A few quick updates on prize money, age group awards, and the free beer
1) Our friends at Amstel Xlight are providing free samples to everyone on site over 21, as well as free pours to all 21+ participants. If you're close in age, bring ID so you can grab some cool refreshments!
2) Once again the Running Shop is providing cool socks to age group and other award winners.
Overall 1, 2, 3, Masters 1: Cash from Race Director (see below) and socks
Age group 1: $20 gift cert + socks
Age group 2: $15 gift cert + socks
Age group 3: Socks
Age groups are: 15-19 and 5 year through 70-74, then 75 and over (note, we do not provide awards to youth under 14)
Overall 1, 2, 3, Masters 1: Gift certs $30, $25, $20, $20 + socks
Age group 1: Socks
Age groups are: 1-14, 15-19, and 5 year through 70-74, then 75 and over (note, we're providing socks only to first place in each 5 year age group for this fun run)
3) Rewards For Fast Running: The 2017 Half-Marathon Prize Money Structure
• $100 to first overall male and $100 to first overall female; $50 to top overall Master's (Over-40) male and female
• $200 to the top 5 males who break 1:13 and to the top 5 females who break 1:26 (basically, the top 10 times on the course over the past five years)
• $500 for course records. Current course records are Scott Smith’s 1:06:23 (2012) and Jennifer Bergman's 1:19:44 (2015)
• $50 to first male and female member of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners
• Because we're not going to the top of A-Mountain, there is no more preem award but we will honor the course record!
Headphones are not allowed in prize money competition; prize money will not be given to runners wearing headphones
All runners must pass the multiple timing mats on the course. Runners not passing the multiple mats will be disqualified and removed from prize consideration
Prize money awards are based on "gun" starting time for overall and masters, and chip time for age group.
Runners who break the course record will receive $500, but not the additional $200
The 2017 Great Pumpkin Race is in the books! It was a glorious morning and for all of you that didn’t make it out to Buckelew Farms we are sorry that you missed out on all the fun!
We had a fantastic turnout again for the FitKidz mile and, although it seems that somehow a sign may have been moved and the course was long, congratulations to all who braved the 1 plus mile and the ‘terrifying’ trek through the corn maze! The first 3 boys across the finish line were Max Irey, Jackson Gant-Golston and Juan Rodriguez Jr. and the top 3 girls were Alana Felix, Belen Ballesteros and Julia Irby. Nice work!
The 5K course was quite the challenge to put together this year due to the somewhat unique configuration of the farm where the pumpkins are planted in the fields to the west of the corn maze. Runners got to experience a connector trail that many have not run on previously. However, the course measured out reasonably close to the 5K goal despite the challenges and it seems a good time was had by all. Female winners in order were Lauren Reasoner, Elisia Escanuela and Jenny Stolik. Men’s winners in order were Tyler Bauer, Alfredo Rodriguez and Julian Sosa.
We are again astounded with the community of people that make up the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, and the greater Tucson running community. Many among us are so incredibly giving of their time and talents in volunteering to help create a successful and joyous race day experience for fellow runners and walkers. There is a massive list of people to thank including Steve and Sheryl Felde, Michael Miller, Chad Goebel, Marti Ackermann, Gary Giese, Connie Lopez, Shirley Hester, Rogelio Hernandez, Tricia Conrad, Monica Bermudez, Don Taylor, Tara Bruce, Tim Bentley, Jeri Baker, Heather Hopkins, Erin Brackney, Nichole Sellers, Elyce Berry, Christine Outridge, Joe Plassmann, Robert Yanez. Brent Gambrell and Bea Coyle. We are sorry to those we’ve missed. It truly takes a village to put on these events and we appreciate you more than you know!
Of course, many thanks to the Buckelew family for allowing us to hold one of our whacky runs on their farm every year. They are a tremendous group of people. Many thanks also to our sponsors The Running Shop and Canyon Fence; along with our trusted co-Race Director and co-Creator of this event, Mr. Tom Tronsdal.
Make sure to tell your family and friends what great fun you had this year and that they do not want to miss next year’s event!
