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    The Southern Arizona Roadrunners is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and fitness in Tucson and Southern Arizona through running and walking. Join today!

  • Tucson 5000 - May 8, 2016

    The fastest 5K in the Southwest! This pancake-flat, fast course provides the perfect opportunity for a 5K PR. This race has been a Tucson staple for over 20 years with 27 of the current Arizona age records for the 5K being set at the Tucson 5000!

  • TMC Meet Me Downtown 5K and Friday Night Festival of Miles - 5/27/16 & 5/28/16

    Make your plans for Memorial Day Weekend and be part of the 10th Annual TMC 5k Night Run & Inaugural Friday Night Festival of Miles.  We’ve read your surveys and we’ve added a Friday night component to the city’s most popular running event.  So mark your calendar for the best running weekend in Tucson’s 240 year official history!

Latest News:

Introducing the first-ever Virtual Crown: you can do the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown from anywhere

May 3, 2016

Wanna' do the Triple Crown but have to be out of town for one or more of the races?  By participating in the Virtual Triple Crown, you can receive your commemorative shirts and medals without being in Tucson for every race.  See below for all the details.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Register for the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.  Be sure to choose the Virtual Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown category.
Run or walk each of the race distances on the same weekend as the race and take a photo of yourself.  Then submit your "race" photo to the SAR Facebook page or post your photo to both the @RunSAR and @RunTucson instagram feeds.

Upon verification, you will be added to the 2016 virtual Triple Crown results and we will make sure you can get the race awards you earned.

WHAT DO YOU GET?

  1. The 2016 "Run Tucson" Triple Crown shirt.
  2. Each of the race shirts and each of the race medals, so that you can have the full commemorative medallion, even if you are far from Tucson.
  3. Recognition on the SAR Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown results page.
  4. The happiness of knowing that a portion of your entry fees contributed to Gabe's favorite charity, Child and Family Resources, plus the other race beneficiaries:
  • The Children's Museum
  • Educational Enrichment Foundation
  • Greater Tucson Leadership
  • Living Streets Alliance
  • Team Hoyt (formerly MyTeamTriumph)
  • The Reid Park Zoo
  • Friends of Saguaro
  • Cox Charities
  • Southern Arizona Roadrunners, and others.

Questions You Might Have About This Fancy-Pants Idea
I already signed up, but I'm going to be out of town.  Can I still do it virtually? 
Yes.  You will need to go to your own active.com account and change your category to the Virtual Triple Crown.  Please read about the other details below.  Please note that your agreement to the Triple Crown waiver also applies to all activities you undertake on behalf of completing the Virtual Triple Crown, even when you are not at the Triple Crown race sites.  

If I sign up for the Virtual Crown, can I still run in person if I am in town?

Yes, absolutely!  The idea is to help those who have to miss any of the three races.  So, for example, if you need to miss the TMC Night Run, you can still run the TMC Saguaro and TMC Get Moving in person!

 

Why are you doing the Virtual Triple Crown? We thought the whole point was to bring people together as a community?
Every year, we've had to turn people away because they miss a race or two.  It's time to change that rule!
Check out these emails we got last week:
1) I am totally interested in a virtual Triple Crown race as I can’t be in Tucson for any of these. I am happy to submit my times on the selected dates to prove I have earned them!  I turn 40 this year and my goal is to do 40 5k’s (anything more or less doesn’t count) and loved the look of the medal in the registration information ….. I thought it would make a great addition to my collection!  (By the way, she lives in Columbia, Missouri.)
2) I registered for the Triple Crown, but recently found out I may be out of town for the first race (May 28). I was wondering if there is way to still complete that portion of it to earn all the medals? I am bummed that I will most likely miss it and I wanted to find out beforehand if I can make up for it.  

What's the price?
The current price for the Virtual Triple Crown is the same as the current in-person fee of $99.

How do I prove that I did it virtually?
You must run or walk the race distance on the same weekend as the race and take a photo of yourself.  Then submit your "race" photo to the SAR facebook page or post your photo to both the @RunSAR and @RunTucson instagram feeds. Upon verification, you will be added to the 2016 virtual Triple Crown results and we will make sure you can get the race awards you earned.

