Southern Arizona Roadrunners began the FitKidz running program in 2013 in order to provide experiences that start children on a path of being physically active for life. FitKidz aims to improve the health and wellness of our local community by engaging kids and their families in fun and healthy activities. Since the inception of FitKidz over 4,500 youth participants have taken part in a number of our free events and programs. FitKidz is an inclusive program that encourages all children to come out and run or walk, regardless of their backgrounds and experiences. With eight running FREE one mile races offered throughout the year and the five-week FitKidz Running Club, there are opportunities for every child to learn, run and have fun! Want to help us grow the program by donating to the SAR FitKidz fund?">You can do that here!


MISSION: The FitKidz program strives to promote the health and wellness of Tucson and Southern Arizona children through free, fun, and engaging youth running events and programs.


VISION: Our vision is to create and lead a vibrant and healthy youth running community that focuses on empowering children to be physically active and learn the skills to make positive lifestyle choices. We aspire to introduce children of all backgrounds to running and walking opportunities that enhance their health and well-being. We aim to be a regional leader in youth fitness programming and inspire the next generation of Tucson and Southern Arizona runners.


2019 FitKidz Mile schedule:

These races are FREE One Mile races for kids not yet in middle school. Events will be loads of fun and will include official timing so that the kids get the full race experience!


Cool benefits will include:


  • -Free FitKidz series t-shirt at your first FitKidz race (or until you grow out of your old one!)

  • -Official race timing and FitKidz race bibs

  • -Finisher ribbons for all participants

  • -Special awards for top three boys and girls at each race

  • -Hang out with our mascot Fitz the FitKidz Roadrunner

  • --NEW for 2019: FitKidz Passport Incentive Program. Kids will receive a passport to track their races and physical activity at school/ home. Plus they'll earn incentives as the complete more free FitKidz races, including a medal if they finish 6 FitKidz races in 2019!


Check out the SAR FitKidz Facebook Group to stay connected to all things FitKidz!

Special thanks to our 2018 FitKidz sponsors:



Desert Diamond

Casinos &



How can you help the FitKidz program thrive?

DONATE HERE: or send a check to Southern Arizona Roadrunners with the Memo 'FitKidz" to 

PO Box 64215
Tucson, AZ 85728-4215

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Are you a business interested in becoming a FitKidz sponsor for the 2018 season? Check out sponsorship information here and email us at for more information.  This series is organized 100% by volunteers so every penny goes strait into improving these events for the kids!

VOLUNTEER: Contact Diane Manzini about volunteer opportunities.

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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