Our time in Phoenix was somewhat of a family reunion. My sister lives in Perris, California which is only about a four hour drive from Phoenix. I talked her into running the half-marathon with us. Pete’s uncle and his wife live just south of Phoenix and we talked them into meeting us and being our guests at the pasta party.
Every time I would see an orange tree loaded with oranges, Phoenix would remind me of my childhood in California. I played in the orange groves as a child. Phoenix is a beautiful city with a lot of interestingly shaped cacti, orange trees, palm trees, and georgeous sunsets. It is known as the “Valley of the Sun.”
The half-marathon course was fast and flat which made for easy running. The inaugural marathon and half-marathon had 29,282 registrants and 23,808 finishers. The top male and female marathon finishers each received $20,000.
I improved my racing time by 30 minutes and Pete improved his running time by 8 minutes. We were both happy with our results.