Lost Dutchman Marathon Events

Runner Comments and Feedback

Lost Dutchman Marathon 2014

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.

Lost Dutchman 2014 Feedback

This is my favorite race to run every year! The organizers and volunteers do a fabulous job to make this a successful Arizona running event.

Sandra Juhl - Panora, IA

A great destination event. Traveling from the Midwest to the Valley of the Sun for a race was a joy! Everyone was friendly and helpful, from the staff at Prospector Park, to the wonderful volunteers, to the enthusiastic runners and spectators. The LDM organization did a fantastic job handling the enormous crowds. The weather could not have been better in my opinion, but, again, I was coming from Michigan where I had not seen bare pavement in months! If I had the means, I would run this event every year!

Birmingham, MI

The marathon start and the first six miles were absolutely magical with the pre-dawn campfires, full moon, and then the sunrise giving way to a beautiful desert scape!

Teresa Scalard - Kansas City, MO

Wow! Excellent organization and execution of a race; from registration to packet pick up to race day. It was fun, stress free and professionally orchestrated. Great Job! Can't wait for next year. Special thanks to all the wonderful and friendly volunteers, Police Officers and Park Rangers who added to the ease of the day.

San Tan Valley, AZ

Great race. Did the half this year. Full in 2011. Both great. Fantastic AZ course compared to others in the area. Wonderful volunteers and overall one of the best. Hope to be in town next year. And thanks for the great weather too!!!

John Ricciardelli - Placitas NM


I'm a race director for The Priest Lake Marathon, Ultra Marathon, and Triathlon in Priest Lake, Idaho. I just ran the LDM Full Marathon yesterday. my feedback is this: great job on course logistics, traffic control and transportation to the start. all the event staff, volunteers, and law enforcement support on the course were friendly, supportive, and really made for a great race experience! Great job!

Ken Eldore - Priest Lake, ID

Great race! Very organized, beautiful course! I appreciated the emails and Facebook posts leading up to the big day! This was first Lost Dutchman...I'll be back!

Marybeth Gardner - Gilbert, AZ

This race is more organized and professional than many of the larger races I have been to. The spectators and volunteers were AWESOME! This race is one I would recommend.

Charles - Tucson

One of the best races I have run. Very well organized and incredible scenery. I will definitely be back next year.

John Swain - Mesa, AZ

This is my first LDM. What a very nice event this was, well-organized, the volunteers were really cool and helpful. My friend and I had a great time doing the 8K together. I will definitely participate again next year!

Kim Allen - Apache Junction, AZ

The organization and communication for this race have been the best I've seen. And what great volunteers!

Christy - Mesa AZ

Fabulous event!! Will definitely be participating next year and years to come!

Mary Sorg - Mesa, AZ

Beautiful morning for a race! Seeing the sun rise behind the Superstition Mountains was breathtaking! Love being outdoors among nature away from cars and concrete! Look forward to this race every year!

Patty Sommers- Mesa, AZ

Top notch race...as always. We did the 8k (done 6 of them so far) and everyone was extremely helpful. It makes a difference in having an abundance of volunteers who are nice & well informed. Hope you keep the LDM race event "small" because it's great. Race organizers cannot do enough to make all the runners in all races feel special. Excellent job, can't wait til next year!

Michelle Murray - Westampton, NJ

This race has all the little touches that make you want to come back again and again!! Well organized & excellent volunteers!! Everyone is so friendly and helpful...from the expo to the bus drivers, and of course, the course volunteers!! I so enjoy the prospector and Daisy and the finish!! The food was great and I also got a massage!! All those details just leave you feeling happy and who wouldn't want to support a race like that?? Plus, from what I understand, you are one of very few non-profit marathons that truly gives back to the community! Good to see that!

Tucson, AZ

I participate in tens of events every year - Best Race Crew EVER! From the parking lot at the Rodeo grounds to the finish line. I cannot say enough good things about the organization of this race!! Oh, the scenery is pretty spectacular, as well.

Meredith Warner - Phoenix

This was my third year running the LDM. I always want to do new races but am pulled back to this one. I love the desert run for the first six mi. The scenery is great. Mostly, I love how few people do it. This race makes me hate the rock and roll series.

