The Lost Dutchman Marathon

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Phoenix Magazine Best of the Valley 2018

Marathon Feedback

We think Lost Dutchman Marathon is a terrific event, but don't just take our word for it. Every year we get lots of positive feedback. See what runners from around the country have had to say about our race. Or see what runners are saying to the marathon community as a whole on

Lost Dutchman 2016 Feedback

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My husband and I traveled from New York and this was our first marathon. We were both blown away with how well organized the race was, from the communication prior to the race to the race finish events. The aide stops were incredibly well-stocked and well placed, especially on such a warm day. The volunteers were AMAZING. They were encouraging, helpful, and we could not have asked for better people to support us on our race! The scenery was stunning and I couldn't stop turning around to watch it as I ran by. This was a once in a lifetime experience that I am so happy to have had. Thank you for making this such a positive, amazing event for both my husband and I! Our family was waiting for us at the finish and even they were impressed by the organization of the marathon!

Sarah - New York

Wonderful support from Sheriff's Deputies, local residents and volunteers. Beautiful scenery also. Pre race campfires with mats to sit on and visit with other runners were awesome for stargazing at the AZ sky. A wonderful day.

Linda B. - Aurora, CO

Of all the races I participate in (and I participate in a lot!), this is my most favorite event of them all! I love the scenery, the medals, the post race food, the support from the amazing volunteers. It's just a great event!

Jac Blair - Arizona

I'm an actual Dutchman! Living in California, I saw this name and HAD to come earn the shirt! I'm a speed walker and did the Half. Impressed by the organization, from Volunteers to Shuttle buses and a great post-event! I'm already looking at 2017.....

Con "The Dutchman" Jager - Santa Rosa, CA

Volunteer support is exceptional! Campfires bring a unique ambiance to the start. Course is beautiful but challenging, especially of it is hot and you are back of the pack. A good choice for 50 staters who need Arizona.

Paula-Tulsa, OK

Another great race put on my LDM! I did the 8K trail run. I had a great time. The medals are very artistic! Nice job. See you next year.

Kate - San Tan Valley,Az

Very well organized event. The starting area with the mesquite fires was the coolest start I've seen in 28 marathons. And this is the first time there really were plenty of portajohns! My only complaint is the weather, but nothing you could do about that. Appreciated the wet towels and plethora of aid stations. Glad I chose Lost Dutchman as my Arizona race. Looking forward to hanging this awesome medal on my hanger.

Meg S. - Richmond, VA

I'm so happy to have experienced the 2016 Lost Dutchman Half Marathon. It was a beautiful course with excellent support and a great turnout. It was a super fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day!

Sara S- Nuremberg, Germany

Thank you so much for you patience with Kathy Jackson and I. We really wanted to run this race.

In 2014 we were snowed in at the airport in NJ. We could not get to AZ in time for the race.

In 2015 Kathy had to go visit her mom who was not feeling well.

You were kind enough to give us a coupon for 2016.

And we showed up and ran a great race! You have the best volunteers of any event we have ever done. The local "retired" people were amazing. They acted as if we were the first runners that they had seen all day. We were treated to the "Rock Star" treatment all day. Amazing for us, since we were not in the front of the race.

Now, this part will sound crazy, but its true. I, Mike Lynch, got off the bus at the start and "forgot" my shoes. So I went around to the volunteers to ask for duct tape to tie my slides to my feet for the race (well, it worked for a 5k a few years ago). A very nice lady volunteer by the name of Terry at the starting area first aid table asked me my shoe size and then came back in 4 minutes with shoes in my size. As Tennessee Williams would say "I've always relied on the kindness of strangers." Yes, I found her at the finish line area and returned her shoes.

So, it addition to your group putting on a great race (including the drone at the start), they took care of us before the race, during the race and after the race.

Mike Lynch - Kathy Jackson

We traveled from Colorado to enjoy a run in the sun and this did not disappoint! Thanks for an amazing race and volunteers!

Lindsey - Colorado

I was very impressed with how well the race was organized. The volunteers were amaizing and made the event have a wonderful small town feel. I was in town visiting family and I'm glad I made the last minute decision to do the race. I plan on participating next year for sure!

