By Rick Hardina | Volunteer with Lost Dutchman Marathon
The 22nd annual Lost Dutchman Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 8K Trail Run return to Apache Junction and Gold Canyon on Sunday, Feb. 19.
A 2-mile Fun Run will take place in Apache Junction on Saturday, Feb. 18. Runners are welcome to participate in the 26.2-mile marathon, while walkers and runners may register for any of the shorter distances.
Start line for the 26.2-mile marathon will be at the Peralta Trailhead. The marathon will then wind its way through Gold Canyon and then proceeds along scenic back roads to the finish line in Prospector Park in Apache Junction. The shorter race distances originate from and return to Prospector Park in Apache Junction.
All proceeds from the nonprofit Lost Dutchman events will benefit several local youth groups and organizations. To date the Lost Dutchman races have contributed more than $778,000 to these causes.
All race registrants will receive post-race refreshments and a long-sleeved Lost Dutchman T-shirt. In addition, all finishers in the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 8K Trail Run will receive a colorful high-quality finisher medal.
Those interested in participating in any of the events may register on the Lost Dutchman Marathon website at lostdutchmanmarathon.org. A mail-in form may also be printed on the website.
In addition, all readers may enter the code AJLDM10 when registering online in order to receive a 10% discount off of any race distance selected.