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.
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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
Registration for the 2016 edition of the Sabino Canyon Sunset Run is now open. This event will sell out long before race day. Due to greater limitation on the number of participants allowed by the Forest Service this year we will not be having a 1.5 mile fun run. 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 10, 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
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.