Please visit the SAR Facebook page for official event photos by Selena Valencia HERE.
Additional photos from the great Damion Alexander can be found HERE.More
** For those of you wondering about picking up age group awards because you couldn't stay for the awards ceremony, you can pick up your awards at Performance Footwear on Broadway near Craycroft
RACE RECAP - 40TH ANNUAL SABINO CANYON SUNSET RUN
Before I launch into race results, I’d like to right up front, thank all of the amazing volunteers that help to make this event such a consistently well-executed and well-loved event by so many.
All of us have very personal reasons for running but recognize that being a part of the running community in Southern Arizona is invaluable to us. These events that we all enjoy simply would not be possible if it weren't for the selfless efforts of many volunteers whose efforts often go completely unnoticed and even begin days ahead of the event!
On behalf of SAR we say, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
This year’s Sabino volunteer list includes (and we apologize for anyone we have missed):
Erik Sanders, Randy Sookoo, Jordan Schmidt, Jessica Bee, Tim Bentley, Josh Blais, Alexandra Brasington, Shreya Chilukuri, Travis Cramer, Linden Darling, Jennie Duberstein, David Edwards, Michelle Edwards, Georgia Ehlers, Chris Fall, Joe Faulk, Sheryl Felde, Steve Felde, Dale Flannery, Jeff Fulks, Eddie Garcia, Chris Garcia, Jen Garcia, Jill Gubanich, Janet Holland, Heather Hopkins, Pam Hoyt, Ella Johnson, Emily Johnson, Kyle Johnson, Max Johnson, Debbie Jones, Justine Kanuho, Connie Lopez, Midge Ochart, Gary Parcher, Joe Plassmann, Kara Rubelt, Joel Stamp, and Rachel Toth
If you love SAR events and running in southern AZ, please consider giving back by becoming a volunteer. To learn how to become involved, please visit SARs volunteer page at http://www.azroadrunners.org/go/category/membership/volunteer-info.
And now for the running! It was a beautiful night in Sabino with cooler temps, and the runners took full advantage!
For the women first place was taken home by Lauren Reasoner in a very impressive time of 47:56, good for 6th place in the overall race. Second place was Caroline Mosley in 49:53 and in third was Kristin Taylor in 54:11. The women’s masters crown went to Janet Holland in an excellent time of 56:45.
On the men’s side the overall title was garnered by Jeffrey Gehring in a speedy 45:05, followed closely by second place Lucas Tyler in 45:31, and in third place was Robert Rozetko in 46:40. Robert was the first masters male but since he got third overall, the masters crown was presented to 4th place overall Brian Hall who finished just behind Robert in 46:55.
Congrats to all of the overall and age group winners, as well as to everyone that conquered this tough 7.4 mile paved course!
We certainly have many other people to thank. Firstly, we would like to thank the Forest Service for allowing us to continue having out event in this breathtaking location. Secondly, we would like to thank our amazing event sponsors, Summit Hut, Proactive Physical Therapy, Performance Footwear, Tucson Orthopaedic, eegees, Risky Business and the Tile Outlet who donated the tile used to create the custom coaster awards. Please make sure to support these amazing local businesses and thank them for their support of our running community. Finally, we’d like to thank other important contributors to the event such as Rural Metro, Selena Valencia Photography, and the Friends of Sabino Canyon (the organization that this event supports). Please look up the FOSC on line to see all of the tremendous things they do to help make the canyon a fantastic place for us all to visit.
Until next year, this is your intrepid race director signing off.
Thanks so much to everyone who registered for the 40th Annual Sabino Canyon Sunset Run on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Please click HERE for everything you need to know regarding packet pickup and the race.
If you did not get into the race before it closed please note no more registrations can be accepted and we hope to see you next year!More
Registration for this iconic event sells out each year so don't delay, register as early as tomorrow morning to secure your spot! Once all of the available registration spots are filled no more registrations or replacements will be accepted regardless of any cancellations.More
Visit the SAR Facebook page HERE to see some awesome photos of the event from Selena Valencia Phtoography! Also, don't forget to see other great photos on FB by visiting The Damion Alexander Team and GOATographer!
Thanks to all for another great event!
This year’s Sabino Canyon Sunset Run fell on a wonderful weather day where we managed to miss the extremely hot weather from earlier in the week and the tremendous winds that Thursday and Friday brought to our desert community. The cooler temps and light breezes led to some really fast times.
