Once a year runners from across the country come down to Casa Grande to participate in one of the largest cross country meets in the United States, But you're probably wondering " What makes this race so special and why should I care?"
So let me answer that by telling the how it all started. The meet was originally created in 2006 at Queen Creek and took place at that their very own high school and was no where near as big as it is today.
One of the big issues with making a cross country meet or having a 5k in Arizona is the unbearable heat. With temperatures easily hitting the 100's most people wouldn't dare to step outside let alone try to run a 5k. This is why you'll see most runs occurring at the crack of dawn before the rooster even wakes. The issue with this is that people don't like waking up that early.
The people from Queen Creek had a brilliant idea " why don't we just do it at night?" Thus, Desert Twilight was born.
Over the years Desert Twilight has been hosted at several locations due to its rapid growth and they were looking for a new location to host their race. Luckily, Casa Grande had a luxury golf resort tucked in its back pocket. That location being Francisco Grande.
Francisco Grande didn't start out as a luxury golf course and hotel. It was originally made to be the spring training grounds for the San Francisco Giants, but after the plans to build a highway near the hotel had failed so did Francisco Grande's plans to host the Giants.
Nowadays the hotel is used to host weddings and is the location of ASU's Preparatory high school. With Desert Twilight looking for a new venue and Francisco grande eager to bring people in, It only made for the two to work together