SAR News

SAR Good Neighbor Race - Alberding Amble 5K - Race Report

Apr 7, 2010

The first annual Alberding Amble took place at Lincoln Park on Saturday, April 3, 2010.  It was a delightful morning, with blue skies and perfect temperatures.  The event featured a 5K Race and a 1-mile fun run/walk.  The 5K race began at 9:00 on a course that encompassed both the paved track and desert trail at Lincoln Park.  The 1-mile course began an hour later on the figure-eight paved park track.  Over eighty participants signed up for both events.  Net proceeds benefit the Art Alberding Math Scholar Award, presented to qualifying Pima College math students each year.  This award was established in honor of Dr. Art Alberding, one of the first math faculty members at Pima Community College (PCC), and we were honored by his presence, accompanied by his wife Glee, the morning of this inaugural event.  Participants enjoyed live music by Carlos Núñez, snacks prepared by volunteers from PCC Desert Vista’s Culinary Program and free massages from volunteers from PCC Northwest Campus Massage Therapy Program.  On hand in case of emergencies (of which there were, thankfully, none) were volunteers from PCC East Campus Emergency Medical Technician Program.  Gratitude is extended to these individuals for sharing their valuable expertise and time for this event.  Recognition and appreciation are also extended to the other volunteers, workers and sponsors that made this event possible.  Sponsors include Fleet Feet, Costco, Food City, Southern Arizona Roadrunners and Safeway.  Workers like Steve Taggart and Joe Cuffari and Race-Day volunteers Terry Hawkins, Bernard Bowers, Daryl Wieneke, Robert Jiménez-Wieneke, Mary Ann Martinez-Sanchez, Carol Harding, Bill Martin, Pat Townsend, Nina Corson, Kirk Mehtlan, Sue and Ralph Jensen, Barbara and Randy Armenta, Robin Steinberg, Jennifer Dempsey, John Brunnen, Debbie Yoklic, Constance Strickland and Char Fugett were instrumental in creating a smooth event.  Participant ages ranged from 12- to 73-years of age and families joined as spectators, cheering on the fun.  Generosity ran high as well, with several runners contributing an additional donation to the Scholarship.  Thanks to all who participated in the run/walk and provided valuable feedback for next time.  Looking forward to an even bigger and better event at our Second Annual Alberding Amble next April!  See you there!

Ana Jiménez


SAR Good Neighbor Race - Feeling Fit 5K Race Report

Mar 4, 2010

The third annual Feeling Fit 5K was held on Saturday January 16, 2010 in Sahuarita.  It was a beautiful morning and over 100 people competed in the 5K.  The course was certified by Dave Hill last year and is fast and challenging.  Paula Morrison of Tucson was the overall finisher with a time of 18:15 followed by Brian Wargaski of Vail with a time of 19:39.  Many SAR members came out to support the race which benefits Sahuarita charter school Great Expectations Academy.  Participants enjoyed plenty of free Subway subs, Sertino’s coffee, jumpers for the kids and live music by the local band Legend’s.  Prizes were also raffled off to participants and included gift certificates from Performance Footwear, Tri- Sports and other items from vendors.  Desert Diamond Casino was the presenting sponsor and they were on hand with many free items for all.  Look for the 4th annual Feeling Fit 5K coming in January 2011!


Please join the Southern Arizona Roadrunners at our annual dinner, on Sunday evening, January 24th

Dec 5, 2009

Please join the Southern Arizona Roadrunners at our annual dinner, on Sunday evening, January 24th, 2010 at El Parador restaurant (2744 E. Broadway, west of Country Club).  Our goal is simple: have fun by socializing with friends, strangers, and comrades from our running community.  The agenda includes social conversation from 5:00-6:00 with music from the Determined Luddites, the regular Meet Me At Maynard’s band.  Other activities include a word from club President, Mary Lasser, including recognition of the Children’s Fitness Fund award winners and recognition of the Rob Bell Memorial Award winner.  The SAR volunteer committee responsible for managing the Running Shop Grand Prix is coordinating recognition and awards for the Volunteers of the Year and the Grand Prix overall and age group winners.

We will also have “Around the Room” stories from the past year.  Please send stories and photos to event organizer, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Cost:  $12 Adults, $5 Kids (kids menu chicken fingers and french fries)

Schedule of events:  5:00 - 6:00 - social hour (cash bar)
                    6:00 food served (mexican buffett)
                    6:30 - Awards start

RSVP by printing, completing, and mailing to SAR your RSVP form. 
RSVP and payment due Monday, January 15th.
Please understand that we cannot accept payment at the door, so please do RSVP and send in payment before January 18th.
Please send pictures and stories about your running highlights from 2009 to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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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