You must run or walk the 3.1 mile distance any time over Memorial Day Weekend, 2016.  
You must run or walk a 5k or an 8-Miler at any time over Labor Day Weekend, 2016.  
You must walk or run a 5k or a Half-Marathon at any time over Halloween weekend, 2016.

Please note that your agreement to the Triple Crown waiver also applies to all activities you undertake on behalf of completing the Virtual Triple Crown, even when you are not at the Triple Crown race sites.  
I live in the Tucson area but I will be out of town for the TMC Night Run, how do I get my shirts and awards?
For those who live in Tucson who miss the TMC Meet Me Downtown Run, you can pick up your cactus/MMD Triple Crown medals and the "Run Tucson" and TMC Night Run shirt at the Running Shop throughout the month of June, 2016.  After June, you can also pick up your Triple Crown items at the TMC Saguaro race in September.  Please note, though, we cannot promise the perfect size of shirt.  

I do not live in the Tucson area, how do I get my awards?

If you do not live near Tucson, we will mail your Run Tucson and TMC Night Run shirts and your cactus/MMD medal in the weeks after the TMC Night Run.  We will mail your TMC Saguaro and TMC Get Moving Tucson medals in the weeks after the TMC Get Moving Tucson events.

Who came up with the idea of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown?
It was a joint collaboration between our good friends at Tucson Medical Center and the Arizona Daily Star, with permission and support from Ross Zimmerman, Emily Nottingham, and the rest of Gabe's family. 

This is a neat idea, but I still have questions -- who do I contact?
This is the first time we've ever done anything like this, so there are bound to be glitches of some sort.  Any questions can be addressed directly to me, the race director, at randy@runtucson.net.
Thanks all!
Randy Accetta, Series Director

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Dr. Gann’s Diet of Hope Cinco De Mayo Race Recap

May 3, 2016

It was a perfect day for racing at Dr. Gann’s Diet of Hope Cinco de Mayo Fitness Fiesta!  Over 1000 participants and spectators came together to run or walk the  5K, 10K and Fitkidz 1 mile in the hills of Starr Pass.   The weather was perfect, the burritos were tasty, and the mariachis were a hit. What more could you ask for?

After the popular sombrero kids race, Dr. Gann kicked off the awards ceremony.  In the 5K, on the women’s side first place went to Jan Smith (22:45), on the men’s side Zach Westman (17:38).  Top place masters winners were Catherine Horness (22:33) and James Webster (19:37).  The 10K overall winners were Lauren Reasoner (40:28) and on the men’s side, Anthony Franciso (34:20).  Masters winners were Stephanie Wenneborg (42:04) and Dave Dixon (38:25).  A huge congrats to them powering through this challenging course!  In the new team competition, it was a close battle but in the end team Fleet Feet came out on top with the most participants, winning themselves a keg from Borderlands Brewery.   

In it’s 36th year, this race has become a Tucson tradition.  Thank you to the 70+ volunteers that make this event possible and to all of our sponsors for their support:  Dr. Gann’s Diet of Hope, Fleet Feet, Tile Outlet, Dr. James Evans and Dr. Basel Skeif at Tucson Heart Group, Mc Kesson Medical supply, The Reliance Group, Vitamin Shoppe, El Saguarito, Albertsons, Borderlands Brewery, Starbucks, Culligan and La Estrella Bakery.

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TMC Meet Me Downtown After-Party and Music Update

May 2, 2016

Read on for details on the Hotel Congress after-party, LeeAnn Savage Reunion Band and the six other great bands, plus all the Downtown restaurants that offer runner discounts over the weekend!

Thanks to Hotel Congress for hosting our Saturday night after-party for the 10th straight year.  This year's specials include 2 for 1 Sierra Nevada Draft Beer and House Red and White Wine, from 7-11 pm.

In addition to our lineup at the 4th Annual Running Race Food Truck Round Up, these Downtown restaurants are offering discounts Friday and Saturday:

  • HiFi  20% off any food and beverage item excluding any specials 
  • Thunder Canyon Brewery Restaurant and Pub 20% off all Thunder Canyon brewed beers AND 20% off food (excluding Happy Hour discounted appetizers) 
  • Veg Box Café 15% off  
  • Planet Smoothie 20% off self-serve yogurt and $1 off of any smoothie
  • Good Oak Bar 10% off tab, including drinks 
  • Diablo Burger 10% off tab, including drinks 
  • Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink 10% off bill
  • The HUB  Restaurant $2 off ice cream 
  • The HUB Ice Cream Factory $2 off a small or large cup of ice cream
  • Delectables All Arizona Beers on Tap $2 off a pint!  All Appetizers $1 off

Live Music on the course for Friday and Saturday night

Friday Night Main Stage is Michael P​ and the Gullywashers, with The Guilty Bystanders at Wanslee Auto (6th&Stone) at the half-mile mark. 

