-Mile race will commence at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K at 8:10 a.m., and the 1-Mile Fun Run at 8:18 a.m.
• Charity Support: Race proceeds support the Peoria Diamond Club, a significant contributor to local charities including Special Olympics Arizona. Participants are also encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the Peoria Diamond Club’s Toy Drive.
• Awards: Apart from the delectable pies, finisher medals will be awarded in each race category.
For more information on the Thanksgiving Day Classic, visit arizonaroadracers.com/portfolio-item/thanksgiving-day-classic.
Both events will be held at the Peoria Sports Complex, located at 8866 W. Thunderbird Rd., in Peoria. Whether you’re running for a cause, in pursuit of a new personal best, or seeking a memorable way to spend time with family and friends, these races promise to deliver.