• SAR Membership

    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 and get discounts to many local businesses, discounts to all SAR events and support the great work we do! JOIN TODAY!

  • 50th Annual Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler & 5k Walk/Run - 9/7/20

    We’re working with the National Park Service and other authorities to determine if this race can take place in person.  We’ll announce updates soon.

  • Tucson 5000 and FitKidz Mile - 9/13/2020

    One of the fastest 5Ks in the West! This pancake-flat, fast USATF certified course provides the perfect opportunity for a 5K PR. This race has been a Tucson staple for over 20 years with 20+ of the current Arizona age records for the 5k being set at the Tucson 5000! Check the website often for updates as to the status of this event related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • TMC Tucson 10K and 5K, 9/20/2020

    We’re currently evaluating the impact our public health crisis will have on the TMC Tucson 10k, but if we go Virtual, everyone will still receive a souvenir medal and the 2020 shirt.

Latest News:

SAR’s 50th Annual Saguaro Labor Day Run Postponed Until 2021

Jul 1, 2020

Due to ongoing safety concerns and policies related to the coronavirus pandemic, the Southern Arizona Roadrunners unfortunately has to postpone the Saguaro Labor Day Run until September, 2021.

While we would like to continue the 50 year tradition of an annual Saguaro Labor Day running race, this year it will not be possible. Laying aside our own concern about public safety, we have been working with the multiple permitting agencies to ensure that we can do the race.  We have even put forth a proposal for a virtual event, utilizing the National Park over a period of time with no event festivities.

Unfortunately, we cannot do the event.

At this writing, Pima County has not agreed to a permit -- but more importantly, the National Park Service is not in a position to permit the event, writing, "The landscape of Saguaro National Park is open including our trails and roads but we are not in a place where we can host a special event, even if it is virtual.  We do not have any public programs, our visitor centers and outreach programs remain closed, even our restrooms only have limited hours. So, we are going to decline the virtual Labor Day Run and look forward to the 2021 event." 

Thus, while we at SAR would like nothing more than to meet with all of our running friends and community partners to celebrate the beautiful regional landscape, unfortunately we are going to have to postpone the 50th Annual Saguaro Labor Day Run until Labor Day 2021.

What does this mean for you? First, registration for Saguaro has been closed so we are no longer accepting new registrations.

Second, if you have already registered, you have a few choices:

1) SAR can keep all current registrants on the registration roster, and simply defer your registration until the 2021 event so that you are guaranteed entry into what will undoubtedly be a popular 50th anniversary run on Labor Day Monday, 2021. If you would like to defer, you do not have to do anything. We'll simply keep you on the list!

2) If you would like your registration fee back, we can provide a race fee refund.

If you signed up online, simply email the SAR race director Randy Accetta at randy@runtucson.net. We will use the online registration portal to provide a refund of the race fee.

If you would like your registration fee back and you signed up by mailing a registration form and a check, please send a note to SAR at Box 64215, Tucson, AZ 85728. SAR's office manager and the SAR Treasurer will work together to manage the refunds. (Please be patient because this refund process will take some time for SAR to manage.)

If you have specific questions about these events, please contact me directly. Thank you,

Randy Accetta, SAR Race Director

randy@runtucson.net

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Update for TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon

Jun 23, 2020

For the past decade, the TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon has been Tucson's most popular urban half-marathon event, with the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon, the Tucson Lifestyle 5k Run/Walk, and the Cox Charities Free FitKidz Mile for children 12-and-under.  Produced by Randy and Tia Accetta, TMC Get Moving Tucson has included multiple routes, live music, a vendor expo, children's activities, jumping castles, food trucks, breakfast after-party, and more. 

However, as of June 2020, we still don't know what we'll be able to do for the 2020 event.  At this writing, the public health crisis is significantly affecting Southern Arizona and we have not received permits from the City of Tucson, Pima County, and Arizona Department of Transportation.  If we cannot receive permits for the regular race route, our options are these:

1) Move the event to a Virtual Event, like we had to do with the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k

2) Move the location to create a safer-route, enabling staggered starts, fewer aid stations, and so forth.  (We're thinking of doing out-and-backs along The Loop, but we still need to get appropriate permits.)

We will use the race pages, email, and social media channels to provide updated information.  For questions, contact race director Randy Accetta at randy@runtucson.net.

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Saguaro Labor Day Run Update

Jun 14, 2020

June 14, 2020 Update:  We are working with the multiple agencies that provide permits for the event.  As of this writing, Arizona is seeing a surge in the coronavirus and a corresponding stress on the healthcare system.  Accordingly, the Saguaro Labor Day Run has not been granted a permit for the Labor Day event.  

