Fine Valentine Couple’s Relay - 4M & 2M

Sunday, February 8, 2015
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Want a morning full of running, mimosas, costume contests, p.d.a exchange zone, awesome gift certificate prizes, group challenge prize to win a keg and more!? True loves, best buds and solo runners are all welcome to join in on the fun!

Get an early start on Valentine’s Day with this long-standing fun race staged at Old Main and the University of Arizona on the morning of Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Main Gate/University Ave.  Choose between the 4 mile Couple’s Relay (Sweethearts, Just Friends or Parent-Child categories), the individual 4-mile race or the 2-mile fitness walk. Also look into the team challenge to win a keg! The race beneficiary this year will be Ben’s Bells Project.  Registration and packet pick-up will be available race day from 7am-8am, with an 8:30am race start time.

Get the latest race updates via the Facebook event page!  Be part of a race that was featured in on Runnersworld.com  and Running Times magazine in 2014 as races that get you feeling the love!  Check it out: here  & here  (See slide 8!)

New this year:

1) Mimosa & brunch award party on the Gentle Ben's patio. We'll have some free snacks & coffee, but this year you can purchase brunch and mimosa specials during the awards ceremony/after-party as well! Added Bonus: First mimosa to all Southern Arizona Roadrunners members that do the race is free! Learn how to become a member here!

2) Super soft triblend t-shirts will be available for an extra $8/shirt - must register by January 22nd to order a t-shirt. Limited extras will be available for purchase on race day for $10.

3) Added costume contests: Best couple, best cupid, best anti-valentine. Plus most creative PDA exchange contest!

Event Info:

4 mile couple’s relay:  Two team members each run approximately 2 miles.  Each team member will run up one set of football stadium ramps! See Couple’s categories below.  NOTE: you do not have to be a romantic couple to be in the couple’s relay.  Just register in the “Just Friends” category if you and your teammate are strictly platonic! However, to receive any awards you do need to demonstrate some form of Public Display of Affection, otherwise known as PDA . . . 

Special prizes for the best costumes (best cupid, best couple's costume, best anti-valentine)!  The most creative PDA  exchange will also earn an extra award!

Group challenge: Win a Keg! Gather 4 to 7 relay teams and let us know what organization/group you are with when you register.  The top 4 teams’ times in your group will be tallied.  Lowest time wins! The grand prize for the team challenge will be a gift certificate for a keg from Gentle Ben's Brewing Co! (ALL group members must be over 21 to win this prize, sorry no exceptions).  The 2nd place group will win a gift certificate to feed pizza to your entire crew. All relay teams that wish to participate in the group challenge must register & join/form their group before race day. 

4 mile (approximate) individual ramp run race: The individual race will be two loops, which means two sets of football stadium ramps!

2 mile non-competitive walk/jog: The 2 mile walk/jog is designed to promote daily exercise, so bring the whole family along! Strollers are welcome!

Free children’s race after the main races

Post-race festivities: Awards, costume judging, Ben’s Bells project booth and more!


Questions? Contact the race directing team by.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Date and Time

Sunday morning, February 8,  2015 at 8:30 am.

Race Awards

4 mile Couple’s Relay (NOTE: Couples must engage in a Public Display of Affection (PDA) to be eligible) -  Date-night prizes sponsored by various Main Gate merchants and other local businesses. Participants in the Couples Relay category are not eligible for individual awards.

Categories:
1) Sweethearts (in a relationship): 
Combined Age Under 60
Combined Age 60 to 89
Combined Age 90 plus

2) “Just Friends”:
Combined Age Under 60
Combined Age 60 to 89
Combined Age 90 plus

3) Parent-Child

Special prizes for the best couple’s costume & best PDA.

The 4 Mile Open race is an open event with men’s and women’s categories.  Top finishers overall and top three in 10-year age categories will receive awards sponsored by The Running Shop, Main Gate merchants and other local businesses.

The 2 mile walk/jog is non-competitive.

