SAR is partnering with Ben's Bells to create a running/walking/kindness themed 6ftx26ft mural on The Loop by the Cushing Street Bridge! We need your ideas by January 24th! Send your sketches to firstname.lastname@example.org. Draw something up (rough sketch is fine), snap a picture of it and shoot it over to us. Who knows, maybe your idea will brighten our runs soon when we put in miles on the Loop! Waant to donate towards the mural fund? You can do that here! https://www.gofundme.com/the-loop-run-kind-muralMore
Click HERE to view the first installment of the 2018 Running Shop SAR Grand Prix Results thanks to our GP guru, Mike Wilson.More
SAR members, hurry and sign up for TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson before the SAR member discount rides out of town on January 15th . . . . don't have your coupon code? Let us know and we'll shoot it over . . .
Course Highlights: Single track trails, dirt roads, washes, and the dusty Old Tucson Main Street
Course Distances: Men's 4-mile; Women's 4-mile; Family-friendly 1-mile -- each race is capped, so be sure to sign up before we reach the limit!
Free Breakfast: First 500 receive free breakfast and a colorful shirt
Colorful shirt: First 500 receive a colorful short-sleeved shirt in either women's or unisex sizing
Free admittance to Old Tucson Studios: Everyone registered receives free admission to Old Tucson Studios, for a full day of Old West fun! Guests receive special discounted pricing, so everyone can enjoy the day together.
Free admittance to International Wildlife Museum: Everyone registered receives free admission to the renowned International Wildlife Museum on race day.
Age Group and Overall Prizes: Gift certificates to The Running Shop for overall and age group winners.
Beneficiaries: Southern Arizona Roadrunners
Sunrise at Old Tucson is scheduled to be part of the 2018 Southern Arizona Roadrunners Running Shop Grand Prix.
Kids 10 and under are free, but without a t-shirt and without breakfast.
Don't miss these great 2018 free FitKidz One Mile races for kids not yet in middle school! Plus be on the look out for the FitKidz mascot live at this year's events!
-01/14/2018 - Sun Run: La Primera Roadrace
-03/04/2018 - Spring Cross Country Classic
-03/25/2018 - Dave's Run
-05/06/2018 - Cinco De Mayo
-06/2/2018 - TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run/Walk - During the Friday Night Festival of Miles the day before the 5k
-09/22/2018 - Sabino Canyon Kids Classic
-10/14/2018 - Great Pumpkin Race at Buckelew Farms
-10/28/2018 - TMC Get Moving Tucson Event
Hop on your horse and git' goin' 'cuz registration's capped at 600 -- sign up online here.
SAR members: check your email from December 20th or January 2nd to see the super-secret-SAR-member-discount-code.
24th Annual Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic Race Report by Sharon Bart
Thanksgiving morning, 2017, brought an abundance of sunshine, smiling faces, bright blue skies to match the heathered sapphire blue race shirts and a smattering of soaked shoes. With continued record highs experienced in the southwest, and in Tucson on Thanksgiving morning, there were more than usual intentional splashers in the water pit during the 24th Annual Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic. And yes, some racers took advantage of the wheelchair lane instead of navigating over the hay bales and water jumps but we won’t critique their intentions here. We will give a heartfelt thank you to those wheelchair athletes and their running buddies. We are so proud to have Team Hoyt Arizona join us for a second year. I have to say that watching those athletes on the course is so very inspirational!
The women kicked off the 5k race at 8:00 am sharp. Paula Morrison took first place overall, beating last year’s winning time and easily outrunning those who are not in the masters’ category, in a time of 19:01. Tia Accetta handily took first Masters’ place in a smoking time of 19:23. Age group winners were Amber Velez 10 and under, in 24:43, 11-13 Taylor McCue in 21:10, 14-16 Zoey Delgado in 19:52, 17-19 Katherine Bruno in 19:49, 20-24 Kelsey Montano in 23:16, 25-29 Jennifer Tetrault in 19:31, 30-34 Tara Bruce in 20:55, 35-39 Cara Payne in 19:51, 40-44 Anne Swanson in 21:25, 45-49 Billie Meuschke in 23:55, 50-54 Jane Thomas in 23:47, 55-59 Jill Katz in 24:02, 60-64 Mary Black in 26:32, 65-69 Nancy Fuller in 29:15, 70-74 Mary Croft in 34:45 and 75-79 Judie Shyman in 32:39. Those are some great times ladies! Tara Erdmann’s 2011 course record of 17:08.2 remains and the course record pot will be $350 for next year’s event.
The men’s 5K started next at 8:45. Nathan Thomas easily took first place with a speedy time of 15:34. Sergio Osorio won the Masters division in a time of 17:52, thirteen seconds faster than his winning time last year! This is Sergio’s second year of improving his time over the previous year. Pretty impressive in the Masters division! First place age group winners are Kendrick Parrill in the 10 and under group with a time of 21:13, 11-13 Reid Swanson in 17:53, 14-16 Ayden Schilb in 16:55, 17-19 Collin Dylla in 16:47, 20-24 Ryan Bugler in 16:00, 25-29 Gabe McGowan in 16:19, 30-34 Randy Arriola in 16:23, 35-39 Anthony Francisco in 16:21, 40-44 Ramon Billy in 18:14, 45-49 Joseph Delgado in 18:30, 50-54 Tedd Rasonmoff in 19:28, 55-59 Jon Black in 19:53, 60-64 Benito Gonzalez in 20:26, 65-69 Stuart Hancock in 23:02, 70-74 Richard Senti in 25:27, 75-79 Don Branaman in 34:39 and 80 and over Jack Warneke in 35:57. The course record remains at 14:54.1 set in 2009 by Craig Curley and next year’s course record pot will be $450.
