SAR News

TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run: medal announced + Running Shop Grand Prix reminder

Dec 11, 2019

Sign up here -- the first 700 registrants receive the high-quality, iconic "Arizona Marshal's Badge" medallion in historic Arizona copper styling, the second-ever in our TMC Old Tucson set.  The Women's 4-Miler and Men's 4-Miler are part of SAR's 2020 Running Shop Grand Prix.  Remember: join SAR to receive your Running Shop Grand Prix points.  Special thanks to the Running Shop for all the age group awards in the 4-miler, too!  


RACE RECAP - 2019 Thanksgiving XCC

Dec 3, 2019

Sometimes the weather cooperates and sometimes it doesn’t. We got super lucky for this year’s Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic! The forecast was not very encouraging and the clouds certainly looked ominous. Folks took a chance and showed up. And in almost record numbers to boot! It sprinkled lightly for about 10 seconds every now and then but otherwise it didn’t rain. That just meant that if you wanted to get wet, you had to splash bigger in the water pit!

The ladies 5K took off at 8:00 am. Ashley Winget from Oro Valley took first place with a time of 19:46 and Megan Greene from Littleton, CO took first master’s place with a time of 20:38. Each won a pair of Brooks shoes from The Running Shop together with a trophy and this year’s “turkey” salt and pepper shakers. Age group winners were:  1-10 Laney Phelps, 11-13 Mariza Chavez, 14-16 Taylor McCue, 17-19 Zoey Delgado, 20-24 Hannah Whetzel, 25-29 Josephine Abbey, 30-34 Claire Hans, 35-39 Cara Payne, 40-44 Kristina Bonet, 45-49 Edith Yee, 50-54 Sharon Silvas, 55-59 Michele Watson, 60-64 Janet Holland, 65-69 Beth Scott, 70-74 Mary Croft, and 75-79 Loretta Gascoigne. Since the course record from 2011 set by Tara Erdmann at 17:08.2 remains, the course record pot increases another $50 to $450 for next year.

The men followed at 8:45 with Nathan Thomas, in a time of 15:37, taking first place for the third year in a row! The masters winner was Orlando Velazquez with a time of 17:43. Age group winners were: 1-10 Owen Phelps, 11-13 John Diego (jd) Sportsman, 14-16 Ethan Mobley, 17-19 Emmanuel Corral, 20-24 Brendan Sage, 25-29 Joseph McConaughy, 30-34 Charlie Ware, 35-39 Randy Arriola, 40-44 Keith Henry, 45-49 Sergio Osario, 50-54 Robert Rezetko, 55-59 Jimmy Riccitello, 60-64 Brian Stewart, 65-69 Joe Reda, 70-74 Richard Senti, 75-79 Gary Giese, and 80 and over Don Branaman. The course record set by Craig Curley of 14:54.1, set in 2009, remains and the course record pot for next year will increase to $550!

As usual, the team competition was fierce. Sixteen teams qualified in the ladies division! Wow! Women of Wog took first place with a time of 1:22:33 with the top four finishers being Josephine Abbey, Alexis White, Cara Payne and Ashlee Michels. Those Damn Wog Kids took second place in a time of 1:35:30. Eight mens teams qualified and WOG Dawgs took first place with a time of 1:12:38. Top four on WOG Dawgs were Charlie Ware, Angel Ochoa, Alek Comyford and Robert Rezetko. Second place mens team was Himmel parkrun with a time of 1:20:20. First place teams win a $50 Rocco’s gift certificate and second place teams win a $25 Rocco’s gift certificate.

We always look forward to the fabulous expressions expressed through photos from Oro Valley Photography. With the possibility of rain in the forecast, we were concerned that we would have to forego the photo booth this year. Thankfully the weather cooperated and the photo booth was able to remain. We look forward to seeing those photo booth pics as well as race pics! Hopefully they will be posted quickly. Go to to view them all!

