TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Race Report

Randy Accetta February 20, 2018

Oh my gosh – how much fun is that race???  Thanks to you, the 700+ participants!  What an awesome weekend we had, with a fun s-shirt pickup at the Running Shop then a beautiful morning at Old Tucson Studios. With participants from 25 states, many of you were from out-of-town – come on back and we’ll show you around some other great parts of our running community. Frankly, this past summer we had been thinking about cancelling the race, but then you all signed up – thanks for being part of our running community.

Three quick details:

1) If you think you earned an age-group award, please see results here.   Questions about your results can be addressed to Greg Wenneborg here.  The Age Group and Overall Winner gift certificates are now at The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell Ave).  If you signed up, but missed the race, you can pick up a shirt at The Running Shop (please bring your registration confirmation to show the folks at The Running Shop).  All race materials will be available through April 1st.

2) Our volunteer photographer, Kerry Whelan, has provided photos at his Goatographer page here.  See below for the details on using the photos.

3) TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson is produced as a joint partnership with the non-profit Southern Arizona Roadrunners and Run Tucson, led by Tia and Randy Accetta.  If you have any questions about upcoming SAR events (such as the Spring Cross Country Classic or Dave's Run 10k/5k) or about joining SAR, see  

Any race complaints or suggestions should go to Randy Accetta here!

Now, on to the race report!

The women’s race saw some serious running, with world-class triathlete Lisa Roberts cruising to victory in 25:30.  Lisa had run a duathlon the day before, so she is clearly in pretty good shape!  Speaking of good shape, the next three ran in a tight pack throughout the single track trails, with past champion Lauren Reasoner digging deep for a kick to take second overall, followed closely by Tara Bruce and then Kristina Bonet.  Top Masters runner Marjanne Magana brought her brand-new little one to the awards ceremony!

In the men’s race, Kurt Michels took an early lead and never looked back (well, except perhaps for a moment on top of Horse Poop Hill) – he won in a time of 21:24.  Second place finisher Aaryn Olson was the first over-40 runner, followed by Olver Koehler.  Ramon Billy earned the master’s award, with his fifth place overall finish.

This was some serious speed up front: Aaryn Olson set the new Master's Mens Course Record, while Ramon Billy now has two of the three fastest Master's times.  2018 Race Champ Kurt Michel was one second off the course record and now has the 2nd fastest time in race history.  

In the One Mile Fun Run, soccer teammates Lincoln Reed and Aric Accetta raced to the finish line in 1st and 2nd, followed by Jaclyn Waggoner and Anabelle Accetta as the first two females.

The two oldest official finishers were 81-year-old Paul Robillia in the 4-miler and 80-year-old Bill Krats in the 1-mile.  On the women’s side, 77-year-old Sue Smith marked her return to the 4-miler!  Thanks to all three of you for being inspirations for all of us.

Thanks to the sponsors who made this possible

Funding for the events produced by Run Tucson comes from Tucson Medical Center – we are eternally grateful for TMC for enabling us to keep registration costs low and still produce these full-featured events.

Sharon Bart at The Running Shop has supported this race since she was the race director for its parent race, Sundown at the Pass – thanks to The Running Shop for all the pre- and post-race support, as well as the awards.

The Morning Blend provided a fun-filled Valentine’s Day spot – thanks to KGUN’s Morning Blend!

Thanks to the SAR volunteers who made this possible:

Pre-Race Planning

Linda Whelan

Kerry Whelan


Race Day Photography



Saturday and Sunday Course Set Up

David Odom

Erik Sanders

Michelle Hawk

Dave Dixon

Martha Castillion



Sound System Set-Up

Lisa Schlink, The Sound Engineer

Tim Bentley



Truck Loading

Steve and Sheryl Felde

Michelle Hawk

Amye Chaparro


SAR Tent

Amye Chaparro

Doreen Davis

Gary Giese


SAR Materials

Lucas Tyler, Doreen Davis, Diane Manzini, Michael Miller


SAR social media

Diane Manzini


Water Station

FireSerpents Soccer team, including Aric, Lincoln, Rene, Clementine, and Anabelle + parents and grandparents and aunts!


Registration and odds and ends on Race Weekend

Steve and Sheryl Felde

Marti Ackermann

Connie Lopez

Sandra Heater

Gary Giese

Eileen Spears

Manny Ochoa

Steve Sheldon

Jessica Sheldon

Katherine Michaels

Austin Grover

Joe Faulk

Craig & Noemi Mills, and Craig's dad

Jennifer and Eddie Garcia, and Chris

Amye Chaparro

Heather Hopkins

Andrew Peck

Plus the gang from The Running Shop!

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