It was another incredibly beautiful spring day in Tucson for this year’s Marana 5000 produced by the Southern Arizona Roadrunners. Although the temps were a bit high for this time of year the cool breeze did help the runners out on this day. This year’s course was modified due to construction on Ina road and the new course seemed to be a hit with the runners.
We had a fantastic turnout, especially for the FitKidz mile, and everyone had a great time with the Obstacle Course Jumping Castle, the artistic talents of Petunia the clown and the awesome tunes being spun by DJ Rich.
Free coffee was provided by Steve King and the folks from Team Hoyt, whose amazing athletes and their support folks also started off the 5K providing much inspiration for the 3 miles to come.
The women’s 5K race was won by Paula Morrison in an outstanding 18:45. Tia Accetta came in 2nd place in 19:22 and Tara Bruce in 3rd in 19:58. Taking both Paula and Tia out of the Master’s category, the Master’s crown was won by Janet Holland in an excellent time of 21.06.
The men’s 5K race was won by Michael Whetzel in 17:18. You could almost throw a blanket over 2nd - 4th place. An excellent kick brought Sean Anderson a 2nd place finish in 17:55. Right behind in 3rd place was Eric Simonson in 17:58. The Master’s crown was also extremely close and taking home the crown was Joel Stamp in a very fast 18:33.
Many thanks to the town of Marana for allowing us again to hold this event in the beautiful Crossroads at Silverbell Park. Huge thanks as well to our sponsors, the Running Shop, Smith Performance Center, Team Woodall Long Realty, Eegees and Road ID. We truly appreciate your support of this long time event.
Thanks very much as well to the GOATographer, Kerry Whelan, for donating his time to capture the event in pictures for us. His talents are second to none.
We were also extremely honored to have a special visit from Josh Hourscht, who has suffered with ALS for about 2 years and has been a tremendous advocate working help raise awareness and find a cure for this currently incurable disease. We are very grateful to Josh and his family for coming out, spending some time with us, and helping to really bring home why this event is so important. As you know, the event was created some years ago in honor of SAR Member David Filer who was diagnosed with ALS in 2000 and whom we lost to this disease. Proceeds from this event benefit the Jim Himelic Foundation, an organization that helps to fund ALS Research at the University of Arizona.
And, certainly not least, a huge shout out to the long list of volunteers without whom the event would not have been the huge success it was. It is likely we’ve left some folks out here but these rockstars include Michelle Hawk, Chris and Denise Fall, Erik Sanders, Joe Plassmann, Steve and Sheryl Felde, Michael Miller, Diane Manzini, Marti Ackermann, Connie Lopez, Steve Sheldon, Andrew Peck,The Frank family, Joe Faulk, Austin and Kailee Grover, Walt Harris, David Odom, Judie Shyman, Kelli Mack, Linda Whelan, Jeff Fulks, Robin Gerard, Ray Henson, Steve Moore, Merry Dearmon and Jeri Baker.
One more note, after tallying all the results the team competition (and the cool prize donated by our sponsor eegees) was taken home for the second year in a row by The Workout Group followed in second by one of my favorite new running groups in town, Destination YOU!. Overall nine teams competed and we are grateful to them all.
We will see you next year for the biggest and best Marana 5000 yet!
Steve Outridge, Race DirectorMore
There are still many ways to register for the Marana 5000 5K or FitKidz and Family Mile! BE THERE!
1. Register on-line until midnight Wednesday 3/15/17.
2. Drop off your registration and payment at The Running Shop by eod, Friday 3/17/17
3. Come to packet pickup at the The Running Shop, Saturday, 3/18/17, 10am - 2pm
4. Race morning after 7am at Crossroads at SIlverbell Park in Marana.
5. PLEASE NOTE: Mail-In registration is now CLOSEDMore
On May 13, 2016 we were welcomed to the Crossroads at Silverbell Park in Marana for the Marana 5000 (formerly Dave's Run for ALS) with clear skies and slight breezes. Everyone agreed it was a glorious morning!
Our fantastic volunteers greeted participants and family as they picked up their race packet and registered for the race. Kids were delighted to to see a super-fun jumping castle combination that included climbing and slides, while Petunia the Clown used her artistry to create mini works of art on kid's faces. DJ Rich kept the crowd moving with his great tunes as usual! .
