Spring Training Fans: Take the FREE Trolley from Mill Ave. to Tempe Diablo Stadium

Angel Spring Training has begun!  Don’t stress over parking, traffic, or where to eat before or after the game- we’ve got you covered.  The Angels Baseball Spring Trolley will make your trip to Tempe Diablo Stadium quick and easy.  Here’s the kicker- it’s all FREE. Free parking, Free trolley, Stress Free.  What are you waiting for?


Park at any of these designated ParkiT garages and lots*:

Hayden Station Garage – Located on 3rd Street just west of Mill Avenue
Centerpoint Surface Lot – Located on Maple, just south of 5th Street
City Hall Garage – Located on 5th Street and Forest Avenue, 2 blocks east of Mill

*Remember to take your parking ticket for validation at the Trolley stop


Catch the Trolley at the northwest corner of Mill Ave. & 5th St. (in front of Lotions & Potions).  Look for the Angels Spring Training Trolley sign.

On each game day, Trollies will pick-up every 20 minutes beginning at 11am until 30 minutes after the end of the game.  The Tempe Diablo Stadium trolley stop will be located at 52nd Street and Campus Dr.


Plan your day with room for some downtime in the Mill Avenue District.  We have over 100 restaurants, shops, bars, and entertainment venues to round out your leisurely day.  For a complete list of Mill Avenue District restaurants and shops visit MillAvenue.com.

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy your ride to Angels Spring Training. Play ball!

Wanted: Tempe Youth Talent to Perform at Tempe Marketplace for Great Cause

The Tempe Coalition, whose purpose is to help youth reach their full potential by reducing underage drinking and drug use, launched a city-wide underage drinking reduction campaign, 21 or Too Young, in December 2011. The goal of the campaign is to educate the community about the harmful effects underage drinking has on youth.

The campaign wrap-up event, called The 21 or Too Young Showcase, will be held on April 28 at the District Stage at Tempe Marketplace. For this event, Tempe Coalition is looking for local youth talent and performers. The coalition is seeking performers ages 12 to 18 who either live in Tempe or go to a school within the city of Tempe. Submissions to perform at the event must be received no later than March 26. All submissions are welcome, but a limited number of performance spots are available. For rules and participation information, please visit www.tempecoalition.org/events.  Questions? Call 480-858-2301.

Runners Rocking Out & Staying Strong

Early Sunday morning I awoke to an unfamiliar band playing an upbeat number with some piano action. The song was very loud and I couldn’t determine where it was coming from.

The neighbors?

A car in the parking lot?

I decided to get up and check out the source of the mysterious ballad.

It didn’t take too long to realize a band was playing across the street from my apartment, on stage for the P.F. Changs Rock “n” Roll Marathon Series. As I walked closer to University Drive, I saw a water station and row of port-o-potties, people of all ages walking, jogging or running by, and a band playing hits from the 70s.

Cosmic Shindig playing P.F. Changs Half Marathon

I saw a family of three rooting on their mother in the race. They told me this was the half marathon, which is 13.1 miles long. The race began at 7:30 a.m. in downtown Tempe on Mill Avenue and Third Street. Since it was almost 9 a.m., the race was well on it’s way. Someone ran by holding a sign reading 3:00, meaning this group of people would finish in approximately three hours.

The full marathon started at CityScape in downtown Phoenix, early this morning also. Both events had a new course this year, to view the new routes click here.

The finish line for both races is between Sun Devil and Sun Angel Stadium’s on Packard Drive. For those people visiting Tempe, it’s near Lot 59, which is easy to spot because it’s covered in solar panels.

The familiar, classy rock tunes were helping to motivate the runners as they moved forward. I captured a video of athletes running down University Drive as the band, Cosmic Shindig, played “Black Magic Woman”.

People were yelling, “You can do it!” and ringing cowbells to cheer on their favorite athletes. The athletes friends and families set up cheering sections with chairs alongside the road, to view the finish line from a comfortable distance. Lots of people made colorful signs to encourage runners to finish strong.

Almost to the finish line!

I especially like the outfits some runners chose to wear.

Nice outfits ladies!