The men’s crown was won by local standout Kurt Michels in a blistering 40:59. Second place male was Max Miller in 43:07 and third was Adam Fultz in 44:28. The overall Masters Male winner was Matthew Sheremeta in an impressive 44:50.
The fastest woman this year was Christine Schleifer from Germany in an outstanding 46:03. Second place was Morgan Boding in 49:31 and third was Aleta Jokisch in 50:29. The Master’s Champion was Anne Neuenschwander in a speedy 51:48.
Our youngest finisher was 9 year old Gabriella Belanger in a stellar time of 1:34:39. Way to go Gabriella! Our most seasoned finishers, both at 81 years of age, were Paul Robilla and Lee Joseph. Great job, guys! In fact, Paul posted an outstanding time of 1:11:47 which put him inside of the top 50% of all finishers!
A huge thank you to a large cast of volunteers without whom we wouldn’t have had an event. Our apologies to anyone we may have inadvertently left off this list. Steve and Shery Felde, Laura Marshall, Georgia Ehlers, Connie Lopez, Carolyn Audilet, Mary Young, Heather Hopkins, Kyle, Emily, and Ella Johnson, Kelly Mack, Don Taylor, Gary Parcher, Monica Bermudez, Tom Gormley, Joe Plassmann, Caroline Gardner, Raquel Cali, Austin Grover, Joe Faulk, Delaney Schnell, Clio Yasenchack, Mely Bohlman, Robin Reineke, Tim Bentley, Michelle Hawk, Diane Manzini, Martha Castillon, Myk Brown and Michael Hall.
We must also make sure to thank our incredible sponsors, Summit Hut, Performance Footwear, Proactive Physical Therapy, Donate Life Arizona, Risky Business and Papa Johns. Others to thank include the Forest Service, Friends of Sabino Canyon, Selena Valencia Photography, Damien Alexander with the Damien Alexander team from Long Realty, Kerry Whelan, the GOATographer, and a few great folks whose names I don’t know who helped us work on the issue we had trying to get our microphone working.
Until next year, keep running, and have you renewed your SAR membership?
Race Director, Sabino Canyon Sunset Run
Registration for one of the most iconic running events in Southern Arizona, the 38th Annual Sabino Canyon Sunset Run, opens February 1, 2018! This event will sell out so don't hesitate, reserve your spot quickly and run with us in one of the most beautiful canyons anywhere!More
The Sabino Canyon Sunset Run is SOLD OUT for 2017, with one very limited exception!
You can go to Performance Footwear at 5350 E Broadway Blvd #170, Tucson, AZ 85711 where they have a few special forms left for registration. Get there soon. Once those registrations are gone we are completely sold out and cannot take ANY additional registrations from ANYONE!
We'll see you at the race on April 8, 2017!More
LAST DAY FOR MAIL-IN REGISTRATIONS:
Mail-in registrations for the Sabino Canyon Sunset Run must be postmarked by today in order to be accepted.
Overall registration for the event is approaching 75% full so don't delay. If you want to be a part of this historic event, register today! Once we hit our cap no more entries can or will be accepted.More
Registration for the 2017 edition of the Sabino Canyon Sunset Run is now open. This event will sell out long before race day. The mail-in registration form is now available but will be available on this site for a very limited time. Mail-in registrations must be post-marked prior to February 14, 2016 to be accepted (this date may change so watch this website for updates). All other registrations will only be accepted on-line until the race sells out.More
Registration for the 37th Annual Sabino Canyon Sunset Run is opening on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 8am. Remember that this race fills up quickly, so don’t delay registering to secure your spot in this Tucson Classic!More
The 2016 edition of SAR's Sabino Canyon Sunset Run was run in beautiful weather, clear skies and mild temperatures. Over 360 people enjoyed this spectacular race and a great time was had by all. Friendly competition, food, music, camaraderie, a fantastic sunset and incredible moonlight, all at the magnificent Sabino Canyon. It just doesn't get any better than that.
