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2015 Whiskey Row Marathon

The YMCA’s Biggest Fundraiser is also one of the Most Challenging Marathons – Are You Tough Enough?

The 2015 Whiskey Row Marathon takes place Saturday, May 2, 2015. With the event motto “Are You Tough Enough” the annual marathon is the Prescott YMCA’s largest fundraiser for program scholarships which help families in the Prescott community. Proceeds from this race go directly into the scholarship fund at the Prescott YMCA to assist children and families in financial need to participate in child care, swimming lessons, youth sports, and gymnastics classes.

As a “Family Sponsor” of the YMCA Whiskey Row Marathon, Guidance Aviation will be recording the event from the air and on the ground to further the promotional impact and success of the event.

“The Whiskey Row Marathon represents the best in community involvement and giving back. We are happy to help the YMCA in promoting this important event to increase participation and sponsorship so that the YMCA can further assist children and families in financial need,” states Dave Roy, Director of Communications, Guidance Aviation.

As a 37 year old Arizona running tradition, the Whiskey Row Marathon is among the toughest races in the country. Featuring rugged terrain, an altitude in excess of one mile above sea level and, on occasion, severe weather. It’s challenging, fun and offers a number of running routes for runners of all skill and fitness levels, including a half marathon, a 10k, and a 2 mile run/walk.

The Marathon and its Courses

This out-and-back course is considered one of the most challenging in the United States. Starting at 5,280 feet, the elevation increases to 7,000 feet over the first seven miles, then down to 5,600 feet at the 13-mile turn around. The course is paved road for the first and last five miles, while the rest of the running route is a trail race on a dirt road maintained by the US Forest Service.

Marathon, Half Marathon

Start on Montezuma in front of the Palace Bar heading South, West (right) on Goodwin, North (right) on Summit, West (left) on Gurley, South (left) on Hassayampa Village Ln., West (right) on Copper Basin Drive and onto Forest Service dirt road to thumb Butte Park. The course is a turn-around course.

2 Mile

The 2 mile course is back to the same route from 2001. Head South on Montezuma to the turnaround at Copper Basin and WhiteSpar, then back to the finish line.


The 10K is a loop course. Head South on Montezuma, West (right) on Goodwin, North (right) on Summit, West (left) on Gurley, South (left) on Hassayampa Village Ln, East (left) on Copper Basin, North (left) on Cypress, East (right) on Linden, North (left) on Cherry, East (right) on Middlebrook, South (right) on Birch, East (left) on Linden, East (left) on Copper Basin, North (left) on WhiteSpar to finish line. **Note** For safety and traffic concerns, we have changed the 10K bypass slightly. Instead of the additional distance being made up off Park Ave, it will be made up off Copper Basin. Download map of 10K route.

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Marathon Course info: Whiskey Row Marathon

Guidance Aviation is an FAA approved Part 141 helicopter flight training institution with flight schools in Prescott, Arizona and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Through its collegiate partner programs, graduates earn both their Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS), Aviation Technology – Helicopter Pilot Operations, and the necessary FAA Ratings and Certificates (CFI-I) to become professional helicopter pilots.

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