Tina Hauer - Denmark Township, MN

This was my first marathon and I can't say enough good things about how it was organized and staffed. The volunteers were fantastic--so helpful, friendly and supportive. The course was well marked and safe with a huge number of volunteers and first responders showing the way, controlling traffic, providing first aid when necessary and handing out drinks, food and cold towels at a couple of stations because of the unusual heat this year. There were a ton of stations that provided refreshment and more than sufficient numbers of porta-toilets. I never say anyone waiting in line. The finish area was also excellent. Great screens with immediate race results. Food, drinks, cold towels, etc., etc. What I liked most about the Lost Dutchman Marathon is that it felt like a family event. If I decide to run another marathon, this will definitely be the one I choose. And I will certainly recommend it to others. Thanks so much for making my first marathon a wonderful experience all around!

Maja Wessels - Paradise Valley, AZ

Great race, beautiful scenery! Everyone involved with the race were spectacular! Class act especially by all the folks in Apache Junction cheering us on!! Cheers, Troy

Troy W. - Gilbert, AZ

Fantastic volunteers!! Very well run. My first Lost Dutchman race, I'll be back next year!!!

Liz Welsh - Mesa, AZ

Outstanding volunteer support! The course (particularly the first six miles) is spectacular, and this is a must-do event for Arizonans and visitors.

Doug Carroll - Tucson

A unique run starting in the desert hills and winding through awesome scenery - supported by a great cast of enthusiastic volunteers

Gerry - Calgary, AB

One of the most supported races I've ran! The medal with the spinning sun was unique and the medal engraving was beyond my expectations.

Debra Stickles- Sacramento, CA

Great race, well organized, friendly small town feeling

Mike - Calgary

One of the best, organized, nicest races I've had the pleasure to participatein. The organizers, volunteers should be proud.

Gary Haynes - Payson, AZ

Wonderful race with great volunteers. The support along the way was way more than I expected, and the food and medal were great.

Tracy Holsinger - Tucson, AZ

Had a blast!

Ken Krause - Mesa, AZ

well timed water stops with a lot of volunteers for the 10K. Better than the races I usually do.

Wayne - Salem, MA

This small town race is run so well that I plan on running it every year. The race administration put on a great race. The volunteers at the aid stations are friendly and enthusiastic. The community members cheering along the course were great.

Rob - Phoenix, AZ

Loved the race-I did the half. It is a beautiful course with great race support. The most scenic course I've done and highly recommend.

Carla M - Phoenix, AZ

The Lost Dutchman 10k has been my favorite race in my young 2 years of running. The volunteers were awesome, along with the professional manor of which the race was conducted. I will always run in the Lost Dutchman !!!!

Daryl Piotrowski- Phoenix,AZ

Everything was great! Great food much better then the past years!

Annie C - Chandler

Each year Marta and I join our Superstition Search & Rescue Team to volunteer our time helping out for the Lost Dutchman Marathon that is held in our community. It's rated one in the Top 10 of small Marathons in the Country. All runners are chipped and can qualify for Boston and NY Marathons as well as other prestigious Marathons across the Country. This years cut off was just below 3,000 runners.... We had over 300 that passed by us that ran the full 26.2 ! Since this years run fell on Valentines Day - we just HAD TO Decorate for the occasion. We are the aid station at the 13 mile point and feedback from runners in previous years as well as THIS years event reveals that they think our Aid Station is the BEST of any along the route. All the Runners were fun - we received a Lot of Thank You's as they passed thru. We hand out "donut holes" Orange Slices, ( and by popular demand) - BACONNerd Smiley emoticon.. Gator Aid/ Water/ Wet towels and LOTS of encouragement, cheering/ and laughter to the runners. It was such great fun - A great way to start another sunny Arizona morning with the Superstitions Mountains in the background. ( It was 85 out here today) !

Curt Fonger - Apache Junction, AZ

Great race! Did the 8k trail run.

Neil Bass - Phoenix, AZ

Great Job!

Chris - Chandler, AZ

This race was very well organized and everything kept moving on time and smoothly. I had a great time.

Glenn Gonzalez - Mesa, AZ

This race had good course directions, wonderful scenery, a ton of volunteers on the course, lots of photographers, and plenty of great food at the finish. I'm looking forward to coming back again!

Becca Garst - Boise, ID

Remains my favorite race in the Phoenix area, even after doing it for the 8th time. Few, if any, details are missed and all their volunteers are top notch. Medals, shirts, post race goodies & overall organization are the best. You will not be disappointed with this fun event.

