SAR News

Registration for the 2020 Gabe Zimmerman is now open - pricing goes up on February 1st!

Jan 16, 2020

Registration for the 2020 Gabe Zimmerman is now open - pricing goes up on February 1st!

What is the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown?

The three-race series commemorates Gabe Zimmerman, a Tucson native who lost his life in the January 2011 shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords here in Tucson.  As we all know, running shows us the power within ourselves. If we can go three miles in a hot summer night or slog our way up and down the hills of the Tucson mountains, the ups and downs of daily life are certainly manageable and we can rise to our other challenges. 

Special thanks to the thanks to the 5,500+ registrations that have been part of the Triple Crown these past few years!!

Our goal is to celebrate Gabe and motivate the community to aspire to individual and collective greatness – to work alone and work with others towards those goals we find valuable.  To celebrate living, community, and good will.  To live with love, to live with passion, to chase dreams . . . .

  • Saturday night, June 6th: TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run/Walk, Tucson's largest running event.  You can run or walk Tucson's most popular 3.1 mile event. The TMC 5k Night Run is part of SAR's Running Shop Grand Prix. 
  • Sunday morning, September 20th: TMC Tucson 10k.  You can run the 10k or you can walk or run the 5k at Tucson's newest premier running event. 
  • Sunday morning, October 19th (date TBD): TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon Events. You can walk or run the Tucson Lifestyle 5k, the Cox Charities Family Mile, or the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon.  The TMC Half-Marathon is part of SAR's Running Shop Grand Prix.

300 medals remain at TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson

Jan 14, 2020

Sign up now to snag your souvenir medal -- all registrants can get their medal at packet pickup at The Running Shop on February 22nd or on race day, February 23rd!  Wanna' volunteer?  You get free breakfast and free entry to Old Tucson, too!  Follow links here.


Sun Run Results now posted

Jan 12, 2020

You can find them here!

Happy New Year!


FitKidz Silent Auction Starts Today Online

Jan 12, 2020

Win great prizes with the Silent Auction benefiting FitKidz! View the items available and start putting in your bids on select items today, January 12th until January 26th.  Click here to view items and place bids! Prizes included Disney tickets, UofA Basketball tickets, a wine tasting party and more! Note: Those items with a high "Buy Now" price are intended to be auctioned at the SAR rAnnual Party on Sunday 1/26 - they are listed for preview purposes only! Items without "Buy Now" prices, are meant for online auction. 


Registration Now Open for 50th Annual Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler & 5k Walk/Run

Jan 8, 2020

You can sign up here for SAR's oldest race, the Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler & 5k Walk/Run.  SAR members: check your email in coming days for the discount code. 


TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run: medal announced + Running Shop Grand Prix reminder

Dec 11, 2019

Sign up here -- the first 700 registrants receive the high-quality, iconic "Arizona Marshal's Badge" medallion in historic Arizona copper styling, the second-ever in our TMC Old Tucson set.  The Women's 4-Miler and Men's 4-Miler are part of SAR's 2020 Running Shop Grand Prix.  Remember: join SAR to receive your Running Shop Grand Prix points.  Special thanks to the Running Shop for all the age group awards in the 4-miler, too!  


RACE RECAP - 2019 Thanksgiving XCC

Dec 3, 2019

Sometimes the weather cooperates and sometimes it doesn’t. We got super lucky for this year’s Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic! The forecast was not very encouraging and the clouds certainly looked ominous. Folks took a chance and showed up. And in almost record numbers to boot! It sprinkled lightly for about 10 seconds every now and then but otherwise it didn’t rain. That just meant that if you wanted to get wet, you had to splash bigger in the water pit!

The ladies 5K took off at 8:00 am. Ashley Winget from Oro Valley took first place with a time of 19:46 and Megan Greene from Littleton, CO took first master’s place with a time of 20:38. Each won a pair of Brooks shoes from The Running Shop together with a trophy and this year’s “turkey” salt and pepper shakers. Age group winners were:  1-10 Laney Phelps, 11-13 Mariza Chavez, 14-16 Taylor McCue, 17-19 Zoey Delgado, 20-24 Hannah Whetzel, 25-29 Josephine Abbey, 30-34 Claire Hans, 35-39 Cara Payne, 40-44 Kristina Bonet, 45-49 Edith Yee, 50-54 Sharon Silvas, 55-59 Michele Watson, 60-64 Janet Holland, 65-69 Beth Scott, 70-74 Mary Croft, and 75-79 Loretta Gascoigne. Since the course record from 2011 set by Tara Erdmann at 17:08.2 remains, the course record pot increases another $50 to $450 for next year.

The men followed at 8:45 with Nathan Thomas, in a time of 15:37, taking first place for the third year in a row! The masters winner was Orlando Velazquez with a time of 17:43. Age group winners were: 1-10 Owen Phelps, 11-13 John Diego (jd) Sportsman, 14-16 Ethan Mobley, 17-19 Emmanuel Corral, 20-24 Brendan Sage, 25-29 Joseph McConaughy, 30-34 Charlie Ware, 35-39 Randy Arriola, 40-44 Keith Henry, 45-49 Sergio Osario, 50-54 Robert Rezetko, 55-59 Jimmy Riccitello, 60-64 Brian Stewart, 65-69 Joe Reda, 70-74 Richard Senti, 75-79 Gary Giese, and 80 and over Don Branaman. The course record set by Craig Curley of 14:54.1, set in 2009, remains and the course record pot for next year will increase to $550!

