SAR News

Update on SAR Spring Races

Mar 20, 2020

Much like our members and those we care about during these uncertain times, the decisions that Southern Arizona Roadrunners and race directors face are not easy ones. In the coming weeks, the potential human and economic toll will, no doubt, be difficult to grasp, but it is our hope that our community understands that our commitment to health and safety is second to none.

Following the current guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), SAR will be canceling or postponing all events for the next 8 weeks. Please understand that we are limited in our ability to reschedule due to the dangers of holding some of these events during the summer heat. We understand that these changes may cause disappointment and/or inconvenience, and we have not made these decisions lightly. Utmost in our considerations is the health and well-being of our community. 

We will continue to monitor developments and make decisions based on recommendations from local, state, and federal health authorities. For the most up-to-date information regarding the virus, and how to minimize the risk of infection, please refer to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Pima County Health Department.
The following plans are tentative and could change at any time. We will provide regular updates via email and on our website at www.azroadrunners.org. If you have general questions, please contact us at southernarizonaroadrunners@gmail.com.

Dave’s Run for ALS, 10K/5K/FitKidz Mile – Original Date: Sunday, March 22
Dave's Run for ALS is postponed. We are currently looking at dates in late May and will provide a more detailed update as soon as information becomes available. If large gatherings are still not possible at that time, this will become a virtual race. Registrants will also have the option to defer their entry into next year's event. If you have questions, please contact the race director at outridge2003@yahoo.com.

The Gauntlet 8k Trail Race – Original Date: Saturday, April 4
The Gauntlet 8k Trail Race is canceled. Registrants will be automatically deferred into next year's event. If you have questions, please contact the race director at gwenneborg@hotmail.com.

Sabino Canyon Sunset Run - Original Date: Saturday, April 11
Sabino Canyon Sunset Run is postponed. We are currently looking at dates in late May and will provide a more detailed update as soon as information becomes available. If large gatherings are still not possible at that time, this will become a virtual race. Registrants will also have the option to defer their entry into next year's event. If you have questions, please contact the race director at outridge2003@yahoo.com.

Dr. Gann's Diet of Hope Cinco de Mayo 10k, 5k, and FitKidz Mile - Original Date: Sunday, May 3
The Cinco de Mayo race will not be held this year. The 40th running of this event will be next year, so we can enjoy it together on the holiday weekend! If you have questions, please contact the race director at lucastyler@hotmail.com.

Tucson 5000 & Mother's Day Mile - Original Date: Sunday, May 10
The Tucson 5000 will be postponed until the fall. We are currently looking at dates and will provide a more detailed update as soon as information becomes available. Instead of a Mother's Day Mile, there will be a free FitKidz Mile in association with this event. If you have questions, please contact the race director at joecuffari@comcast.net.

Thank you for your understanding in these uncertain times. We encourage everyone to stay active – running and walking are great stress relievers and enhance general good health. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for fun ideas to keep yourself motivated, while we look forward to the return of our normal racing and social event schedule!

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Update on event cancellations and postponements

Mar 13, 2020

The Southern Arizona Roadrunners Board of Directors has been closely monitoring COVID-19 and has been in communication with health professionals, local and state government, and the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). The Board met on March 12 in a special conference to discuss the concerns surrounding COVID-19 and its potential impact on the running and greater Southern Arizona community. We have decided to cancel or postpone all events through The Gauntlet race. Please read below for details on each event.


Desert Leprechaun 5K & 1M - Sunday, 3/15/20
SAR will cancel the Desert Leprechaun 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk scheduled for March 15, 2020. This decision was not any easy one, but the Board and Race Director are taking this preventive measure to ensure the safety of the community that we care for so deeply. 
We understand the disappointment of those who were as excited as we were to attend this race, but entrants may now choose one of the following options:
1.    Race virtually 
2.    Defer your entry until next year’s event.
The Race Director will send a separate email directly to those who have registered that will detail the Virtual Race option. Please reply to the Race Director with any questions at outridge2003@yahoo.com.
 
