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TRI Tempe, Arizona

October 2, 2018

It’s no secret that athletes love competing in Tempe, especially triathlon athletes. Tempe is becoming the top destination for hosting high caliber triathlons in the country. For the athletes, Tempe offers the ideal tri setting. With miles of spectator-friendly running/biking paths, the accessibility of Tempe Town Lake and of course the most impeccable weather to compete in year-around, what’s not to like? Already this year, Tempe has hosted Life Time Tri and the very first Major League Triathlon event in Arizona. Major League Triathlon (MLT) is the first pro triathlon league in the United States. Tempe’s very own MLT team, Arizona King Snakes, played host to the third stop of this leagues’ 2018 nationwide tour at Tempe Beach Park on September 22, 2018. This international event highlighted seven teams, consisting of four members each, (two pro men and two pro women) competing in a Mixed Team Relay. Each athlete swam three hundred meters, biked four miles and ran one mile before tagging the next team mate all without ever leaving Tempe Beach Park. Members of the local community, as well as friends and family of the competitors from across the United States, were present to watch this short and fast-paced course. In the end, the Arizona King Snakes took home the gold while the San Diego Stingrays took home silver and the Gold Coast Tritons followed up with the bronze. Mixed Team Relay will make its Olympic debut in the Tokyo 2020 games. In the coming months, Tempe has seven […]

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The Journey before Ironman: Brent Scholar

October 2, 2017

For the special and accomplished few who cross the finish line at an Ironman race, there are no sweeter words than those from Ironman announcer Mike Riley: “You are an Ironman!” Brent Scholar hopes to hear those words for the first time on November 19, 2017 at IRONMAN Arizona in Tempe. Brent will be competing in his first full Ironman after a journey filled with many challenges that have molded him into who he is today. After November 19th he hopes to add Ironman to his list of accomplishments. Brent began his journey after a bout with vertigo in 2011. He weighed 193 pounds and decided to make a change in his life. He started doing P90X workouts at home and began noticing a difference. He quickly wanted a new challenge, something that allowed him to set a goal. He chose running, and metaphorically he hasn’t stopped since. On his 40th birthday, Brent ran four miles. He began running more and more every day and in 2013, he completed his first half-marathon. He has completed seven full marathons across the country since then. Each time he finished faster than the time before. Looking for a new challenge, Brent decided to purchase a bike and began training for a triathlon in 2014. The Santa Cruz 70.3 was his first triathlon event. Upon completing the 70.3, he circled IRONMAN Arizona as the first full triathlon he wanted to complete. He registered and began his training. Brent ran, swam, and rode his bike […]

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Phoenix Rising FC Rises in the Desert

Phoenix Rising FC in Arizona
July 24, 2017

Much like the team name itself, the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex, rose from the desert landscape quickly and majestically in a span of just 53 days. With it, rose the hopes and aspirations of many of the valley’s long suffering soccer fans desperate for a professional club for which to support. Club Governor and owner Berke Bakay assembled an eclectic and powerful ownership group consisting of world famous DJ, Diplo, Fall Out Boy Bassist, Pete Wentz, MLB Player, Brandon McCarthy and other local Phoenix titans of industry to buy the USL (division II soccer) club Arizona United Soccer Club and completely remake the club into a viable expansion option for soccer’s highest professional league in the U.S., Major League Soccer (MLS). Bakay was tasked with the almost impossible task of finding the club a new home to play in and a buzz big enough to attract MLS attention as it strives to be one of the MLS newest 4 expansion cities in an already hotly contested expansion process which includes 11 other U.S cities. After the building rights were secured for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community land located just off Curry Rd. on the intersection of the 101 and 202 freeways, construction on the 6,200 seat Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex began. The complex is located in south Scottsdale, just north of the Tempe border. The club changed names to Phoenix Rising FC, attracted world renowned players in Omar Bravo and Shaun Wright-Phillips, and began playing in front of enthusiastic […]

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Tempe 5Ks to Put a Spring in Your Step