As usual, the team competition was fierce. Sixteen teams qualified in the ladies division! Wow! Women of Wog took first place with a time of 1:22:33 with the top four finishers being Josephine Abbey, Alexis White, Cara Payne and Ashlee Michels. Those Damn Wog Kids took second place in a time of 1:35:30. Eight mens teams qualified and WOG Dawgs took first place with a time of 1:12:38. Top four on WOG Dawgs were Charlie Ware, Angel Ochoa, Alek Comyford and Robert Rezetko. Second place mens team was Himmel parkrun with a time of 1:20:20. First place teams win a $50 Rocco’s gift certificate and second place teams win a $25 Rocco’s gift certificate.

We always look forward to the fabulous expressions expressed through photos from Oro Valley Photography. With the possibility of rain in the forecast, we were concerned that we would have to forego the photo booth this year. Thankfully the weather cooperated and the photo booth was able to remain. We look forward to seeing those photo booth pics as well as race pics! Hopefully they will be posted quickly. Go to to view them all!

It takes a village to put on an event and we are eternally grateful to the community and all involved that helped make this happen. Our generous sponsors include The Running Shop, Brooks, Bashas, Sonic Drive In, Sparkletts Water, Bruegger’s Bagels, DJ Rich and Southern Arizona Roadrunners. My co-race director, Martin Pena, always deserves bundles and bundles of gratitude. More heartfelt thanks to Lucas Tyler and Steve Outridge for coordinating everything that Martin or I can’t do. I personally want to say Thank You to my amazing Running Shop staff, Lucas, Geoff, Ava, Meggie, Brian and Laurie for helping ease my craziness. And a huge shout out to Michelle Hawk for making sure the registration process goes smoothly! And another huge shout out to Doreen Davis for overseeing the food preparation and helping pass our inspection with flying colors. There aren’t enough ways for me to express my appreciation of Chip Travers, our artist extraordinaire. I send yet another big shout out to Sheryl Felde for helping coordinate all of the volunteers. And for those other volunteers who gave up their time on or right around Thanksgiving, Thank YOU, from the bottom of my heart, including Marti, Autumn, Monica, Dennis, Patricio, Amye, Mary, Maureen, Joan, Cathy, Dave, Chris, Lauren, Joe, Steve, Kristin, Jeff, Caroline, Gary, Denise, Darla, Shirley, Janet, Heather, Connie, Steve, Tina, Andrew, Joe,Laurie,  Erik, Geoff, Kristen, Lisa, Sarah, Steve, Penny, Stefan, Don and Carolina. As I said, it takes a village! (Please accept my apologies if you volunteered and your name was missed. The omission is not intentional and you are truly appreciated!)

We gladly include Toys for Tots and Team Hoyt as our beneficiaries. The additional donations made by many of you this year is truly heartwarming. Over $800 in additional donations were made to Team Hoyt and close to $1400 in additional donations were made to Toys for Tots. And that doesn’t include the toys brought to the event. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

We have a couple of items turned into the Lost and Found that have not yet been claimed. A pair of eye glasses and a set of head phones are waiting at The Running Shop to be claimed. If you registered and were not able to pick up your tee shirt, we have some left and they are at the shop. If you have not yet received your award, it is also waiting for you at The Running Shop.

We wish you happy and healthy holidays. See you at the 2020 Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic (Tucson’s original Turkey Trot)!


Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic Results now posted

Nov 27, 2019

You can find them here!   Happy Thanksgiving!


SAR member discount to TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run

Nov 26, 2019

SAR members: when you sign up for the 4-miler or 1-mile at the February 23 TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run you will receive the SAR discount of $3 off each registration.  Simply check the box that indicates you're a SAR member and the RSU page will cross-reference your SAR number.  Not a member?  Join SAR here!   All registrants receive free trailside breakfast, free entry to Old Tucson Studios, free entry to International Wildlife Museum -- plus the souvenir race medal!


RACE RECAP - Jim Click’s Run n’ Roll 2019

Nov 22, 2019

The weather was absolutely perfect on race day for the 2019 edition of Jim Click's Run n' Roll on the beautiful U of A campus. This was the second year on the new course and everyone was very happy with it. The new T-shirt style, fit and fabric were a hit this year. The plan is to keep it similar next year with a new and exciting color. The University of Arizona always does a great job with sponsors and vendors to give everyone a fun atmosphere throughout the race experience.

We had an amazing turnout with over 400 finishers of the 8K and over 150 in the 3K!

Here are the top performances in the 8K:

First place wheel chair - Miguel Jimenez from Tucson 19:22.0

First place male - Harry Mulenga from Tucson 24:33:00

First place female - Nicole Pearce from Tucson 29:49:00

Male Masters - Chris Mcmordie from Tucson 29:06:00

Female Masters - Sharon Silvas from Tucson 33:26:00

Thanks to all of the incredible volunteers and their efforts through packet pick up, registration, to course monitors and water station helpers. I love the fact that SAR volunteers step in when and where needed, ALWAYS! 

We'll see all of you next year.



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