Jason Wo - Phoenix

3rd time running this course. I'm always pleased. Beautiful scenery, helpful, enthusiastic volunteers, and cheerful, encouraging spectators. Continues to be my favorite marathon.


This was my fist half marathon ever and I can proudly say I loved every minute of it. From the sign up to expo to race day you all made everything smooth and effortless. Where ever you looked you were greeted by a smile. All the volunteers on the course at all the aid stations cheered you on as you went through and clapped. Even feeling completely fatigued on the last stretch is still brought a smile to my face. Top it all off my family and I went to lunch at Los Gringos in Apache Junction and was greeted by the owner with a smile and a hand shake with a quick story telling of how he helped but the race together in its first years. Cant say enough good things, What a great day!!!

Mike Tibben - San Tan Valley, AZ

My 2nd year running this and you guys did a wonderful job! From start to finish this was a world class event! Def. a race worth running! Nothing more to say other than I am not surprised this race has not exploded! Keep up the good work! Thanks again!

Tim - Fishers Indiana

Fantastic event. I know behind the scenes there were some unplanned circumstances that occurred but to us the participants, it was great. The volunteers, police officers and expo event was very well done.

Jim Schnitzler; Los Lunas, NM

Love this event! I have done the marathon, the half (three times) and the trail run over the years. They are all terrific but the best thing about this race is the homey and friendly atmosphere. The town is really behind it, and the event organization is fantastic. Thanks, Lost Dutchman team, for another wonderful event!

Tina Woods, Scottsdale, AZ

LDM is one of the most organized events that I have participated in and I simply love it. The scenery is gorgeous and the support staff is amazing! LDM continues to be a TOP NOTCH event in Arizona. I will, without a doubt, be back next year.

Laura Mostosky - Mesa, AZ

The Best organized race event I've been a part of in 40 years of running..

Gil Taylor - Gold Canyon Az

This was a great race experience! I've done a lot of half marathons and the Lost Dutchman is one to which I'll gladly return next year. The communication/notifications was spot on, every race day detail was cared for, the volunteers were awesome and it was just the right size so I didn't feel lost in the crowd. Now if only you could help me improve my pace ... :)

Rick Felix - Scottsdale, Arizona

Wonderful event! Well organized and inviting. The volunteers were awesome!

Valerie Sands - Las Vegas, NV

I ran the trail run today. It was well organized. Great weather, great scenery, great volunteers, great shirts, great medals, and an awesome time! Thank you! I cannot wait for next year!!

Lorri Bender - Glendale, AZ

Loved it. Great Run and lots of volunteers. Thanks for an awesome time.

Rochester Alberta

I've been planning on attending this event for a year and I am so glad that I chose the LDM to run my first 10K. The views of the Superstitions at sunrise was amazing! I'll be back soon.

Tamara Yurchak - Rochester, AB, CAN

Thanks for an awesome event - again !! Beautiful scenery, very well organized, timely pre-event information, friendly support folks all around make this my favorite run in the Phoenix area.

Kilgore Trout - Mesa, AZ

Such a great race that is so organized and loaded with friendly people (volunteers/staff/participants). This was my third year (previous 10k, 8k, and back to 10k this year) thinking about going for the half-marathon next year. Thank you to the organizers and volunteers for making it such an enjoyable experience. Well done!

Janine Solley - Apache Junction, AZ

Loved it! Great course. Great volunteers. Great medal You have it all.

Terry - Calgary AB

What a beautiful course. Amazing volunteers, support and aide stations. Fantastic start area, loved the fires and carpets and coffee! Can't wait for next year!!!

Meg Ridgely

This was my first time participating in this event and I could not ask for more! It was well run, the volunteers were great and the course was nice! Thank you for a great time.

Chandler, AZ

Great race! Very well organized!

Meoldy - Mesa, AZ

Great race this is my second time around and I enjoyed this one as much as last year. I really would like to thank the people from Apache Junction as every is friendly and nice! The volunteers did a great job there was plenty of water, gatorade provided over the course. The cool towels were amazing as this was a hot one. I will be back next year!!


