SAR News

Pricing for TMC Meet Me Downtown Weekend Goes Up April 1st

Mar 27, 2017

Just a quick reminder to sign up now and save some cash -- even though our TMC 5k Night Run on May 27th and the Friday Night Festival of Miles on May 26th are both super-inexpensive, it's never a bad idea to save some money!


What is the Festival of Miles?

Mar 27, 2017

Some have asked us how the Friday Night Festival of Miles is part of the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Weekend.  We've added a Friday night series of events as part of the popular "TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k" in order to make a full weekend of events.  Basically, we're trying to make the TMC Meet Me Downtown Weekend a big deal -- we want it to be more fun for our local runners and a destination for runners from around the country.  Last year participants from over 30 states came to Tucson to do TMC Meet Me Downtown -- and we want to continue to promote Tucson as a great place to live and a great place to visit!

Saturday night, May 27 is the traditional TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night  Run and Walk, with over 2000 runners and walkers cruising the Downtown neighborhoods -- every participant gets a free shirt and free beer at the beer garden -- plus live music, food trucks, after-party at Hotel Congress, and other great activities.  Plus, with over $4,000 in prize money, this event attracts the fastest runners in the country so you can play with the big kids! 

Friday night May 26 is the second annual Festival of Miles: a series of separate one-mile races.  You can run or walk, you can go with friends, or you can race your heart out!  This year, we have the Tucson Tutu Mile -- you must wear a tutu -- with prize money. There is also the Battle of the Badges for all regional civil servants and first-responders -- police, sheriff, fire departments, Border Patrol, Davis Monthan, National Guard, prison guards, National Park Service, and more.  The FitKidz event is a big hit, with over 500 kids under 12 running for free!  

And this year's special treat is that the Festival of Miles is the RRCA National Championship race -- over $3,000 in prize money and special awards for open runners, runners 40-and-over; runners 50-and-over, and runners 60-and-over.  

On the social side, we'll have the beer garden, food trucks, live music, Muscle Milk arch, stiltwalkers, roaming magicians and more.  The Children's Museum will be open, too!

So, that's the plan.  Let me know if you have any questions --


Marana 5000 Race Recap 2017!

Mar 21, 2017

It was another incredibly beautiful spring day in Tucson for this year’s Marana 5000 produced by the Southern Arizona Roadrunners. Although the temps were a bit high for this time of year the cool breeze did help the runners out on this day. This year’s course was modified due to construction on Ina road and the new course seemed to be a hit with the runners.

We had a fantastic turnout, especially for the FitKidz mile, and everyone had a great time with the Obstacle Course Jumping Castle, the artistic talents of Petunia the clown and the awesome tunes being spun by DJ Rich.

Free coffee was provided by Steve King and the folks from Team Hoyt, whose amazing athletes and their support folks also started off the 5K providing much inspiration for the 3 miles to come.

The women’s 5K race was won by Paula Morrison in an outstanding 18:45. Tia Accetta came in 2nd place in 19:22 and Tara Bruce in 3rd in 19:58. Taking both Paula and Tia out of the Master’s category, the Master’s crown was won by Janet Holland in an excellent time of 21.06.

The men’s 5K race was won by Michael Whetzel in 17:18. You could almost throw a blanket over 2nd - 4th place. An excellent kick brought Sean Anderson a 2nd place finish in 17:55. Right behind in 3rd place was Eric Simonson in 17:58. The Master’s crown was also extremely close and taking home the crown was Joel Stamp in a very fast 18:33.

Many thanks to the town of Marana for allowing us again to hold this event in the beautiful Crossroads at Silverbell Park. Huge thanks as well to our sponsors, the Running Shop, Smith Performance Center, Team Woodall Long Realty, Eegees and Road ID. We truly appreciate your support of this long time event.

Thanks very much as well to the GOATographer, Kerry Whelan, for donating his time to capture the event in pictures for us. His talents are second to none.

We were also extremely honored to have a special visit from Josh Hourscht, who has suffered with ALS for about 2 years and has been a tremendous advocate working help raise awareness and find a cure for this currently incurable disease. We are very grateful to Josh and his family for coming out, spending some time with us, and helping to really bring home why this event is so important. As you know, the event was created some years ago in honor of SAR Member David Filer who was diagnosed with ALS in 2000 and whom we lost to this disease. Proceeds from this event benefit the Jim Himelic Foundation, an organization that helps to fund ALS Research at the University of Arizona.

And, certainly not least, a huge shout out to the long list of volunteers without whom the event would not have been the huge success it was. It is likely we’ve left some folks out here but these rockstars include Michelle Hawk, Chris and Denise Fall, Erik Sanders, Joe Plassmann, Steve and Sheryl Felde, Michael Miller, Diane Manzini, Marti Ackermann, Connie Lopez, Steve Sheldon, Andrew Peck,The Frank family, Joe Faulk, Austin and Kailee Grover, Walt Harris, David Odom, Judie Shyman, Kelli Mack, Linda Whelan, Jeff Fulks, Robin Gerard, Ray Henson, Steve Moore, Merry Dearmon and Jeri Baker.