It takes a village to put on an event and we are eternally grateful to the community and all involved that helped make this happen. Our generous sponsors include The Running Shop, Brooks, Bashas, Sonic Drive In, Sparkletts Water, Bruegger’s Bagels, DJ Rich and Southern Arizona Roadrunners. My co-race director, Martin Pena, always deserves bundles and bundles of gratitude. More heartfelt thanks to Lucas Tyler and Steve Outridge for coordinating everything that Martin or I can’t do. I personally want to say Thank You to my amazing Running Shop staff, Lucas, Geoff, Ava, Meggie, Brian and Laurie for helping ease my craziness. And a huge shout out to Michelle Hawk for making sure the registration process goes smoothly! And another huge shout out to Doreen Davis for overseeing the food preparation and helping pass our inspection with flying colors. There aren’t enough ways for me to express my appreciation of Chip Travers, our artist extraordinaire. I send yet another big shout out to Sheryl Felde for helping coordinate all of the volunteers. And for those other volunteers who gave up their time on or right around Thanksgiving, Thank YOU, from the bottom of my heart, including Marti, Autumn, Monica, Dennis, Patricio, Amye, Mary, Maureen, Joan, Cathy, Dave, Chris, Lauren, Joe, Steve, Kristin, Jeff, Caroline, Gary, Denise, Darla, Shirley, Janet, Heather, Connie, Steve, Tina, Andrew, Joe,Laurie,  Erik, Geoff, Kristen, Lisa, Sarah, Steve, Penny, Stefan, Don and Carolina. As I said, it takes a village! (Please accept my apologies if you volunteered and your name was missed. The omission is not intentional and you are truly appreciated!)

We gladly include Toys for Tots and Team Hoyt as our beneficiaries. The additional donations made by many of you this year is truly heartwarming. Over $800 in additional donations were made to Team Hoyt and close to $1400 in additional donations were made to Toys for Tots. And that doesn’t include the toys brought to the event. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

We have a couple of items turned into the Lost and Found that have not yet been claimed. A pair of eye glasses and a set of head phones are waiting at The Running Shop to be claimed. If you registered and were not able to pick up your tee shirt, we have some left and they are at the shop. If you have not yet received your award, it is also waiting for you at The Running Shop.

We wish you happy and healthy holidays. See you at the 2020 Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic (Tucson’s original Turkey Trot)!


Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic Results now posted

Nov 27, 2019

You can find them here!   Happy Thanksgiving!


SAR member discount to TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run

Nov 26, 2019

SAR members: when you sign up for the 4-miler or 1-mile at the February 23 TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run you will receive the SAR discount of $3 off each registration.  Simply check the box that indicates you're a SAR member and the RSU page will cross-reference your SAR number.  Not a member?  Join SAR here!   All registrants receive free trailside breakfast, free entry to Old Tucson Studios, free entry to International Wildlife Museum -- plus the souvenir race medal!


RACE RECAP - Jim Click’s Run n’ Roll 2019

Nov 22, 2019

The weather was absolutely perfect on race day for the 2019 edition of Jim Click's Run n' Roll on the beautiful U of A campus. This was the second year on the new course and everyone was very happy with it. The new T-shirt style, fit and fabric were a hit this year. The plan is to keep it similar next year with a new and exciting color. The University of Arizona always does a great job with sponsors and vendors to give everyone a fun atmosphere throughout the race experience.

We had an amazing turnout with over 400 finishers of the 8K and over 150 in the 3K!

Here are the top performances in the 8K:

First place wheel chair - Miguel Jimenez from Tucson 19:22.0

First place male - Harry Mulenga from Tucson 24:33:00

First place female - Nicole Pearce from Tucson 29:49:00

Male Masters - Chris Mcmordie from Tucson 29:06:00

Female Masters - Sharon Silvas from Tucson 33:26:00

Thanks to all of the incredible volunteers and their efforts through packet pick up, registration, to course monitors and water station helpers. I love the fact that SAR volunteers step in when and where needed, ALWAYS! 

We'll see all of you next year.



