Arizona’s First 100-Degree Days of 2018 Means Hottest Race on Earth is Getting Closer

Arizona Hits 100 Degrees Just As Runners Get Ready for the Hottest Race on Earth Just Two Months Away

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) – As Arizona’s temperatures are heating up with the state’s first 100-degree days of 2018, so are the stakes in the hottest race on earth with the prize money totaling more than any other race in Arizona.

Scottsdale Beat the Heat, just one of the many facets of the Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival: Arms, Legs and Kegs is returning to WestWorld of Scottsdale on June 16th.

The race is taking place proximate to the hottest day ever recorded in the Phoenix metro area (June 26, 1990), with total prize money of over $8,000.

The amounts for the Scottsdale Beat the Heat are also steeped in symbolism. It will be available for the Top 5 finishers in the 10.22 kilometer for both male and female categories, as follows:

First Place:      $1990:   To celebrate the year of the hottest day ever recorded in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Second Place:  $1022:    In honor of the distance of the race to beat the heat.

Third Place:     $626:      In recognition of the hottest day recorded in Phoenix.

Fourth Place:   $247:     The time when it hit the record heat and when runners launch.

Fifth Place:      $122:     The highest temperature ever recorded in Phoenix.

The entry fee for the 10.22 kilometer is $62.60 per person and includes a souvenir t-shirt and commemorative medal. The entry fee for the shorter 5K distance is 51.00 and also includes a souvenir t-shirt and medal.

To register for Beat the Heat and to read more details on the race, visit

In addition to the hottest race on earth, there are many other elements that make up the Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival. One of those being the richest arm wrestling contest in the nation with the World’s Greatest Arm Wrestler, Travis Bagent.

To top off all things hot, there will also be a jalapeno eating contest for participants 18 years and older and a fast pitch baseball contest for adults and kids with trophies being awarded to the winners with the most “heat”.

To cool down at the event, attendees can enjoy some of the best local craft beers and cocktails. The Arizona Ales & Cocktails Festival will be located inside the Fahrenheit Festival and will feature top mixologists, M Culinary and the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild.

If the most prize money ever awarded for a road race in Arizona isn’t enough incentive to compete in the hottest race on earth, there is sure to be something that everyone can enjoy at the Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival.

“We wanted to provide significant rewards, the most in the state, to the top finishers of Beat the Heat for helping everyone understand that Scottsdale is a great place to be in the summer too, even after enduring a race at 2:47pm in the afternoon,” said Jason Rose, founder of the Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival. “Whether people want to compete in the race or just come out to the event to experience all it has to offer, this is going to be the “hottest” occasion of the summer that people won’t want to miss.”

Admission for the Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival is $5. Family, friends, and fans will be welcome along the race route with a celebration for finishers inside the North Hall.

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 1,300 runners braved the hot temperatures in 2013 to participate. The race hasn’t been staged since 2013.

For more information or to interview a race organizer or participants, please contact Jennifer Parks-Sturgeon. To register for the event, please visit