Whatever your cup of tea, you’re likely to find it in the Prescott area this weekend. With five events going on there and in neighboring Prescott Valley, Arizona’s territorial capital offers travelers of all ages and interests reasons to stop and stretch their legs.
Taking a day trip doesn’t mean skipping your workout if you head for the 26th annual Whiskey Row Marathon. Races begin between 5 and 7:40 a.m. Saturday at Courthouse Plaza, Gurley Street and Montezuma, Prescott.
The event, which benefits the YMCA, offers five races for runners of all abilities, including a half marathon, 10K run, 10K judged racewalk and 2-mile fun run or walk. Costs range from $15 to $40. Print your registration form online at www.prescottymca.org and bring it to race headquarters at Hotel St. Michael, 205 W. Gurley St. For more information, call (928) 445-7221.
After the run, stick around downtown to check out artfully restored Victorian homes and boutiques on famous Whiskey Row.
History buffs can spend the morning learning about Prescott as they weave through a neighborhood of eclectic old homes. Historic preservation specialist Nancy Burgess leads an eight-block walking tour of the Park Avenue-Mile High Park Historic District 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The tour costs $5. Call ahead at (928) 445-3122 for reservations and meeting location.
Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with Chihuahua races, tomatothrowing contests, a pinatabashing and activities for kids noon to 9 p.m. Saturday at Prescott Gateway Village Parkway, 3250 Gateway Blvd. Admission is free. For more information, call (928) 777-1122, Ext. 5.
Outdoorsy families can find a wealth of information on hunting, fishing and camping during the Northern Arizona Sportsmen’s Expo 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Coor’s Event Center at the Yavapai County Fairground, 10401 Highway 89A, Prescott Valley. Attractions include a trout fishing pond for kids, a fly-tying theater, "Archery 101," a rock-climbing wall, and more. Admission costs $4 for adults and is free for children age 11 and younger. For more information, call (928) 541-9846.
Take a trip into a recreated Elizabethan Marketplace during the May in the Meadows Renaissance Faire 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Prescott Valley Civic Center, 7501 E. Civic Circle. Admission is $5 but is free for children age 5 and younger. For more information, call (928) 759-3027.
Prescott is about two hours northwest of the East Valley. Take Interstate 17 north about 50 miles and merge onto state Route 69 west via Exit 262, "Cordes Junction Road/ Prescott." After about 30 miles, take the U.S. 89 south ramp. Take a right onto East Gurley Street to get to historic downtown and Courthouse Plaza. For other locations, call ahead for directions or visit