Group challenge: Win a Keg! Gather 4 to 7 relay teams and let us know what organization/group you are with when you register.  The top 4 teams’ times in your group will be tallied.  Lowest time wins! The grand prize for the team challenge will be a gift certificate for a keg from Gentle Ben's Brewing Co! (ALL group members must be over 21 to win this prize, sorry no exceptions).  The 2nd place group will win a gift certificate to feed pizza to your entire crew. All relay teams that wish to participate in the group challenge must register & join/form their group before race day. 

Call Race Director Diane Manzini. Dari Duval & Alyssa Hoyt 520-247-4504 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Beneficiaries

This year’s race will benefit Ben’s Bells Project.  Their mission is to inspire, educate and motivate each other to realize the impact of intentional kindness and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening our selves, our relationships and our communities.  After the race, stop by the Ben’s Bells booth to sign a kindness contract and put your artistic touch on a small project.

Community Partners

Thanks to Main Gate, Spirit Messingham, Tierra Antigua Realty, The Running Shop, Barrio-Gentle Ben's Brewing, Ingils Florists & Coffee Times!

Contact

Call Race Director Diane Manzini. Dari Duval & Alyssa Hoyt 520-247-4504 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Registration

Race Fees

New: Race t-shirts will be available for an extra $8/shirt - must register by January 22nd to order t-shirt. Limited extras will be available for purchase on race day for $10/shirt.

Couples Relay (each runner completes 2 miles)
Before February 1, 2015: $32/couple
SAR member or undergraduate student discounted entry before February 1, 2015: $30/couple
All February 1, 2015 until race day: $40/couple

*Optional race t-shirts will be available for an extra $8/shirt - must register by January 22nd to order t-shirt. Limited extras will be available for purchase on race day for $10/shirt.

 

Individual four-miler race and non-competitve two-miler – per person
Before February 1, 2015:  $17/person
SAR member or undergraduate student discounted entry before February 1, 2015: $15/person
All February 1, 2015 until race day: $20/person

*Optional race t-shirts will be available for an extra $8/shirt - must register by January 22nd to order t-shirt. Limited extras will be available for purchase on race day for $10/shirt.

 

*Children under 10 are free with adult entry

Registration

  • Print Registration Form and mail it in. Registration by mail must be postmarked by Saturday, January 31, 2015.
  • Register online with a credit card at active.com.
  • There will be registration and number pick-up the day before on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 11:00 till 2:00 at The Running Shop.
  • Race day registration and packet pick-up is available on race morning, Sunday, February 8, 2015 outside of Gentle Ben's at 865 E University Blvd, just east of Euclid, from 7:00-8:00 am.
News Course Info

Race Distances and Courses

The course will be a 2 mile loop starting at Centennial Hall.  It will take you along the UofA mall, past McKale Center, up & down a full set of football stadium ramps.  After the big “hill” you’ll run below the stadium and take Cherry Ave back to the UofA mall.  Then you’ll head towards Old Main & the exchange point where your lover (or friend) awaits.

The 4 mile Couple’s Relay is designed so that each runner has a running partner. The first runner will carry a flower baton donated by Ingils Florists and will pass it to the second runner at the completion of the first 2 mile loop , along with a kiss or public display of affection of some sort in the “PDA Zone”. The second runner will race the final 2 mile loop.  Distances are not certified.

The 4 Mile Open race is an open event with men’s and women’s categories. Participants will do two loops of the course, which means two sets of ramps! Top finishers overall and top three in 10-year age categories will receive playful awards..

The 2 mile walk/jog is non-competitive, and all participants will be eligible for raffle prizes.

Location

University Avenue, at the Main Gate at the University of Arizona.  Race-day registration will take place outside of Gentle Ben's on the corner of University Ave & Tyndall. Parking in nearby garages and on nearby streets.

Race Weather

Temperatures are usually 65 degrees F, clear skies, and no wind. Check out Tucson’s current conditions and forecast so you’ll be race-ready!

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