Race Report for TMC Get Moving Tucson

Nov 10, 2019

Read below or click here for the TMC Get Moving Tucson race report  by race directors Randy and Tia Accetta

We at Run Tucson had a great time at the October 27th TMC Get Moving Tucson events. (Sorry for the delay in sending this race report -- we had to make a quick trip to the Grand Canyon to put on a Half Marathon up there last weekend!!) Thanks to all 2,000 of you for registering and volunteering! Below are some race photos and a lot of information on awards, where to find photos, the beneficiaries from the event, the virtual Crown, sponsors, volunteers, and the race itself!

Results, Awards, and Shirts: Check out the results page at  If you earned an age group or open award and did not receive it, please visit The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell) by the end of November to pick up your gift certificate.
If you have not picked up your race shirt yet, please go to The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell) by the end of November to pick up your medallion and a shirt. We have a lot of shirts left over. . . (All Out-of-Town Crown shirts have been mailed!)

Please note that race award pint glasses and race shirts must be picked up by the end of November.

Race Photos: for some of the coolest running pics around, check out the great photo albums put together by our friends Kerry Whelan and Damion Alexander
1)   Damion Alexander rode his bike all over the race course – see what he saw here.
2) Kerry Whelan, aka GoatOGRAPHER spent his whole morning taking candid photos around town. You can find his wonderful work here.

Beneficiaries : TMC Get Moving Tucson was the third and final leg of the 2019 Gabe ZImmerman Triple Crown, enabling us provide almost $10,000 to the BEYOND-Foundation. Special thanks to Michelle, Diego, Ross, and the whole crew at BEYOND for being such a big part of the event. Special thanks to all of you for helping us raise over $18,000 for these organizations:

Team Hoyt Arizona - $3,000

Southern Arizona Roadrunners - $5,000

National Federation of the Blind - $600

BEYOND-Tucson Foundation -- almost $10,000 as part of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown!

Special thanks to sponsors Tucson Medical Center and Cox Communications for helping make all this fundraising possible

Fourth, here’s what happened:
TMC A-Mountain Half Marathon:
The TMC A-Mountain Half Marathoners took over the streets of Downtown Tucson just as the sun was coming up before heading west to A Mountain. At the 3-mile mark, Harry Mulenga and Randy Arriola were leading the way, with first female Brittney Feivor trailing by just a bit.
When the leaders came back into view at mile 12.6, Harry Mulenga was leading the charge. Mulenga got the overall win with a time of 1:11:00 (that’s 5:25/mile pace) and Randy Arriola (son of the Running Shop’s Sharon Bart) came in a close second in 1:11:41. Both men took home cash prizes for covering the half marathon distance in under 1:13. Brian Leroy was the first master’s finisher with a time of 1:22:23.
Phoenix-based runner, Brittney Feivor, set a new course record for the women with a time of 1:17:18 (5:54/mile pace). She was awarded a total of $800 for her speedy effort. Second place went to Tucson’s Caroline Mosely of The Workout Group, in 1:29:13, while third place was Claire Hans, also from The Workout Group in 1:34:03.
Leroy and Mosley were each awarded $100 for being the fastest SAR members on the day. Sharon Silvas was the first master’s woman across the finish line with a time of 1:36:01.     

The Tucson Lifestyle 5K:
The Tucson Lifestyle 5k runners and walkers followed the same urban route as the half marathon, staying in the downtown area. (Thanks to TPD for holding back impatient drivers!) Nicole Pearce led the whole race and cruised through the finish not only as first woman, but first overall, with a time of 18:24 (5:55/mile pace). She was followed by Ky Mickelsen in 19:03 and Hayden Nobis, 19:33. Master’s runners Erik Sanders (20:03) and Tia Accetta (20:22) placed 5th and 6th overall.

Cox Charities Family Mile and SAR FitKidz One Mile:
Over 300 registered for this fun dash through Downtown streets. Congratulations to Jackson Gant-Golston and Nicole Brousard for leading the way in the boys and girls divisions. Special thanks to Diane Manzini from SAR for managing all the race day tasks, including picking up the tasty eegees! Thanks to Greg Wenneborg for donating his timing services.

