In 1976, Dr. Art Mollen started the Phoenix 10K Race to encourage health and bring people together in the community. The event, called Number 48 at first, brought together the City of Phoenix and a new sport. It also sparked a running trend in Arizona.
Igniting the Running Boom
Number 48 began a cultural shift, fostering a new interest in running that transcended generational boundaries. Dr. Mollen’s vision was centered on creating a movement that celebrated health, camaraderie, and collective achievement.
The event had a significant impact on the region. It resulted in a running boom in Arizona. Additionally, it made the event a major occurrence in the Southwestern United States.
Host to Champions and Novices Alike
Over time, the Phoenix 10K Race has evolved into a platform where seasoned athletes and first-time runners coexist. Olympic gold medalists and American record holders have participated, adding a layer of prestige to an event that prioritizes inclusivity. Dr. Mollen wants everyone to be able to participate in the race. People of all backgrounds, including both experienced athletes and beginners, are encouraged to join.
Dr. Art Mollen: More Than a Founder
Dr. Art Mollen’s association with the Phoenix 10K Race extends beyond being its founder. Born, raised, and educated in Philadelphia, he graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1970. His journey led him to serve as Chief of Allergy and Immunology in the U.S. Air Force before becoming a renowned health and fitness expert. A marathon runner and triathlete, Dr. Mollen’s passion for a healthy lifestyle permeates the ethos of the Phoenix 10K Race.
The Road to the 50th Phoenix 10K Race
As the 50th Phoenix 10K Race approaches, the event’s significance is palpable. Originating as Number 48, it has become a symbol of the resilience, unity, and passion of the Phoenix community. Dr. Art Mollen’s enduring vision continues to inspire participants to engage in a celebration that goes beyond the finish line.
The Phoenix 10K Race is more than just a yearly event. It symbolizes the spirit of a city and the vision of its founder, Dr. Art Mollen. As the 50th race nears, we acknowledge the legacy of Number 48, a race that began the path toward a healthier, more connected community.
Dr. Mollen’s influence echoes in every step of the course, showing that taking care of oneself is personal and shared. The Phoenix 10K Race embodies this belief.