Registration now open for the 2018 Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run!
Sunrise at Old Tucson is a 4-mile cross country trail run and a 1-mile run through the grounds of historic Old Tucson Studios and theme park. Old Tucson Studios is adjacent to the Tucson Mountains and close to Saguaro National Park West. The 4-mile races are part of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners 2017 Running Shop Grand Prix, with points provided for placing. Featured in Runner's World. Wanna' know what it's like? Check out the super-cool Goatographer video of the dirt roads, horse trails, and dusty Main Street of historic Old Tucson Studios. Not very technical and loads of fun for walkers, joggers, and runners of all abilities!
- Course Highlights: Single track trails, dirt roads, washes, and the dusty Old Tucson Main Street
- Course Distances: Men's 4-mile; Women's 4-mile; Family-friendly 1-mile -- each race is capped, so be sure to sign up before we reach the limit!
- Free Breakfast: First 500 receive free breakfast and a colorful shirt
- Colorful shirt: First 500 receive a colorful short-sleeved shirt in either women's or unisex sizing
- Free admittance to Old Tucson Studios: Everyone registered receives free admission to Old Tucson Studios, for a full day of Old West fun! Guests receive special discounted pricing, so everyone can enjoy the day together.
- Free admittance to International Wildlife Museum: Everyone registered receives free admission to the renowned International Wildlife Museum on race day.
- Age Group and Overall Prizes: Gift certificates to The Running Shop for overall and age group winners.
- Beneficiaries: Southern Arizona Roadrunners
- Sunrise at Old Tucson is scheduled to be part of the 2018 Southern Arizona Roadrunners Running Shop Grand Prix.
- Kids 10 and under are free, but without a t-shirt and without breakfast. Friends and family are allowed in Old Tucson during the event up until race end; 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.
- See below for suggestions on how to run (or walk) the course!
Saturday morning February 17th
10:00 - 1:00 pm: In-person registration and packet pickup at the Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell (all shirt sizes are first-come, first-served!)
Sunday Morning, February 18th
7:00 am Registration begins in Old Tucson parking lot
8:00 am Start Women's Only 4-Miler, Main Street
8:30 approx Free Trailside Breakfast -- at Bitter Creek set near the finish line, bring your race number
9:00 am Men's Only 4-Miler, Main Street
9:00 am One Mile Family Run and Walk, Main Street
9:45 (approx) Free Lil' Pardner's Kids Dash at Bitter Creek Set, near finish line
9:45 (approx) Awards Ceremony at Bitter Creek Set, near finish line
10:00 Old Tucson Studios opens, visit International Wildlife Museum and Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
Still not sure? See Coley Ward’s Daily Star article , including an Old Tucson trivia test.
Remember: the race will take place rain or shine, with no refunds or returns.
Date and Time
* Women’s Four-Miler starts at 8:00 am - cap at 250
* Men’s Four-Miler starts at 9:00 am - cap at 250
* One Mile Walk/Fun Run starts at 9:00 am -- capped at 100 participants
* Awards and Free Lil’ Pardner’s Fun Run starts at about 9:30 -- no cap, fun 100-yard dash around the High Chapparal and Bitter Creek sets
Race awards from The Running Shop, including overall winners and top three in each 5-year age group.
TOP TEN TIMES
Place Name Age Time Date
1 Gina Slaby 31 23:51:00 Jan-27-2013
2 Paula Morrison 32 24:13:00 Mar-8-2009
3 Amber Young 27 24:16:00 Mar-8-2009
4 Esther Vermeer 25 24:28 Jan - 25 -2015
5 Tia Accetta 37 24:54:00 Mar-7-2010
6 Kim Zavatsky 43 25:14:00 Mar-8-2009
7 Pam Schlottman 42 25:28:00 Mar-8-2009
8 Hilary Baikie 31 25:34:00 Mar-8-2009
9 Katharina Beeler 34 25:46:00 Mar-7-2010
10 Janet Holland 49 25:46:00 Mar-8-2009
Place Name Age Time Date
1 Kim Zavatsky 43 25:14:00 Mar-8-2009
2 Pam Schlottman 42 25:28:00 Mar-8-2009
3 Janet Holland 49 25:46:00 Mar-8-2009
4 Cotah Rose 52 26:43:00 Mar-8-2009
5 Christine Anderson 46 27:17:00 Jan-27-2013
6 Beth Ellickson 45 27:17:00 Jan-29-2012
7 Michelle Hawk 44 27:27:00 Jan-29-2012
8 Michelle Hawk 47 28:51:00 Jan-25-2015
9 Tejal Parikh 47 28:34:00 Jan-29-2012
9 Tejal Parikh 45 29:28 Jan 25-2015
10 Randi Lydum 42 30:22:00 Mar-8-2009
Place Name Age Time Date
1 Shawn Lucas 25 21:23:00 Mar-8-2009
2 Jason Colavito 24 21:26:00 Mar-8-2009
3 Matt Chandler 24 21:27:00 Jan-29-2012
4 Catlow Shipeck 31 21:32:00 Mar-7-2010
5 Stephen Schafer 23 21:35 Jan-25-2015
