Event Photos by Michael Smith Photography

Join us for our 2nd Annual Hippity Hop Marathon/ Half Marathon/ 4 Mile/Cottontail Dash/Virtual event.  The courses will take you through the dedicated running trails of the New River Trail System, starting and ending at Rio Vista Park in Peoria.

This event is a USATF Sanctioned event taking place on a USATF Certified course, making it a national qualifier for Boston and other major national and international events!


We will have a time limit for the Marathon and Half Marathon distances.  The cut-off time for the Marathon will be 6.5 hours and the cut-off time for the Half Marathon will be 6 hours.

Registration Fees

Marathon Closed

Half Marathon Closed

4 Mile Closed

Cottontail Dash Closed

Virtual Run Closed


This event will be a USATF Sanctioned event taking place on a USATF Certified course, making it a national qualifier for the Boston Marathon and other major national and international events!

The course will take you through dedicated running trails (all asphalt and concrete) of the New River Trail System, starting and ending at Rio Vista Park in Peoria - meaning no need for transportation before or after the race just to get back to your car!  Please note - this is an open use trail system and does not close for our event.

Mail-in Registration Form

To register by mail please complete and return our Mail-in Registration Form!  Please make checks payable to StartLine Racing.

What You Get!

  • Custom Event Medal for all participants

  • Custom Event Dri-Fit Tech T-Shirt for all participants

  • Age Group Awards for Top Three in all Age Groups for the marathon, half marathon and 4 mile only (race day participants only).  Our age groups are the following:

    • 8 & Under, 9 & 10, 11-13, 14-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 & Over

  • Pre- and Post-Race "Runner's Brunch" (bagels, fruit, water, Gatorade, etc) 

  • Chip Timed with Real Time Results and Photos on our Website or Mobile App (on Apple and Google

  • Course set/marked by StartLine Racing to maximize your experience!









Virtual Run Details

Of course we want you to participate in the Hippity Hop event locally but we understand things come up.  So, if you can't join us on race day and still want to run, get the medal and the shirt then you still can!  Here is your chance to take part in this event no matter where you are!  And of course, all prices include shipping!  Please note that all items will ship following the event on April 9th.

Virtual Registrations are restricted to US addresses only.  If you reside outside of the US and wish to participate please contact StartLine Racing at info@startlineracing.com

Course Maps



 Half Marathon

4 Mile



Race Day Information

  • Race Day Registration will be available beginning at 6:00am.

    • We accept cash, check, and credit cards (Visa or Master Card) on race day

  • Prices on Race Day:

    • Marathon - $100

    • Half Marathon - $80

    • 4 Mile - $40

    • Cottontail Dash - $20

  • We welcome wheelchairs, strollers & wagons.

  • No roller blades, skateboards or motorized devices are allowed on the run or walk courses.

  • Leashed pet friendly

  • Cottontail Dash is an untimed half mile fun run with an egg hunt along the route.  All participants receive a finisher's medal and a shirt.

  • Due to the common start/finish line, there is no bag check for this event.

Water Station and Course Support Information

  • Water and Gatorade will be located at miles 2, 4, 5.57, 7.39, 8.42 (turnaround #1), 9.55, 11.33, 12.88, 13.73, 15.93, 17.94, 19.67 (turnaround #2), 21.32, 23.33, and 25.53.
  • GU Gels will be available for half marathon and marathon runners at miles 7.39, 9.55, 17.94, and 21.32.
  • Restrooms will be located on the course at miles 4.44, 7.39, 9.55, 13.06 (start/finish line), 15.93, 17.37, 21.87 and 23.33.

Packet Pick-Up Opportunities

Packet pick-up will be available on Friday, April 7th from 4-7pm at Road Runner Sports in Phoenix (map).

  • Road Runner Sports is located at 7077 E Mayo Blvd Suite 150, Phoenix, AZ 85050

Race day packet pick-up available at Rio Vista Park (race location) starting at 6:00am.

Event Schedule

  • April 7 4:00 PM - Packet Pick-up at Road Runner Sports in Phoenix 4-7pm

  • April 9 6:00 AM - Race Day Packet Pick-up and Registration Opens

  • April 9 7:00 AM - Marathon Begins

  • April 9 7:30 AM - Half Marathon Begins

  • April 9 8:00 AM - Cottontail Dash

  • April 9 8:30 AM - 4 Mile Begins

  • April 9 9:45 AM - Award Ceremony Begins (approx)

Contact Information

Event Location

8866 West Thunderbird Road, Peoria, AZ, United States

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