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Marathon runners ready to take over the Valley

[Source: Brien McElhattenABC15]

The training is over and the carbohydrate loading begins ahead of the 2011 PF Chang’s Rock N’ Roll Arizona Marathon and Half Marathon.

More than 30,000 runners from every state and several foreign countries will set off on either a 26.2-mile or a 13.1-mile run. The route snakes its way from downtown Phoenix through Scottsdale and ends at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.

“It’s running for a reason,” said marathon spokeswoman Rachelle Bergland. “It’s not just the running, you have another reason to go.”

In fact there are 13 charitable reasons to run. Valley charities have recruited runners for the big race.

They’re also benefiting from another event, the Mayor’s Run. Hosted by Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, he and 300 runners have raised $574,000 for those charities in just five years.

“Sure, we get a lot of weight loss, but it’s about committment,” said Hallman. “You commit to support a cause and raise money for these charities.”

One participant has lost 60 pounds training for the race, another lost 240 pounds throughout the whole process.

Registration for the PF Chang’s Marathon continues through Saturday at the Health and Fitness Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center. Registration is $145.00 for the full and half marathon.

Nation’s largest single-day marathon starts in downtown Phoenix

[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.]

Developers scale back $900M CityScape project in downtown Phoenix

[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — Although a growing number of businesses plan to open in the downtown Phoenix project called CityScape, the worsening economy is forcing developers to scale back other parts of the three-block, $900 million plan.  Construction of more than 1,000 condos in the project, which straddles both sides of Central Avenue and First Street, between Washington and Jefferson streets, has been put on hold.

The downsizing from CityScape’s original plans, which were unveiled in 2007, is another sign that the deepening recession is taking a toll on a constellation of multimillion-dollar projects designed to bring jobs, shoppers, and residents into downtown Phoenix.  Plans for two 500-condominium buildings have been postponed until the housing market recovers.  Construction issues also prompted a developer to eliminate 65 planned apartments.  There are other changes, project officials say:

  • One planned hotel, Twelve, is no longer part of the project.  However, a 34-story tower, the future home of a 250-room Hotel Palomar and 165 condos, is under construction.
  • P.F. Chang’s has pulled out of the project but may open a restaurant later.  It will be replaced by a steakhouse from Fox Restaurant Concepts.
  • Wachovia, the anchor tenant in the project’s 27-story office tower, could withdraw.  Wells Fargo, which already has a downtown Phoenix high-rise, has plans to acquire the bank.
  • The list of tenants now includes a gym and a retail outlet, and developers hope to add a drugstore soon.

“The market is worse than it was three years ago,” said Keith Earnest, a vice president at RED Development, a CityScape developer.  “Hopefully, we are at the bottom…  We have a great location, and we continue to be optimistic.”  [Note: To read the full article, click here.  To read one local blogger’s February 2007 and August 2008 prediction of CityScape’s scaling back, click here.]