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  • SAR Membership

    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!

  • TMC Sunrise At Old Tucson 4M & 1M - 1/25/15

    Saddle up, boys and girls!!  Sunrise at Old Tucson is a 4-mile cross country trail run on the grounds of historic Old Tucson Studios, site of some of the greatest cowboy movies ever made.

  • Fine Valentine Couples Relay - 2/8/15

    Want a morning full of running, mimosas, costume contests, p.d.a exchange zone, awesome gift certificate prizes, group challenge prize to win a keg and more!?

  • TMC Be Tucson Women’s 5K & Men’s Mile - 2/22/15

    The 4th annual TMC BE Tucson event features a men’s mile, an open women’s 5k, and a women’s 5k prize money race, a beautiful loop course, and plenty of great family-friendly activities!

  • Dave’s Run for ALS 5K & FitKidz Mile - 3/15/15

    Dave’s Run boasts a flat and super-fast 5K around the beautiful Crossroads at Silverpark in Marana. Come on out and be part of the fun!

Latest News:

2015 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown Registration Now Available

Jan 23, 2015

 You can register online here for the 2015 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, presented by Tucson Medical Center.  The three races of the 2015 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown will include Tucson's most popular events:

May 30, 2015 TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run/Walk, Tucson's largest running event

September 7, 2015 TMC Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler & 5k, Tucson's oldest running event

October 25, 2015 TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon Event featuring TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon, Tucson Lifestyle 5k, and Cox Charities 1-mile, Tucson's biggest urban half-marathon event


$69, through March 1

$80 from March 2- May 1

$90 from May 1- May 22

Pricing is for all three events, and includes a commemorative "Run Tucson" t-shirt, available at TMC Meet Me Downtown.  All finishers of all three events will receive a special commemorative finisher's award, available at the TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon.  

To receive the finisher's award, you must complete all three races (the 5k at the TMC Meet Me Downtown; either the 5k or the 8-mile at TMC Saguaro; and either hte 5k or the half-marathon at the TMC Get Moving Tucson event).

All races will take place rain or shine.  There are no refunds or transfers.


The three-race series commemorates Gabe Zimmerman, a Tucson native who lost his life in the January 2011 shooting here in Tucson.  From the Gabe Zimmerman Davison Canyon Trailhead to the Gabe Zimmerman Meeting Room at the U.S. Capital, Gabe’s presence will forever be a part of our community.  We are grateful to Ross Zimmerman and Julia Strange at Tucson Medical Center for developing the concept of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown – and we’re thankful to the Arizona Daily Star and Caliente for helping implement it. Gabe’s whole family has been devoted to fitness, running, and the Arizona outdoors – we are honored to be able to celebrate the spirit of Gabe and highlight the possibilities for Tucson through the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.

Each year, $10 from each Triple Crown entry will be donated to Gabe’s favorite non-profit, Child and Family Resources.  Additional Tucson-based organizations will receive a portion of the proceeds from the individual events. Over $20,000 has been donated due to your efforts.  Thank you!


TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Race Weekend Details

Jan 21, 2015

Click here for all the details about this weekend's Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run and Walk, including online registration through Thursday, in-person registration Saturday and Sunday, packet pickup Saturday and Sunday, and race day matters.  You can also read below for the details if it is easier!



When, Where, and Timing

When - Sunday, January 25, 2015

Time - 8:00 start time for women's 4-mile race; 9:00 start time for men's 4-mile race; 9:00 start time for one-mile walk/run

Where - Old Tucson Studios,201 South Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85735.  Park in the main lots at Old Tucson Studios.

Directions -

From Speedway: Take Speedway from I-10 all the way west, turn south on Kinney, and Old Tucson Studios is just ahead on the left.

From Ajo: Take Ajo west from I-10 to Kinney Road and head north. 

Shoe Tag Timing - The race will be timed by SAR timer, Greg Wenneborg, with the shoe-tag timing system. Please pick up your shoe tag before the race at the finish line of the race at the Bitter Creek and Sound Stage 2 set. Greg's volunteers will hand them out.  The race will be "gun timed" meaning that you will all receive the same starting time, but your finishing time will be electronically captured by the shoe tag that you place on your shoe.  Please return the tags immediately after the race!


