Scottsdale athletes are lining up to test their wills against the summer heat. The inaugural Beat the Heat race is set to take place tomorrow at 2:47 p.m., at the Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center at Westworld. The 11.2-kilometer stretch snakes through the arenas and horse corrals of Westworld before reaching McDowell Mountain Golf Club and looping around. Runners will be given a chance to enjoy the scenic beauty of Scottsdale and to prove themselves in what is being called the Hottest Race on Earth.
At 2:47 p.m., June 26, 1990, temperatures in metro Phoenix reached a scorching 122 degrees. It was the hottest day ever recorded in the city. When Jason Rose came up with the Beat the Heat race, he wanted to recreate that moment that melted shoes and stopped two-thirds of the city’s busses. What better way to do that than to plan the race for the hottest part of the day on June 22nd, the day after the Summer Solstice?
Due to the safety issues involved with organizing a race in the height of summer, it has been stressed that Beat the Heat is not for the novice—or even the average—athlete. Water stations will be placed at every half-mile, and Professional Medical Transport is sponsoring and will be present at the race. There will even be a shorter 5K run for those who may find 11.2 kilometers too grueling. Participants will be able to enjoy a four-story water slide after the race.
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