I saw tutus, skirts, tall socks, CamelBaks, homemade team shirts, and even a few groups from GoDaddy in bright orange running shirts. It was pretty hard to miss them!

The best gear of the day had to be a group of women who were wearing spandex Wonder Woman outfits. Maybe they saved their Halloween costumes to wear on race day!

I spotted two ladies wearing pink tutu’s on Rio Salado Parkway. They sure look determined with less than a mile to reach the finish line!

When participants wear bright or unique clothing, it’s easier for spectators to find them in the crowds.

The race day turned out to be successful. Fortunately, the weather was slightly overcast- perfect for running in Tempe.


Here are the results for winners of the two events.

The Results:

Winner- Full Marathon (26.2 miles):

  • Men: Peter Omae Ayieni finished in 2:25:45
  • Women: Trisha Miller finished in 2:51:11

Winner- Half Marathon (13.1 miles):

  • Men: Dylan Wykes finished in 1:02:39
  • Women: Sara Slattery finished in 1:16:24

 Helpful Links: 

  • Click here to view more photos from the race via the Rock “n” Roll Marathon’s website.
  • Click here for the leaderboard race results.
  • Click here to enter a participant’s name or bib number.


Contact the author at lfach@asu.edu

P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Sets New Course

  • Marathon Start Line Moved to CityScape; Half Marathon to Start from in Tempe
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society Announced as Benefiting Charity
  • 9th Annual Event to Welcome 30,000 Runners Sunday, January 15

Phoenix, AZ – September 29, 2011 – For the thousands of runners who flock to Arizona each winter for the ultimate running experience, 2012 is set to shake up their expectations. In its 9th year, the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon returns with a brand new course, including two new start lines.

“Arizona is one of our marquee events, and it’s time for the course to live up to how great the Valley of the Sun is,” said, Scott Dickey, President of Competitor Group. “Our goal is to refresh the experience, with the new route the half marathon is much more runner and spectator friendly on a scenic loop course.”

More than 30,000 runners are expected for the annual mash-up of entertainment and fitness, with live bands rocking stages along each mile of the 26.2 and 13.1 mile courses. The marathon course will once again highlight the neighboring cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, but with some major updates.

The half-marathon will now start in downtown Tempe, and features a fast course touring beautiful Scottsdale, Skysong and Papago Park. Full marathoners will enjoy an exciting downtown start line as well, at the brand new Cityscape in Phoenix before heading along Indian School Road and touring Old Town Scottsdale.

Runners on both courses will enjoy a downhill finish, crossing the scenic Mill Avenue Bridge before reaching the familiar finish line at Sun Devil Stadium, where runners can relax and enjoy the finish line festival and headliner concert.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve and I am certain our runners will find the new start lines to be more convenient, and will enjoy the new scenic highlights that have been incorporated into both new courses,” said U.S. Olympian Alan Culpepper, Course Designer. “We’re really excited to debut these changes as we kick off 2012.”

The 2012 event will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, whose MS Rockstars will team up to raise money through their training to fight the debilitating disease by funding research toward a cure, working with legislators and assisting families and patients.

“We are thrilled to be the official charity partner of this inaugural event,” said Jim Elfline, Arizona, president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Arizona Chapter. “Our gratitude goes out to all the runners and volunteers who are helping us raise donations for multiple sclerosis research and programs for people living with MS. Many thanks for joining the movement to create a world free of multiple sclerosis.”

The P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will return for its 9th year on Sunday, January 15, 2012 with more than 30,000 participants.

Race weekend will begin with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo presented by Fox 10 and MY45 on January 13th and 14th at the Phoenix Convention Center.  The Expo, which will be free and open to the public, will showcase the latest in running products and services with interactive clinics from fitness experts. To register or for more information, please visitCompetitor.com.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society serves people who are affected by multiple sclerosis, a chronic, unpredictable and disabling disease of the central nervous system with no known cause, cure or prevention. MS is the most common neurological disease affecting young to middle aged adults. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. More than twice as many women as men have MS. There is no known cause, cure or prevention. Symptoms cannot be predicted and can vary greatly, ranging from numbness in the limbs and extreme fatigue to loss of balance and muscle coordination or paralysis. Join the Movement® by visiting www.nationalmssociety.org.



