• SAR Membership

    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 and get discounts to many local businesses, discounts to all SAR events and support the great work we do! JOIN TODAY!

  • Saguaro National Park 8M & 5K - 9/2/19

    Join us at this iconic Tucson event—our paved 8 mile loop will challenge you as you race among the rolling hills of the Saguaro Cactus Forest in the foothills of the Rincon Mountains.

  • TMC Tucson 10K - 9/15/19

    Come cruise the beautiful rolling hills in the Painted Desert area of the cactus-covered Tucson Mountains, with a rocket-ship finish to the shade-covered staging area nestled amongst the palm trees on the west side of Pima Community College.

  • Sabino Canyon FitKidz One Mile Classic - 9/28/19

    The 7th Annual Sabino Canyon FitKidz One Mile Classic is the one, the only, the original! This is the event that started the FitKidz craze! Join 300 or so other kids in celebrating and promoting fitness and running in beautiful Sabino Canyon!

Latest News:

Biannual Membership Drive

Jun 10, 2019

Sign up for a SAR membership (or renew your membership) at your local running store next Saturday and get a free shirt! Or come to Gentle Ben's on Friday night and get a FREE BEER!

Our biannual membership drive starts Friday night June 14 at Gentle Ben's (865 E University Blvd) in conjunction with a Happy Hour Hobble. Registration is at 6:30 pm followed by a 3ish-mile social walk/run at 6:45. Everyone who signs up for SAR for the first time or renews their membership gets a free beer!
If you can't join us on Friday, you can find us at your local running store on Saturday morning, June 15 . Sorry, no beers on Saturday! However, you'll get to to take your pick from available SAR race shirts, meet some of your board members, and get in-store discounts and perks! Representatives will be at the following four locations from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm on Saturday:

Fleet Feet Eastside (7301 E. Tanque Verde Rd)
Fleet Feet Oro Valley (7607 N. Oracle Rd) - Fleet Feet offers a $15 reward for every $150 spent.

Performance Footwear ( 5350 E Broadway Blvd, Ste 170)  - Performance Footwear will be giving away a pair of Balega socks to everyone who signs up (while supplies last) as well as 15% off all non-sale merchandise.

The Running Shop (3055 N. Campbell Ave, #153) - The Running Shop offers 10% off non-sale merchandise to all SAR members.

If your membership is current as of June 30th, you will be eligible for the 2019 Running Shop Grand Prix! Has your membership expired? If you renew now, all the Grand Prix races you have already completed this year will count toward your point total. Email us at southernarizonaroadrunners@gmail.com if you have any questions.


Thank you to volunteers for TMC Meet Me Downtown

Jun 10, 2019

Tia and I are overwhelmed by the community support for the TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run.  I am sure we’ve missed folks who helped, but here’s a partial list of those who helped at packet pickup and on race night.  We cannot do it without help and we’re eternally grateful for such a great running community!  Thank you!  --Randy Accetta


Workout Group: Thanks to all the runners who run with us at The Workout Group for all the pre-race advice, all the set-up, all the race day chipping-in, and all the late-night clean up.

TriGirls and friends: Thanks to the Tucson Tri-Girls for handling the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown tent on race night

Southwest Endurance Training: Thanks to the gang from SWET for handling the finish line water stop.

Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists: Thanks to SDMB for handling the Beer Garden.

SAR Board: Thanks to Diane, Greg, Dave, Heather, Caroline, Steve, and Sheryl for all the race day help.  Thanks to SAR Office Manager Lucas Tyler and to the full Board for all the pre-race communications and preparation help.

Educational Enrichment Foundation: Thanks to all the volunteers from EEF for handling the 2-mile water station.

Greater Tucson Leadership: Thanks to GTL’s leadership class of 2019 for handling the water stop near the 5-Points band!

Running Shop: Thanks to Sharon Bart from the Running Shop, and to Lucas, Geoff, Dan and the rest of the gang from the Running Shop for helping with packet pickup before the race and all the post-race follow-up.

The Whelan Clan: Special thanks to Linda Whelan for all of her pre-and post-race planning help and her race day efforts, and to Kerry Whelan for his amazing photographs.  It's a lot of work to catalogue a race like this -- we're grateful to Kerry for his time and skill!

The Damion Alexander Team: Thanks to Damion for being the lead bike rider on the race course.

Rayleigh Thompson Instability: Thanks to the band members of RTI for volunteering their rock and roll services on race night at the EEF water station.

Rock n' Roll: Thanks to the band members of AFTER 7 and Parties with Townies for rockin' out with us on race night!

Tucson Medical Center: Thanks to Amy and the gang from TMC for helping with race day and preparations.

Thanks to all the folks who pitched in on a hot day and hot night!  If we missed you, let us know and we'll add you to the list!

