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The Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler 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 48th Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run a regional favorite.
Join us for the Inaugural TMC Tucson 10k, scheduled on Sunday morning, September 17th. This race will be the second leg of the 2017 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown. The second leg of the 2017 Triple Crown will be a brand new event, staged at Pima Community College West, the TMC Tucson 10k will loop the beautiful cactus forest roads in the Tucson Mountains. The companion 5k walk/run and a kids dash ensure that all ages and abilities can participate.
The 5th Annual Sabino Canyon One Mile FitKidz Classic will take place at the beautiful Sabino Canyon on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 7:15am. National Public Lands Day means there is no fee for parking at the Canyon’s main lot! This race is FREE and for kids up to middle school age (all kids not yet in middle school). This is the first race of the fall season in the FitKidz racing series produced by SAR.
Join the Southern Arizona Roadrunners and 100+ running friends for our next FREE social run! Arrive at the Tucson Racquet Club between 6:00- 6:30pm (entry is free for all hobblers). We'll take off on the 3ish mile social run on the Rilito River Path as a group at 6:30pm. Expect a mid-run splash-pad stop! After our romp we'll head back to Friday Night BBQ at Tucson Racquet Club which inlcudes pool access! Bring some cash for dinner and the full bar. Plus you'll have a chance to win some Southern Arizona Roadrunners race entries & other prizes thanks to our sponsor Spirit Messingham PLLC Realtor Tierra Antigua Realty!More
See here for the RRCA article: Fast Finishes Abound at 2017 RRCA National One Mile Championship Festival of Miles
RRCA President Mitchell Garner (right) presents awards to female RRCA 1 Mile Champions: Mary Black, Penny Rettenmaier, and Tia Accetta
On a serene late spring evening in the desert, Alexis Verdugo, 21, took first place in the 2017 RRCA National Championship Festival of Miles One Mile Run in 4:25.1 on May 26 in Tucson, Arizona. Verdugo, a Tuscon native, faced stiff competition the whole way from Nicholas Hilton, who took second overall with a time of 4:26.3.
There was no such drama in the Female Open Division, as Shannon Porter, 26, of Lacey, Arizona, cruised to first place in a time of 5:10.9. Porter’s time was almost a full seven seconds ahead of the second place finisher, Leah Rosenfeld, 28, who crossed the finish line in 5:17.8.
Hosted by the Southern Arizona Road Runners, the Festival of Miles was part of a weekend long celebration of running. In addition to the Festival of Miles on Friday night, there was also the popular TMC Meet Me Downtown 5K on Saturday, with smaller events for runners of all abilities in between.
Featuring a flat course in downtown Tucson, the area where the event took place was essentially transformed into a city-wide block party, featuring beer garden and food trucks, a beneficiary and vendor expo, children's activities, rock n' roll bands, and an awesome after-party at Tucson’s iconic Hotel Congress. Over 1,700 runners participated in events throughout the weekend.
“Races like this are great since setting a goal to go one mile can get you out the door when you don’t want to go,” Race Director Randy Accetta told the Arizona Daily Star. “We want people to set a goal and be a part of something and change their lives and meet new people and go to new places. By walking or running, you can do all of that.”
Both the men’s and women’s master fields produced strong finishes in the one mile RRCA National Championship as well. In the Men’s Master division, Aaryn Olsson, 41, took first place with a time of 5:18.7, almost nine seconds ahead of the second place finisher. In the Women’s Master division, Tia Accetta, 41, finished first in 6:01.8, almost 25 seconds ahead of the runner up.
2017 RRCA National One Mile Champions:
Male Open: Alexis Verdugo, 04:25.1, age 21, Tucson, AZ
Female Open: Shannon Porter, 05:01.19, age 26, Lacey, AZ
Male Master: Aaryn Olsson, 05:19.0, age 41, Tucson, AZ
Female Master: Tia Accetta, 06:01.8, age 41, Tucson, AZ
Male Grandmaster: Kelly Thompson, 05:33.8, age 53, Tucson, AZ
Female Grandmaster: Penny Rettenmaier, 07:29.0, age 51, The Woodlands, TX
Male Senior Grandmaster: Benito Gonzalez, 05:59.2, age 61, Tucson, AZ
Female Senior Grandmaster: Mary Black, 07:46.5, age 64, Tucson, AZ
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Online registration for the Jim Click Run and Roll is now open. Click here to register.More
Registration is now open for The Great Pumpkin Race 2017! What could be better than a family day out at Buckelew Farms including free entry into the farm before 8am for all registered participants followed by an awesome 5K or FitKidz mile including the haunted Corn Maze!More