From Our Editors
On June 26, 1990, the city of Phoenix battled temperatures that soared up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, making it the hottest day in the city's history. Scottsdale Beat the Heat, describing themselves as "The hottest race on Earth", celebrates this epic heatwave by challenging runners to compete in 11.22 or 5K races during one of the hottest times of the day. The race begins at 2:47 p.m., the exact moment thermometers hit 122 and all the world's snowmen agreed never to visit Arizona. Runners who complete the sweat-inducing challenge that runs through a course involving Barrett Jackson, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, Phil Mickelson’s golf course, and a polo field, can cool themselves off by taking unlimited slides down a giant inflatable water slide and drinking beverages at an after-race party that also features pony rides and a live DJ.