Sweaty mayor to raise $1 million for Tempe charities

It’s a very sweaty million dollars that Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman has almost raised. 

This is the fifth year of the Mayor’s Run for Wellness, part of the P.F. Chang’s Rock n Roll Marathon.


Hallman, who turns 50 just two days before this year’s race, is marking the anniversary of his birth by running his first marathon (he’s already done more than a dozen half marathons) with 500 people who have raised money for Tempe charities. By race day, he will likely surpass the million dollar mark for Tempe non-profit organizations.



According to Dan Cruz at Competitor Group, the company that organizes the Rock n Roll Marathon nationally, Hallman is the single largest fundraiser the race has had by far. And that is saying a lot, considering the tens of thousands who run at the more than two dozen races around the world.


A live morning show opportunity will be available on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 5-9 a.m. at Tempe Beach Park. Hallman and his runners will be present along with representatives of the PF Chang’s Rock n Roll Marathon and Tempe charities. They will be doing practice runs, stretches and giving tips on running not only this race but running for overall good health.


Hallman, hundreds of runners and corporate sponsors such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tempe Marketplace, American Outdoor and many others, have distributed about $800,000 to charities in the last four years. This year, 19 charities will benefit from the Mayor’s pounding on the pavement. You can see the list of sponsors and charities at http://www.mayorsrun.org/ You can also still sign up to run the marathon or half marathon, or, if you’re feeling a little less ambitious, you can make a donation to the cause online.


Squeezing training runs in between his job at Tempe Preparatory Academy and council duties, Hallman plans to do something fairly outrageous this year: he’s going to run the brand new half marathon route twice. The first time he’ll do the 13.1 mile course backwards, without water stations or marathon staff, starting at 5 a.m. He’ll finish the half in about 2:15, just in time to start the half all over again – this time running the course with everyone else in the right direction.


“I wanted to challenge myself. I really didn’t start running as an adult until we decided to have the Mayor’s Run,” Hallman said. “I’ve seen people change their lives and their health for the better through training for this race, and we’ve helped a lot of organizations maintain and improve their services to the community. If I can do this, so can other people my age and older. Exercise is an extremely important component of healthy living, especially as we age.”


While wanting to run the marathon, Hallman also wanted to run the new, beautiful half-marathon course, with both a start and finish in downtown Tempe. http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/arizona/event-details#course


“The new course is gorgeous,” Hallman said. “What could be better than running from downtown Tempe into Scottsdale, through Phoenix’s portion of Papago Park, over the Mill Avenue Bridge and into Sun Devil Stadium?”


The last practice run for the Mayor’s Run team happens this Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the Tempe Family YMCA, 7070 S. Rural Road. Anyone who wants to run with the team is welcome.

Insight Bowl fans at Hayden Butte

Crowds of people climbed Hayden Butte, or to the locals “A” Mountain, during the warm, relaxing weather on Thursday afternoon.

I wondered why the sudden increase of hikers, considering I saw less than five people at the Butte the day before.

Maybe it was the warm weather. I was back to wearing shorts, again. It’s been chilly lately!

I was with two friends and we each had our dogs- one was a cute husky puppy.

In the background: Tempe Mission Palms from Hayden Butte

So just as the dogs like to do, we smiled and greeted everyone that we passed.

Everyone seemed friendly and talkative. It seemed different. And nice.

I then concluded that most hikers, today, were probably from out-of-town. It’s still the holiday season and winter break for ASU, so I’m going to guess that they’re mostly visitors.

I looked around and realized that people were in large groups adorned in either red and grey or black and gold. Some had a few kids, water bottles and workout clothes, and were hiking on and off the trails, pretty much all over the mountain.

I loved the energy surrounding us. We lingered around for a while and enjoyed the beauty of our city.

I think we may have been some of the few Sun Devils’ fans on the mountain.

So it’s official. The fans of the Insight Bowl are arriving in town.

It’s also New Year’s Eve. It should be an exciting weekend in Tempe.

I could hear an announcer echoing throughout Sun Devil Stadium, possibly in preparation for the Insight Bowl.

