The 2017 Fine Valentine Relay, 4M and 2M is on track to sell out before race day again and some sizes in the optional shirt are almost sold out! Sign up here for a morning full of running, PDA and a great post-race breakfast party at Gentle Ben's! If it does sell out we'll update you here! P.S. The winning of the Barrio Brewing keg to the largest group is still anyone's game!More
One of the things SAR LOVES the most? VOLUNTEERS! Sign-up here to spread some kindness and give back to the community at The Fine Valentine Relay? We have a bunch of fun tasks - even some pre-race day prep! We'll reward you with breakfast & a mimosa at the post-race party! It takes a village to make our races happen!
Alyssa, Dari & DaineMore
Preliminary Results for Fine Valentine's Day 2016 can be found here.
SAR is gearing up for the 20th Anniversary of the Fine Valentine Relay, 4 Mile Individual Race & 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk. We have a love-filled running party planned for you all! Be ready for the UofA stadium ramps, the PDA exchange zone, mimosas (first one free to SAR members), free egg/pancake/bacon breakfast at Gentle Ben's, costume contests, group challenge to win a keg and more!More
Registration is open for the 20th anniversary 2016 Fine Valentine Relay and Individual Race benefiting Ben's Bells! FREE egg/pancake/bacon breakfast! BONUS: It's on VALENTINES DAY - 2/14/2016. Head to the race page for more info and links to register: This morning will be full of running, a mimosa & bloody mary after party (first mimosa free to all SAR members), costume contests, p.d.a exchange zone, group challenge to win a keg (biggest group wins!) and more. True loves, best buds and solo runners are all welcome! New this year will be optional race shirts made by Tucson based Fed by Threads - American Made & each shirt purchased feeds 12 meals to people in need!More
Details here! Reigstration & packet pick-up on Saturday, February 7th at The Running Shop from 11am-2pm & on race morning Sunday, February 8th outside of Gentle Ben's from 7am-8am. Race starts Sunday at 8:30am in front of Centennial Hall. Awards party with free coffee & snacks, mimosas & brunch for purchase, photo booth, massages from Advancing Massage Therapy & more!More
Register here to join us on Sunday, February 8th for a morning of love-filled running! Choose between running 4 miles solo or doing the relay with a sweetheart, friend or parent. Extra fun includes a race course involving the UofA stadium ramps, costume contests, awards party at Gentle Ben's, group challenge to win a keg and more!
Check out the race page for updated details on the race day schedule, registration, packet pick-up, and more.More
Bring your sweetheart out to the Fine Valentine Couple’s Relay and Ramp Run on Sunday February 10th at 8:00 AM at Main Gate on University Ave. Team up for the 2-person relay where each team member runs 2 miles. No Valentine? No problem. Grab your best running buddy and enter the “just friends” category of the relay or sign up for the 4 mile individual run. Either way, be ready to run up some football stadium ramps. Also don’t forget the couple’s costume contest! Visit the Fine Valentine race page for more information. You can enter online at Active.com until midnight on February 7th or in person at the Running Shop on Saturday, February 9th from 11:00 to 2:00. Plus race day registration will be available from 6:30 to 7:30 on race morning.More
When and Where
SUNDAY, February 12, 2012
Registration and Number pickup: Sunday 6:30-7:30 AM at Main Gate Plaza, at 814 East University Avenue, between Euclid and Tyndall
Races Start: 8:00 AM on UA campus in front of Centennial Hall, immediately east of the UA Main Gate
Free Little Kids Race: 9:00 AM or thereabouts, at the start/finish line at the Centennial Hall area. We’ll try not to give the kids too much sugar, but no promises . . .
Race Awards and Stuff: after race, starting at about 9:15 or so
T-shirts: there are no souvenir t-shirts for this race, but we will have about 300 FREE shirts left over from last year that can be picked up on a first-come, first-served basis.
As always, our great volunteer crew is led by Sheryl and Steve Felde who are coordinating all the registration and some of the course monitors. Thanks, too, to the crew from The Workout Group and ComeRun list for pitching in. If anyone wants to help hand out flowers, we’ll put you to work!