Great run, well-organized and fun! Thanks for making this a special day!

Tristan Davis - Chandler, AZ

Excellent race. Very accomodating and friendly. The scenic course is challenging and beautiful and everyone from volunteers, to spectators gave their all.t is a welcoming race I will surely do again. And thank you for the campfires at the start. It was warm and very relaxing.

Highlands, NJ

LOVED this half marathon! The course is great, can't beat that view! Very well-organized race, great volunteers, and post-race buffet! Will definitely be doing this race again next year!

Laura - Phoenix, AZ

No need to change a thing !! Great job guys ! Keep up the good work! Thank You for all your hard work through out the year.

Shirley Angel - Miami Az.

Awesome weather! Beautiful race! Nicely done!

Jill Strauch - Bidwell, Ohio

The volunteers at each water station were so cheerful and efficient. There were always encouraging and the areas were kept clean. Views were incredible in this exceptionally well organized run.

K. Weisser - Chandler, AZ

A beautiful race. The event was well set up and the volunteers were wonderful. This was my first LD race. I ran the 10K and plan on coming back next year to do the 13.1.

Amy- Mesa, AZ

This is an excellent race against an absolutely gorgeous back drop!! This was my first race here and I can't wait to sign up for next year's race!!

Matt - Pinon, AZ

Great family event! Very well organized, scenic run with fantastic volunteers!

Carol Hern - Gilbert, AZ

My first 1/2 marathon. It rocked. Coming back next year for sure Thank you so much!

Teri Stephen-Meeks - Apache Junction,AZ

Fun, laid back group. A good break from the big hype races.

Jane - Phoenix, AZ

In my fourth year as a participant in the half marathon, I can say that each year has gotten better with respect to all of the volunteers and the race organization. The people make this race. Keep doing what you have been doing.

Joe Downey - Gold Canyon AZ

The race support and volunteers were exceptional for such a small marathon. Having finish line food was greatly appreciated.

Deborah Gobins - Phoenix AZ

Great race...nicely organized! We will be running next year.

Kim Dodds - Williams, AZ

Great event for any experienced runner.

Phoenix AZ

Fantastic job. Organized. Course well defined. Wonderful volunteers.


I did the half marathon this year. I live in Apache Junction and this was my first time running this event. I have ran in many events prior to this one and this was by far one of the best experiences that I have had at a race. Not only was it in my home town, but there were not too many people, they did not charge you for every little thing, and there were many volunteers and helpers. It was very organized and an awesome course! I am going to do the marathon next year to see another side of the Superstition Mountains!

Sara Hermann- Apache Junction, AZ

Thank You, Every water stop on the 10K course was PERFECT!! Kudos to all the volunteers and the management of the LDM!! I will be back next year to claim another AWESOME Finisher's MEDAL!!! God Bless U

East Mesa, AZ

The LDM race is one of the best in the area. It has always been well organized and a pleasure to run. Everything from registration to crossing the finish line is WONDERFUL! I look forward to this race every year. Thank you to everyone who works so hard to make this such a great running experience.

Dee - Gilbert, AZ

Thought it was great!

Heidi Halladay - Rifle,Co

I have been wanting to be at one of the Lost Dutchman race events for a number of years, but finally made the 10K this year. The race is awesome. Absolutely beautiful. I love that the # of race participants is limited, and that the money stays right in our community. I will be training for the 1/2 marathon for next year, and want to come for as many years going forward as I am able. Thank you for a wonderful event!

Gilbert, AZ

This was a great event! I ran the 1/2 marathon. The only snag was when I went to pick up my race packet the Thursday prior, there was no record of my registration. The staff quickly remedied the problem. The course was beautiful, and we'll marked. Plenty of water stations. It started on time! The volunteers ran this event like a well-oiled machine. And the hardware is awesome! I deceived to get my name and time engraved. Thanks for a great event, hope to see you next year!

Gilbert AZ

The trail run was set up well!! Thanks to all the volunteers!

James Blokdijk - San Tan Valley

Outstanding , very well organized will be back next year.


Best local Arizona race!

