Sun Run: La Primera 5/10K Roadrace News

Sun Run Results now posted

Jan 12, 2020

You can find them here!

Happy New Year!


2019 Sun Run: La Primera 5/10K Roadrace

Jan 24, 2019

The 2019 Sun Run lived up to its recent year history and started off under cloudy and rainy conditions. The majority of the runners loved the weather though and said that it was way better than the heat. Finishers included: 250 10k runners, 175 5k runners, and 130 Fit Kidz children which beat last year's record of 77 children. Way to go Diane and Jeri for all of their hard work in managing the kiddos!! The 5k course was mis-marked at the start area, and most people ran anywhere from 3.23 miles to 3.42 miles. Historically the 10k route caused some confusion at Lakeshore Dr. and 22nd Street. This year went smoothly with only 1 person getting lost and running about a mile extra. The 10k runners said everything was well marked and volunteers were knowledgeable. The rented pancake griddle would not light and pancakes were unable to be served. Diane bought donuts as a substitute and I have not heard of complaints regarding lack of pancake service. Changes for next year's event will include correctly marking the 5k start and finding a restaurant or local vendor to cater pancakes. A big thank you to: The Running Shop, CBD Products, Peak Action Physical Therapy, and UA Cognitive Development and Brain Functions for being sponsors of the event; Team Hoyt AZ for providing coffee for the athletes; Road Runner Race Timing for timing, setup, pickup, and management services; Steve & Sheryl Felde for managing volunteers; and a HUGE thank you to Diane Manzini, Steve Outridge, and Lucas Tyler for being a sounding board and helping in all aspects of the race and to all the people who helped with race registration and race day.


Sun Run Results are Posted!

Jan 15, 2017

You can find results here!  Thank you for coming out to the races!


Sun Run 5k and 10k Information!

Jan 15, 2016

Start times:  5k at 9:00 AM  -  10k 9:05 AM   - Kid's dash 10:00 AM (Free!)

The Sun Run 5k and 10k will be held in Reid Park behind Hi Corbett Stadium on Sunday, January 17th, 2016!  Race day registration will be held at the clock tower behind Hi Corbett Stadium and north of the Zoo.   It's not too late to register.  Please join us at The Running Shop on Saturday at 3055 North Campbell South of Fort Lowell from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Come register or pick up your packet if you've already registered.  

More information can be found at our Sun Run 5k and 10k Race Page.  


Giddy Up and Sign Up—2013 Race Registrations Open!

Jan 8, 2013

Early Bird Registration is available for these great SAR events—click registration links on SAR calendar at left to register.  The rest of the Spring season will open soon . . .
January 13, Sun Run 10k and 5k
January 25, SAR Annual Dinner register online here
January 27, Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Race
February 10, Fine Valentine Couple’s Relay
March 3, BE TUCSON Women’s 5k and Men’s Mile
March 17, Dave’s Run for ALS 5k
June 1, 2013 TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Walk

Multiple Race Packages
2013 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown (TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run/Walk; TMC Saguaro National Park 8-miler and 5k; TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon, Tucson Lifestyle 5k, and Cox Charities 1-mile)
* Triple Crown Early Registration super-early $66 price expires on January 15

SAR Spring 8-pack
* One low fee for 8 races: Sun Run, Sunrise at Old Tucson, BE TUCSON, Dave’s Run, Sabino Canyon, Spring Cross Country Classic, Cinco de Mayo, Tucson 5000

See SAR at BEYOND, Saguaro National Park, Armory Park, Sabino Canyon


8th Annual Roadrunner Member Dinner

Jan 8, 2013


6-9 pm on Friday, January 25th at the classic Hotel Congress at 311 East Congress

Registration closes on Tuesday, January 15th, so register online now! or send in a registration form by mail—click here for details.

See what your running friends look like with clothes on and laugh along with special guest David Fitzsimmons from the Arizona Daily Star as as he takes on the running community in Tucson.  “Fitz” is a nationally recognized political cartoonist and satirist, well known for a sharp sense of humor and a way with words.  Rumor has it that he’s also pretty savvy about the local running scene, so who knows what barbs may be thrown . . .