Saturday Night Main Stage is LeeAnn Savage and her reunion band  

On the Course Saturday at the TMC 5k Night Run:
Maxx Staxx at Wanslee Auto (6th & S Stone) -- Mile 1.2    
Reno del Mar at the Downtown Clifton (485 S Stone) -- Mile 1.6       
Chuckwalla at S 8th  Ave. & W. 18th St. -- Mile 2.5     
Flamenco (tbd) at S Stone & 14th St -- Mile 2.9, at Casa Vicente

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Cinco De Mayo results now posted!

May 1, 2016

Results can be found here!

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Sabino Canyon Sunset Run 2016 - Race Recap

Apr 28, 2016

The 2016 edition of SAR's Sabino Canyon Sunset Run was run in beautiful weather, clear skies and mild temperatures. Over 360 people enjoyed this spectacular race and a great time was had by all. Friendly competition, food, music, camaraderie, a fantastic sunset and incredible moonlight, all at the magnificent Sabino Canyon. It just doesn't get any better than that.

The men's race was won by local athlete Kurt Michels, whose time of 41:28 was about 1.5 minutes faster than the second place finisher Adam Folts of Phoenix. Third place was taken by elite triathlete Jess Vondracek in sub-6 minute pace. The Men's Masters competition was dominated by Brian Hall who was 4th overall in an impressive time of 45:30. Brian was the winner in 2000 and has run the race every year and finished in the top ten since 1998. Second place was Ramon Billy, and third was newcomer Dave Dixon.
 
The women's overall award winner was Amy Cole who is becoming a regular winner at SAR races. Amy ran 6:26 pace, for a total time of 47:37. Second place went to Siouxsie Owen, and third was Lauren Reasoner. The top three ladies finished in order, #10, #11, and #12 overall. The Women's Masters competition was won by 2015 SAR Grand Prix winner Michelle Hawk in a time 54:33. Michelle pulled double-duty by volunteering at the race and winning the Master’s division. Second place went to the amazing Merry Dearmon. 
 
For the first time, we had a timing mat at the half-way point. This allows the runners to compare their first (uphill) split to their second (downhill) split. Some interesting observations can be found. For example, Kurt Michels ran the second half at 5:12 pace! Siouxsie Owen had a great second half to take second place overall. Don Fallis and Warren Williamson were 2 of 7 runners that actually ran the uphill faster than the downhill.
 
As with every event that we do, the volunteers were the engine that made this event run and we want to thank each and every one who helped out. While we're sure we won't remember to list everyone here we will try: Steve Felde, Sheryl Felde, Laura Marshall, Georgia Ehlers, Gary Giese, Connie Lopez, Linda Pitney, Jennifer Keyes, Dari Duval, Bob Howard, Gerardo Guzman, Melanie Ramo, Marti Ackermann, Stephan Ackermann, Gary Parcher, Pam Hoyt ,Monica Bermudez, Don Taylor, Linda Whelan, Diane Harper, Lauren Reasoner, Joe Faulk, Doreen Davis, Michelle Hawk, Bob Arendt, Robin Gerard, Ben Childers, Joe Plassman and boys, Tom Gormley, Gina Nelson, Chris Fall, Nick Gonzales, Emily Maas, and Maureen Cunningham

We also owe a huge thank you to our main sponsors, Proactive Physical Therapy, Performance Footwear and Summit Hut. Performance and Summit Hut graciously provided gift certificates to all award winners, along with our new sponsor LaceLocker, who provided age group awards. ProActive PT helped runners out with KT Tape and free massages. Additional sponsors included Culligan Water, Risky Business, Papa Johns and Eegees.
 
A big thank you as well to the Forest Service for permitting us to hold this event such a fantastic location. Our race benefitted the Friends of Sabino Canyon, a group that does great things to improve the park for all of us. 
A fantastic job was done by all, and we hope everyone enjoyed the experience.

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