One more note, after tallying all the results the team competition (and the cool prize donated by our sponsor eegees) was taken home for the second year in a row by The Workout Group followed in second by one of my favorite new running groups in town, Destination YOU!. Overall nine teams competed and we are grateful to them all.

We will see you next year for the biggest and best Marana 5000 yet!

Steve Outridge, Race Director


Marana 5000 and FitKidz Mile Results now posted

Mar 19, 2017

You can see them here!


Cinco De Mayo Registration:  17% OFF, TODAY ONLY!

Mar 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Celebrate by registering for the Dr. Gann's Diet of Hope Cinco de Mayo 10k or 5k.  17% off today only!  Use promo code:  PATTY17  SAR members use promo code:  SARPATTY17



TMC Saguaro Announcement

Mar 14, 2017

Wow, that was fast -- within 6 hours 27 SAR members had already claimed their spot at the September 4 TMC Saguaro Labor Day Run! 

Check your email for the news on this year's race.  Here's part of what we sent out:

HELLO TO THE SAR EMAIL COMMUNITY: Randy Accetta here, long-time race director for SAR's TMC Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run, writing to give you an update on some of the issues facing the Saguaro Run this year.  

The Saguaro race 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 upcoming 48th Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run a regional favorite. Indeed, up until a decade ago, about 600 runners completed the race every year.  But last year, over 1,400 registered overall.  

Here's the problem: the surrounding roads have gotten more and more crowded and the National Park itself has gotten more and more popular.  Thus, for 2017, we've been asked by the National Park Service and Pima Department of Transportation to put a hard cap of 750 on the event.  

Thus, here are the Three Big Changes for 2017 

1) Cap of 750, registration for the public opens on April 1: There will now be a hard cap of only 750 total participants. We will open registration on April 1st.  (Current SAR members have already received an email with directions to early registration and the SAR member discount.  You can join SAR here.)

2) 8-Mile only, for now: To honor Tucson's running history and to enable those who are competing in SAR's Running Shop Grand Prix, we are opening registration only for the 8-miler.  

Registration will open on April 1st and will be open solely for the 8-miler until June 30th.  

Starting July 1st, any of the 750 slots left open will be allotted to the 5k Run/Walk.  If there are no spaces available, then there will be no 5k -- just the 8-miler and a free kid's dash.

3) This race is NOT part of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown: we know the Saguaro race is popular and we don't think it is fair that you would have to pay for three races just to do one race.  So, as part of the Triple Crown honoring Gabe Zimmerman, we're developing a brand new 10k, currently scheduled for Sunday, September 17th, staged at Pima Community College West, looping the beautiful cactus forests of the Tucson Mountains.  This "Tucson 10k" event will have a 5k, a 10k, and a children's dash, too. Details on this race are here.

Well, I hope this helps clarify some of the things you may have heard through the grapevine, but if you have any questions please email me at or call me at 520-991-0733.

See you at the races!  Next up: Marana 5000 and FitKidz Family Mile!

-- Randy Accetta, SAR Race Director and Past President


Marana 5000 & FitKidz/Family Mile - On line Registration closes Midnight 3/15/17

Mar 12, 2017

There are still many ways to register for the Marana 5000 5K or FitKidz and Family Mile! BE THERE!

1. Register on-line until midnight Wednesday 3/15/17.

2. Drop off your registration and payment at The Running Shop by eod, Friday 3/17/17

3. Come to packet pickup at the The Running Shop, Saturday, 3/18/17, 10am - 2pm

4. Race morning after 7am at Crossroads at SIlverbell Park in Marana.

5. PLEASE NOTE: Mail-In registration is now CLOSED


FitKidz Running Club is Full!

Mar 9, 2017

We have reached the cap of 60 kids for the pilot program of the FitKidz Running Club.  If spots open up, we'll notify those on the waiting list. You join the waiting list here.  If we can't squeeze your child in this round, you'll be the first to know when we (hopefully) do a second round! Thanks for encouraging your kids to be active and hopefully we'll see you at the free FitKidz races this spring!


Last day to use the EARLYBIRD discount code for Cinco 10k and 5k!

Mar 8, 2017

Receive $5 off when you use the discount code EARLYBIRD to register on!  You don't want to miss this year's Fitness Fiesta.  There is an event for everyone in the family: 10k Walk, 10k Run, 5K run/walk, Fitkidz 1 mile!  Breakfast burritos, sombreros, pinatas, margarita glass awards and so much more!


Dr. Gann’s Diet of Hope Cinco de Mayo 10k, 5k and Fitkidz 1 mile is right around the corner!

Mar 3, 2017

Calling all early birds! Less than a week left to get $5 off your registration fee! Sign up by March 8th with coupon code EARLYBIRD for your early bird discount!


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