Parachuters carrying the American flag

I also saw blue and white nylon parachutes eject from a plane and glide through the air, sporting American flags and then landing inside the stadium.

It was really cool to see.

I love that fact that I didn’t even have to travel anywhere else to see it. It all happened in my favorite city, Tempe.

What: The Insight Bowl

Who: Oklahoma State Sooners vs. Iowa Hawkeyes

When: Friday, Dec. 30 @ 8:00 p.m.

Where: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe

Map to Sun Devil Stadium


Related links :

Ticket information

Oklahoma State Sooners

Iowa Hawkeyes

What’s Happening in Tempe This Week – The Fiesta Bowl Block Party, STOMP and More!

Tempe is truly the place to be as we bid farewell to the 2011 and ring in the 2012. Let’s start with the Fiesta Bowl Block Party. As Arizona’s biggest and most exciting New Year’s Eve bash, the Fiesta Bowl Block Party is a jam-packed evening of fun and entertainment for the entire family. With rockin’ bands, beer gardens and a host of entertainers, this is one fantastic celebration you won’t want to miss! This year’s featured band is Tempe’s own Gin Blossoms

Or, maybe you want to send 2011 out with a bang at ASU Gammage where you can hear and feel the rhythms of STOMP. The eight–member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments — matchboxes, wooden poles, broom, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps. No need to wait for New Year’s Eve for this one because it will be on stage all this week.

It’s always good to end the year on a funny note and you can by heading to The Tempe Improve to see Kevin Nealon, December 30-31. Some of you will remember him from Saturday Night Live; others know him as Doug Wilson in the critically acclaimed, Golden Globe nominated Showtime series Weeds.

For more things to do on New Year’s Eve and all week long,view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.

December 27-30: Las Noches de las Luminarias, Desert Botanical Garden
December 27- January 1: Santa Claws at SEA LIFE!, Sea Life Arizona
December 27- 31: STOMP, ASU Gammage
December 28: Michael Powers Group, Dave’s Electric Brew Pub
December 28-29: Class Clowns Comedy Showcase, Tempe Improv
December 29: Music on Mill, Mill Avenue District
December 30: The Love Brokers; December 31: The Jeff Hunt Band, Rula Bula Irish Pub
December 30: Soulfly; December 31: Authority Zero, Marquee Theater
December 30-31: Kevin Nealon, Tempe Improv
December 30: Peppermint James; December 31: Knee Deep Experience, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
December 30: Andrea Meila; December 31: Pete Pancrazi, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain
December 31: Meat Puppets, The Clubhouse
December 31: Fiesta Bowl Block Party, Mill Avenue District
December 31: Save the Family’s Hearts of Gold New Year’s Eve Celebration,
Tempe Center for the Arts

From Ignorance to Mill Ave

If there is one thing I have found to be true about Valley of the Sun, it is that the influx of people from around the country never seems to stop. Day in and day out I notice that those I come across spanning from the east to west coast are still clinging to their individual identities. They move to Arizona, but are still from Chicago (or insert whichever big city you please), drive like they are in Chicago, support Chicago teams, and wouldn’t dare learn about Arizona. Little did I realize, since becoming the newest addition to the Downtown Tempe Community, that I too had been shafting my responsibility as an Arizona resident to become involved in what’s going on. It wasn’t until I began working here and strolling Mill Avenue at lunch time with my coworkers that I realized how much I was actually missing out on. Here in lies one of our biggest conundrums facing the Mill Avenue District, as well as our whole valley, where culture is growing, vast, and punctuated by individual personalities of arts, events, and unique stores and restaurants. The comfort zone of those who migrate here, myself included, has yet to grow more than just a few miles outside the home. To address this, the Downtown Tempe Community has taken on the role of bringing the community together by fostering a vibrant place to live, work, and play. In recent years, the Mill Avenue District has become a lot more than just a college hang out. It brings a multi-faceted definition to the word “place.” Downtown Tempe is a fun place to check out the stores and restaurants exclusive to the area, a creative workplace filled with emerging ideas and a place to find all kinds of entertainment. All of these definitions add to the reemerging community feel in the Mill Avenue District.

