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Join the ASU Community for the 8th Annual

Sparky's Challenge 5K/10K event!

Begin the week of homecoming festivities on the right foot with this family-friendly event for people of all ages and ability levels. Participants can choose to walk or run in either the 5K or 10k.

This event is FREE to current ASU Faculty, Staff and Students and only $15 for ASU Affiliates, Alumni and Community.

ALL participants will receive a Sparky's Challenge Official Race T-Shirt and Finisher's medal.  

Registration is required for ALL participants. 

Registration fees

1 Mile Run/Walk - Current Faculty, Staff or Student Closed

1 Mile Run/Walk - ASU Affiliates, Alumni and Community Closed

10K Run/Walk - Current Faculty, Staff or Student Closed

10K Run/Walk - ASU Affiliates, Alumni and Community Closed

5K Run/Walk - Current ASU Faculty, Staff or Student Closed

5K Run/Walk - ASU Affiliates, Alumni and Community Closed

Virtual Run Closed

All the great swag for running wherever you are!

Homecoming 2018

A time-honored ASU tradition, Homecoming brings together students, parents and alumni to celebrate their Sun Devil spirit. The weeklong festivities showcase the Sun Devil spirit through athletic events, fun on- and off-campus activities, and entertainment.  For more information on ASU Homecoming 2018 please visit our website here.

Mail-in and Virtual Registration

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

Can't make it to this year's event but still want to participate? We are excited to announce our Sparky's Challenge Virtual Race. A virtual race is a race that can be ran at any location. You can walk, use the treadmill, run outside or participate in another race. You can run your race at your pace wherever you like. All virtual race participants will receive a custom event finisher's medal and custom event dri-fit tech t-shirt.  All you have to do is register above and we will mail you your gear after the event!  Prior to the event all virtual participants will receive an email with instructions on how to submit your time.  

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

What you Get!

  • Custom Event Finisher's Medal 

  • Custom Event Dri-Fit T-Shirt

  • Age Group Awards for Top Three in all Age Groups for the 5K and 10K distances.  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 Snack" (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!


Course Maps





Race Day Information

  • Race Day Registration will be available beginning at 3:00pm at ASU West Campus (map).

    • We accept cash, check, and credit cards on race day

  • Cost of registration on race day will be:

    • 1 Mile/5K/10K - Current ASU Faculty, Staff and Students - FREE

    • 1 Mile/5K/10K - ASU Affiliates, Alumni and Community - $15

  • We welcome wheelchairs, strollers & wagons.
  • No roller blades, skateboards or motorized devices are allowed on the run or walk courses.

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

  • No pets will be allowed at this event.

Packet Pick-Up Opportunities

You will have two opportunities to pick-up your race packet (bib, chip, event swag, etc):

  • Saturday, October 27th from 2:00 - 5:00pm at Sun Devil Fitness Complex on ASU West Campus (map).

    • ASU West is located at 4701 W Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ 85306

  • Sunday, October 28th starting at 3:00pm at ASU West Campus (race location)

Event Schedule

  • October 27 2:00 PM - Packet Pickup at Sun Devil Fitness Complex 2-5pm

  • October 28 3:00 PM - Race Day Packet Pick-up and Registration Opens

  • October 28 4:00 PM - 10K Race Begins

  • October 28 4:15 PM - 5K Race Begins

  • October 28 5:30 PM - Awards Begin (approximate)

Contact Information

Event Location

4701 W Thunderbird Rd, Glendale, AZ, United States

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