As many of you know, this event is held in memory of David Filer who we lost 15 years ago to ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Proceeds from the Marana 5000 support the Jim Himelic Foundation that funds research at the University of Arizona in the fight against ALS. Thank you to all of the participants, and particularly those who donated directly to JMF in helping SAR with this battle.
The 5K race began promptly at 8:30am in near perfect weather – an omen for fast times and great races. Our top finishers did not disappoint - as the top three women in order were Autumn Ray (17:49), Amy Cole (18:21) and Julia Thomas (all the way from Ottawa!) (19:16). Autumn's effort was particularly impressive tying the course record! The top Master's Female was Tia Accetta (19:38) continuing her comeback with an impressive performance. The top 3 in the men's race were, Stephen Schaefer (15:57), Anthony Franciso (16:33) and Kurt Michels (16:50). Billy Ramon took home the top Master's award in 18:00 flat.
After the 5K it was time for free eegees, bagels, and other snacks for the adults as we prepared for the free FitKidz mile! The kids went out for 1/2 mile down the Santa Cruz path for a quick turn around and back to the park to finish under the big SAR Finish line. Great fun was had by all. The top 3 boys were Bronson Brockschmidt (6:29), Brad Brockschmidt (6:39) and Sebastian Thomas-Harvey (7:07). Wow, 10 years old and already running under 6:30 per mile! The top 3 girls were Lily Goerke (7:10), Kaylee Martinez (7:47), and Anabelle Accetta (7:51). Every kid got a free FitKidz t-shirt and ribbon for crossing the finish line and we are proud of each and every one of them!
We say it all the time, but we do because of how important they are. These events happen and are successful because of two main groups. The first group is local businesses who donate their money, products and expertise in support of these events designed to get local community out and getting healthy. We would like to sincerely thank The Running Shop, Proactive Physical Therapy, Trico, Eegees and the Town of Marana for their support of this event.
The second group are the volunteers who selflessly give of their time, energy and talents to make the event a success. We've done our best to make sure that we haven't missed anyone here. Many thanks to the following volunteers: Steve Felde, Sheryl Felde, Joe Plassmann, Michelle Hawk, Chris Fall, Erik Sanders, Doreen Castillo, Robin Gerard, Krista Germoth, David Odom, Dari Duval, Diane Manzini, Dave Dixon, Chris Rife, Tracy August, Brady August, Ethan August, Connie Lopez, Marti Ackermann, Merry Dearmon, Diane Harper, Martha Castillon, Jennie Sparrow, Shirley Hester, Joe Faulk, Steve Sheldon, Geoff Schmidt and Andrew Peck.
We would like to thank all of those who registered under a team. The largest team was The Workout Group and they have won a free eegees party worth $150. Thanks very much, eegees for donating the party this year!
A computer snafu caused a delay in getting results out of the timing system, but awards for age group winners are now available at The Running Shop.
Thanks for coming out and enjoying this great event. If you had fun and liked the course please spread the word and help to make next year's Marana 5000 the biggest and best ever!
Steve Outridge & Tim Bentley
Register today, March 1, 2016, to get in on the Marana 5000 before the final price increase and save a few bucks! Click here for more info on this fast course and fun, family-friendly event.More
Dave’s Run for ALS, the 2015 edition, started off on a calm, clear morning at the beautiful Crossroads at Silverbell Park in Marana. A huge group of volunteers assisted with the setup preparing for the race to come. As always, our volunteers were the very best and a successful event is only possible thanks to them. We apologize if we’ve missed anyone here: Steve and Sheryl Felde, Marti and Stephan Ackermann, Joe Faulk, Linda Whelan, Shirley Hester, Ray Henson, Bill Richardson, Connie Lopez, Randy Accetta, Diane Manzini, Craig Dabler, Michael Miller, Robin Gerard, Michelle Hawk, Chris Fall, Doreen and Glenn Davis, Joe Plassmann, Steve Sheldon, Cindy Schnell, The Moore family, Don Taylor, and Rachel Hilgeford.
