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.  We’re taking a summer break, and will start again August 18th.

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.  Email Tia at tia@runtucson.net.  See www.runtucson.net or www.facebook.com/TheWorkoutGroup for updates.

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

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 Running Shop

The Running Shop Group Run
Meets: 6 p.m. Wednesdays at The Running Shop, 3055 N. Campbell Ave. #153
Cost: Free

You Are A Champion

The magic happens outside of your comfort zone.  Start by saying “Yes” to yourself and join the Champions as we help you build a supportive community that you can lean on, learn from and offer support to as we all work toward the same goal - running and walking a 5k, from start to finish.

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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