Marti Ackermann
Damion Alexander

Autumn Ball
 Tim Bentley
 Mary Black
 Maureen Cunningham
 Craig Dabler
 Merry Dearmond
 Dave Dixon
 William Dobbs
 Janell Farlee
 Joe Faulk
 Sheryl Felde
 Steve Felde
 Kristin Fitzmorris
 Caroline Gardner
 Gary Giese
 Denise Gizinski
 Austin Grover
 Kailee Grover
 Michelle Hawk
 Rachel Hilgeford
 Bill Hill
 Kasey Hill
 Janet Holland
 Heather Hopkins
 Susan Johansen
 Jaime Kafader
 Betsy Kanto
 Justine Kanuho
 Veikki Keatr
 Heidi Kurgat
 Raymond Langlais
 Connie Lopez
 Austin Lushinski
 Kelly Mack
 Diane Manzini
 Bob Marshall
 Erin McGinnis
 Craig Mills
 Noemi Mills
 Neil Momsen
 Steve Moore
 Vanessa Nez
 Kimberlee O’Cain
 Manny Ochoa
Steve Outridge
Linda Pansing
Andrew Peck
Joanie Rogucki

 Erik Sanders

 Cindy Schnell
Andrea Smith
Ginny Stasinski
Igor Suarez
Don Taylor
Jennifer Tellers
Caitlin Vogelsberg
Jennifer Weiser
Linda Whelan

Kerry Whelan
Sandy White


Women’s Course Record Set at TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k + Festival of Miles & RRCA Champs

Jun 10, 2019

On Tucson's hottest night of the year so far, Leah Rosenfeld came to Tucson from the snowy mountains of Flagstaff to smash the women's course record in the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run.

Cruising the 3.1 mile Downtown route in 17:11, a chipper pace of 5:32 per mile, Leah took home the winner's purse plus the course record bonus.  Said Leah by email after the race, "Thank you so much for allowing me to race in the mile and 5k. [Tucson is] so kind and welcoming to the athletes and I appreciate all of your efforts to make this event happen!  As spectators, my parents enjoyed watching the races, listening to the band rock out, and taste test at the food trucks. . . . a first class event!"  

Following Leah to the line was fellow Flagstaff runner Courtney Barnes and in third place was Francine Nzilampa, also from Flagstaff.  First women's master 5k runner was Tia Accetta, in a time of 20:33.

On the men's side, Flagstaff runner John Raneri snagged top honors sprinting to the tape in 15 minutes flat, with local standouts Harry Mulenga and Japhet Kipkoch hot on his heels.  Top master's male was Oro Valley's Orlando Velasquez, one of the top 40+ runners in the West.

Speaking of the West, the Festival of Miles was named the RRCA West Regional Championships, with top athletes receiving special medallions.  The RRCA West Regional Champion in the Mile Run is Harry Mulenga, in a time of 4:19.  The Master's Male winner is Brian Pasero.  Super Grand Master's Champ is Benito Gonzalez, while Grand Masters Champ is Steve Sluyk from Scottsdale. 

On the women's side, the first woman across the line was Courtney Barnes from McKirdy Trained in Flagstaff.  Her time of 4:53 makes her the RRCA West Regional One Mile Champion.  For the RRCA Championships, 66-year old Kim Andres from Irving, Texas was the first 40+ finisher, taking home the Super-Grand Masters title, while Lisa Kiser was the first woman in the Grand Master's Division, and Monica Polanco was the first place finisher in the 40-49 year division.

In the Battle of the Badges, Vincent Valenzuela from TPD took first place in a smoking' time of 5:08, with Steve Vanderlaske from Falmouth, Mass coming in second. First place woman was Erica Cramer in 7:03.
Once again, Mark Cromey ran the whole race in full Tucson Fire Department gear, finishing in 14:18.

Fitkidz: Thanks for all the 319 finishers and the almost 450 registrants

As a reminder, all results follow "gun-time."  The SAR webpage seems to be having problems listing all runners, so you can check http://www.roadrunnerracetiming.com/ for all results and age groups.  If you won an age group award, you can visit The Running Shop at 3055 North Campbell any time on the month of June to pick up your award.


Final Race Report for the TMC Meet Me Downtown Race Report for race registrants

Jun 10, 2019

June 10th Update: Click here for the email we've sent out to participants in the TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run 

Virtual Crown, Out of Town: We have mailed all the Triple  Crown items to folks who live out of the Tucson area.

Virtual Crown Locals: if you live in town but were not be able to make it on race night, you can pick up your race shirt, teal Gabe Z shirt, and souvenir coaster medallion at The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell Ave) during the month of June.​  Please remember, all shirts are first-come, first-served on sizing, until we run out.​  We will have additional souvenir items such as hats and tank-tops for those who do not want a given remaining shirt size, etc.

Others: If you missed us race night or the three other pre-race opportunities to get your race shirt, you can go to the Running Shop at 3055 North Campbell through the end of June and pick up whatever souvenir items are left, on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Remember: please be nice to the folks at the Running Shop as they try to help you.