Dave’s Run for ALS - Sunday, 3/22/20 & The Gauntlet - Saturday, April 4, 2020
It was decided in the special conference that SAR will be postponing Dave’s Race for ALS scheduled for March 22, 2020 and The Gauntlet 8k Trail Race scheduled for April 4, 2020. 
We will send additional emails to update the status of these events as soon as more information is available.
These decisions were not easy, but the Board and Race Director are taking this preventive measure to ensure the safety of the community that we care for so deeply. 
We will continue to work with local and state health officials to monitor the status of COVID-19 and will communicate updates and other important information regarding this race and other events on the SAR calendar. 
Please contact the Race Directors with any questions at outridge2003@yahoo.com for Dave's Run or gwenneborg@hotmail.com for The Gauntlet.

Happy Hour Hobble at Catalina Brewing Co. on Friday, March 27
This event will be rescheduled at a later time. 

Running Safety and Self-Defense Class at The Core on Sunday, March 29
In conjunction with TMC The Core, SAR has decided to reschedule this event for a later time. More information will be published when available.

We want to be clear that these cancellations and postponements are a preventive measure. We encourage everyone to exercise appropriate caution and refer you to the following websites for guidelines on minimizing your risk:
Centers for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Pima County Health Department : https://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=527452

Sincerely,
Southern Arizona Roadrunners Board of Directors
southernarizonaroadrunners@gmail.com

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Coronavirus Update March 11, 2020

Mar 11, 2020

Coronavirus Update March 11, 2020

At this month's meeting of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners Board of Directors, SAR leadership discussed the current situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and how it might impact our upcoming events. As of this writing, all events are scheduled to take place as planned. 

This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we will follow local, state, and federal guidelines in determining how best to serve our community. According to the Pima County Health Department website, the current risk for exposure to COVID-19 in Pima County remains low. The best protections against COVID-19 are the same actions you should take to prevent illnesses such as the flu or common cold: wash your hands frequently, get a flu shot, and avoid people who are currently sick.

With that in mind, if you participate in events in the coming months, please be a good health steward. Follow these guidelines from the Road Runners Club of America:

·       Don’t show up if you are feeling ill or have flu-like symptoms. 

·       Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after using the port-a-john.  

·       DO NOT spit or “farmer blow” your nose in public – bring along tissues or a small towel or a good old-fashioned hanky if you need to get rid of some snot during the race. 

·       Carry your own fluids to avoid contact with others on course.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide regular updates on this page. If you have any questions, please contact us at southernarizonaroadrunners@gmail.com or 520-812-0159.

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Spring Cross Country Classic results now posted!

Mar 7, 2020

You can find them here!

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TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Race Report

Feb 27, 2020

Race Report for 2020 TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run.  You can find the results here.  If you did not receive your age group or overall award, the Running Shop Gift Certificates will be at The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell Avenue).  As well, remaining medals and extra shirts will be available at The Running Shop through the end of February-- if you did not pick up your items, please feel free to stop by during regular business hours.  Please note that not all shirt sizes are available.

You can find the full race report here, complete with photos from our friends the Goatographer and Damion Alexander.  There were so many great stories on race morning -- four runners over 80 years of age and another 21 over 70, plus countless youngsters and some serious speed-demon running. We offer a special congratulations to the members of Achilles International, Tucson for participating. As co-founder Lupita Hernandez writes, "it really means a lot to us and we look forward to future races! The team is already talking about how much fun they had and asking when the next races are. Once again thank you so very much!" Achilles, Empowering Athletes with Disabilities Since 1993.

This race provides $2,000 to the Southern Arizona Roadrunners for their operations and programming. As well, we offer a special thanks to the 52 registrants who made additional donations to the TMC Girls on the Run Program. Your funds will go a long way to helping young students train for their first-ever 5k this spring.

Every year leading up to this race, I forget how beautiful it is out there on the trails, with towering saguaro, red dirt trails, and the mountains to the east – all made more magnificent by the scent of horse poop.  Gosh, what a beautiful place it is -- and what a great way to spend a day! Thanks again for making the TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson so much fun!


Randy Accetta and Tia Accetta, Race Directors
randy@runtucson.net | tia@runtucson.net
 

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SABINO CANYON SELLS OUT IN RECORD TIME FOR 2020!

