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P.F. Changs Rock n Roll Arizona Marathon & 1⁄2 Marathon Generates $44 Million for Arizonas Economy

June 20, 2007

AOT Director Margie A. Emmermann officially announced the results of the marathons economic impact study along with event organizer Elite Racing Inc., and mayors from the races host cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. AOT and Elite Racing jointly funded the study, which was carried out by the Arizona Hospitality Research & Resource Center at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

More than 34,000 runners registered for the 2007 race, enabling it to not only generate $44 million to the states economy, but also contribute more than $2 million in tax revenues. This level of spending by the participants of the event helped produce an employment impact of 1,230 jobs within Maricopa County. This study was last conducted after the inaugural race in 2004, when the economic impact was estimated at $41 million, including $1.1 million in tax revenues.

Once again, we are extremely proud to be sponsors of the tremendously valuable event, said Emmermann. The P.F. Changs Rock n Roll Arizona Marathon & 1⁄2 Marathon has exceeded our expectations over the four-year duration of the event and communities throughout the Grand Canyon State reap the benefits of the incredible increase in economic impact generated by the race.

More than half of the runners were from out-of-state, which means that a significant number of race participants were spending money on hotels, food, shopping and other items in Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale, the race co-hosts. The top five states of origin for out-of-state runners were: California, Illinois, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Washington. More than 21 percent of out-of-state respondents reported traveling outside the Phoenix Metro area during their stay, a significant increase from the 17 percent that traveled throughout the state in 2004. Sedona was the most frequently visited community with 45.5 percent of participants traveling to the destination, followed by Tucson at 28.4 percent. Native American Tribal lands accounted for 21.8 percent of additional travel, while Flagstaff and Williams captured 18.5 percent of travel outside Phoenix.

Arizona is an outstanding winter running destination and the Valley of the Sun offers many attractions for race participants who visit with their families and friends, said Tim Murphy, CEO of Elite Racing. We are looking forward to the races continued growth as we prepare to celebrate the fifth running of the P.F. Changs Rock n Roll Arizona Marathon & 1⁄2 Marathon in 2008.

The next race will be held on January 13, 2008, where more than 30,000 participants will be treated to more than 50 bands playing live music at every mile along the courses, 40 high school cheerleading squads providing extra motivation along the route, and a finish line festival at Arizona State University. An evening concert at Tempe Town Lake featuring a headlining act completes the day. Supported by the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, hotel rooms fill early for the race and participants are encouraged to register early. For more information and to register visit or call 800-311-1255.

Created as an executive agency in 1975, the Arizona Office of Tourism is charged with enhancing the state economy and the quality of life for all Arizonans by expanding travel activity and increasing related revenues through tourism promotion and development. AOT works to serve the Grand Canyon States travel industry and related businesses, the traveling public, and the taxpayers of Arizona.

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