This is your dinner, so come down to celebrate yourself, your friends, and people you don’t yet know.  Festivities include photos, toasts, roasts, awards to volunteers, awards to the Running Shop Grand Prix winners, and recognition of others instrumental in helping make Tucson one of the best running cities in the country. Our goal is to have fun, talk, laugh, share stories, and celebrate the awesome sport of running.  Although it’s a Southern Arizona Roadrunners event, if you’re not one of the 1300 SAR members, don’t worry—we like to hang out with anyone who likes running, so come on down and have some root beer . . .

We asked survey questions a few months ago and you told us what you want. So we’ve got a new location, the hip Copper Hall at Hotel Congress, and we’re trying a new night, Friday night, January 25th.  And we’re keeping the dinner price to a manageable $15.  Here’s some more details:

Schedule of Events -
6:00pm Social Hour (cash bar) and Band
7:00pm Dinner Served
7:15pm Presentation of Awards
7:45pm Other Festivities (raffle prizes and more)
Cost - Adult Menu - $15
Pasta Buffet:  Includes tossed green salad, garlic bread and dessert.
Cost - Kids Menu (10 years and younger) - $5
Chicken Tenders

Dress - Tucson night-life. 

Scared about Downtown parking?  Don’t be, there’s plenty of free parking nearby, whether on streets or in lots.

Thanks to SAR Board Volunteer, Kara Middendorf, for setting up this party.  If you have questions, contact Kara by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


2012 SAR Racing Season begins with the Sun Run 5k and 10k

Jan 27, 2012

The 2012 SAR racing season is now officially underway with the Sun Run 10K and 5K in the history books! It can be tough training through the holidays, but with some of the lightening fast times recorded on the flat, fast courses, the winter hard work paid off!

Some runners use the Sun Run as a starting point for their season, to see where their fitness stands going into the spring. While other runners are already in great shape and hoped to acquire early points for The Running Shop Grand Prix! Whether you ran to race, find motivation, or partake in the post-race pancakes, Coach Greg Wenneborg and all the Pima Community College Track and Field athletes thank you for supporting their race!

The Sun Run 5K was the first to start on race morning and Aaron Braun from Flagstaff ran an amazing 14:02 (that’s 4:31 pace!) to easily win the overall spot and the $100 time bonus (sub 15:00). Aaron generously donated his prize money back to the Pima T&F program…thank you Aaron! Former U of A standout Maggie Callahan won the women’s 5K with a time of 17:06, placing third overall. In the 10K, Ronnie Buchanan from Maricopa, AZ was first to cross the line in 31:56. On the women’s side, it was Paula Morrison in 37:09. The winners were awarded technical shirts and gift certificates provided by The Running Shop and original Sun Run art work. Great job to our winners!  Full results can be found here!

The Craig Dabler Jewelers Kids Dash is growing more and more each year! This year, we had 81 kids ages 1-12 participate in the event! Our goal with the Dabler Jewelers Kids Runs is to encourage kids to have fun with exercise, make friends and spend time outdoors! Next year, the 2013 Sun Run will have a more official Kids Run with longer distances for the older kids.

Pancakes anyone? The Pima Track and Field team was cooking race morning, serving hot pancakes, sausages and fruit to over 600 runners, walkers and their families! We hope you relaxed in the sunshine, enjoyed a warm breakfast and caught up with running friends after your hard run!

Thanks to our amazing 2012 sponsors: Sharon Bart and The Running Shop, Littlered Media, Schnakenberg Financial, Prescription Lab Compound Pharmacy, IntelliTech, L&J Design Consulting, Riccitello Law Firm, and Craig Dabler Jewelers. Your support of our event is greatly appreciated! And also THANK YOU to the runners who donated additional money directly to the Pima Track and Field program! Whether you donated a couple of dollars or hundreds (thank you Connie Lopez! You are amazing!), we were able to raise an additional $605 for the PCC runners! The generosity of the Tucson running community is outstanding and, in return, we want to make the Sun Run even better each year for you!