NOW -- WOW! Thanks to all the runners and walkers and friends and family who came out to the 13th Annual TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Walk last weekend!  

As you may already know, Tia and I came up with the idea for this race 13 years ago after a failed date night, when there was nothing to do in Downtown Tucson. 

Downtown was in a bit of a funk back then, so we decided to throw a running party to highlight the Fox Theater, the arts district, and the few restaurants and bars.  Well, since then a decade-plus of growth has made Downtown Tucson a hip spot to be for young and old alike, with plenty of galleries, restaurants, bars, and clubs. 

We thank you for helping our community be a better place to live -- and we're grateful to the Downtown Tucson Partnership, Rio Nuevo, Hotel Congress, the Running Shop, SAR, the RRCA, and Tucson Medical Center for being long-term partners in helping us improve Downtown. 
OK -- we will send a deeper post-race report in a few days, but below are a few quick housekeeping items.

Randy Accetta
Results can be found at the webpage of our race partner, the Southern Arizona Roadrunners: http://www.azroadrunners.org/results/detail/meet-me-downtown-results-2019 .  
If you did not yet receive your age-group award, please visit the Running Shop at 3055 North Campbell by the end of June to claim your award. All awards are given based on start-gun-time.
Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown
We are grateful for Emily Nottingham, Ross Zimmerman, and the entire Zimmerman family for allowing us to honor Gabe with this series of races. Thanks to your registrations and to funding from Tucson Medical Center, we are on track to provide over $8,000 to Beyond-tucson.org for local health and wellness programming.
If you signed up only for the 5k or the Mile but want to do the full three-race series the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, you can sign up here: https://runsignup.com/Race/AZ/Tucson/GabeZimmermanTripleCrown    
Triple Crown registration includes the teal GabeZ shirt, the MMD medal, and registration to both the September 15th TMC Tucson 10k and October 27th TMC Get Moving Half-Marathon and 5k (including race shirts and medals). Your registration will also enable us to provide an additional $10 to the BEYOND-Foundation.
Likewise, if you signed up for the Triple Crown but had to do TMC Meet Me Downtown virtually, please go to the Running Shop to get your shirt and medal.
Our long-time photo hero is Kerry Whelan, who is the best running photographer I've ever seen. His race photos can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pg/GoatOGRAPHER . Kerry is working on thousands of photos, so give him some time and check 'em out at his FB page.
Another long-time friend of the race is Damion Alexander. Damion was the lead bike rider on the Mile Races and the 5k -- and he took some awesome photos and put 'em on his FB page here .
Check out the various photos tagged at our Run Tucson instagram here . Also, check out the various hashtags on social media: #meetmedowntown5k, #gabezimmermantriplecrown, #runSAR, and #runtucson.
We only have a few orange race shirts left, but we have extra "Run Tucson" hats and extra Gabe Z shirts, so if you did not get a shirt on race night, please take whatever works best -- and please be nice to the folks at The Running Shop. If you have any problems or are unhappy about anything, contact me at randy@runtucson.net and please do not take it out on the staff at The Running Shop.
As a way of thanking you for being part of everything, please see below for discount codes to some of the upcoming races we produce.
For any race questions or future sponsorship inquiries, contact Race Director Randy Accetta

Thank you for helping us raise funds for these local organizations

Nice Words
Children's Museum: Thank you so much for the opportunity to partner again on this wonderful event. What an amazing event it was! The race was well organized and we heard great things from the 483 individuals who made use of our courtyard and the Museum. On behalf of the Museum staff, Board of Directors and all the kiddos who ran, jumped and played on Saturday night…thank you! Autumn Rentmeester, Director of Development
Educational Enrichment Foundation: Thank you so much for including us in this weekend’s event. It is always to incredible to a part of the Tucson Community coming together. We were also able to spread the word about what we are working on and learn about other folks in the community. On behalf of EEF and our TUSD students, thank you. All my best, Leslie Edwards, Executive Director

Greater Tucson Leadership: Thank you so much for supporting Greater Tucson Leadership! We had a wonderful time on Saturday night, and it was awesome to see such a great turnout supporting the 5K. Thank you for all you do for our community! Warmest regards, Kasey Hill, Executive Director


Meet Me Downtown 5k and Festival of Mile Results are available

Jun 2, 2019

You can find them here!

We experienced an unfortunate starting mat partial malfunction.  Because about 25% of participants' times have only a gun time, we have decided to sort places for this event by gun time. This adjustment affected just 3 in age group award results and will be used for Grand Prix calculations.

We apologize for the issue and are discussing immediate equipment upgrades to prevent future chip time issues. Please know that we at SAR take accurate results very seriously and are taking steps to remedy the situation for our next event.

You can find a video of your 5k finish at http://www.roadrunnerracetiming.com.


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