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!
- Arizona Multisports
- Catalina State Park
- 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
- Fleet Feet Training Programs
- The Grinders
- Meet Me In Marana
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 520-333-5786
- Ease Side Men’s Running Group
Meet several times a week at 6:00 a.m. near Saguaro National Park East and run either in the Park or nearby. Long run on Saturday or Sunday. Free except for when Park entry fee is needed. Contact Tom Caylor at email@example.com or 520-733-7120.