Tucson Medical Center is the title sponsor of the TMC Get Moving Tucson events and the main donor to the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown -- we cannot overstate how helpful TMC has been to our region's health and wellness community. For food and snacks, TMC donated oranges and all sorts of snack food.
Special thanks to long-time title sponsor for the 5k, Tucson Lifestyle Magazine.

Cox Communications has been a steady sponsor of our original Free Family Mile, now partnered on race with the SAR FitKidz series.
The Downtown Tucson Partnership has done a great job of making Downtown Tucson a destination for all things fitness – special thanks to DTP for their race day help!

As always, we are grateful toThe Running Shop is: hosting packet pickup, hosting post-race shirt/medal pickup, providing awards, and overall ensuring that we have a healthy and fit community. 

Thanks to SAR's Diane Manzini and the whole crew of FitKidz volunteers for helping over 300 FitKidz runners and walkers complete the Cox Charities Family Mile!

Congratulations to 2019 Champion Harry Mulenga!

Special Thanks
We can’t thank these people enough for waking up early and showing up to support these races. Without them, events like this would not function nearly as smoothly. Our registration and set-up volunteers from the SAR community started their morning at 4:45 AM, helping others before hurrying off to race. Our staging area water volunteers from SWET showed up at 0’dark-thirty to cut oranges and help set up before running as well. 
Out on the half marathon course we were fortunate to have a rockstar crew from the National Federation of the Blind at all three hydration tables. 
And, for the third year in a row, the howling Sam Hughes Huskies elementary school cross country team managed the 5K water table at Catalina Park.  
We hope the race participants enjoyed the music on A Mountain brought to you by the gang from Rayleigh Taylor Instability. Special thanks to the course monitors who helped direct runners all morning -- standing for a few hours is almost as physically challenging as moving forward for 13 miles...
There were some rocking tunes heard at the staging area thanks to DJ Rich and MaxxStaxx and the Mighty X.   
The officers from Tucson Police Department were on hand to ensure road safety again this year, while AMR was once again ensuring medical care at the finish line. 
Special thanks to the Workout Group and Run Tucson running communities for all the pre- and post-race help.
The Southern Arizona Roadrunners have been a great partner for this event -- thanks to Sheryl Felde for managing the volunteers at registration and for all the cleanup. Thanks to the SAR Board members who helped out on race day: Amye Chaparro, Lauren Erdelyi, Caroline Gardner, Heather Hopkins, Doreen Davis, Denise Gizinski, Diane Manzini, Steve Felde, and Sheryl Felde.
Thanks to Greg Wenneborg from Roadrunner Race Timing for handling all the timing duties. 
Additional special thanks to Michelle Hawk and Don Taylor for driving around in a rental truck all morning managing the race day course.
Josh -- whose last name I still don't know!!
Steve Felde
Sheryl Felde
Marti Ackermann
Damion Alexander
Katrina Allen
Autumn and Brandon Ball and the whole gang from Southwest Endurance (SWET) did yeoman's work at the finish line water station and orange-cutting station.
Tiffany Begay
Monica Bermudez
Tim Bentley
Kevin Bond
Amye Chaparro
Sean Coleman
Sandra Crusa
Maureen Cunningham
Judy Dasse
Doreen Davis
Merry Dearmon
Dave Dixon
Michelle Edwards
Lauren Erdelyi
Joe Faulk
Jeff Fulks
Caroline Gardner
Gary Giese
Denise Gizinski
McKenna Graham
Michelle Hawk
Haley Heaps
Heather Hopkins
Debbie Jones
Justine Kanuho
Elaine Kenny
Anna King
Clint Koch
James Krepps
Connie Lopez
Kelly Mack
Diane Manzini
Joanie McMullan
Tina Moore
Christina Moreno
Joey Moreno
Harrelsen Nez
Vanessa Nez
Alicia Ornelas
James Parker
Georgia Pattison
Andrew Peck
Robin Reineke
Lisa Roberts
Rosa Ruiz
Erik Sanders
Debra and Bob Schilling
Cindy Schnell
Melissa Smith
Tim Story
Igor Suarez
Don Taylor
Lucas Tyler
Caitlin Vogelsberg
Amy Wickert
Linda Whelan
Kerry Whelan
Joshua Wilkinson
Lynne Wilson


Please join us tomorrow to celebrate the life of Leo Richard

Nov 8, 2019

Please join us tomorrow if you can to celebrate the life of friend, runner, and coach, Leo Richard at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Fellowship Bible Church, 6700 E. Broadway between Wilmot and Kolb.