What You Get and What To Do


Everyone who has paid for breakfast will receive a wrist band when they pick up their race number and t-shirt.  You must wear your wrist band to receive breakfast.  Breakfast will be at Big Jake's, the restaurant at the starting line.  Please see below for the list of participants who have paid for breakfast. 

Free Old Tucson Entry:

This year, the Old Tucson folks are requesting that racers leave and re-enter the park through the Main Gate, so if you want to visit the attractions in Old Tucson please be sure to leave through the Rodeo Gates and then enter through the Main Gate. Your race number counts as your entry pass, so you must have your race number to re-enter.

Guest Passes to Old Tucson for friends and family:

Your race number entitles you to free entry, plus the discounted companion entry of $8. A participant wearing a race number must be present to take advantage of this special rate. 

Desert Museum Pass:

The first 700 registrants will receive one pass good for one free admission to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum - this admission pass is good through February 28th.  

Wildlife Museum Pass:

Every registrant may use their race number as a free admission ticket to the International Wildlife Museum on Sunday, January 25th.   
T-shirts: Unisex and women's long-sleeve shirts in bright orange, with some women's in pink.  These will be distributed at packet pickup in first-come, first-served order.  Extra shirts will be available for purchase.

NOTE: all children under 10 are free and will receive a race number but no t-shirt. If we have shirts left over, they can be purchased for $20.

Event Weekend Schedule

Saturday, January 24

10:00am - 2:00pm T-shirt and race number pick up at The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell).

YES: you can pick up the number, wristband, and shirt of someone else.  

YES: you can still register other people, though they need to sign the waiver   

YES: you can change race distances, though you will have to pay the fee difference to run the 4-miler

YES: you can transfer race numbers for a $10 Transfer Fee.

YES: We accept checks and cash and credit cards through a square reader (credit cards will be subject to a $2 service charge)

YES: T-shirts are first-come, first-served.  We have both unisex and women's sizing (women's shirts come in both orange and pink).  


Sunday, January 25

6:45 - 8:00 am Registration and packet pick-up in the Old Tucson parking lot, by the old-fashioned camera boom. 

NOTE: Because the women's race starts at 8:00am, women's registration will close at 7:45. Men's registration and One-Mile registration will close at 8:00 am.

7:45 Women begin to line up in the center of Old Tucson, on Main Street by the Palace Theatre.

8:00 The women's 4-mile race start - Marshall Pat Garret will start the race

8:45 Men and One-Milers begin to line up in the center of Old Tucson, on Main Street, by the Palace Theatre.   Please cheer for women still finishing their final lap as they run down Main Street from the Old White Church.

9:00 The Men's 4-miler and all the one-milers will start

9:00 (approx) Breakfast at Big Jake's by the starting line begins. Breakfast will end at about 10:15 or so.  You must have purchased a ticket ahead of time - they will have your name on a list.  You must have your wrist band for breakfast.

9:45 (approx) Women's Award Ceremony begins and Lil' Pardner Children's Dash starting at the finish line at Bitter Creek.

10:00 (approx.) The Old Tucson folks are requesting that we send park visitors back through the Main Gate, so after the awards and breakfast if you want to visit the attractions in Old Tucson, please be sure to leave through the Rodeo Gates and then enter through the Main Gate.

NOTE# 1: Yes, men can run in the women's race and women can run in the men's race. However, in the interest of fairness, pacing of leaders and age group leaders is not allowed, and if you run in the other gender race you are not eligible for age group awards or Grand Prix points.

NOTE #2: The race takes place rain or shine, with no refunds.  Race weekend transfers will cost $10, payable at registration.

Course, Staging and Other Information 

The 4 Mile course will follow the same course as the past few years - start on Main Street and do one full loop of Main Street, leave town and do a two-mile stretch through the single-track horse trails, sandy washes, and dirt roads, then climb the short hill behind Bitter Creek to the three-mile mark, and do one final loop of town before finishing in front of the Bitter Creek set by the rodeo grounds.  The race page has some advice on running cross country terrain like this.

