Competition Increases as Big Name Runners Register for Most Lucrative Arizona Road Race

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.)— Scottsdale Beat the Heat: The Hottest Race on Earth continues to prove the summer heat is an intriguing challenge, including for some of the area’s top runners. Race statistics show that runners from all over the country, of all ages and levels of expertise are signing up for the most lucrative road race in Arizona on June 16.

One of the most recent race registrants includes the 2017 Pat’s Run champion, Ruairi Moynihan. He finished the 4.2-mile race with a time of 20:59 and will now race throughout the course at WestWorld of Scottsdale in hopes of having the fastest time for the 10.22k distance and bringing home the first place prize money of $1990.

Another name to watch during Scottsdale Beat is UltraRunning Magazine’s 2016 and 2017 Ultra Runner of the Year, Jim Walmsley.

All the amounts for the top five finishers in the 10.22k distance for both male and female categories are symbolic of the Hottest Race on Earth.

First place-$1990, celebrates the year of the hottest day ever recorded in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Second place- $1022, is in honor of the distance of the 10.22k distance. Third place- $626, is in recognition of the hottest day recorded in Phoenix. Fourth place- $247, is the time when it hit the record heat and when runners launch. Fifth place- $122, is the highest temperature ever recorded in Phoenix. For those interested in a shorter distance, a 5k course is also available for runners and walkers.

Interested runners can register online at

The Beat the Heat race is just one of the many events taking place at the Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival on June 16. There will also be the richest arm wrestling contest in the nation with the World’s Greatest Arm Wrestler, Travis Bagent, the Battle of the Battalions, an arm wrestling competition between Northside and Southside Scottsdale Firefighters, the Arizona Ales & Cocktails Festival, and The El Hefe Jalapeno Eating Contest presented by Udder Delights.

Attendees will also be able to enjoy unlimited rides down the world’s tallest inflatable water slide, a fast pitch baseball contestfire performances by Burden Blossomlive interactive art pieces by Phoenix artist Ashley Macias, tunes from DJ Mr. P-body, and the classic hits from Whiskey’s Quicker.

Admission to the event is $5 in advance and $10 at the door, with free admission for kids 12 and under. Tickets to the event can be purchased online at

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About Scottsdale’s Beat the Heat
The race was originally conceived as a by-product of a Scottsdale Tourism brainstorm session about how to attract more visitors to the city during summer months. Race organizers believed an extreme marketing approach displaying the ultimate way people could experience the heat would encourage others to come enjoy the community’s great hotels, resorts and night life. It worked as some 1,100 runners braved the hot temperatures in 2013 to participate. The race hasn’t been staged since 2013.