SAR News

Dr Gann’s Diet of Hope Cinco De Mayo Running Festival recap

May 9, 2019

Wow! So many wows from the 39th Annual Dr. Gann’s Diet of Hope Cinco De Mayo Running Fiesta! Over 1000 people crossed the finish line including 10k runners and walkers, 5k runners and walkers, assisted wheelchair athletes, and FitKidz!

I have to start by saying none of this would be possible without volunteers. It takes 75-80 people to put this race on, from packet pickup to setting up cones at 3:30 in the morning. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!

The Cinco De Mayo 10k was the Road Runners Club of America State Championship. Overall winners are recognized on a national level. Female winners were: Lauren Reasoner (Overall), Tia Accetta (Masters), Sharon Silvas (Grand Masters), Mary Black (Super Grand Masters). Male winners were: Bjorn Wastvedt (Overall), Orlando Velazquez (Masters), Bob Jones (Grand Masters), and Richard Senti (Super Grand Masters). Mary Black set a state record for the 65-69 age group with a time of: 52:08

The 5k also had some speedy finishers. Thomas Franco was the overall male winner with a finish time of 20:25. Second and third were taken by David Jeck and Michael Durkin, respectively. Lisa Barriga lead the women with a finish time of 22:58, followed closely by Katie McNulty and Sharon Snyder. Kathy Wong set a state record for the female 80-99 age group with a finish time of 46:58.

Anyone that won an award, but did not get it at the race, can pick it up at Fleet Feet 7607 N Oracle Rd #121, Oro Valley 85704 until May 20th.

Thank you to the sponsors that help support race operations and provide food for the post race fiesta. We had great partners this year: Dr Gann’s Diet of Hope, Desert Diamond Casinos, SPARCC Sports Medicine, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Geico, Fleet Feet, Lennar, La Estrella Bakery, Eegee’s, El Saguarito Healthy Mexican, Tile Outlet, Tap & Bottle, and United Healthcare-Susan Perez.
Sponsors and race entry help Southern Arizona Roadrunners give back to the community. The beneficiaries for this race were:
1. $1000 Scholarship to Cholla High School Student, Andrew Beltran. Andrew runs for Cholla cross country and will be studying chemistry at Haveford College in Pennsylvania.
2. Cholla High School Mariachi Program to fund their performances, including transportation.
3. La Frontera’s La Paloma Family Services. Funds will help cover the cost of extra- curricular activities for children placed in foster care.

Next year will be the 40th year of Dr Gann’s Diet of Hope Cinco De Mayo Running Fiesta, so we’re super excited for even more greatness!


Spring Cross Country updates

Jan 28, 2017

Spring Cross Country is coming soon!  March 4th!  This is the 3rd race of the 2017 SAR Grand Prix!  You can register online at by following the registration link or print out a paper entry form and send it in. 

$25.00 until the day of the race. $30 day of. 

New this year instead of another Race T-shirt is a sweet track bag and also age group medals.

Top 3 overall have great prizes from The Running Shop. Overall Male and Female will receive a shoe voucher and 2nd and 3rd overall receive $40 and $30 Gift Certificates.

Masters overall will receive a shoe voucher and 2nd a $30 gift certificate. As always masters can double dip if they are top 3 overall.  


TMC BE Tucson Women’s 5k: New location, now held at TMC on February 19th

Jan 2, 2017

Registration is now open for the February 19th TMC BE Tucson Women's Only 5k -- we're finalizing the details on moving this event to the Tucson Medical Center campus and hosting it at the Women of Honor Courtyard.  Click here for fast and easy online registration!

As always, the first 300 registrants will receive the special 9 oz stemless wine glass, courtesy of race partner, The Running Shop.

The event will benefit TMC For Women -- click on for more information on how you can donate to women's health in Southern Arizona.

We'll be back with more details soon! In the meantime, BE Healthy, BE Fast, BE Smart, BE Tucson!  

Questions? Contact Race Directors Tia Accetta or Randy Accetta.


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!


Invitation to the Hall Steps Foundation Fundraising Dinner from Ian Galbraith

Jan 12, 2010

Members of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners are invited to be part of a fundraising dinner Sunday evening (January 17) after the PF Chang’s races.  The fundraiser dinner benefits the Hall Steps Foundation.  Ryan and Sara Hall have offered to be a part of a unique, fundraising dinner benefiting their foundation.  The evening will consist of Ryan and Sara talking about their running, the Steps Foundation, and an opportunity to ask questions to the top distance runner in the world.  The Halls will stay for dinner, sign autographs, and host a silent auction with a number of unique items. 

The Hall Steps Foundation ( aims to use the lessons of running to encourage people to take “small steps” toward the marathon goal of tackling such issues as clean water, children’s poverty, and leadership development.  Steps has partnered with existing organizations to make a more direct impact in developing countries.  Ryan and Sara Hall created Steps in 2009 as a vehicle to leave a lasting legacy beyond running.  Ryan is the top half-marathon in the USA and a 2008 Olympian.  Ryan is preparing for the upcoming Boston Marathon with races in Phoenix and New Orleans.  Sara is an accomplished international runner who competes in shorter distance events.

The dinner is Sunday evening (January 17) at 6 pm in Scottsdale and is intended to be a small, intimate evening to relax and interact with one of the top runners in the world.  The goal is to raise $10,000 for the Steps Foundation.  If you are interested in attending please RSVP to  Tickets for the fundraising dinner are $100 and your donation will go to helping the Steps Foundation.


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)


Gold’s Gym Discounts for SAR Members

Oct 27, 2009

Gold’s Gym is offering super discounted enrollment prices for SAR Members.  For more information, call 297-8000 and ask for Troy Wagner.


Welcome to the New SAR Website!

Oct 3, 2009

The SAR Website has a new look and is powered on a super new database engine!  Rebecca at littlered media has been working hard on updating the site and making it more user-friendly for you and the SAR Race Directors. We’re still adding in content (like past race results) so please be patient. If you have any questions or notice any problems, please contact us. We hope you enjoy the new SAR site.


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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