The men's race was won by local athlete Kurt Michels, whose time of 41:28 was about 1.5 minutes faster than the second place finisher Adam Folts of Phoenix. Third place was taken by elite triathlete Jess Vondracek in sub-6 minute pace. The Men's Masters competition was dominated by Brian Hall who was 4th overall in an impressive time of 45:30. Brian was the winner in 2000 and has run the race every year and finished in the top ten since 1998. Second place was Ramon Billy, and third was newcomer Dave Dixon.
The women's overall award winner was Amy Cole who is becoming a regular winner at SAR races. Amy ran 6:26 pace, for a total time of 47:37. Second place went to Siouxsie Owen, and third was Lauren Reasoner. The top three ladies finished in order, #10, #11, and #12 overall. The Women's Masters competition was won by 2015 SAR Grand Prix winner Michelle Hawk in a time 54:33. Michelle pulled double-duty by volunteering at the race and winning the Master’s division. Second place went to the amazing Merry Dearmon.
For the first time, we had a timing mat at the half-way point. This allows the runners to compare their first (uphill) split to their second (downhill) split. Some interesting observations can be found. For example, Kurt Michels ran the second half at 5:12 pace! Siouxsie Owen had a great second half to take second place overall. Don Fallis and Warren Williamson were 2 of 7 runners that actually ran the uphill faster than the downhill.
As with every event that we do, the volunteers were the engine that made this event run and we want to thank each and every one who helped out. While we're sure we won't remember to list everyone here we will try: Steve Felde, Sheryl Felde, Laura Marshall, Georgia Ehlers, Gary Giese, Connie Lopez, Linda Pitney, Jennifer Keyes, Dari Duval, Bob Howard, Gerardo Guzman, Melanie Ramo, Marti Ackermann, Stephan Ackermann, Gary Parcher, Pam Hoyt ,Monica Bermudez, Don Taylor, Linda Whelan, Diane Harper, Lauren Reasoner, Joe Faulk, Doreen Davis, Michelle Hawk, Bob Arendt, Robin Gerard, Ben Childers, Joe Plassman and boys, Tom Gormley, Gina Nelson, Chris Fall, Nick Gonzales, Emily Maas, and Maureen Cunningham
We also owe a huge thank you to our main sponsors, Proactive Physical Therapy, Performance Footwear and Summit Hut. Performance and Summit Hut graciously provided gift certificates to all award winners, along with our new sponsor LaceLocker, who provided age group awards. ProActive PT helped runners out with KT Tape and free massages. Additional sponsors included Culligan Water, Risky Business, Papa Johns and Eegees.
A big thank you as well to the Forest Service for permitting us to hold this event such a fantastic location. Our race benefitted the Friends of Sabino Canyon, a group that does great things to improve the park for all of us.
A fantastic job was done by all, and we hope everyone enjoyed the experience.
For everything you need to know for race day please click HERE.More
The Sabino Canyon Sunset Run is now SOLD OUT for this year. We are unable to accept any additional registrations. Please make sure to register early next year!More
We are excited to announce that we are able to extended the mail in registration deadline for the race to 2/29/16. We will accept mail in registrations post-marked on or before 2/29/16 or until the race is full.More
The Sabino Canyon Sunset Run on Saturday afternoon, April 9, 2016, is filling up quickly and is already nearly 1/3 full! Mail in registrations must be post-marked by February 9, 2016 or until the race is full. Online registration will remain open until the race is full. Don't wait, register today! Once our limit is reached we will not be able to accept any additional entries.More
The 35th annual Sabino Canyon Sunset Run presented by the Southern Arizona Roadrunners couldn’t have ordered a more perfect evening. Some clouds and a light breeze rolled in prior to the start of the main 7.4 mile race and conditions were ideal for fast times. It isn’t surprising that fast times were turned in by many and a great time was had by all 500 or so health-conscious people enjoying a run in one of the most magnificent canyons in the American Southwest.
It was a Workout Group sweep in the women’s race which was won by Caitlin Vass who set a huge PR in route to the victory in 53:00. She was followed by Jessica Culver in a close second and Michelle Hawk in third. The Women’s Master’s Crown was won by Ginger Cross (due to Michelle being pulled out of the Master’s category after her third place finish overall).
The men’s race was won by Clint Verran of Hansons-Brooks Distance Project in Rochester Hills in a very impressive time of 41:27. He was followed in second by Atilla Boros in 44:08 and Adam Folts close behind in third with a time of 44:19. The Master’s Male Crown went to last year’s Running Shop Grand Prix Master’s Champion Ramon Billy in a very impressive 44:57.
