• SAR Membership

    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. Join today!

  • Winterhaven Run Through The Lights - 12/14/14

    The Winterhaven Run Through The Lights is a non-competitive, 5K fun run through the lights of Winterhaven filled with singing and tons of holiday cheer.

  • Sun Run for PCC 2015 10K & 5K - 1/11/2015

    This is a chance to run your fastest on a pancake-flat, lightning-fast USAT&F Certified 10K course or opt for the shorter 5k!

  • Sunrise At Old Tucson 4M & 1M Fun Run - 1/25/15

    Saddle up, boys and girls!!  Sunrise at Old Tucson is a 4-mile cross country trail run on the grounds of historic Old Tucson Studios, site of some of the greatest cowboy movies ever made.

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Upcoming Races

Dec 11, 2014

Click here to see SAR's most recent emailing, including links to upcoming races, free runs, and social events. This weekend is the free Winterhaven Run Through the Lights - bring a can of food and your caroling voice.  January 10th sees the free BEYOND event at Saguaro National Park WEST, while January 11th is the first event in the 2015 Running Shop Grand Prix, the venerable Sun Run 10k and 5k at Reid Park.  The Sun Run will once again host a pancake breakfast, so you can run the pancake-flat course then chow down.  January 25th is the TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run at historic Old Tucson Studios -- this year the race is capped to 600, so sign up early if you want to hit the trails and take advantage of the free entry to Old Tucson, the Desert Museum and the Wildlife Museum.  Sunday, January 25th is also the date of the free Annual Celebration Dinner, which will be held at the popular Gentle Ben's Brewery at the UA's Main Gate Square.  After that, it's the Fine Valentine and Couple's Relay down at the UA, and then the TMC BE TUCSON Women's 5k and Mile at La Encantada . . . we've got a lot going on, so mark your calendars!


Thanksgiving Race Recap 2014

Dec 6, 2014

21st Annual Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic

Thanksgiving 2014 began with over 2,500 runners and walkers enjoying the sunny morning at Reid Park. We observed many grins and heard giggling and laughter. Was it the hay bales? The sunshine? The amazing comradery that morning? Whatever the reason, we are thankful for the great turnout at the race and the many happy folks we got to share our morning with.

The race began with the women at 8:00 am. Bridgette Doucet won in a time of 19:06. Tia Accetta and Allie Keogh were second and third in 19:33. The masters’ winner was Jennifer Harrison in 21:39. The top women’s team was Sexy Ladies of WOG with a combined time of 1:22:12 with Katie Keating, Dari Duval,  Claire Hans, and Michelle Hawk. Second place team was Mama WOG with a time of 1:25:44 with top four finishers Tia Accetta, Cara Payne, Stephanie Wenneborg and Alison Meadow. Those are some fast Mamas!

The men’s race started next at 8:45. Josh Fowler won in 16:09. Second was Poli Baltazar in 16:16 and third place in 16:27 was Anthony Francisco. Anthony has previously placed in the top two slots in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Welcome back Anthony! The men’s masters’ winner was Ramon Billy in 17:58. The men’s first place team this year is the All Stars-PIMA with Mark Bennett, Ahmed Mohamed, Amanuel Logo and Peter Gonzalez with a speedy time of 1:09:10. Close on their heels was team Tricats Boys, 1:10:00, with the top four finishers being Josh Fowler, Sean Anderson, Colin Reisenhauer and Jimmy Riccitello.

We are honored each year to see so many multi-generational families partake in the festivities. How amazing is it to see four generations at a sporting event?! We had participants from age 1 to age 88 register. How cool is that?! And it’s fun to see folks there that have been part of our running community for years. Jimmy Riccitello, a professional triathlete for over 20 years, brings his entire family out to participate each year. We’ve watched as his and Traci’s kids are growing up to be fine young people and athletes. Jeanne Anne Krizman is another former professional triathlete who also participates each year and brings the family. It’s a tribute to our running community to see former professional athletes raising their families in the sport and participating in events as a family! This year my granddaughter Avianna, who is three, not only ran her first fun run but also helped with the awards ceremony!

Oro Valley Photography is our official photographer and we were excited to have our first photo booth. We hope you took advantage of the opportunity and got your free photo. Check out your photos at orovalleyphotography.com.