Feb 24, 2020

SOLD OUT IN RECORD TIME: One of our most popular races, the Sabino Canyon Sunset Run is now completely sold out for 2020. Due to limitations from our hosts at Sabino Canyon, we are strictly limited to the number of entries. Even our race director cannot add people to the race once it is closed (and he's good, too). Our apologies if you did not get into the race.

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TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run Results now posted

Feb 23, 2020

You can find the results here!  If you did not receive your age group or overall award, the Running Shop Gift Certificates will be at The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell Avenue).  As well, remaining medals and extra shirts will be available at The Running Shop through the end of February-- if you did not pick up your items, please feel free to stop by during regular business hours.  Please note that not all shirt sizes are available.

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TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson: schedule & details for race weekend

Feb 21, 2020

February 21st Update: Below are details on how you can still sign up and on the race day details for all registrants and guests. 

Two Ways to Register & Pick Up Your Number, Shirt, and Medal

In-Person registration and Packet Pickup, Saturday, February 22nd:
10:00 - 1:00 pm: In-person registration and packet pickup at the Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell 
You can pick up your race medal, race shirt, and race number -- but not the trailside breakfast.  We have ordered both women's cut and unisex sizing.  All shirt sizes are first-come, first-served. 

In-Person registration and Packet Pickup, Sunday morning, February 23rd
Starting at 7:00 am, in-person registration and packet pickup at Old Tucson Studios front gate.  Pick up your race medal, race shirt, and race number.  You have to wait until about 9:00 for breakfast.
We have ordered both women's cut and unisex sizing.  All shirt sizes are first-come, first-served.  All Sunday registrants 

Note #1: Souvenir medals will be handed out at registration on Saturday, February 22nd and Sunday, February 23rd.  Any leftover medals will be given away in the children's dash and provided to late registrants after the race.

Race Day Details for Runners and Walkers

 

OK -- please read on for the rest of the weekend details. If you have any questions after reading this note, shoot me an email and we'll get it taken care of!

Randy Accetta, Race Director
randy@runtucson.net 
 
Race Weekend Calendar, Registration, and Events Schedule
Saturday, February 22

10:00am - 1:00pm:  In-person registration and packet pickup at the Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell. Please note, you can pick up your t-shirt, your race number, and the souvenir medal. All shirt sizes are first-come, first-served.
YES: you can shop! The Running Shop pre-Spring cleaning sale goes through Saturday, February 22nd. They have super low sale prices on select styles of shoes further reduced another 10%. All winter apparel is 20% off and all sale apparel is now 40%-60% off.
YES: the medal can be picked up at packet-pick/registration -- you do not have to wait to finish to get it!!
YES: someone else can pick up your shirt, medal, and race number
YES: you can pick up someone else's shirt, medal, and race number
YES: it will be crowded, so please be patient and be nice to the volunteers
YES: Race weekend registrants can pay with cash or check, but are not given a shirt or medal until after the race, if any are left over. 

Sunday morning, February 23

7:00: In-person registration and packet pickup begins at Old Tucson Studios front gate Please note, you can pick up your t-shirts, your race number, and the souvenir medal. All shirt sizes are first-come, first-served. There are no race transfers allowed. Race weekend registrants can pay with cash or check, but are not given a shirt or medal until after the race, if any are left over. Please be nice to the staff and the volunteers.
TIMING: Please pin your race number to the front of the shirt you will wear in the race. If you do not have a race number, you will not receive a finishing time (or free breakfast!)
YES: the medal can be picked up at packet-pick/registration -- you do not have to wait to finish to get it.
YES: someone else can pick up your shirt, medal, and race number
YES: you can pick up someone else's shirt, medal, and race number
YES: it will be crowded, so please be patient and be nice to the volunteers
YES: Race day registrants can pay with cash or check, but are not given a shirt or medal until after the race, if any are left over. 
8:00: Women's Four-Miler starts -- please note, men can run in the women's race and women can run in the men's race, but will not be eligible for age-group or Grand Prix awards.
8:30 or so: Breakfast will open. Please show your race number for one free Trailside Breakfast. Unfortunately, we have sold out of our breakfasts so there will be none for purchase. Friends and family can snag food at the various restaurants along Main Street.
9:00: Men's Four-Miler and the Family One Mile Walk/Fun Run starts
9:45 or so: Awards and Free Lil' Pardner's Costume Fun Run -- fun 100-yard dash around the High Chaparral and Bitter Creek sets -- children will receive left over medals from other races!
10:00 or so: we try to wrap up and let everyone enjoy their visit to Old Tucson Studios.