David Weeks - Tempe, AZ

Love the Half Marathon. Beautiful sunrise at the beginning of the run and beautiful scenery during the run, great organization, fantastic post race refreshments.

CK - Phoenix

What a well run marathon! This was my 44th and your event was a well oiled machine. Thank you.

Patsy Needham - Indiana

Another wonderful event! Thanks so much for all of your hard work. It is wonderful on so many levels to have such a first class event in our community. Please give the committee a "pat on the back

Roger Hacker - City of Apache Junction

This is an amazing marathon, with great scenery and amazing volunteers! The start area was well organised and will keep me coming back every year!

Nicole Haymart - Apache Junction, AZ

Great race!!! Would recommend to anyone

Mesa, AZ

I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate you putting on such a great event with your team. I ran the LDM for the first time in 2006, and have run it every year since. The years are stacking up, as my wife Rosa was pregnant with our son Marco when I ran the first time, and he did the 10k today. It's become a "can't miss" family event for us every year and as long as we can come back, we will. Thanks again for putting on such a great event and raising money for so many worthy local causes. See you in 2017!

Chad, Rosa Angulo, Marco, and Veronica Getchell

Loved your smiles at the finish!

Lynne Hines

One of the best organized races I have run! Beautiful course, well marked, Excellant volunteers! Very impressed!

Center, ND

My second Lost Dutchman (8K) and loved it as much as the first (10K). So well done! From easy parking to the buffet of goodies at the end and all in between; flawless! Volunteers were wonderful, fellow runners were encouraging and the Lost Dutchman in the photo area was a hoot. Proudly wore my race shirt that evening. Looking forward to 2017!

Risa Bernoff Alig

I loved the blue volunteer shirts. They were especially motivating after mile 20, I knew when I reached the sea of blue I would be welcomed and encouraged to continue. The volunteers rocked this marathon. Thank you!!!

Kristine Tibor

Best marathon start, I love the fires. Spectacular volunteers, course markings, medals. Not to mention the best port a potty ratio in the country.

Winona, MN

Spectacular setting for the Marathon, starting in the mountains as the sun comes up, running along a packed dirt road with cacti on either side. Great volunteers, beautiful weather this year. Highly recommended.


Well run race in beautiful scenery of Superstition Mountains

Apache Junction AZ

The Lost Dutchman Marathon is a beautiful course! The first six miles running through a desert sunrise set the stage for a gorgeous run with stunning scenery, friendly volunteers, and just enough hills to keep it interesting.

Jenn Moore, Phoenix, AZ


Mesa, AZ

Loved the 8k trail run! Well organized, beautiful scenery!!

Phoenix, Az

Number 15 done...struggled this year but still got a 10 k medallion.Thanks for another wonderful day LDM

Lyle Anderson

Fantastic race with amazing scenery. This event is very well run and I look forward to returning!

Bloominton, Il

The marathon was highly organized from start to finish. I enjoyed running in the race and am happy that I selected this race. I really enjoyed the starting line and trails, the beautiful Arizona weather, and great volunteers. All of these components make this a top notch event. Thank you for everything!

Joliet, IL

Loved the race!. This was my fourth race with the Lost Dutchman! VERY organized! Thank you

Lana Wade Ridl

Great small race, well organized, great scenery, great weather, plenty of water along the route.

Tempe, AZ

Best race in Arizona!

The most well organized race I have been to.

Beautiful views on the 8K Trail! Super organized race. Gorgeous medals and shirts. Thanks to the organizers and volunteers...a spectacular trail run!

I participated in the Half Marathon. Very nice course surrounding NATURE and not Highways!!! Plenty of water, cheerful volunteers very well organized with a friendly attitude. The hills are doable even for someone like me who is allergic to hills... I'll be there next year

great organization. fantastic tee shirts and awards1

Feedback Welcome

We welcome and encourage your feedback on our event.  We read everything and seriously consider all advice and criticism with the objective of making the Lost Dutchman Marathon better every year.

Nearly all feedback is published to our web site, however we may not post angry comments about specific isolated instances or those strictly offering advice. Editing is limited to cosmetic changes. You can complete our online survey, add a comment using our online contact form or send an e-mail directly to me: Grady McEachern.

Grady McEachern - Race Director