Also, the Sun Run would never “run” smoothly without the help of our volunteers! A big THANK YOU to the following: Steve and Sheryl Felde (their help is unmeasurable), Gar and Pam Stone, Bill Hill, Joannie Rogucci, Marc Janis, Janet Holland, Royce Marion, Roger Shanley, Yvonne Nollman, Connie Lopez (again, amazing), Gina Slaby (fresh off the Olympic Trials), Annelie Messingham and Marti Ackerman.

If you were unable to attend the awards ceremony, please stop by The Running Shop to pick up your award.

Thank you for supporting the 2012 Sun Run 10K/5K and the 2012 Pima Track and Field athletes! We hope you have a healthy and FAST 2012 racing season!

Stephanie Wenneborg


Sun Run Race Report 2011

Jan 30, 2011

After unpredictable January weather the past several years, we thought about changing the name of our event, but lo and behold, the 2011 Sun Run lived up to its name!!!  Runners still donned gloves and the occasional beanie, but it was a gorgeous day to race along the fast paths of Reid Park!

This has been a difficult month in our city.  We lost great members of our community, including fellow runner Gabe Zimmerman.  It seems that everyone is doing their part to help put the pieces back together and recover.  It was great to see the spirit of our running community thriving on this day and to see good people coming together to do something we all love… 

Returning 2010 Sun Run Champion, Craig Curley, broke the tape in the 10K two minutes ahead of the remaining field in 30:16.  Stephanie Wenneborg won for the women in 38:23.  Overall Masters were Polly Campbell, second female overall, in 38:53 and for the Masters men it was Shaun Haley, 4th overall in 33:28.

Stephen Shaefer, a training buddy of Craig’s, dominated the 5K field by almost two minutes as well, winning in 15:41.  Jenn Treush won for the women in 19:47.  Andy Roth won the Masters Men division in 19:39 and Melody Mustafa took home the trophy for Masters Women in 23:21.

The 2011 Craig Dabler Jewelers Kids Dash was a success with 50+ kids running their hearts out early in the morning (and thank you to their parents for bringing them out)!  Thank you to Craig Dabler for your sponsorship and to Nadine Wasnik who baked 100 sun-shaped sugar cookies for the kids!

This year, the Sun Run offered 5 year age group awards for the 10K and continued with 10 year age group awards for the 5K.  If you were unable to stay for the awards ceremony, check the results page to see if you were a winner!  Awards are still available at The Running Shop on 3055 N. Campbell Ave. 

The Sun Run was the opening race for The 2011 Running Shop’s Desert Grand Prix.  There are 10 races remaining in the 2011 Grand Prix season. 

The student-athletes of the Pima Track and Field team not only run super fast, but they can cook super fast too!  50 Pima T&F athletes cooked a pancake breakfast for over 400 runners, walkers and spectators!  They also helped clean-up, return race supplies, man the water stations, course monitor, ride lead bikes, work registration,  direct the kids dash and organize the awards ceremony.

Once again, we are shocked by the generosity of our running community and their donations to the Pima Community College Track and Field programs!  The Sun Run received over $400 in additional donations!  A huge Thank You to runner Connie Lopez and her continued support!

Volunteers are always vital to the success of any event.  Steve and Sheryl Felde top the list in this category.  Thank you to Dave Hill, Maureen Cunningham,  Caroline Gardiner, Jocie Riley, Sandra Heater, Sharon Pascoe, Roger Shanley, Connie Lopez, Mari Diaz, Amelie Messingham, Mike Erickson, Kim Fernandez, Russell Riordon, Royce Marion, Rachel Hilgeford, Marti Ackerman, Christie Bano, Don Branaman, and Stephanie Montano.  I didn’t even realize how many came out to help, but thank you so much for your support.

Finally, we’d like to thank our sponsors Sharon Bart at The Running Shop, Littlered Media, Compound Pharmacy, Schnakenberg Financial and Craig Dabler Jewelers.