The team division was once again quite the competition. With 18 teams in the women’s division and 15 teams in the men’s, results this year are as impressive as always. Teams are comprised of four to seven members, with the fastest four team member’s times totaled for the team time. The winning ladie’s team, Sexy Ladies of Wog 1, was a very fast 1:21:09 and Sexy Ladies of Wog 2 was second place with a time of 1:31:10. Lancer Student Runners was third in 1:30:10, fourth place was Tucson Runner’s Project in 1:41:03. Men’s first place team, Running Shop, ran a fast 1:06:21 and second place was Papasito Team in 1:08:03. Too Hot to Trot was third in 1:11:09 and fourth was Clout Gant in 1:11:53. First place teams won a $50 Rocco’s gift certificate and second place won $25 Rocco’s gift certificates.
Thank you to Oro Valley Photography for the great photos this year both on the field and in the photo booth. We hope you’ve had an opportunity to look at the photos and share them with your friends. We understand there was a software glitch towards the end of the photo booth run but hopefully you were able to take advantage of the great and inventive props to memorialize the day. Visit orovalleyphotography.com to see the photos.
As always, I’d like to give a heartfelt dose of gratitude to all of our sponsors. There is no way that we could keep our costs low while providing a quality event if we didn’t have our very generous sponsors. To my support staff at The Running Shop and Brooks, thank you! To Bashas for their continued support and help in providing so much fruit and pies to the crowd, thank you! Sonic Drive In for their tremendous contributions to awards. More thank yous to Sparkletts water, Bruegger’s Bagels, DJ Rich and Southern Arizona Roadrunners.
This year I also want to give an especially deeply felt thank you to Steve King from Sunset Embroidery and Screen Print and Lucas from The Running Shop. For those who are unaware, I suddenly lost my father in mid-November. Without these two gentlemen stepping up, as well as the rest of the gang at The Running Shop, this event would not have happened. More deeply felt gratitude goes to Martin Pena, my co-race director and all that he does. Another Happy Birthday to you Martin! And a humongous shout out to each and every volunteer! You all truly rock!!!
We are proud to have Toys for Tots and Team Hoyt as our beneficiaries. We are grateful for all of the toys were donated race morning. The new Toys for Tots coordinators were quite pleased with your generosity.
Thank you to Chip Travers, our continually creative artist. We give him an idea and he creates our turkey. And to Greg Wenneborg and Roadrunner Race Timing for speedy results.
If you have not yet received your race award, they are at The Running Shop. We also have a turkey hat that was left behind as well as a key.
Thank you all for a thankful Thanksgiving. Happy Holidays and a Healthy 2018 to you and yours!More
The final Grand Prix Standing for 2017 can be viewed HERE.
Congrats to all of the winners and all of those that participated and we wish everyone the best of luck in 2018!More
by Randy Accetta -- contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions!
As you can see in the race results here, the overall times were speedy, with racing newcomers showing off some serious speed. First place overall went to Jessica Culver, running for The Workout Group after spending her college years playing soccer at the University of Arizona. With a time of 18:28, Jessica earned her first road race victory. Second place finisher Lauren Reasoner from TRP has been tearing up the roads lately. Her time of 19:00 shows some range, as she has been racing everything from marathons on down this past year. Third place was Mesa’s Caroline Sekaquaptewa, the first master’s runner at 43 years old, who cruised the 3.1 miles in 19:32, holding off UA grad student Emily Maas, who finished in fourth.
The Men's Mile was a crowded affair, as the men, women, boys, and girls sprinted three laps through the crowds on the stadium concourse. First place went to high school runner Julian Sosa in 5:18, second was Robert Mcfadyen in 5:32, while Tim Bentley gave the youngsters a run for it, finishing in third.
Timing and Awards
Age group awards are for the top three in each age group; if you earned an award, please visit The Running Shop at 3055 North Campbell before the end of the year to pick up your award. If you have a question about your published time, please contact race timer Greg Wenneborg.
What a beautiful morning for our first-ever staging at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. The health insurance coalition indicated that the event was a success, with numerous ACA enrollments, while the health fair booths teemed with activity. Speaking of teeming with activity, the Girls on the Run untimed event went off beautifully, with over 500 young girls and their running buddies happily cruising the course. Thanks to your entries, the non-profit Southern Arizona Roadrunners will earn $2,000 to be used for operations and their children’s running programs.
As some of you know, there was a medical emergency during one of the events; fortunately, several medical professionals teamed up with Tucson Fire Department to stabilize the runner. He is currently undergoing medical care with a positive prognosis. Thank you to all who provided assistance!
Plans for Future
As many of you know, we’ve been bouncing around a bit in terms of locations and dates for the past few years. We’ve received a number of emails complimenting the course and the venue, so based on your comments and our experiences, it looks like we’ll keep this event on the calendar as is. However, men have asked if they can race too – so we may simply make this a 5k race for men and women and skip the one mile. . . .
We are grateful to Tucson Medical Center for their support of women’s health and wellness. The Running Shop provided gift certificates and other logistical support. The Arizona Daily Star provided advertising support.
Special thanks to the SAR and Workout Group volunteers who made the race possible: Linda Whelan, Gary Parcher, Pam Hoyt, Sue Abramson, Monica Bermudez, Noemi & Craig, Doreen Davis, Steve Sheldon and daughter, Connie Lopez, Michelle Hawk, Michael Miller, Tim Bentley, Gary Giese, and others, including course helpers Eric Sanders, Dave Odom, and Joe Plassman. Special thanks to the TriGirls for handling Mile 1 water station – and a huge number of UA students were on hand to help with the course and Girls on the Run.More