Pats Run Tempe
February 15, 2017

Time to put your New Year’s resolution to get fit into action! There are lots of 5K and 10k walks and runs taking place in Tempe this spring that will help you get fit while also supporting some great organizations. Here’s a list of a few of my favorites in Tempe and Papago Park. 13th Annual Walk the Fight & Run – February 9, 2019 – Tempe Beach Park This year, hit the road to once again to Walk the Fight/Run the Distance for Parkinson’s! Parkinson’s disease impacts every aspect of someone’s life and is about much more than medicine. To achieve the best quality of life, people need to be engaged in exercise, be engaged in mindful activities, engaged with each other and their community…and having fun! Your support for this event is crucial and will have a lasting impact on the Parkinson’s community in Arizona. The 5 K Walk/Run starts at 8:00 a.m. FroYo Run – February 16, 2019 – Tempe Beach Park This frozen yogurt themed run boasts frozen yogurt at the finish line, of course, and also fun little spoons as finisher medals! Plan to enjoy Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt at the finish – yum! The 2019 ZOYO FroYo 5K Finisher medal is a full metal cast working Yo-Yo! The ZOYO FroYo Medal almost 2″ thick complete a  spoons attached to the string! Music fuels the pre-party & continues on-course at motivation stations. The After-Party keeps rockin’ with fresh beats, contests, and awards. Proceeds will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Registration is from 7:30-8:30 […]

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State-Of-The-Art Facilities Make Tempe a Sports Destination

Mona Plummer Aquatic Center
January 19, 2017

State-of-the-art facilities make Tempe, Arizona a sports destination for pros and weekend warriors alike. After becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time with his 28 total (23 Gold) medals, Michael Phelps did what a lot of people choose to do upon retirement, move to Arizona. While Arizona’s climate, standard of living, and world-renowned golf courses were an obvious selling point for the gifted swimmer on his next home post-Olympic career, it was his relationship with new Arizona State University’s Swim Coach Bob Bowman (Michael’s own coach) and the wonderful facilities at ASU’s Mona Plummer Aquatic Center that truly intrigued Michael Phelps enough to give coaching a try and move with his family to Arizona. With the addition of Phelps and Bowman, interest in ASU Swimming started to skyrocket. Top high school swimming talent began committing to ASU. As a result of the attention being given to ASU Swimming, the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center has become a destination facility for swimming and diving events on the amateur and professional level. Mona Plummer Aquatic Center was already highly regarded as one of the country’s finest outdoor swimming and diving facilities.  With a seating capacity of 2,000 and an Olympic size, 50 meter by 25 yard, seven foot deep competition pool with a movable bulkhead, the facility has also been targeted by triathlon and amateur swimming organizations for their competitions. ASU’s newly renovated Sun Devil Fitness Complex boasts state of the art facilities and has also emerged as an outstanding place to host […]

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Tempe events: Childsplay – A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday

A Very Hairy Javalina Holiday
November 15, 2016

Tempe events include Childsplay’s production of A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday  which opens on November 19, 2016 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Those three adorable, fun-loving little javelinas are full of holiday spirit in this new musical from the team that brought you The Three Javelinas. Happy inside their cozy home, they bake gingerbread cookies, string lights and set their boots out for Santa. But when Cousin Angelina plans a holiday surprise, they get more than they bargained for, including one very tricky coyote! Will these bristly creatures get away by the hairs of their chinny-chin-chins this time? Will Josefina finally get to dance in The Nutcracker? Your family won’t want to miss this new musical that’s sure to become a holiday classic! A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday will run from November 19-December 27, 2016.  For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call 480-350-2822. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. November 15: Gogol Bordello The MarqueeNovember 15: The Unaccompanied Sonatas with Jonathan Swartz ASU Katzin Concert HallNovember 15: ASU Studio E411 Viola Recital Tempe Center for the Arts November 16: Mac Miller The Marquee November 16-30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts November 16-December 17: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater November 17: Beyond the Bricks Thursday Night Live: Good Boy Daisy Hayden Square Amphitheater November 17: James […]

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5K Walks in Tempe This Fall

5K walk
September 21, 2016

Time to grab your walking shoes! Get fit for the approaching holidays while supporting an amazing organizations in the process by participating in a 5K walk! There are several fun 5K walks taking place in Tempe this fall. Check out this great list of 5K walks in Tempe taking place through November. Running Scared – October 22, 2016 – Tempe Marketplace Have some Halloween fun early! This family fun event not only allows you to get into the Halloween spirit, but you are also helping the Veterans Support Organization in their effort to enrich veteran lives through community. Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:00 a.m. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – October 22, 2016 – Tempe Beach Park Every Making Strides event is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to stay well from breast cancer, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them. Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:00 a.m. Walk Now For Autism Speaks  – October 26, 2016 – Tempe Beach Park Join the Autism Speaks and the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) by walking to change the future for all who struggle with autism. This fundraising effort not only generates vital funds for autism research but also raises awareness about the increasing […]