Awards and snacks will be back at the Main Gate Plaza – thanks to the Running Shop, Main Gate merchants, Roses and More, and some others, we’ll have some fun, low-key prizes and raffles. As we’ve indicated, we may also go back to providing stereotypical gender-based prizes: bottles of beer and golf balls for the men, flowers and cookies for the ladies. In order for a winning couple to receive their award, they must demonstrate a worthy PDA. Last year, a couple got engaged, so see if you can top that! These are some of the prizes:
• Gift packs from The Running Shop for couple’s categories
• His & Her T-Shirts from Ben’s Bells as raffle prizes
• His and Her Socks from Ben’s Bells as raffle prizes
• His and Her Bathrobes from the Marriott Hotel to the overall male and female winners
• His and her T-Shirts from Frog & Firkin
• 2- $10 Wilko Gift Certificates – age group awards
• 5-Free Pita Sandwiches from Eat-A-Pita – age group awards
• 1-$25 Fuku Gift Certificate—as raffle prize for volunteers
• 10-$10 Main Gate Square Gift Certificates – age group awards
• 4-$10 Wich Wich Gift Certificates – age group awards
• 2-$10 Frog & Firkin Gift Certificates – age group awards
One Ooo! Recycle Bag or Tote – volunteer raffle
Gift Certificates to Body Basics
• Couple: Married more than 10 years
• Couple: Combined Age Under 70
• Combined Age 70-110
• Combined Age 110+
Thanks to long-time sponsors The Running Shop and Main Gate Merchants for providing prizes and cool giveaway items. Thanks, too, to Body Basics and many of the Main Gate Merchants for all their help.
Motorola is our cool new sponsor: Get the boost you need with MOTOACTV—the new GPS fitness Tracker and Smart MP3 Player from Motorola. It’s like having an on-the-go personal DJ and trainer at the same time. For more information, visit www.motorola.com/motoactv.
Last week, the UA started a construction project at the UA Stadium, and they have told us that we cannot use the ramps this year. (I know, most of you are happy about this, but I’m a bit grouchy because they had promised me that we could use ‘em!) However, they have given permission to use the outside of McKale Center, so we are going to do a version of the course that we did the first year. Here’s the web-based map: Click here.
You will start in front of Centennial Hall and head east on the UA mall. You will go around Old Main on the south side and continue due east past Cherry. After Cherry, you will keep heading east on the sidewalk and follow the chalk arrows to McKale Center – you will do one lap (counterclockwise) around McKale Center, running on the ramps around McKale – watch out for the barricades! As you leave McKale, you will take a right and do a well-marked lap of the grass then head all the way back to Old Main.
If you are in the Couple’s Relay, your sweet petunia will be at the west side of Old Main: at this point, you need to do some display of affection (kiss, hug, high five, etc). Your petunia will then head out and do the rest of the course and come back to the finish line. Remember: no display of affection, no relay!!
If you are an Open runner, you will do the turn-around west of Old Main and head out on your own, but nobody will hug or kiss you (at this point, you’ll be sweaty and stinky, so that’s probably good).
If you are doing the 2-mile, you will continue to the finish line after one loop, which is close to but not quite two miles.
The water table will be at the course turn-around by Old Main.
There are two sets of public restrooms at the Main Gate Plaza – one in the Geronimoz building on the west side of the plaza, and one at the south end of the plaza, near the parking garage.
The old-timers might remember that SAR did this race for a few years on a cross-country course at La Posada Country Club, then when Jim and Mike didn’t want to do it anymore, I got talked into being the race director and we moved it to the Rillito River Path for a couple of years – this is when we started the tradition of giving winners a big tub of Costco type cheeseballs. Then we had to move it from the riverpath, we brought it to the UA Main Gate area in an effort to highlight one of the cool local shopping districts in Tucson. The race course included a loop around the ramps of McKale Center. In year 2, we were able to get permission to use the UA stadium ramps – and then last year, we tried to make it bigger by closing University Avenue and doing it on Saturday afternoon, but that proved too difficult to manage, so now we’re back to a more informal Sunday morning race – and as we said above, this year we cannot use the stadium ramps, so we’re back to the McKale loop.
Main Gate, Arizona Stadium, and University Boulevard—what a nice afternoon out at the Muscle Milk Fine Valentine Couple’s Relay and Ramp Run today! Results will be posted soon as will SAR facebook page photos, but the race director would like to extend a hearty congratulations to the many couple’s who embraced, smooched, high-fived, chicken-pecked, and kissed their way through the relay zone at the race today. Congratulations to Cotah Rose for a great victory in the open four miler! And special congratulations to the anonymous couple at the awards ceremony: what a great place to get engaged!! Thanks to everyone who played and had fun—and to our sponsors, The Main Gate Merchants, Running Shop, Food Conspiracy, TMC, and of course Muscle Milk! More to follow later in the week . . .
We hope you enjoyed the changes to this race—please let me know if you have any suggestions for next year.