Great Pumpkin Race Director for the Southern Arizona RoadrunnersMore
Only 373 slots available, so sign up now for the TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon or Tucson Lifestyle 5k! Plus, we've settled on a mix and match of orange and green long-sleeve shirts. Check out the color scheme!
Sign up using the links below to help out at the next few events:
Great Pumpkin Run at Buckelew Farms FitKidz & 5k (Sunday, October 15th at Buckelew Farms)
FitKidz at TMC Get Moving Tucson (Sunday, October 29th after the 5k & Half Marathon)
TMC Get Moving Tucson Half Marathon & 5k (Sunday, October 29th)
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There is no question for Diane and I that the Sabino FitKidz Classic is our favorite SAR event of the year. This year was the 5th annual event and we were fortunate enough to enjoy perfect weather and great friends in one of the most majestic canyons in the southwest. We had nearly 300 registered finishers this year making this our largest FitKidz event ever! Awesome!
Nothing brings us more joy than watching kids enjoying the full race experience and we hope that perhaps we have helped to put a small spark in many of them that will turn into a full flame as they grow up, pushing them to a true love of being fit and challenging themselves through running and other physical activities.
We have a huge number of people to thank for making today's event possible. We'd like to start by thanking the members of our FitKidz Committee, led by our fearless leader and SAR VP, Diane Manzini, and including Jeri Baker, Monica Bermudez, Michelle Hawk, Sheryl Felde, Tia Accetta and Steve Outridge.
We'd like also to that the Forest Service for allowing us to hold our event at Sabino Canyon, one of our very favorite places to run.
There are a large number of local businesses that support our FitKidz program through their sponsorship and we truly value them. Thanks to their generosity and support of their community they help to keep the FitKidz program completely free for the kids (and their parents). Huge thanks to our sponsors, Tucson Medical Center, Center for Neuroscience, Safeway Foundation, Champ Youth Sports, Tucson Conquistadores, Dr. Jaw Orthodontists, Teen Fit Studio, Whole Foods Market, Sunset Embroidery & Screen Print and Eegees.
Many thanks also to the Friends of Sabino Canyon and the Volunteer Naturalists, who were there with lots of information and goodies for the kids. We greatly appreciate all they do to make Sabino Canyon a fantastic place to visit!
We are also grateful to the talented photographers that came out to capture the festivities in pictures, Kerry Whelan, the GOATographer and Selena Valencia.
And how can we possibly thank enough all of the amazing volunteers who came out and gave hours of their time to make this event possible? Well, the answer is easy, we can't; although it won't stop us from trying! Thank you to all who helped. We've probably missed some of you here and for that we humbly apologize.
Lauren Valmoja, Alyse Hergenrother, Brenda Sparks, Amy Cole, Janet Holland, Jamie Edgin, Penny Simpson, Monica Bermudez, Alexander Bermudez, Heather Hopkins, Gary Parcher, Christine Ferraris, Doug Carroll, Austin Grover, Brent Gambrell, Michele Walsh, Patty Carol, Michelle Hawk, Daisha Enos, Maile Labor, Tia Accetta, Doreen Davis, Greg Wenneborg (timer extraordinaire), Laurie Barnhart, Bart Erikson, Tim Bentley (the man on the mic), Karen Gallagher, Claire Hans, Noemi Mills, Craig Mills, Lucas Tyler, Cindy Schnell & TUSD Homebound Students (Goody Bag Stuffing).
We shouldn't go without mentioning some of the great performances by the runners out there today. The top 3 girls were Haley Floyd (6:40), Sophy Floyd (6:47), and Kylie Gjurgevich (6:56). The top 3 boys were Adam Bernal (6:20), Carson Meyer (6:54), and Aric Accetta (7:06).
Until next year when together, we will again enjoy the biggest and best FitKidz event ever!
Steve Outridge & Diane Manzini
Sabino Canyon FitKidz One Mile Classic Race DirectorsMore
For all participants, here is a bunch of useful information regarding Sunday's race. Also, verify your registration information here if you have already entered. If there are errors or omissions, please email firstname.lastname@example.orgMore