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Tempe events: 2016-17 ASU Football: ASU vs. Northern Arizona

ASU Football
August 30, 2016

Tempe events include the first ASU Sun Devil home football game of the season when the Devils take on the Northern Arizona University on Saturday, September 3 at 7:45 p.m. In addition to great Pac-12 grid iron action, football fans can look forward to major improvements to ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium this year. Phases I and II of a three phase renovation will be completed in time for this Saturday’s game. The new features include an open-concept stadium design that will offer better views of the surrounding Arizona landscape and increased airflow in the concourse. Fan experience will be enhanced with the addition of WiFi, more legroom, as well as increases in the number of concessions and restrooms on the north, south and west sides of the stadium. The third and final phase of construction is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2017. So don your favorite pitch fork finery, check out the changes at Sparkey’s house and cheer for your Devils this Saturday.  Visit the 2016 Sun Devil Football website for the home game schedule and ticket information. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. August 30: hello Friday Tempe Center for the Arts August 31: Arizona’s Funniest Comedian Contest Tempe Improv August 31-October 16: 3D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater  September 1: Patricia Colleen Murphy: Hemming Flames and Sarah Vap: Viability Changing Hands Bookstore September 1-3: Desert […]

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Exciting Tempe fall events

August 24, 2016

Fall is one of my favorite times of year. It’s usually around now that I become weary of the summer heat and I know that cooler temperatures are right around the corner. Soon, all things pumpkin flavored will be on restaurant menus around town, which is something I’ve been anxiously waiting for. But what else do we have to look forward to in Tempe this fall? Here are a few things to get start getting excited about right now. ASU football With the start of fall brings college football! ASU home games bring Sun Devil pride to Downtown Tempe, fans from rival colleges, tailgating parties and game specials to neighboring bars and restaurants. Lots of fun to be had all season long. ASU Homecoming Weekend Enjoy events throughout the university and across Downtown Tempe for ASU’s Homecoming Weekend, October 16-22, 2016. Highlights include a comedy show, along with the traditional lantern walk and a pre-game parade and block party. The fun concludes with the annual homecoming football game where the Sun Devils take on Washington State at Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday, October 22, 2016. New Season at ASU Gammage Each year ASU Gammage brings no shortage of incredible shows to Tempe, and this upcoming season is no different. The first show of the season is CABARET, onstage September 13-18, 2016, followed by THE SOUND OF MUSIC, October 18-23, 2016. New Belgium’s Tour de Fat Join in on the fun on October 1, 2016 at New Belgium’s Tour de Fat bicycle extravaganza. You are encouraged to dress up in […]

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Tempe events: Yanni performs at ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage
March 7, 2016

Legendary composer and performer Yanni and his world renowned orchestra will perform at ASU Gammage on March 11. YANNI’s World Tour features an all new show which includes audience favorites from throughout his career as well as newly reworked arrangements of the classics. Yanni is one of the most recognizable composers and performers of our time and a true global ambassador for peace, compassion and understanding. His music transcends geographical borders and touches people of all races and nations. Yanni has accumulated more than 40 platinum and gold albums, with international sales totaling over 25 million copies. They include the 1997 double-platinum Tribute album, which sold more than a million copies within six weeks of its release and 1994’s Live at the Acropolis, which has sold more than 7.5 million copies worldwide (5 million in North America). He has also earned Grammy nominations for his 1992 album Dare to Dream and the 1993 follow-up, In My Time. For more information and to purchase tickets to Yanni’s performance, visit or call 480-965-3434. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. March 7: Breaking Benjamin The Marquee March 7: Author Jasmin Singer Changing Hands Bookstore March 7: Angels Spring Training: Angels (SS) vs. White Sox Tempe Diablo Stadium March 9: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts March 9: Angels Spring Training: Angels vs. Dodgers March 10: Angels Spring Training: Angels […]

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