Shed those Holiday Pounds and Get a Jump Start on those New Year’s Resolutions with these Winter Races



We’ve all been there. You slowly waddle to the scale after a month of consuming nothing but straight turkey, eggnog, and double-fudge brownies. You look down to ponder the atrocity you’ve become, only to have your vision of the scale blocked by a newly sculpted beer belly. Yes, that’s the holiday weight. Looking to shed some extra pounds? We’ve got you covered. The warm weather makes Phoenix a perfect city to host a number of winter races. Here’s a list of races from 5Ks to marathons so you can drop that extra poundage this winter.

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5K Cupcake Chase

January 5, 2019

Okay, so we know we said these races were a good way to shed the weight from all those holiday meals, but it’s all about balance, right? Fly through this super flat 5K course at Arizona Falls Park— the faster you get to the end, the sooner you’ll get to indulge in the delicious cupcakes waiting for you at the finish line. Not only is this Phoenix Frontrunners inaugural event, but it’s also a great course for beginners so it’s the perfect way for you all to kick these off together!

Rock ’n’ Roll Arizona Marathon

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Are you the type of person who can’t run without headphones? Do you need extra motivation to cross that finish line? The Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon has you covered. The Rock ’n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is your chance to kick off the year right. Every January, the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Series comes to town to put runners to the test. The race features live bands and cheering sections at each mile marker. The event includes a full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K, and kids-only fun run. The race culminates at Tempe Town Lake, where you’ll find a stage with live music and a beer garden for post-race refreshments. Cheers!

Desert Classic Marathon

January 26, 2019

You can enjoy some fun in the sun at the Desert Classic Marathon. This longstanding marathon is one of Phoenix’s oldest and most beloved races. Every January, runners from around Arizona head to Surprise to test their limits and break personal records. The Desert Classic offers four different events, so you can join in on the fun no matter your training level. The race includes a full marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K. Finishers get swag including medals, dry-fit shirts, finisher certificates, and more.

Know of any other races going on in the Phoenix area? Let us know where you plan to race by tagging us on social using #PHXFray or #FrayLife!


Just because the holiday season is slowly coming to a close, that doesn’t mean all the wonderful winter activities are gone too. There’s still time to check out these local ice skating rinks and show off your skills (or lack thereof).


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