The Hottest Race on Earth Returns To Scottsdale


The Big Score

The Hottest Race on Earth Returns. Scottsdale. June 16th. 2:47 pm.

After 5 years, the hottest race on earth returns joining the Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival on June 16th. There are great feats of athletic endurance and achievement worthy of note: marathons, triathlons and runs through mud, cold and up mountains. But for those who ran it before, they’d agree there has not been anything else like this: a trying dash through the desert heat on what will be one of the hottest days of the year at the hottest time of day. Welcome back to Scottsdale Beat the Heat 2018! 

Sponsored by Maricopa Ambulance, there will be no early morning start to avoid the broiling temps. The gun will go off at 2:47 p.m. sharp, the time of day in 1990 when thermometers in the Phoenix metropolitan area struck 122 degrees on June 26

The Course

During the race, runners will proceed outside, on one of 2 courses (5k & 10.22K) routing through WestWorld and around its arenas and barns for a unique course in the shadows of Scottsdale’s beautiful McDowell Mountains. Runners will traverse a combination of hard-packed dirt, asphalt, off-road and concrete paths, polo field and grass. Runners will end inside the air conditioning in the North Hall, home to the world famous Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction.


To recognize the hottest day on record, the entry fee for the 10.22 distance will be $62.60 per person and includes a souvenir t-shirt. The entry fee for the shorter 5K distance will be $51.00 and also includes a souvenir t-shirt. All runners and walkers are welcome! Prizes will be offered for men and women places 1st through 5th.


Produced by the owners of the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, the most attended polo event in the country, the Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival: Arms, Legs and Kegs promises to be a new summer spectacle like Arizona has never seen. Besides the heat race, other elements include the nation’s most lucrative arm wrestling competition with the world’s best arm wrestler and a craft brew and cocktail festival. The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships is also returning again for it’s eighth year on November 10th and 11th, 2018 at WestWorld of Scottsdale.



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