We are hopeful that we will be able to permit the event, but even if we do, we do not expect to be able to run the race the way it has taken place for the past 49 years.  In a best-case scenario, the race will be run in waves and the course will be unsupported, with no volunteer-managed water stations and no spectators allowed.  In a worst-case scenario we may simply have to cancel the event.  We will know more in the coming weeks and we'll keep the SAR running community informed.  Questions? Contact longtime race director Randy Accetta at randy@runtucson.net.

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Race Report for TMC Meet Me Downtown VIRTUAL 5k and One Mile

Jun 14, 2020

June 10 Update: Well, if it's not one thing, it's another. As we write this, our beloved Catalina Mountains are on fire, with crews working heroically to contain the flames. We hope that all of our running community friends are safe. Speaking of safety, you can see the Southern Arizona Roadrunners Facebook page for helpful health updates.

Now, back to the Virtual TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k. 

We wish we could have thrown a big ol' running party for, but we sure got to see a lot of you when you came by The Running Shop and Hotel Congress to snag your goodie bags. Thanks, too, to those of you who participated from afar, including a runner from Latvia! 

Below that you'll find information on the results, the raffle winners, the donations, and how to pick up your goodies if you haven't received 'em yet. 
Thanks again,
Randy and Tia Accetta
randy@runtucson.net | tia@runtucson.net

 

RESULTS & GRAND PRIX UPDATE
You can find the TMC Meet Me Downtown results here.  The virtual event is non-competitive and all results are self-reported.  
If you did the virtual run but have not yet reported your results, you can  submit your results to the google doc , and we'll update the results later in June. 
Grand Prix Update: Please note that SAR will provide all SAR members credit towards SAR's 2020 Running Shop Grand Prix. See the updated  SAR Running Shop Grand Prix details here.

WHAT IF I DIDN'T GET MY GOODIES?
1) Local In-Person Pickup: Many of you were able to come to The Running Shop or Hotel Congress to get your final goodies for the events. 
If you're one of the 30 locals who did not pick up your items, you can pick 'em up through the end of June at The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell).
2) Out-of-Town: We've mailed all the out-of-town packets, so be sure to check your mail for an exciting "Run Tucson" mailer. 
Questions? Contact info@runtucson.net 


RAFFLE, TEAM RESULTS, and HOW TO GET YOUR AWARDS
Check out the Facebook Live raffle and award announcement at The Running Shop . 
Below is a list of the recipients and the restaurants and stores to which they received their gift cards. Winners can pick up your gift cards at The Running Shop.
Special thanks to our many friends who helped provide prizes: Kim and Don Bourn from Bourn Companies; Sharon Bart and the crew at The Running Shop; Todd Hanley and the crew at Hotel Congress; and Kathleen Eriksen and the crew at the Downtown Tucson Partnership.
Reforma
Ruth Acedo
Serene Espinoza
Bob Marshall
Paulette Yates
Craft
Jennifer Lawrence
Noemi Mills
Saffron
Tamaki Layman
Meghan Mensack
Sushi Garden
Steve Abbott
Teresa Truelsen
The Parish
Carrie Serra
Carol Torpey
Donut Bar
D’Ann Hunt
Pueblo Vida
Joanie Rogucki
Jennifer Wellborn
Hotel Congress
Dolores Addison
Michael De Alto
Jennifer Estrada
Clarisa Nido
Running Shop
Connie Lopez 
Mark Belanger
Zach Delaney 
Caitlin Cuslidge
Whitney LaCombe
Gloria Lebario 
Darby McMahon
Christian Smith 
Julie Sparkman 
Frank Vargas


TEAM AWARDS
Most Members: Team Hoyt Arizona, winning a $100 gift card to be used at The Cup, Hotel Congress, or Maynard's Market.
Random Team Drawing: Team “Heads Up” also wins a $100 gift card to be used at The Cup, Hotel Congress, or Maynard's Market.
A representative from the winning team can pick up your gift cards at The Running Shop.

RACE DONATIONS

Thanks to all of you for helping us raise over $10,000 for these local organizations:
BEYOND-TUCSON Foundation
TMC Marks Fund for Employee Assistance
Greater Tucson Leadership
Children's Museum, Tucson
Educational Enrichment Foundation
the Humane Society of Southern Arizona
Southern Arizona Roadrunners
Special thanks to funding from Cox Communications, Cox Charities, Rio Nuevo, and Tucson Medical Center!

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TMC Meet Me Downtown VIRTUAL 5k and 1 Mile Run Results now posted!

Jun 9, 2020

You can find the TMC Meet Me Downtown results here!  The virtual event is non-competitive and all results are self-reported.  Special thanks to the team of Georgia Pattison, Sandy Crusa, and Tia Accetta for putting this spreadsheet together.  Thanks to Greg Wenneborg for posting the results to the SAR pages.  If you did the virtual run but have not yet posted, you can still submit your results to the google doc, and we'll update the results later in June.  Please note that SAR will provide all SAR members credit towards SAR's 2020 Running Shop Grand Prix.  See the updated SAR Running Shop Grand Prix details here.

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