I would like to say Thank You to so many who helped us continue this fun family gathering. My co-race director, Martin Pena, always sets up an accurate, well marked course. Lucas Tyler, my amazing co-worker at The Running Shop, does an excellent job in making sure all volunteer positions are covered. Southern Arizona Roadrunners, for helping promote the event and providing a group of volunteers to recruit. Brooks for providing shoes to our winners and Sonic Drive In for our trophies and medals. Chip Travers contributed his amazing artwork for our shirts yet again! Steve King and My Team Triumph also deserve a huge Thank You for the great coffee provided race morning. Thanks also to the U.S. Marines for representing Toys for Tots and to Bashas’, Bruegger’s Bagels and Culligan for helping keep our participants well fed and hydrated. DJ Rich for his always entertaining music and games and Craig Dabler Jewelers for helping with incentive for speed.

A huge Thank You to the many volunteers who spent their Thanksgiving morning contributing to our event: Eddie and Raquel Arriola, Marti and Stephan Ackermann, Guy McArthur, Connie Lopez, Michelle Hawk, Leo Richard, Buddy Martin, Erik Sanders, Maricruz Wilson, Ann Hollis, Monica Bermudez, Don Taylor, Marc Janis, Elli Christmann, Steve and Sheryl Felde, Gary Giese, Merry Dearman, Stephen Moore and Joe Faulk. I know there were many more of you out there but these are the names that were recorded. I want to say Thank You to each and every one of you. If I missed your name, I Thank You too. I did not intentionally miss you but I don’t know the names of our other volunteers. I do want to point out an exceptional volunteer again this year: Michelle Hawk! Not only did she spend her entire Wednesday here at the store managing registration, but she worked at registration before the women’s race, ran, and then took over handing out bagels per the Pima County Health Department regulations. Next time you see Michelle, thank her for keeping the race running smoothly.

Wishing everyone the merriest holiday season.


Grand Prix “Final” Standings and Winners

Dec 5, 2014

The Grand Prix standings have been updated to include the results from the Thanksgiving Day 5k. There are no more Grand Prix races for the 2014 season, however these results are preliminary while they are being reviewed. In addition, here is the preliminary list of winners:

Male Overall Winners
1. Kurt Michels
2. Lucas Tyler
3. John Chamberlain
4. Ruben Ochoa
5. Benito Gonzalez

Male Masters Winners
1. Ramon Billy
2. Shane Carr
3. Joel Stamp

Male Under 20 Winners
1. Aaron Hausman
2. Andrew Turk
3. Alexander Fonseca

Male 20-29 Winners
1. Ernesto Chavez
2. Tyler Tate
3. Glenn Peck

Male 30-39 Winners
1. Chad Simpson
2. John Hertzog
3. Shane Inman

Male 40-49 Winners
1. Daryll Brosanders
2. John Sabatine
3. Scott Ellis

Male 50-59 Winners
1. Wayne Rogers
2. Steve Felde
3. Bob Marshall

Male 60-69 Winners
1. Alec Briones
2. Richard Senti
3. Leo Richard

Male 70+ Winners
1. Paul Robillia
2. Gary Giese
3. Mike Wilson

Female Overall Winners
1. Stephanie Wenneborg
2. Dari Duval
3. Diane Manzini
4. Amy Cole
5. Tia Accetta

Female Masters Winners
1. Michelle Hawk
2. Jennifer Garcia
3. Joanie Rogucki

Female Under 20 Winners
1. Reilly Schnell

Female 20-29 Winners
1. Laura Marshall
2. Becca Slater
3. Angela Stout

Female 30-39 Winners
1. Aimee Kaempf
2. Liz Farkas
3. Tracy Mitchell

Female 40-49 Winners
1. Teresa Gregory
2. Marti Ackermann
3. Cindy Schnell

Female 50-59 Winners
1. Sandy White
2. Melody Bailey
3. Rachel Hilgeford

Female 60-69 Winners
1. Nancy Fuller
2. Mary Black
3. Connie Lopez

Female 70+ Winners
1. Shirley Hester
2. Sue Smith


Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic 5k results now posted

Nov 27, 2014

Results can be found here!


Grand Prix Points Update

Nov 4, 2014

The 2014 Grand Prix Standings have been updated and now include the results from the Oracle 10k. See the latest standings here.


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