Recently, I attended my first Tempe Festival of the Arts. The event itself spanned three days, Friday to Sunday, and encompassed a crop of hundreds of juried artists, ranging in craft from beautifully sculpted artwork and paintings. The vibe, even though it was freezing and raining for one entire day was smiles and happiness, people greeting each other, dogs playing. Throughout the crowded day, I gave up counting the strollers and leashes; I should clarify the leashes were on pets, not children. For someone who had never been to the festival before, it seemed unusual for strangers to be so friendly and helpful to each other all day long. I felt as if I was waiting for a director to yell “Cut,” and everyone to scatter from a movie scene. It was only then that I realized it is events like these that are bringing the community even closer together every year.

The Downtown Tempe Community continues their efforts of gathering the community with the monthly Third Thursdays. The next Third Thursday event on January 19th will feature a free concert featuring Rose’s Pawn Shop and Ragamuffin Stampede, Music on Mill performers along the streets, and a social networking scavenger hunt. I googled the bands performing to see what I was in for- Rose’s Pawn Shop has an old school country edge that will keep the crowd dancing all night. Ragamuffin Stampede, who is the opening act, brings a more reminiscent feel of twang-y upbeat sixties country as well. The social networking scavenger hunt via our Facebook page keeps residents awaiting the next clue to snap a picture next to the winning landmark and win gift certificates and a chance at $250 in more free stuff. Free entertainment in an open space, activities encouraging us to explore our downtown, this is how locals should be connecting with our community.

Now, I will no longer be shafting my responsibility to my city. This time, thanks to my exposure to the area, I can tell my friends and family a great place to eat before or after the show, a hidden gem of a shopping area, and where you can just sit around and meet new people. When I walk along the streets of Mill Avenue I have found a strange sense of pride tingling in my fingers- I’m proud of my new knowledge of Downtown Tempe. I suppose that is what the feeling of community does to you when you decide to embrace it. When you finally acknowledge it, you find yourself in a home away from home; so I guess I should say welcome to my home.

By: Morgan Egger
Mill Avenue District

Save the date for Casino Capers 2012

By:  Pen Johnson

All aboard!  We’re heading around the world and you don’t even have to leave


Time to purchase your tickets for the Tempe Diablos Casino Capers 2012.  You’ll

enjoy a wonderful evening, but honestly, the best part is while you’re having

fun you’ll also be helping to improve education around our community.

Attached is a Save the Date Card for our next Capers to be held April 14, 2012.

This will be another great affair and the theme is “Around the World” featuring

foods and flavors from Italy, Spain, India and China.

The Tempe Diablos’ focus is on youth, Tempe and education.  Proceeds from Capers goes to help support academic excellence and the educational needs of our children.

If you book your ticket now online, the price is only $80 per person.  Please note, if you wait to purchase after January 15, 2012, tickets will be $100 per person.

The attached card has a link “Buy Tickets Online Here.”  It will take you

directly to the registration site to purchase the tickets at the “Early Bird

Special” rate of $80 per person.  This is the important part…in the box labeled

“Referred By,” please write in my name as I will receive credit for your

purchase.  Thank you.

Come enjoy a great adventure!  We look forward to seeing you at the 2012 Casino

Capers – Around the World!

Tempe welcomes Hawkeye and Sooners fans to 2011 Insight Bowl

Tempe, Arizona – The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Oklahoma Sooners will battle for victory in Tempe on Friday, Dec. 30, at the 23rd Annual Insight Bowl.

Sun Devil Stadium will be the setting for each team’s second Insight Bowl, with Iowa coming to Tempe for the second year in a row.

“Tempe couldn’t be happier to host these two great teams at the Insight Bowl,” said Mayor Hugh Hallman. “Our entire community, from our restaurateurs and hoteliers to our shopkeepers and residents, are cheering right along with the fans.”

The Big 12 Conference’s Oklahoma Sooners are led by Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Landry Jones, while the Iowa Hawkeyes boast two of the Big Ten Conference’s top offensive threats in sophomore running back Marcus Coker and senior wide receiver/kick returner Marvin McNutt, Jr.

For tickets to the game, visit www.insightbowl.org.