The One Mile will do a loop and a half of the inner grounds of Old Tucson. The One Mile is closer to 1¼ miles.

Due to the rugged terrain, there are no bicycles, wheelchairs, skateboards, roller skates or pets allowed on the course.

Headphones are NOT allowed for safety reasons.

The courses will be marked with pink and orange flagging, with volunteers from Sahuaro High School Cross Country team out on the course.

Quick advice - If you cannot see a flag, you're probably off course. Keep your eyes open. Don't assume the person in front of you knows where he or she is going. Snakes should be sleeping, but don't run into cactus. We ran the course last weekend and trimmed the trees and cactus, but please keep your eye on the trails! 

Volunteers - Special thanks to the track and cross country teams of Sahuaro High School for being course marshals and water station volunteers. Special thanks to the SAR and Workout Group team of volunteers for helping set the course on Saturday afternoon!  If you want to help out on race day, we'd be happy to put you to work - contact race director Randy Accetta at raccetta2@cox.net.

Water Stations - There is a water station at the Bitter Creek Set. Four-milers will pass the water station two times - at approximately ½ mile into the race then again at 3 miles into the race. One Milers will pass the water station at approximately 1/3 of a mile into their loop. 

Restrooms - Old Tucson Studios has numerous restrooms available throughout the morning

Snacks - We will have Gatorade, cookies, pretzels, and other snacks after the race at the Bitter Creek set.  We will also have the world-unveiling of MUD Bars, a new nutritious bar company that is being founded by four undergraduate students at the University of Arizona's McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship.  See below for details on this new venture -- as their teacher, we are super proud of them!

Grand Prix - The 4 Miler is part of the Desert Grand Prix presented by the Running Shop.

Shoe Tag Timing, again - The race will be timed by SAR timer, Greg Wenneborg, with the shoe-tag timing system. Please pick up your shoe tag at the finish line of the race at the Bitter Creek set.  Greg's volunteers will hand them out.  The race will be "gun timed" meaning that you will all receive the same starting time, but your finishing time will be electronically captured by the shoe tag that you place on your shoe. Please return the tags immediately after the race.

Drexel Heights Fire - The Drexel Heights Fire Department will have a dedicated ambulance on site during the duration of the two races, from 8:00-10:00.

Weather - The day is due to be cool in the early morning and nice and hot later, with an overnight low of 45 and high of 75. 

Bag Check - There is no bag check, so please be respectful of each other's property.


Raffles - All preregistered participants will be entered into a raffle for prizes to be given out at the awards ceremony.   Prizes courtesy of The Running Shop.

4 Mile Overall 1, 2, 3: gift certs in $50, $40, $30

Masters first only: $40 gift certificate

Age group awards

1st $25, plus sandstone candle

2nd $15, plus sandstone candle

3rd sandstone candle



We are especially grateful to the folks at Old Tucson Studios for making it possible!

A special thanks to Tucson Medical Center (http://www.tmcaz.com) for all their support of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners and the local health and fitness community.  This race could not have such low entry fees without the support of TMC.  Check out the new facility at The Core at La Encantada: https://www.facebook.com/TheCoreTMC 

Special thanks to The Running Shop (http://www.runningshopaz.com) for awards and the logo

Thanks to Drexel Heights for providing ambulance support. Thanks, too, to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum and the Wildlife Museum.

Thanks to media sponsors KHIT 107.5, Cox Communications, Tucson Lifestyle, and Caliente and the Daily Star.

M.U.D. Bars, or "Millions Underfed Daily", makes organic, high-quality, nutritious energy bars with flavors inspired from countries around the world that are also experiencing food insecurity. For every M.U.D. Bar you enjoy, we give a bar back to the country of its flavor!

Facebook: MUD Bars


Instagram: mudbars

Website: www.mudbars.com 

Bolivia Bar

Our dark chocolate espresso Bolivia Bar was inspired by the large cultivation of coffee and cocoa in the Yungas region. Our bars are no bake and made from an oat flour, cocoa, and dried fruit base. In addition to being gluten free, Bolivia Bars utilizes ingredients with a low glycemic index, helping you feel full longer and preventing blood sugar spikes that can have you feeling groggy.