  • ​SOUVENIRS: Please remember if you want your medal and shirt, you must pick up your souvenir items on race weekend -- we cannot hold them for you after the race. You can pick up your shirt and medal on Saturday February 22nd from 10-1 at The Running Shop or before the races on race morning, Sunday February 23rd at Old Tucson Studios.
  • HEADPHONES: We strongly discourage the use of headphones in this race. Why? Much of the race is single-track so you need to be able to communicate with one another and hear the directions the course monitors provide -- plus, in case any snakes are awake, you want to hear 'em so you don't feel 'em . . .
  • STROLLERS: Strollers are welcome in the One Mile that starts at 9:00 am. Please be mindful of the uneven terrain and the crowds. Due to the the single-track and uneven terrain of the 4-miler, we ask that there are no strollers in the 4-miler.
  • TERRAIN and STAGING: Please remember that this race takes place on uneven terrain with cactus, old buildings, loose wagon wheels, horse poop, and other trappings of the wild west film set. Please pay attention to your surroundings so that you and other participants remain safe.
  • VOLUNTEERS: if anyone knows anyone who wants to volunteer, check out the race weekend volunteer needs here ! All volunteers receive a race number that provides free breakfast and guarantees free entry into Old Tucson Studios.
  • WEATHER: Please remember that the race will take place rain or shine, with no refunds or returns. It looks like it will be chilly and rainy on Saturday, but cool and clear on Sunday, with race-time temps in the 40's & low 50's, then warming to the higher 60's.
  • BREAKFAST: To receive your Trailside Breakfast at Old Tucson, you must present your race number to the servers at Old Tucson near the Bitter Creek set at the Finish Line area. Only those with the race number can receive breakfast at the finish line. We have purchased over 700 breakfasts, but there is not enough for free food for spectators and others. If you want additional food items, please visit the various restaurants along Main Street in Old Tucson Studios to purchase additional food items. The coffee shop on Main Street in Old Tucson will open at 7:00 am, and restaurants will open at 11:00 am.
  • VISITORS: Friends and family are allowed in Old Tucson during the event up until race end at 10:00 am. To stay in town after the park opens, additional guest passes to Old Tucson are a discounted $8 per person and must be purchased by the runner at the park entrance beginning at 9:45am. A participant wearing their race number must be present to take advantage of this special race entrance rate.
  • SPONSORS:Thanks to our race sponsors for making this possible: Tucson Medical Center, the Running Shop, KGUN's Morning Blend, and Dr. Chris Cox, and Dr. Lee Ann Kalaba of Life Aligned Wellness Center. We are also grateful to Old Tucson Studios and the International Wildlife Museum.
  • TIMING: The race is being timed by SAR timer Greg Wenneborg. You will be assigned a race bib number to be worn on the front of your shirt during the race. After the race, the timing tent will be at the finish line at the Bitter Creek set. Last minute issues can be addressed to Greg at the timing tables.
  • RACE PHOTOS: Our friends Damion Alexander of Long Realty and Kerry Whelan of Goatographer fame will be on hand snapping photos, but please post your own snapshots and photos to the Run Tucson and SAR facebook page and tag both the SAR instagram and the Run Tucson instagram accounts.
  • #RunSAR #RunTucson #TrailRunning #Imyourhuckelberry
  • Any others? Let us know!
  • T-SHIRTS: Every participant receives a free race shirt with the traditional race logo. We've ordered both women's cut and a gender-neutral cut, with larger sleeves and a longer cut. Sizes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee the perfect size for everyone, but our volunteers will do the best they can to help. We try to work locally as much as possible, and our shirts were printed by Steve King of Team Hoyt at his company, Sunset Embroidery and Screen Print.  
  • AWARDS: Age group and overall awards are courtesy of long-time partner Sharon Bart and The Running Shop.
  • Overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd men and women in their races: $50, $40, $30 gift certificates to The Running Shop
  • Masters 1st place man and woman: $30 gift certificate to The Running Shop
  • AG 1: $25 gift certificate to The Running Shop
  • AG 2: $15 gift certificate to The Running Shop
  • AG 3: $10 gift certificate to The Running Shop
  • Age Groups are U15 through 80+

