If you were around last weekend, you got to be a part of or witness Prescott’s beloved Whiskey Off-Road Bike Race. A weekend full of bicycle races, live music, beer, and so much more, it was a fun time for all who attended.
This coming weekend, as in tomorrow, Prescott is hosting the flip side of the Whiskey Off-Road bike race, which is the Whiskey Row Marathon. If you go to the Whiskey Row Marathon’s Website (whiskeyrowmarathon.com), you’ll first see a countdown letting runner’s know they have only 13 and a half hours left until their race as of right now! Of course, this time will vary depending on when you visit the site page.
The race starts early Saturday morning, May 4th, with various race times. The full marathon starts at 6:00AM with an early start at 5:00AM for those who might need more than 6 hours to finish the race (the course closes at noon). The half marathon starts at 7:00AM and the 10k at 7:20AM. Lastly there is a 2 mile fun run/walk that starts at 7:15AM.
This race has been a running tradition in Prescott for over 40 years and has been dubbed one of the toughest races in the country with its rugged terrain and high altitude of one mile above sea level. Racers will find themselves in for a real challenge!
This race isn’t just all about the fun though, it is actually put on every year for a very good cause! Below is a statement from Prescott’s YMCA detailing why this race is so important for the community.
“The James Family Prescott YMCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, community-focused organization. The Whiskey Row Marathon is our largest fund raiser for program scholarships which help families in our community. Proceeds from this race go directly into the scholarship fund at the YMCA to assist children and families in financial need to participate in child care, swimming lessons, youth sports and gymnastics classes. Without your participation and the community support for the WRM Races, our local families in need may not have a chance to make sure that their children flourish, even in times of economic hardship. At the Y we do not turn participants away for the inability to pay for our programs and we believe that all children have the equal right to learn water safety, Early Learning Objectives, character values and have opportunities for success in the intramural athletics. Your participation in this race not only promotes your personal health, but also promotes the overall health of the Prescott Community.”
We here in Prescott love our community and we love giving back to our community as well, which shows abundantly in businesses like the YMCA that seek to help the members of their community in any way they can.
Go downtown and cheer on those running in this race, then enjoy a relaxing morning at one of the many breakfast diners or coffee chops downtown.
For more information, you can also visit the city of Prescott’s website by clicking here.