Join us for the first official M1F race!

Phoenix, AZ


Welcome to the inaugural Arizona Canal Classic presented by My First Finish! The Canal Classic will take place along the Arizona Canal throughout Phoenix, Paradise Valley, and Scottsdale on December 5th, 2020.


The Arizona Canal Classic is put on by My First Finish. My First Finish is a runner owned organization that believes in the magic of turning impossible into possible. Pursuing a goal solo is isolating and lonely, and we want to see you achieve your potential. We want to help you realize you’re capable of more than you think, and we do that by helping you cross that finish line.


The Basics

  • Race Date - Saturday December 5th, 2020

  • Start Times - Marathon 6:00am, Half Marathon 8:00am

  • Start and Finish Location - Both events begin and end at OHSO Brewery in Phoenix, AZ

    • 4900 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

  • Cutoff Times - 4pm for all runners

  • Cost - $57 for in-person racing, $35 for virtual participation. Cost includes custom bib, medal (upon proof of completion) and t-shirt.

Pre Race Dinner/Bib Pickup

  • Date - Friday, December 4th, 2020

  • Location - 4900 N 44th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018

  • Food Provided - Please indicate any dietary restrictions on the sign-up form.

  • Bib Pickup - Runners will have the opportunity to pick up their bib and runner swag at the pre race dinner or on the morning of the race at the start line


Race Rules

  • Official Time is based off of gun time

  • Littering is prohibited on all paths a trails

  • The race will take place on public pathways and roads. Please be respectful of others as run and pass

  • Runners must be respectful of all volunteers and race staff


Need to Know

  • Road Crossings - There are several road crossings on the course and vehicle traffic is not required to stop. Please be careful when crossing roads especially at major crossings:

    • 44th St. (mile 2.5 and 15)

    • Scottsdale Road (mile 18 and 22)

  • Restrooms/Trash - Trash bins will be located at each aid station, as well as public use bins along the canal. Please do your best to haul all of your trash to these bins.

  • Race Day Tracking - Strava App

  • Weather - Expect race day morning to be in the 50’s with highs to be in the lower 70’s. 

  • Pacers - The race will have at least 1 pacer with an expected finish time around 4 hours 30 minutes. 

  • Drops - (yeah right)



  • Aid Stations - There will be several Aid stations along the course between 5 - 7 miles apart from each other. They will have your essential race fare. Water, electrolyte, sweet and salty snacks. 

    • Aid 1 - Mile 7  “La Casita de Bellandi”

    • Aid 2 - Mile 12  “Paradise Alley”

    • Aid 3 - Mile 16 “Camels Backside”

    • Aid 4 - Mile 20 “Train Wreck Alley”

    • Finish - OHSO Brewery

  • Course Markings

Post Race Celebration - The post race celebration will be held at OHSO Brewery. Celebrate your big day with a cold one and share your sufferfest stories!

Can't Make the Race in Person? Compete Virtually.  We track completion with Strava.