Both the hills and the scenery in Sedona, Ariz., took runners' breath away this weekend.

On Saturday morning, more than 2,000 runners hit the roads—both paved and not—for the Sedona Marathon to pound out one of four distances: 5K, 10K, half and full marathons. With its 4,500-foot elevation and penchant for inclines, including one to the finish, the Arizona town lures racers with the motto, “If the hills don’t take your breath away, the scenery will.” From start to finish, the out-and-back courses have stunning views of the area’s signature red rock. Women’s Running traveled to Sedona this year to cheer on the racers, who are predominantly female.

Sedona Marathon: Time to head to the start line.
Sedona Marathon: Ready to rumble.
Sedona Marathon: A nice downhill start to warm up the legs.
Sedona Marathon: Oh, those views!
Sedona Marathon: The out-and-back course means cheers in both directions.
Sedona Marathon: Plenty of room to hit your own stride.
Sedona Marathon: These newlyweds know how to start their marriage right.
Sedona Marathon: Running 26.2 in a cactus costume is no joke!
Sedona Marathon: Temps were perfect in the 50s for race morning.
Sedona Marathon: No shortage of stunning red rock, and plenty of flatter ground.
Sedona Marathon: Hopefully the zombie aid station didn't scare too many runners away.
Sedona Marathon: Christine Wenzl, of Austria, would go on to win the marathon, which is about 60 percent dirt road.
Sedona Marathon: Congrats to all of the finishers!
Sedona Marathon: Who can resist the photo opps, both in front of real red rock and the fake stuff?!
Sedona Marathon: Post-race pie is a definite crowd pleaser.