36th Annual Sabino Canyon Sunset Run - 7.4 Miles

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Race Info
Course Info
Race Info

Sabino Canyon located in the Coronado National Forest, is one of the most beautiful desert canyons in the American southwest and a true jewel of the Tucson community. SAR’s Sabino Canyon Sunset Run has one goal, to create a race worthy of the Canyon. For 35 years we believe we’ve done just that. This unique 7.4 mile race is designed to capitalize on the majestic nature of Sabino Canyon to provide a unique opportunity to experience the challenges of a great race in a truly magnificent setting.

This race is part of The Running Shop Grand Prix, produced by SAR.

Date and Time

The evening of April 8, 2017.

Early start time (5:15PM) for 7.4 mile walkers/joggers. Those who have registered for the early-start time can begin at 5:15PM. Please note to be eligible for age group prizes you must start with the main race so that you can race alongside your competition.
Main race, 7.4 miles (5:45PM)

Sunset is at 6:55 PM. Aid stations and finish line will be picked up 105 minutes after the start. If you plan to be out there longer be aware you’ll be on your own. Carry a flashlight!

Race Awards

Awards ceremony will follow the race at approximately 7:30pm.

Awards to the top 3 overall and top masters male and female finishers and the top 3 male and female finishers in five year age groups. The following age groups will be used: 19&Under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 & over

Packet Pick-up

Saturday, April 8, 2017:
9:30am - 12:30pm at Performance Footwear (5350 E Broadway #170 in the Williams Center)
Those who pickup race packets at Performance will be entered into a raffle for a free pair of shoes.

4pm - 5:15pm at Sabino Canyon.


Friends of Sabino Canyon

A portion of the proceeds from this race will be donated to the Friends of Sabino Canyon’s ‘Save Our Sabino’ campaign to help preserve and restore Sabino Canyon. Please visit their webpage for more information about the organization and their events.

Community Partners

A special thanks goes out to newest sponsor, LaceLocker. Check them out at LaceLocker.com. Also, here is a link to an installation video, and a link to a current commercial for the product.


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Race Fees



  • Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 9:30AM to 12:30PM at Performance Footwear, 5350 East Broadway Boulevard #170, Tucson, AZ 85711
  • A few registrations for all events will be available at Performance Footwear, 5350 E Broadway #170 in the Williams Center. Please note that only cash or checks are accepted for payment. Anyone who registers in-store will be entered into a raffle for a free pair of shoes from Performance. There will be no new registrations taken at the event site.
News Course Info

Race Distances and Courses

7.4 mile race:
The out and back 7.4 mile paved course along Sabino Creek crosses nine bridges and provides the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Catalina Mountains as the sun sets against them. The course is uphill on the way into the canyon and downhill on the way back, with aid stations at approximately miles 1.6, 3.7 (turn-around point), and 5.8.
7.4 mile Early-start:
The early-start event will begin 30 minutes prior to the main race entry, providing slower entrants more time to finish before nightfall. Those who enter this event will not be eligible for age-group prizes or Grand Prix points. They will remain eligible for raffle prizes. This event will be timed just like the 7.4 mile race, and the results will be included on the SAR website.
Please, no bicycles, strollers, skateboards, roller-blades, or pets allowed on the course.



Sabino Canyon, at 5900 North Sabino Canyon Road, just north of Sunrise Drive - (map).


Parking is available in the main parking area ($5 fee collected by Parks Service upon entering the lot, unless you have an annual pass). Part of the main lot will be reserved for members of the public visiting the park that evening that will not be participating in the event.

Or, park for free at Canyon View Elementary School (5725 N. Sabino Canyon Road) and Esperero Middle School (5801 N. Sabino Canyon Road).

Please note that parking is not allowed on Sabino Canyon Road north of Sunrise Drive.

Race Weather

Start-time temperatures are usually near 80 degrees F, clear skies, and no wind. Check out Tucson’s current conditions and forecast so you’ll be race-ready!


Proudly Sponsored by:

The Southern Arizona Roadrunners is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and fitness in Tucson and Southern Arizona through running and walking.

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