Awards from Sun Run 10k/5k

Jan 24, 2011

Awards from the Sun Run 10k/5k can be picked up at The Running Shop at 3055 N. Campbell Avenue (#153).


Sun Run 5k and 10k Results now Posted

Jan 23, 2011

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Sun Run 5k and 10k.  Results can be found here!


Sun Run Race Report 2010

Jan 24, 2010

The weather leading up to the 2010 Sun Run had us a bit worried…a tornado touching down in Yuma, a blizzard warning for Pima County, 138MPH winds recorded at Kitt Peak, roads closed and flights cancelled due to weather.  This certainly wouldn’t be the first year the Sun Run did not feature any “sun”.  But lo and behold, the weather on race morning couldn’t have been any better!  Blue skies and a 40 degree start made for some fast times and a great way to kick off the 2010 SAR racing season!

The Sun Run 10K overall winners were Craig Curley and Tia Accetta.  Craig, a Pima XC/T&F alumnus, just returned from the Houston Half Marathon, where he ran 1:04, qualifying him for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.  Craig easily won the 10k in 30:19.  He was followed by Raffael Huber, an orienteer champion visiting from Switzerland.  Tia Accetta was a powerhouse, easily winning the 10K in what we believe is a lifetime PR of 36:19.  She was followed by Paula Morrison, the 2009 Grand Prix winner.  The 10K Masters divisions were won by Eddy Hellebuyck (34:23) and Janet Stamper-Holland (42:32).

The Sun Run 5K overall winners were Nick Cramer (16:47) and Maggie Diller (20:35).  The 5K Master winners were Dave Dobler (17:50) and Melody Mustafa (23:15).

The 2010 Sun Run Kids Dash was again a hit!  Over 50 kids ran and won goody bags provided by Craig Dabler Jewelers!

Please check the Sun Run results page here.  If you won an overall or age-group award and were not able to attend the awards ceremony, your award is waiting for you at The Running Shop, 3055 Campbell Ave Suite #153.

A HUGE “THANK YOU” to Sharon Bart and The Running Shop!  The Running Shop donated most of the overall and age group awards as well as hosted the packet pick-up.  Even with 10-year age groups, we had over 220 awards to present!  Thank you Sharon!  Your generosity was overwhelming!

We’d also like to thank our other race sponsors.  Kirsten Cooper and Cooper Fitness, David Niccoletti and Compound Pharmacy, Rebecca Taylor and Little Red Media, Craig Dabler and Dabler Jewelers, Larry Schnakenberg and Schnakenberg Financial Services, Adventure Coffee Roasting, Xoom Juice, Edward Arriola and Aries Sun Massage, and Ordinary Bike Shop.  Please support your race sponsors!

Thank you to all the runners who made additional donations.  There are SO many of you! Some runners donated a few bucks and others donated over $100…thanks to each of you! 

Thank you to Steve and Sheryl Felde and the other volunteers who made our race a success!  Your kindness is not overlooked!  Thank you to Joe Cuffari for his timing expertise.

Thanks to all the Pima kids who flipped pancakes, worked registration, manned the water stations, placed and picked up cones, and helped clean up.  The Pima T&F Team will be competing in 11 meets this season!  Please come on out to the local meets and cheer them on.  Saturday, February 6th and Saturday, March 3rd Pima will host meets at home on the West Campus track.  March 19-20 Pima will compete at the Willie Williams Invitational at U of A track.

Thanks again for your participation, runners!  If you have any question regarding the Sun Run or the Pima 2010 Team, please contact Greg Wenneborg at (520) 977-4072 or email

We hope to see you at a meet soon!      GO AZTECS!

The Pima Community College Track and Field Team will see their first action on Saturday, February 6th, at the West Campus Track Facility starting at 11:00 AM.  Please come out and watch some great competition.  If you would like to volunteer for this meet, please contact head coach Greg Wenneborg at (520)977-4072 or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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