10k and 5k, with children's dash
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Sabino Canyon located in the Coronado National Forest, is one of the most beautiful desert canyons in the American southwest and a true jewel of the Tucson community. SAR’s Sabino Canyon Sunset Run has one goal, to create a race worthy of the Canyon. For 36 years we believe we’ve done just that. This unique 7.4 mile race is designed to capitalize on the majestic nature of Sabino Canyon to provide a unique opportunity to experience the challenges of a great race in a truly magnificent setting.
Welcome to the 2nd annual Gauntlet 8k Cross Country Race at Pima Community College West Campus. This is a challengng 8k Cross Country race/run/walk of “The Gauntlet” course on the campus trails just north of the college. This will be an afternoon race with separate men’s and women’s races. Expect to put your toughness to to the test on these fun but at points techinical trails!
The 37th annual edition of Tucson’s largest and most scenic 10K and 5K winds its way through Starr Pass in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains. Run or walk the gorgeous course with beautiful mountain scenery and great views of the Tucson basin. Afterwards, join us for a Cinco de Mayo Celebration featuring the Cholla High School mariachi band.
It was another incredibly beautiful spring day in Tucson for this year’s Marana 5000 produced by the Southern Arizona Roadrunners. Although the temps were a bit high for this time of year the cool breeze did help the runners out on this day. This year’s course was modified due to construction on Ina road and the new course seemed to be a hit with the runners.
We had a fantastic turnout, especially for the FitKidz mile, and everyone had a great time with the Obstacle Course Jumping Castle, the artistic talents of Petunia the clown and the awesome tunes being spun by DJ Rich.
Free coffee was provided by Steve King and the folks from Team Hoyt, whose amazing athletes and their support folks also started off the 5K providing much inspiration for the 3 miles to come.
The women’s 5K race was won by Paula Morrison in an outstanding 18:45. Tia Accetta came in 2nd place in 19:22 and Tara Bruce in 3rd in 19:58. Taking both Paula and Tia out of the Master’s category, the Master’s crown was won by Janet Holland in an excellent time of 21.06.
The men’s 5K race was won by Michael Whetzel in 17:18. You could almost throw a blanket over 2nd - 4th place. An excellent kick brought Sean Anderson a 2nd place finish in 17:55. Right behind in 3rd place was Eric Simonson in 17:58. The Master’s crown was also extremely close and taking home the crown was Joel Stamp in a very fast 18:33.
Many thanks to the town of Marana for allowing us again to hold this event in the beautiful Crossroads at Silverbell Park. Huge thanks as well to our sponsors, the Running Shop, Smith Performance Center, Team Woodall Long Realty, Eegees and Road ID. We truly appreciate your support of this long time event.
Thanks very much as well to the GOATographer, Kerry Whelan, for donating his time to capture the event in pictures for us. His talents are second to none.
We were also extremely honored to have a special visit from Josh Hourscht, who has suffered with ALS for about 2 years and has been a tremendous advocate working help raise awareness and find a cure for this currently incurable disease. We are very grateful to Josh and his family for coming out, spending some time with us, and helping to really bring home why this event is so important. As you know, the event was created some years ago in honor of SAR Member David Filer who was diagnosed with ALS in 2000 and whom we lost to this disease. Proceeds from this event benefit the Jim Himelic Foundation, an organization that helps to fund ALS Research at the University of Arizona.
And, certainly not least, a huge shout out to the long list of volunteers without whom the event would not have been the huge success it was. It is likely we’ve left some folks out here but these rockstars include Michelle Hawk, Chris and Denise Fall, Erik Sanders, Joe Plassmann, Steve and Sheryl Felde, Michael Miller, Diane Manzini, Marti Ackermann, Connie Lopez, Steve Sheldon, Andrew Peck,The Frank family, Joe Faulk, Austin and Kailee Grover, Walt Harris, David Odom, Judie Shyman, Kelli Mack, Linda Whelan, Jeff Fulks, Robin Gerard, Ray Henson, Steve Moore, Merry Dearmon and Jeri Baker.
One more note, after tallying all the results the team competition (and the cool prize donated by our sponsor eegees) was taken home for the second year in a row by The Workout Group followed in second by one of my favorite new running groups in town, Destination YOU!. Overall nine teams competed and we are grateful to them all.
We will see you next year for the biggest and best Marana 5000 yet!
Steve Outridge, Race DirectorMore
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Celebrate by registering for the Dr. Gann's Diet of Hope Cinco de Mayo 10k or 5k. 17% off today only! Use promo code: PATTY17 SAR members use promo code: SARPATTY17
Wow, that was fast -- within 6 hours 27 SAR members had already claimed their spot at the September 4 TMC Saguaro Labor Day Run!
Check your email for the news on this year's race. Here's part of what we sent out:
HELLO TO THE SAR EMAIL COMMUNITY: Randy Accetta here, long-time race director for SAR's TMC Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run, writing to give you an update on some of the issues facing the Saguaro Run this year.
The Saguaro race was the first race ever put on by SAR, 48 years ago. This scenic course and the post-race festivities truly embrace the spirit of the old Southwest, making the upcoming 48th Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run a regional favorite. Indeed, up until a decade ago, about 600 runners completed the race every year. But last year, over 1,400 registered overall.
Here's the problem: the surrounding roads have gotten more and more crowded and the National Park itself has gotten more and more popular. Thus, for 2017, we've been asked by the National Park Service and Pima Department of Transportation to put a hard cap of 750 on the event.
Thus, here are the Three Big Changes for 2017
1) Cap of 750, registration for the public opens on April 1: There will now be a hard cap of only 750 total participants. We will open registration on April 1st. (Current SAR members have already received an email with directions to early registration and the SAR member discount. You can join SAR here.)
2) 8-Mile only, for now: To honor Tucson's running history and to enable those who are competing in SAR's Running Shop Grand Prix, we are opening registration only for the 8-miler.
Registration will open on April 1st and will be open solely for the 8-miler until June 30th.
Starting July 1st, any of the 750 slots left open will be allotted to the 5k Run/Walk. If there are no spaces available, then there will be no 5k -- just the 8-miler and a free kid's dash.
3) This race is NOT part of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown: we know the Saguaro race is popular and we don't think it is fair that you would have to pay for three races just to do one race. So, as part of the Triple Crown honoring Gabe Zimmerman, we're developing a brand new 10k, currently scheduled for Sunday, September 17th, staged at Pima Community College West, looping the beautiful cactus forests of the Tucson Mountains. This "Tucson 10k" event will have a 5k, a 10k, and a children's dash, too. Details on this race are here.
Well, I hope this helps clarify some of the things you may have heard through the grapevine, but if you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 520-991-0733.
See you at the races! Next up: Marana 5000 and FitKidz Family Mile!
-- Randy Accetta, SAR Race Director and Past PresidentMore
There are still many ways to register for the Marana 5000 5K or FitKidz and Family Mile! BE THERE!
1. Register on-line until midnight Wednesday 3/15/17.
2. Drop off your registration and payment at The Running Shop by eod, Friday 3/17/17
3. Come to packet pickup at the The Running Shop, Saturday, 3/18/17, 10am - 2pm
4. Race morning after 7am at Crossroads at SIlverbell Park in Marana.
5. PLEASE NOTE: Mail-In registration is now CLOSEDMore