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!

Come Run (together)

Since 2005 this group has been running on Saturday mornings (and occasionally on other days) in different areas of Tucson including roads and trails. We run for 10 miles or more at a 7:30-9:30/mile pace. Those who join this mailing list shall participate in the group runs at their own risk. In order to join the list, a new member will have to show up at a Saturday run.

For information, contact any of the moderators: Mark Martin: kmccmartin@yahoo.com, Aimee Kaempf: ack4c@hotmail.com, Abby Nastase: abbynastase@gmail.com, Erik Sanders: esanderssprint@earthlink.net, Steve Outridge: outridge2003@yahoo.com,  Kamran Talattof: kamran2054@yahoo.com, or ComeRun MODERATORS: comerun-owner@yahoogroups.com.

Desert Tortoises

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

Destination YOU!

Destination U is dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment for anyone to train for and run their first 5k.  We celebrate beginnings and being beginners, comparing ourselves only to ourselves, and cheering on those around us.

If you have always wanted to get in shape, or get ‘back into it’, consider joining our friendly group and get the start you deserve and need.  Our clinics will help you with running form, practicing safety on the road, and much more.  Our guest speakers will inspire you and motivate you to find your specific fitness journey.

Find us on Facebook as “Destination U!” or come in to the Running Shop at 3055 N. Campbell and sign up today!

Fleet Feet Training Programs

We believe that “Running and Walking Changes Everything”. We invite you to join us and experience your own life-changing adventure. We have opportunities for all ability levels - walkers, aspiring runners, as well as those who want to be more competitive. We host FREE runs and walks every week as well as offer more structured training programs throughout the year. Email leslie@fleetfeettucson.com for more information.

Himmel parkrun

What: Himmel parkrun is a FREE timed 5k run/walk held every Saturday at Himmel park in central Tucson. 
Where:  Himmel Park, Tucson. Start is just south of the Himmel Park Library.
When:  8AM every Saturday November – March, 7AM April – October.
Post-parkrun meetup: Rincon Market, 2513 E. 6th St Tucson, AZ 85716

Who: All welcome, runners and walkers of all ages, including children in strollers and dogs on short leashes (one dog per person, please). Children must be at least 4 years of age to register, and children under 11 must stay within arm’s reach of an adult.

Registration: FREE one-time registration at parkrun.us gets you a personal barcode that you simply need to print out and bring along to Himmel parkrun. It’s also your ticket to any of the more than 1300 parkrun events worldwide each week.

Volunteers: Himmel parkrun is free every week thanks to the volunteers who act as course marshals, timekeepers, barcode scanners, etc. Drop us a line if you can help some time: himmelhelpers@parkrun.com.

www.parkrun.us/himmel
www.facebook.com/himmelparkrun
himmeloffice@parkrun.com

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! Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have questions.

Meet Me at Maynards

Join 300+ runners and walkers for a free jaunt around Downtown Tucson, every Monday night 5:30 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.”

Mountain Empire Running Club

An informal group who runs 5ks to half marathons every other weekend or so down in the Elgin/Sonoita/Patagonia area.  Events are posted on the Facebook page.

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).

R.I.O.T. - Running Is Our Therapy

This is a group for new-ish (and not so new) runners who enjoy cruising at casual paces (usually 10-13min/mi), covering distances between 3-13 miles. We also participate in many local races. Check out our calendar at www.meetup.com/teamriot.

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

Southwest Endurance Training (SWET)

Southwest Endurance Training (SWET) offers a variety of distance running training programs throughout the year for all levels - from people who want to start running to those who want to take their running to the new level.  All of our programs are intended to be non-competitive, fun and educational, and focus on helping individuals meet their goals.  Email Autumn Ball with questions at autumn@swendurancetraining.com or visit www.SWET.run.

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.

The Workout Group, by Run Tucson

The Workout Group, Building a Running Community Since 1997
For over 23 years, the Workout Group has been meeting every Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Unique in Tucson, we’re a drop-in group where you can train for a week or train for a decade—either way, we’ll help you get ready for whatever’s on your list, whether it’s your first race or the Olympic Trials.  But most importantly, WOG develops friendships. 

With an email listserv, monthly picnics, 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.  If you’re into leg speed, we’ve got you covered: WOG has produced Olympic Trials runners, Boston qualifiers, SAR Grand Prix Champions and age-group winners, and podium finishers at every distance from the mile to the 100-miler.

The Workout Group is led by Tia Accetta (M.A., 2:48 marathoner, certified RRCA Coach) and Randy Accetta (Ph.D., former 2:19 marathoner, and the national Director of Coaching Education for the the Road Runners Club of America).  Workout Group coaches include RRCA-certifed coaches Tim Bentley, Michelle Hawk, Doreen Davis, Dave Odom, and Gina Nelson, with additional help from the gang of Georgia Pattison and Sandy Crusa.  Unofficial WOG photographer is the renowned Goatographer.  Weekend long runs with our friends at ComeRun are on trail and road routes throughout the region.  Part of the Run Tucson brand, WOG helps produces the region’s high profile races, such as the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k, the Biosphere2 5k, and the Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon.

When and Where:
Tuesday Nights, 6:00 pm at the Rillito Fields.  Starting in February 2020 join us at our new location at the Rillito Fields, at 4502 N First Ave.  We run on the newly-created 1/3 mile dirt-path loop and the nearby fields and The Loop River Path.  This location is 4.5 miles from the UA.  Plenty of free parking in the lots adjacent to First Avenue, just south of River Road.

Thursday nights, 6:00 pm at the Annex Fields at Reid Park.  Workouts take place on the multi-use path and the nearby grass fields. (This location is 3.6 miles from the UA.  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.)

(Sadly, after 22 years we were told by the City of Tucson Parks and Rec that we could no longer run on the dirt warning track of the Annex Fields.  Fortunately, Pima County Parks and Rec has come to the rescue and has enabled Run Tucson and Cox Charities to help fund a new running surface at the Rillito Fields.)

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.  See www.runtucson.net or www.facebook.com/TheWorkoutGroup for updates.

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

Achilles International

Achilles’s mission is to “Encourage disabled people to participate in mainstream athletics in order to promote personal achievement.  We promote support and training to runners at all levels.”

Achilles is changing lives everyday and has the largest number of athletes with disabilities participating in the New York Marathon.

There is now a Tucson chapter of Achilles!  We meet on Saturdays at 9 AM at Reid Park near Ramada 22.  You can find us on Face Book at “Achilles International, Tucson AZ” or email us at achillestucson@gmail.com.  You may also call or text Kirsten Williams vice president at (520) 358-1042 or Lupita Hernandez President (520) 940-2494.  We welcome anybody whether you would like to walk around the park or are training for a marathon.  Please come and join us.  We look forward to running with you!

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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