Leo was the 2014 recipient of the Spirit of Rob Bell Award. You might’ve seen Leo on the podium at a SAR race, running with friends while training to qualify for the Boston Marathon, or cheering on his running friends. He was always running and always with friends. We absolutely loved how much Leo loved running. You might not have known that Leo was a respected CPA in Tucson, was a volunteer running coach for Southwest Endurance Training, and once rode his bike from New Hampshire to Tucson. 


REGISTRATION OPEN - Dave’s Run for ALS 2020

Oct 31, 2019

Registration for the 20th annual Daves Run for ALS is open! Secure your spot early!


Unofficial TMC Get Moving Tucson results now posted

Oct 27, 2019

Results can be found here!   Based on these results, if you think you won an age group award, please visit the Running Shop (3055 North Campbell) before the end of November to claim your award.  If you did the race Virtually as part of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, please visit the Running Shop before the end of November to pick up a race shirt and a race medal!  Special thanks to The Running Shop for hosting all of our pre- and post-race activitieis.  Full post-race report coming soon!

The 2019 Half-Marathon Prize Money Structure 
We support the pursuit of leg speed and persona improvement, so we ensure that top regional competitors have the means to advance their running careers.

* $100 to first overall male and $100 to first overall female; $50 to top overall Master's (Over-40) male and female

* $200 to the top 5 males who break 1:13 and to the top 5 females who break 1:26
* $500 for course records. Current course records are Scott Smith's 1:06:23 (2012) and Jennifer Bergman's 1:19:44 (2015)
* $50 to first male and female member of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners
* $100 to first man and woman at the preem at the top of the A (men must finish in under 1:30, women in under 1:45)

Headphones are not allowed in prize money competition; prize money will not be given to runners wearing headphones
All runners must pass the multiple timing mats on the course. Runners not passing the multiple mats will be disqualified and removed from prize consideration
Prize money awards are based on "gun" starting time for overall and masters, and chip time for age group.
Runners who break the course record will receive $500, but not the additional $200

2019 Age Group Awards for both 5k and Half-Marathon courtesy of the Running Shop
Prize money awards are based on "gun" starting time for overall and masters, and chip time for age group.
TMC Half-Marathon
Overall 1: Cash + commemorative mug
Overall 2, 3: $40, $30 gift cert to the Running Shop + commemorative glass 
Masters 1: Cash + commemorative glass 
AG 1: $20 gift cert to Running Shop + commemorative glass 
AG 2: $15 gift cert to Running Shop + commemorative glass  
AG 3: commemorative glass 
Tucson Lifestyle 5K Run/Walk
Overall 1, 2, 3: $30, $25, $20 gc to Running Shop + commemorative glass 
Masters 1: $20 gc to Running Shop + commemorative glass 
AG 1: commemorative glass 


In Person Registration Saturday and Sunday for TMC Get Moving Tucson

Oct 26, 2019

Don't worry -- you can still be part of Tucson's most popular autumn running event.  You can sign up for the 5k, the FitKidz Mile or the TMC A-Mountain Half two ways:

In-Person Registration Saturday, October 26 

10 am - 1:00 pm at The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell Avenue)

In Person Registration Sunday, October 27 

5:30-6:00 am for the TMC A-Mountain Half Marathon, continues to 7:30 for the Tucson Lifestyle 5k and 8:30 for the SAR FitKidz and Cox Family Mile
At Race Site at Jacome Plaza in Downtown Tucson (105 North Church)
Plenty of nearby free parking -- see The Downtown Partnership's website here


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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