 

  • SAR MEMBERSHIP: If you are not a member of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, you can sign up online here or you can join SAR on race day. Visit the SAR tent at the Bitter Creek set near the finish line.
  • INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE MUSEUM:  You must present your race number to the admission booth at the International Wildlife Museum to gain free admission on Sunday.
  • LIL' PARTNERS TRAIL DASH: This is meant to be a playful dash, with no prizes and no timing. Bring your little ones to the finish line at the Bitter Creek set at about 9:30 and we'll set up a low-key route around the High Chaparral set.

 
Starting Line, Finish Line, and Bathrooms
The starting line for the women's race, the men's race, and the 1-mile walk/run are all on Main Street near the Palace Hotel. The finish line for each course is at the Bitter Creek set, to the east of Main Street. There are many bathroom facilities throughout Old Tucson, along Main Street and near the Bitter Creek set.
 
Boy Scouts Course Marshals, Ambulance, and more
Thanks to AMR for providing a dedicated ambulance on site. Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 431 from Fort Huachuca for being our course marshal volunteers. 
 
ROUTE
4-Milers:  you will start on Main Street, then do one big loop through town, past the Rodeo Grounds, past the finish line and the High Chaparral set, then back through the back lot of Old Tucson past the old Church and Boothill Cemetery. After leaving town, you will head into the desert for a well-marked two mile loop that includes single track, horse trails, washes, and dirt roads. Look for the orange and red flagging. The 3-mile mark is at the Bitter Creek set. From here, you have the final lap through town and back to the finish. 
 
The course will be marked by orange and red flagging with directional arrows on the ground marked by flour. Please don't get lost! See the world's worst maps, below . . .
 
Suggestions:  It's a trail run, so keep your eyes up, watch for cactus, watch for directions, be willing to sacrifice speed for safety and course accuracy.
 
One Milers:  You will do roughly a lap and a half of the town loop. You'll start with the men's mile and do one full loop, then on the second loop, you will turn left at the Rodeo Grounds to the finish line. If you head out into the desert, you are on the four-mile loop. Don't do that.

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TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Registration Update

Feb 21, 2020

February 21st Registration Update: Two ways to sign up in person this weekend!

Saturday, February 22nd:
10:00 - 1:00 pm: In-person registration and packet pickup at the Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell 
You can pick up your race medal, race shirt, and race number -- but not the trailside breakfast.  We have ordered both women's cut and unisex sizing.  All shirt sizes are first-come, first-served. 

Sunday morning, February 23rd
Starting at 7:00 am, in-person registration and packet pickup at Old Tucson Studios front gate.  Pick up your race medal, race shirt, and race number.  You have to wait until about 9:00 for breakfast.
We have ordered both women's cut and unisex sizing.  All shirt sizes are first-come, first-served.  All Sunday registrants 


Note #1: Souvenir medals will be handed out at registration on Saturday, February 22nd and Sunday, February 23rd.  Any leftover medals will be given away in the children's dash and provided to late registrants after the race.

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Awards Announced forTMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run

Feb 15, 2020

Did you know that before we had a morning trail run at Old Tucson, the Running Shop produced a 5-mile road race up and over Gates Pass that ended at Old Tucson? 

The Running Shop has long been a friend to this race -- so check out the 2020 overall and age-group awards that they are providing.

Overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd men and women in their races: $50, $40, $30 gift certificates to The Running Shop
Masters 1st place man and woman: $30 gift certificate to The Running Shop
AG 1: $25 gift certificate to The Running Shop
AG 2: $15 gift certificate to The Running Shop
AG 3: $10 gift certificate to The Running Shop

Age Groups are U15 through 80+.  We ask that award winners stay for the awards ceremony.  Results will be posted live at http://www.roadrunnerracetiming.com and after the race at http://www.azroadrunners.org.

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