Unfortunately, the wind picked up a bit from the south prior to the start of race making the going a little bit tougher than it otherwise would have been. However, some great times were run by many and a good time was had by all. The overall race winner and first male in a very impressive performance was Stephen Schaefer in 16:27. Lucas Tyler (17:28) brought home 2nd place, and Bjorn WastVedt (17:33) came in a close 3rd place. The top female finisher ran a fantastic race finishing 7th overall, well ahead of her nearest competitors, and that was Kate Schwartz who ran a blazing 17:49. Kate was followed by Tia Accetta in 2nd place (18:58) and Katie Keading in 3rd (19:22). Overall Master’s winners were won by last year’s Master’s Running Shop Grand Prix Champions Billy Ramon in 17:55 and Michelle Hawk in 21:16.
We also had two Arizona state age records set by two of our very best and most experienced local runners, Merry Dearmon, who at age 61 turned in a smoking 22:24, and Paul Robillia who at 78 years young turned in a remarkable time of 24:43.
Following the 5K it was time for the FitKidz and Family 1 Mile Run/Walk. Everyone did a fantastic job out there and had a great time was had by all! Remember the next free FitKidz mile will take place at the Spring Cross Country race in April. Visit the SAR web site for details.
We have many others to thank for this fantastic event including our sponsors and vendors. Huge thanks for the support from our sponsors the Running Shop, Proactive Physical Therapy, Trico and Eegees. Great fun was had after the finish thanks to Petunia the Clown for her wonderful face painting, Proactive Physical Therapy and their free post-race massages, Desert jumps for the Obstacle Course Jumping Castle and Eegees for the refreshing Eegees! We’d also like to thank Marana Parks and recreation, the Marana Police Department and Northwest Fire.
One of the new fun things we added this year was Dave’s Ice Bucket challenge. Dennis Brewer and Daniel Weldon each donated about $100 to the Jim Himelic Foundation. Along with Co-Race Director Steve Outridge, they had huge coolers of ice water dumped over their heads to celebrate! Team Jean raised over $300 for JHF and we all got to meet and praise Jean who is battling ALS herself. Many thanks to all of these folks and everyone who participated in the event for helping the JHF in their fight against this terrible disease.
We’ll see you all next year and we hope you bring some of your friends!
Steve Outridge and Tim Bentley, Co-Race Directors, Dave’s Run for ALSMore
Online Registration for Dave’s Run for ALS closes tonight. Don’t worry, there are still two opportunities to register!
1. The Running Shop on Saturday, 3/14/15 from 10am - 2pm
2. At the race Sunday morning, 3/15/15 from 7am - 8:15am
DAVE'S RUN FOR ALS - 3/15/15
We need additional volunteers the morning of the event!
1. Registration for the 5K - these can be folks who are running or walking the race.
2. Traffic Control - For this we need some folks who are not running or walking the 5K to keep runners safe in the start area.
3. Registration for the FitKidz and Family Fitness 1 Mile - for this we need two people who are not running or walking the 5K. Registration for the 1 Mile event will continue after the 5K has started.
4. Two people to work the water stop at mile 2 of the 5K course. These will need to be folks who are not running the 5K.
Please let me know if you are interested or know of someone who might be. Just zap me an email - Thanks! Steve OutridgeMore
March 1st sees the end of early pricing discounts for these four SAR events, so follow these links to save some bucks on the spring season:
Dave's Run for ALS 5k
Sabino Canyon Classic
Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown
TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Walk
The race directors for Dave's Run for ALS announce Dave's Ice Bucket Challenge, a cool new way for you to support the fight against ALS. Visit the Dave's Run race page here for all of the details and get involved today. WIll you take the challenge?More
Sign up for Dave’s Run for ALS soon! On-line registration closes Friday night!
You don’t want to miss this year’s event because we’ve moved the course to the beautiful new Crossroads at Silverbell Park in Marana. This new location will provide an easy commute,
a fast and competitive course and there will be plenty of fun for families including a jumping castle obstacle course!
Packet Pickup and Registration - Saturday at The Running Shop - 10:00am-3:00pm
Race Day Registration Sunday at the park - 7:00-8:00am
5K start time - 8:30am
1M start time - 8:35am
Free Kid’s Run - After the finish of the 5K race
There are three registration options available: