Set a Date
No matter if it is your first 5K race or your hundredth, when you register for a 5K race it will keep you motivated and on task to reach your goal of running a successful 5K race. By actually setting up a date on your calendar, you pinpoint the time that you have to be ready to step on that starting line of your 5K race.
Prepare a training schedule immediately after booking your 5K race. New runners should begin with light training and build into a longer running routine.
The South Mountain Classic is your choice of a 20k or 5k starting and beginning at the South Mountain Activity Center in Phoenix. Take Central Avenue two miles south of Baseline Road to the park.
Cost for the 20K is $47 for non-members, $37 for ARR members. Cost for the 5K is $26 for non-members and $16 for ARR members. Your ARR member discount will show on your total during checkout.
Registration begins at 5:30 a.m. The 20K begins at 6:30 a.m. and the 5K begins at 7:00 a.m. Please plan to arrive early! Park Rangers will be checking each vehicle before entering the park. This can cause a backup in traffic, especially nearing gun time.
South Mountain Park requires all runners to be off the road by 10:00 a.m. Thus runners in the 20K must be able to maintain at least a 17 minute-per-mile pace. If you cannot maintain this pace for the 20K race, please choose a shorter distance.
Both the 20K and 5K are USATF certified courses. The courses are on roads only (no trails).
Runners can pick up their bibs on race day starting at 5:30 a.m.
Awards will be presented to the first 3 finishers overall (male and female, no double dipping) and to the top 3 finishers in the following age groups (male/female): 19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over.