[Source: Dana Caporaso, ABC News 15] — More than 30,000 runners from around the world laced up their shoes for the Valley’s seventh annual P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon. From professional runners to part-time joggers, kids to adults, the contestants say completing the marathon is like nothing else. “The satisfaction that I completed something that a lot of people didn’t do, I guess I got up and did it and that feels good,” says contestant Alison Lopez.
Hassan Shariff says this wasn’t his first time running the marathon. “I’ve done it once before and I really want to finish it today. My real focus is I just want to do it again and maybe at a better time,” said Shariff.
The P.F. Chang’s Marathon is the largest single day marathon and half marathon in the United States. The course started in downtown Phoenix and ended up in Tempe. [Note: To read the full article, visit Nation’s largest single-day marathon starts in downtown Phoenix.]