Saturday, January 21, 2012

Looking For a Great Spring Race? Try the Mountain to Fountain 15k

Last year our running group the Bandidos put on the inaugural Mountain to Fountain 15k. The race was a huge success and this year's race will be even better. With so many runners being involved in the race planning, the race has many things that runners care about. The large and deep prize money attracted the state's and even some of the nation's top runners. Awards are also given to top three in each division and they're not just medals.  Age group awards include $50 gift cards to Sole Sports, dinner for 4 to Chipotle, and cases of Kiltlifter Beer.  That is awesome!  There is also a team event in which winning teams can win their weight in beer!  Check out the video.

The race last year was well organized starting on time and having efficient transportation to the start line. After the race there is a big party where everyone gets a free beer while they enjoy the awards ceremony. Want to bring the kids?  This is the race for you.  If you have kids there is a free kids race after the race too!  Spike's Treats (Our sister and brother-in-law's natural pet food shop, located adjacent to the finish) is also sponsoring a petting zoo for the kids.  All kids participating in the kids race will receive a free kids meal from Chipotle.  This year's race will be held on Sunday March 11 and starts at 8 a.m..  With a net elevation drop, the course is fair but challenging and fast times can be run if you don't go out too fast.

Registration is just $35 and includes a race shirt, beer ticket, and transportation up to the start line.  All participants will also receive a voucher for a free Chipotle burrito and every 10th finisher will get a free ice cream from Sweet Republic.  This is definitely a very runner friendly race.  All profits from the race go back into the Arizona running community.  Profits are given back to runners or groups of runners in the form of grants.  See last year's grant winners.  The race ends at the famous fountain in Fountain Hills and has a huge park area where the post race party will be head.  For a great race during a great time of year please consider the Mountain to Fountain 15k as one of your Spring races.

Check out race director John Reich's response to a blog about giving back to the running community!

2011 Race Photos

2011 Results 

All of the information in this post and more can be found at the event website

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