Running Groups

Below is a partial list of running groups around Tucson; a list of clubs, groups, and teams throughout Arizona is also available. Before setting out to run with one of these groups for the first time, it is a good idea to contact the group organizer beforehand. Times and places tend to change.

Do you run regularly with a small group of people and want to add more? Of course you do! Email the necessary group info and it will be posted!

The Workout Group

The Workout Group, Building a Running Community Since 1997

Whether you’re preparing for your first marathon, training for local races, or simply trying to get in shape, WOG features two weekly workouts open to all ages and abilities, as well as weekend social runs.  Runners of all abilities and ages are invited to join WOG, the longest-running coached group in Tucson.  The Workout Group has been providing workouts for all levels of runners since the last century and has produced plenty of SAR Grand Prix Champions and age-group winners, if you’re into that sort of thing.  WOG develops Boston qualifiers, trail runners and track runners, if you’re into that sort of thing. 

But most importantly, WOG develops friendships.  With an email listserv, social runs, social gatherings, and more marriages than you can shake a stick at, WOG is the place to come to be part of running in Tucson.  The Workout Group is led by Randy Accetta, a certified coach who used to be fast and is now old and falling apart.  In addition to teaching at the University of Arizona, Randy is the national DIrector of Coaching Education for the Road Runners Club of America, and travels the country 2-3 times a month teaching people how to be a running coach. 

When and Where: Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, starting at 6:00 pm at the Annex Fields at Reid Park.  Workouts take place on a well-lit, half-mile dirt track. 
Directions: From Broadway, take Country Club south 6/10 of a mile, turn into the park at Concert Way, then turn left and right in the parking lots and look for the runners by the baseball fields.  In the winter, look for the lights!

Questions? .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)or call Randy at 520-991-0733 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Tia at 520-891-4369

Arizona Multisports

Arizona Multisports meets multiple times each week at locations in mid-town Tucson. Check the schedule on the web site or contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for the current schedule.

Catalina State Park

This fun group meets Tuesday mornings from at 6:00 AM (from May 1 - Sept. 30) or 6:30 AM (from Oct 1- April 30) at Catalina State Park for some fun trail runs. There’s no charge to run with this bunch, but the park entry fee is $5 per vehicle or $45 for the entire year. Meet one mile past the entry booth at the first picnic loop (just past the Equestrian Center and Group Area roads). Bring water. The group ranges in age from 22 to 70, with paces between 8 and 11 minute miles - people generally pair up according to pace. The normal run is 7.5 miles (mostly soft sand and dirt trail, but about 1.5 miles of paved road). You’e welcome to cut the route short to make a 3.5 or 6 miles run. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have questions.

ESTANDA - East side Track And Altitude Running Group

We meet every Tuesday and Thursday at Sabino Canyon High School Track, located in North East Tucson at the corner of Snyder and Harrison Road.
Start time is “(0515)”  “(0500”on Thursday’s)
All workouts begin and end with a 1.5 Mile warm up/cool down.
Workouts are a series of intervals with the sum of the speed intervals totaling Three Miles.
The work out begins with repeats of 400 Meters, Increased by 400 Meters each Tuesday for Four Tuesday’s until It starts over again. A typical four week series would be:
T1 12x 400 (200 rest)
T2 6x 800 (200 rest)
T3 4x 1200 (200 rest)
T4 3 x 1600 (200 rest)
Thursday’s bring a longer work out of 5K, 10K, or 10 Mile

Visit our website or call or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address): 885.2294 or 235.7752.

Fleet Feet Training Programs

Fleet Feet offers a variety of training programs throughout the year for all levels – from people who want to start running to those who what to take their running to the new level. All programs are intended to be non-competitive, fun and educational, and focus on helping individuals meet their goals. All programs are designed by Jeanne Snell, RRCA certified distance training coach with support from experienced runners and coaches.  For information, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call her at 520-886-7800.

The Grinders

Based in the Continental Ranch/Continental Reserve area of NW Tucson, the Tucson Grinders is an informal, free, training group, based on a philosophy of training for specific races. The Grinders meet for organized workouts on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. The Sunday “long” run starts from different locations around Tucson (contact us for details). Former Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier Michele Hill coordinates training schedules, working towards target racing goals. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information or call Michele at 520-572-8250.

Interloopers

This wild group meets at 5am on Tuesdays at Catalina Foothills High School (Sunrise west of Swan) and at 5am on Thursdays at Catalina High School (Pima at Dodge) for track workouts. The Interloopers also usually do a 13-16 mile road run at 5:30am on Saturdays. All levels are welcome! Check out the Interloopers on the web or contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have questions.

Meet Me In Marana

Join us every Wednesday beginning September 7th for the “Meet Me In Marana” social walk/run!  The same organizers of the popular “Meet Me at Boston’s” have partnered with Marana Parks and Recreation to keep these FUN and FREE events going.  Check-in starts at 5:00 pm at Ramada 5 (by soccer field 1) in the Crossroads District Park.  Grab the family and come enjoy the Santa Cruz River Path!  Weekly raffle prizes provided by our sponsors. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Meet Me at Maynards

Join 200+ runners and walkers for a free jaunt around Downtown Tucson, every Monday night 5:45 pm.  The schedule calls for a 3+ mile run or walk, but you can add mileage as you wish.  Discounts to local restaurants, drawings for goodies, and more.  See www.meetmeatmaynards.com for details and contact information.”

Performance Endurance

Performance Endurance is for athletes who are seeking expert guidance to reach their next running goal, whether it be competing in their 100th marathon, doing their first 5K, strengthening the weak leg of a tri, reaching a new fitness benchmark, or getting back on the road safely after an injury or surgery. Along with access to an experienced, professional running coach, members benefit from our affiliation with Performance Fitness, a fully-equipped fitness gym. Our certified fitness professionals are available to assist you with specific cross training and nutritional needs. We can also consult you on shoe fittings, injury prevention and recovery. We meet a few evenings a week at the gym (located at Swan/Fort Lowell, behind McMahons) before heading outdoors to run at nearby parks, tracks and trails, then back to the gym for strength training and core work. Workouts are planned with local Tucson races in mind and include threshold training, VO2 max, and long distance group runs. Members receive a weekly email with educational and motivational tips, and the opportunity to participate in free monthly clinics and workshops. All for just $40/month for members of Performance Fitness ($60 for non members).

Runners of Continental Reserve (RCR)

Runners of Continental Reserve (RCR) is a local running club in Marana,
Arizona. The goal of RCR is to provide a positive environment to make new
friends, be physically fit, and most of all to RUN. RCR is for runners of
all levels; experienced, inexperienced, and beginners. RCR meets every
Saturday at Continental Reserve Urgent Care @ 7:00 AM. Continental Ranch
Urgent Care is located at the Silverbell & Continental Loop crossroads.
8333 North Silverbell Road Tucson, AZ 85743. RCR runs SE from the Urgent
Care around the Continental Loop to Quik Mart and back to Urgent Care. (3.1
mi) Contact Eli at runnersofcr@gmail.com or 520-333-5786

Tucson Runners Project

Run with TRP and you will meet like-minded athletes who will help you achieve your goals, and enjoy a fun, friendly group to share training tips and encouragement.  TRP’s schedule includes weekly track workouts, hill runs, easy days, and long runs.  We usually have post-run refreshment gatherings for even more fun.  For more information, join their “Tucson Runners Project” Facebook Page. Click through for the schedule or e-mail tucsonrunnersproject@gmail.com

Desert Tortoises

A group geared to slower and beginning runners.  We do some races together, then also get together
for social runs.

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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