Haiti Bar

Our Mango Coconut Haiti Bar was inspired by the tropical hospitality of the Haitian nation. These fruit and nut bars feature a variety of dried tropical fruits nestled between almonds, brazil nuts, peanuts and the staple cereal crop in Haiti; millet. These no bake fruit and nut bars are packed with protein, and fiber and have a low glycemic index to help you feel full longer and prevent blood sugar spikes that can have you feeling groggy. 


SAR Annual Celebration on Sunday Night - check out the list of award winners

Jan 21, 2015

Click here for updated details on the free SAR Annual Party on Sunday night, January 25 at Gentle Ben's at the UA Main Gate.  Click here to register so we know how much food to buy! See below for special SAR member awards to those who ran multiple Grand Prix races.

Check out the lists of names below -- if you're on the lists, you can pick up your special award at the award table.  Thanks to Board members Keith Schlottman, John Sabatine, Kara Middendorf, and Lucas Tyler for helping recognize those who raced multiple SAR Grand Prix races.  

Those who ran every SAR Grand Prix race will receive a special commemorative medallion and a free race entry into the 2015 SAR race of their choice.
Ed Berkeley
Ramon Billy
Joe Faulk
John Hertzog
Shane Inman
Bob Marshall
Richard Senti
Daryll Brosanders
Marti Ackermann
Nancy Fuller
Shirley Hester
Aimee Kaempf
Connie Lopez
Laura Marshall
Tracy Mitchell
Erin Paradis
Joanie Rogucki

Those who raced at least six (6) SAR Grand Prix races will receive a commemorative medallion.
Don Branaman
Daryll Brosanders
John Chamberlain
James Hudson
Andrew Turk
Ed Berkeley
Ramon Billy
Alec Briones
Shane Carr
Ernesto Chavez
Hemant Damle
Scott Ellis
Jp Fajardo
Joe Faulk
Steve Felde
Gary Giese
Benito Gonzalez
Aaron Hausman
John Hertzog
Bill Hill
Steven Hollander
Shane Inman
Don Jennings
Alastair Laing
Tim Lee
Jay Lindbergh
Bob Marshall
Guy McArthur
David Mellady
Kurt Michels
Marty Michelson
Robert Norwood
Ruben Ochoa
John Otto
Steven Outridge
Andrew Peck
Glenn Peck
Budana Prijadi
Leo Richard
Russell Riordon
Paul Robillia
Wayne Rogers
John Sabatine
Richard Senti
Steve Sheldon
Chad Simpson
Robert Sparks
Joel Stamp
Tyler Tate
Lucas Tyler
Danny Wilson
Mike Wilson

Dari Duval
Diane Manzini
Marti Ackermann
Melody Bailey
Jeri Baker
Robin Benge
Katie Bindschadler
Mary Black
Anna Carr
Maureen Cunningham
Georgia Ehlers
Liz Farkas
Sheryl Felde
Nancy Fuller
Karen Gallagher
Jennifer Garcia
Teresa Gregory
Catherine Harris
Michelle Hawk
Tanya Hertzler
Shirley Hester
Rachel Hilgeford
Debbie Jensen
Aimee Kaempf
Michelle Kaseler
Lisa Kiser
Julie Klinker
Connie Lopez
Laura Marshall
Erin McGinnis
Tracy Mitchell
Erin Paradis
Mary Puig
Joanie Rogucki
Susan Salmon
Lori Schiffler
Cindy Schnell
Becca Slater
Sue Smith
Angela Stout
Irene Swanson
Stephanie Wenneborg
Sandy White
Denise Yingst


Updated Details on TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson

Jan 20, 2015

Online registration goes through Thursday at midnight here.  

Check out the race page for the January 20 updated details on the race day schedule, registration, packet pickup, and more.  


Join SAR on Sunday the 25th at TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson and the free Annual Celebration

Jan 14, 2015

On Sunday January 25, SAR celebrates running in Tucson with the TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run (register here) at historic Old Tucson Studios and the annual free party at Gentle Ben's Brewery (register for free here), down by the UA.  


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.

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