We would like to thank the Forest Service for allowing us to have this race at Sabino each year. We’d also like to thank all of our sponsors as their support is vital to a successful event. These folks include Performance Footwear, Proactive Physical Therapy, Summit Hut and Eegees.. We’d also like to thank the Friends of Sabino Canyon for all of their volunteer support. The FOSC is also the main beneficiary of the event every year helping them to continue their work in making the Canyon a fantastic place for all of us to visit and enjoy. We’d also like to send a shout out to the great folks at Metro Fire Department for helping to ensure our safety and DJ Rich for all of the great tunes and wonderful sound system.
We say it with every event we put on but it is never more true than with this particular event. It takes a huge group of over 40 volunteers to put on the Sabino Canyon Sunset Run and they are all rockstars in our book. We simply couldn’t hold these events without them. If you would like to help out go to azroadrunners.org and contact any SAR Board member for information. We could really use your help and we guarantee you will have a great time!
Here’s an attempt to list all of this year's volunteers. We sincerely apologize for anyone we might have missed. Steve Felde, Sheryl Felde, Laura Marshall, Georgia Ehlers, Marti Ackermann, Stephane Ackermann, Connie Lopez, Linda Pitney, Diane Harper, Merry Dearmon, Stephan Moore, Amelie Messingham, Joe Faulk, Glenn Daw, Rachael Hilgeford, Bob Howard, Monica Bermudez, Don Taylor, Michelle Hawk, Pam Hoyt, Gary Parcher, Erik Sanders, Craig Dabler, Joe Plassmann, Rhyss Plassmann, Reiland Plassmann, Michelle Kaseler, Gina Nelson, Emily Maas, Diane Manzini, Dan Hofstadter, Lena Melnick, Geoff Schmidt, Christine Outridge, Nancy Ellis, Brenna Troy, Chris Fall, Joel Stamp, Jim Irish, Tim Bentley, Jessica Culver, and Don Branaman.
We can’t wait for next year and hope you can’t either!
Steve Outridge and John Sabatine
Co-Race Directors, SAR Sabino Canyon Sunset RunMore
Registration for the 7.4 mile event (both the competitive and non-competitive start) at the Sabino Canyon Sunset Run will close this coming Tuesday, 3/10/15, at 5:00pm! Registration for the 1.5 mile event will remain open. No 7.4 mile mail in registrations received with a postmark after 3/10/15 will be accepted.More
The 7.4 Mile Event at the Sabino Canyon Sunset Run is about 85% full. Registration for this event will be closed within the next week or two. REGISTER TODAY!More
The Sabino Canyon Sunset Run is a 34 year tradition and takes place in one of the most beautiful locations in Southern Arizona! This race has limited registration and has sold out quickly each of the last 5 years. DON'T DELAY. Register quickly to secure your spot. There are 3 convenient ways to register:
1. Register online with a credit card at active.com.
2. Print the Registration Form and mail it in. Registration by mail must be postmarked by April 1, 2015. Send in cash or check payment with your completed form.
3. Register in store at Performance Footwear, 5350 E Broadway Blvd #170 in the Williams Center. Please note that only cash or check is accepted for payment. Anyone who registers in-store will be entered into a raffle for a free pair of shoes from Performance.More
The 7.4 Mile Sabino Canyon race is sold out. The 7.4 Mile Early-start option is also closed. Online registration is closed, and mail-in entries are no longer being accepted.
The FunRun event is still open for registration.
The Sabino Canyon Sunset Run has reached capacity, and will be closing at midnight on Monday, March 18. After Monday, online registration for the 7.4 mile events will be closed, and mail-in form postmarked after March 18 will not be accepted. Registration for the FunRun will remain open. There will also be a free children’s race at the event.
There are three registration options available:
SAR is happy to announce that registration for the Sabino Canyon Sunset Run is now open! There are two options for entry: register in-store at Performance Footwear, print a form and mail it in, or register online. New this year, choose between the traditional 7.4 mile race, or the early-start non-competitive 7.4 mile run/walk. Or, choose the 1.5 mile FunRun.
This unique event has sold out in each of the last four years, so register early to guarantee a spot. The race is once again part of the SAR Grand Prix.