The Hot as Hell Trail Run has been approved by the City of Tempe but now requires a wave start structure. Please review and sign the COVID Waiver below and then select your preferred start time.  Remember, location and parking information is listed below. 

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Hot as Hell COVID Waiver and Start Time Selection

  • COVID-19 Waiver and Acknowledgement

    Please review the following and indicate your consent and agreement by initialing each box. For participants 18 and under, a parent or guardian is required for acknowledgement (name/consent entered above)
  • I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume all risks that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 as a result of participation in this event.
  • I agree not to attend if I have had a known exposure to COVID-19 or exhibit a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. I further understand that I may be asked to submit to a non-contact temperature check at the event.
  • I agree to wear a mask or face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines at the event. I understand masks do not need to be worn while running, but are required before and after the event.
  • I understand that for the safety of all people involved, all participants in the packet pickup event will be required to adhere to all safety protocols and are subject to immediate removal for non-compliance.
  • Start times are limited to allow spread out runners on the course and in the start/finish area.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Running is not seasonal!

Welcome to Arizona where summer spends the winter, and Hell spends the summer!  Join us for the 3rd Annual Hot As Hell Half & Quarter Trail Marathon in Tempe’s Papago Park. Celebrating the desert one mile at time!  

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What You Get at the Race

  • One of the most unique medals of the new decade!  The 2021 Hot As Hell finisher medal is hot and heavy! 
  • Registration includes your choice of a super soft high quality race tee or the ladies racerback tank! (you can race for a little less $ by selecting the no shirt option)
  • Race|Result chip timed event with live results available on screen, online, or by text on demand!
  • Free to download, high res, professional race photos that are never watermarked!
  • And don’t forget the Hot As Hell trail running experience!

2021 Finisher Medal

Check out the 2021 Hot as Hell finisher medal… it doesn’t get any HOTTER THAN THIS! 

HAH Racerback Tank

Or choose the ladies racerback tank in the same Black Frost color!  “But it’s a Dry Heat!”

HAH Heathered Race Tee

This year’s race shirt is a super soft tri-blend tee in a Black Frost color! “But it’s a Dry Heat!”


Everyone that crosses the finish line will receive the finisher medal.

Top 3 Male and Female in all Divisions

Age Groups – Male & Female

  • 24 and Under
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60+

NOTE:  Overall Top 3 Awards are presented as soon as the 3rd place finisher in each group finishes.  Age Group awards can be picked up at the awards table after you finish, just check the results screen and look for your place in the Age Group column.


Race Details

Schedule & Location

Schedule at a Glance:

Monday 5/10:

  • Last day to Transfer (virtual or to another person: All registrations are final after this date, no exceptions will be made for any reason.


Saturday 5/15 (Race Day):

  • UPDATED: Packet Pickup at the race start area, 5:45am – 7:00am.  IF YOU ARE LATER WAVES, PLEASE COME LATER TO PACKET PICKUP.
  • UPDATED: Race starts in waves, first wave at 6:30am (reservation required, see form above)
  • Race cutoff:  The course will close to the start of additional laps at 8:10am, Half Marathon runners will not be allowed to start a new lap after this time. The course closes at 10:30am.

Start Location

The trail course will take runners through Tempe’s Papago Park, see the tab below for the course map.

The Start/Finish area will be in North Linear Park


The most convenient parking is available at the Tempe Town Lake Marina Parking area and under the 202 at Mill Ave.

  • Marina Parking Address: 550 E Tempe Town Lake, Tempe, AZ 85281
  • There are a couple lots under the 202/Red Mountain Freeway at Mill Ave.
  • See map below for locations or go directly to the Google Map

Important Race Details

Race Field: Limited to 500

Race Start: This will be a chip timed start, your time does not start until you cross the line.  In order to spread out runners and reduce the “hole-shot” backup, we will start racers in waves of approximately 30-40 racers at a time.

Chip Timing & Results: All distances chip timed by Race|Result Timing. The chips are attached to the back of your bib and are disposable so we do not need them back. Please wear your bibs on the front of your body and do not cover with heavy coats.  Results are available immediately following your finish online, by text or on the monitor (check the back of your bib for details)

Dogs (pets) are NOT ALLOWED on the course.

Strollers are NOT ALLOWED on this course.

Additional rules and race information can be found on our FAQ Page.

Course Information

The 6.55 mile loop is nearly all single track trail, 1 lap for the Quarter and 2 for Half. This course design allows us to see the runners more frequently and contain the safety and security of the runners more effectively.

This is not an easy road running event. This is a trail running event where you will encounter loose or sharp rocks, steep uphill climbs and rugged downhill scrambles, narrow trails and hot temperatures. Please be prepared to follow trail markings such as flag tape and limited signage along the route.

Course Map