Brandee - Mesa, AZ

Still the best race in Arizona!

Tempe, AZ

Love it!! Thank you! I know there some issues out of your control (e.g gu brew and shirts), but your constant communication was great. Today executed beautifully.

Anne - Chandler

Great race. Was worried about the hills but ended up with my best half marathon time. Volunteers were great. Friendly and very prepared giving out water. Can not wait until next years race.

San Tan Valley

This is very well organized, especially considering it is a smaller race. Great Job!

Scottsdale, AZ

Wonderful race with beautiful course. Our first time running and we defintely will be back. The fees were very affordable compare to other races. The T-shirts designs were awesome.

Trinh - Phoenix

My all time favorite for organized runs! Right-sized, well-organized, and most of all, the incomparable setting and scenery! Keep up the great work!

LuAnn Crist - Gold Canyon, AZ

Thank you for limiting participation & keeping this race within the limits of the community services in Apache Junction. This was a very positive experience for the 3 people on our team, and within minutes of finishing our team talked about training for the next LDM.

Corey - Mesa

Great race as always. Race support was excellent. Hope to do LDM again.


Beautiful finisher medals, and the age group medals were some serious heavy metal!! This race is so well run right from the beginning with the police officers helping us to park. The volunteers are amazing, so friendly and kind, and you can tell they really WANT to be there. The t-shirts are high quality that I wear throughout my winter runs for years. I love that the event is small and friendly, but I'm happy to see it becoming more and more popular as the years go on!

Phoenix, AZ

Once again a Great job to the folks that put this race together. I totally forgot about the 7 mile incline at the end of the Full marathon. Made for a challenging run along with the heat of course. But overall a Great Race! Will definitely do again.


A very scenic route with excellent volunteers!

Karen Vickers- Chandler, AZ

I enjoyed the people, the scenery and the camaraderie!

Mary-Tempe Az

This was our first Lost Dutchman Event, we ran the 8k Trail. We will be back next year! Wonderful scenery, fabulous race volunteers and flawlessly organized. Congratulations!

Andrea and Mark Meury

The volunteers are ALL so wonderful and kind. It's so nice to see smiles on their faces and hear encouraging words as we pass by them. It really helped me in the last mile on the 8K.

This is a stunning location. I am so lucky that it's in my "backyard". I can't wait to return to the half in 2015!!

Jen - Chandler, AZ

THANK you for such a wonderful event. This was my first Lost Dutchman and I can honestly say, my favorite race ever! Everything was very well organized and put together.

Char Dewey

This was my 9th LDM, and the hottest. You and your team did a great job keeping everyone in good shape out there, and the towels were a huge help, thanks for that. Also, when I finished with my son, one of the volunteers gave him a medal too, which was completely unexpected. He is so excited about it and now he wants to move up from the 2 miler to 8k next year to earn one

. His first words to me after we got out of the finishers corral were I want to get one for real next year. I love that he has been bitten by the running bug too, and this experience has helped with that, thank you. My wife Rosa also came this year and finished the half, so it is really a family event for us. I didn't need another reason to come back next year for #10, but I have one.

Chad Getchell

I love running the Lost Dutchman Races!! Great staff, always a good time!

Mesa, AZ

Fantastic organization & communication (outstanding communication!). The LDM is one of the most well organized runs I've ever been to (even with the hiccups I heard about this year)! Very friendly atmosphere at the race, not to mention great place to take the whole family (kids included! )

Taylor, AZ

This was the first time I have run the Lost Dutchman, I ran the half marathon and I enjoyed it. Plenty of port-a-potties along the way. The officers did a great job not stopping runners for traffic to go thru. Great course. Meal afterward was more than expected. With the trouble you said you had, I thought everything went extremely smoothly! Great job and I will most definitely run again next year. Thank you for a great race!

Gilbert, AZ

I have done a few races and this was hands down one of the best. Best packet pick, outstanding shirt, great 10k course, smoothest transportation and an abundance of restrooms. It was a success in my book. Thank you so much for everyone's hard work. I felt communication was above and beyond about the shirts. I was really impressed.

Ashley- Chandler, AZ

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.

Grady McEachern - Race Director