Some of the best athletes in the world will strive for their personal best during IRONMAN Arizona in Tempe, November 24, 2019. The event includes a 2.4 mile swim in Tempe Town Lake, a 112-mile bike ride that winds through Tempe and extends into the Sonoran Desert, followed by a 26.2 mile run around the lake and Papago Park.

IRONMAN Arizona Event Information

IRONMAN Arizona expo: Thursday, November 21-Saturday, November 23, 2019 – The expo is held each year at Tempe Beach Park, and is located on the south bank of Tempe Town Lake. Enjoy vendor booths with products and merchandise to help you win the big race.

IRONMAN Arizona race: The race will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2019.

Spectator information: Not racing? Not a problem! Cheer on your friends, loved ones or just come to Downtown Tempe and enjoy the race day atmosphere. Spectators of all ages are welcome and encouraged to cheer on the athletes. View the IRONMAN Spectator Guide for all the details.


Things to Do in Tempe

Looking for something to do in Tempe while visiting for the race? We have no shortage of great restaurants, shopping and outdoor fun for the whole family. Enjoy a little retail therapy at Tempe Marketplace or Arizona Mills, go for a hike up “A” Mountain or head to South Mountain Park and Preserve. Enjoy 175 of dedicated bikeways found throughout the city as well. For a relaxing morning or afternoon, take a stroll down the brick sidewalks in Downtown Tempe’s Mill Avenue, lined with many of our favorite local restaurants, shops and bars.

Shopping & Entertainment

Tempe Marketplace
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 / 480-966-9338
Tempe Marketplace is one of Arizona’s premiere shopping destinations. This outdoor shopping and entertainment center has over a million square feet of your favorite stores and restaurants, including DSW, Nordstrom Rack, California Pizza Kitchen, Portillo’s and Harkins Tempe Marketplace 16 movie theater.

Arizona Mills
5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Tempe, AZ 85282 / 480-491-9700
Arizona Mills is every shopper’s dream come true. The indoor mall features one mile around of retail stores, outlets, and clearance centers from your favorite stores, including Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nike Clearance Store, H&M, American Eagle Outfitters, Forever 21 and more. Take a break from shopping and grab a bite to eat at the newly renovated food court. Enjoy an underwater adventure at SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium or build something great at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona.

Downtown Tempe
Whether you’re an athlete competing in the race or visiting while you cheer on a loved one, make Downtown Tempe your home base for dining and entertainment. Walk down the brick-lined sidewalks of historic Mill Avenue, dine at one of our many locally owned eateries, such as NCounter, Postino Annex, Snooze, House of Tricks, The Handlebar Tempe or Pedal Haus Brewery and shop at some locally owned boutique stores.

Outdoor Fun

Hiking & Biking trails
Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful weather while exploring the great outdoors. Enjoy an quick and easy urban hike in Downtown Tempe up “A” Mountain, hike through the Sonoran Desert and see the famous “Hole in the Rock” at Papago Park, hop in the car and drive a couple of minutes to South Mountain Park and Preserve, one of the largest municipal parks in the United States or just grab your bicycle and enjoy some of Tempe’s 175 miles of dedicated bike paths.


AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown
100 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-642-6143

Aloft Tempe
51 E. Playa Del Norte, Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-553-5686

Doubletree by Hilton Phoenix – Tempe
2100 S. Priest Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282 | 480-967-1441

Embassy Suites Phoenix – Tempe
4400 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282 | 480-897-7444

Graduate Tempe
225 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-387-5907

Hampton Inn & Suites Tempe – ASU
1415 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-467-2182

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tempe
1031 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-966-7202

Homewood Suites
2104 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-285-9700

Hilton Garden Inn
2102 E. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-285-9700

Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport
1413 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-804-9544

MOXY Phoenix Tempe
1333 S. Rural Rd. Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-968-3451

Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes
2000 W. Westcourt Way, Tempe, AZ | 602-225-9000

Red Lion Inn & Suites Phoenix/Tempe – ASU
1429 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-675-9799

Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel
1600 S. 52nd St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-967-6600

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Phoenix Tempe Airport
1601 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-968-8222

Local Triathlete Resources

Tri Gear Shops:
Roadrunner Sports Tempe
Tempe Marketplace
43 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281

Tribe Multisport
7624 E. Indian School Rd. #101, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Two Wheel Jones
1917 S. Signal Butte Rd. #105, Mesa, AZ 85209

Sole Sports Running Zone
1006 E. Warner Rd. #104, Tempe, AZ 85284

Bicycle Shops:
Landis Cycles
2180 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282

The Bicycle Cellar
200 E. Fifth St. #105, Tempe, AZ 85281

16414 N. 91st St. #103, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Thrill Bikes
4206 W. Electra Ln., Glendale, AZ 85310

Destination Kona Triathlon Store
2952 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Gyms Offering Day Passes:

24 Hour Fitness
2145 E. Baseline Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283

Outdoor Swim Locations:

Saguaro Lake
Approximately 34 miles from Downtown Tempe
Named after the Saguaro Cactus, Saguaro Lake was formed in 1930 when the Stewart Mountain Dam was completed. With more than 22 miles of shoreline, Saguaro Lake is a popular destination for boating, camping and fishing. The Saguaro del Norte Recreation site is located near the dam and is where you can enjoy swimming and restroom facilities.

Canyon Lake
Approximately 40 miles from Downtown Tempe
This picturesque lake has a 28 mile cactus-dotted shoreline. Fauna such as sheep, deer and javelinas are also known to frequent the area. Visitors to Canyon Lake love to camp and fish here and boat rentals are available. Restroom facilities are available at the lake, where you can also enjoy swimming.

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