Spirit of Rob Bell Award


In August 2000, Rob Bell, an avid and middle-of-the-pack runner in Southern Arizona, passed away during a workout.  He was a kind and soft-spoken man who loved to run and to race and was always aware of the successes of other runners.  In his memory, an award was created with the support of two of Rob’s running friends.  This award is meant to recognize someone in the local running community whose enthusiasm for our sport embodies the spirit of Rob Bell.

Because SAR receives so many inspiring nominations, we're changing our formula to expand the award and recognize both a SAR board choice and a Community choice. Although the nomination process stays the same, SAR will now narrow down the nominees to three finalists for the Rob Bell Award community vote. 

Nominate the person who inspires you by October 14th for the 2018 Spirit of Rob Bell Award!

Award winners will receive the following:

Free entries to all SAR races for one year
Free SAR membership for one year
A commemorative plaque and prizes totaling approximately $150 in retail value


Submitting Nominations

Nominations for the Spirit of Rob Bell Award must have been submitted by September 30th, 2016.  Nominations should include the following information:  the name of the person being nominated, a description of how this person embodies the spirit of Rob Bell and the name of the person submitting the nomination.

Community Vote​

Vote here before November 6th for the 2016 Community choice winner!

Announcement of Winner

The board of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners will review on the nominaions this fall, call for a vote for the community choice winner and then annouce the winners at the annual SAR celebration this upcoming winter!

Previous Winners

  • 2017 - Jeri Baker & Geoff Schmidt
  • 2016 - Matt Frantz & Marti Ackerman
  • 2015 - Anna Carr & Shokofeh Motlagh
  • 2014 - Leo Richard
  • 2013 - Michelle Hawk
  • 2012 - KamranTalattof
  • 2011 - Benito Gonzalez
  • 2010 - Craig Dabler
  • 2009 - Jolene Jones
  • 2008 - Gerry and Sully Sullivan
  • 2007 - Elisa Kinder
  • 2006 - Michele and Dave Hill
  • 2005 - Dorothy Wilhelmson
  • 2004 - Rick Fenno
  • 2003 - Jennifer Argraves
  • 2002 - William Chapdelain
  • 2001 - Connie Lopez

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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