6 James Miles 23 21:40:00 Mar-8-2009
7 Tahoma Khalsa 27 21:48:00 Jan-29-2012
8 Dustin Zimmerman 28 21:50:00 Jan-29-2012
9 Ian Johnson 29 22:05:00 Mar-7-2010
10 Jason Lewis 34 22:13:00 Mar-8-2009
Place Name Age Time Date
1 Ramon Billy 42 22:55 Jan-25-2015
2 Bob Schnell 40 23:54:00 Jan-29-2012
3 Andy Roth 40 24:05:00 Mar-8-2009
4 Toby Freebourn 42 24:07:00 Mar-13-2011
5 Ray Henson 51 24:22:00 Mar-8-2009
6 Kelly Thompson 47 24:24:00 Mar-13-2011
7 Craig Sheckler 40 24:26:00 Mar-8-2009
8 Joel Stamp 51 24:30:00 Jan-29-2012
9 Grant Giles 51 24:30:00 Mar-8-2009
10 Chris Casey 40 24:32:00 Mar-13-2011
Randy Accetta 51 24:54 Jan-25-2015
Old Tucson Studios
NOTE: friends and family are allowed in Old Tucson during the event up until race end; 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 a race wristband must be present to take advantage of this special race entrance rate. Additional breakfasts are available for $10.
NOTE: Kids 10 and under are free, but without a t-shirt and without breakfast. Due to changes made by Old Tucson Studio, all breakfasts must be purchased for $10 per person by January 15th.
REMEMBER: the race will take place rain or shine, with no refunds or returns.
None at the moment -- we're working on Casino del Sol and will let you know more!
Southern Arizona Roadrunners and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Kids' and Post-Race Activities
Things To Do After the Race
Go horseback riding
Take a stagecoach ride
Watch the dance hall show—heck, dance in the dance hall show
Watch a cowboy shoot ‘em up
Eat ice cream
Visit the Wildlife Museum with your free pass—check out the wooly mammoth and other great life-size exhibits!
Visit the Desert Museum with your free pass—check out the snakes, the birds, and other real-live exhibits!
12 Tips for Trail Racing, by Randy Accetta
Cross country: natural, earthy, primordial. Narrow, wooded trails, sweeping grass fields —or in Tucson’s case, harsh desert terrain, cactus, sandy washes, and rattlesnakes. There’s no water stop here, no lining up by your estimated mile pace. No stadium-size crowds. Just you, the ground, and your competitors. Here are a dozen quick tips for cross country racing.
1. Know the course: You need to know the terrain so check for single track and sandy washes, for hills and other key landmarks. Especially here in Tucson, be careful about cactus and rocks. Most of our trail races are pretty rugged locations, so be nimble and keep an eye on where you put your feet. If possible, jog the course ahead of time so that you can cut the tangents and stay on track.
2. Elbows out at the start: At the start, protect yourself by angling your elbows outward, so that you create space between you and other runners. Don’t knock over the grandmother next to you, but don’t be afraid to be aggressive.
3. Be patient: Unless the course is so narrow that you will never be able to move up during the race, it is best to start within yourself. If you get in oxygen debt too early, you’re in for a long, unhappy race, but an easier beginning will allow you to pass others with authority and surge when needed. Be willing to relax, be patient, and run within yourself.
4. Be aggressive on the hills: Once you’ve worked your way into the race, attack the course. Surge up short hills. Be patient during long hills, then surge at the crest of long hills. Work the downhills. If you find yourself discouraged while running uphill, remember that all things come to an end, and that this, too, will pass.
5. Pass with authority: Racing is a head game and you can break your competitors by running fast when they don’t expect you to and when they don’t want to. Throw in a burst of speed for 50-200 meters as you approach and go around corners. Surge at the crest of hills. Surge at the flat section at the bottom of a downhill. If you can dash past tired runners and quickly distance yourself from them, often they’ll be too discouraged to catch up. \
6. Follow those who pass you: When someone passes you, don’t let them gap you. Sticking with them may = give you a burst of positive psychological energy that allows you to maintain the quicker pace – plus, they may lose enthusiasm if they know you’re determined to keep the pace.
7. Relax: You cannot expect yourself to sprint the whole race, so be willing to relax and be patient during parts of the race. Be willing to sit in the pack and let the miles slide by until it’s time to be aggressive
8. Cover the break: When a group breaks away from you, go with it—you don’t need to lead the break, but you must be willing to keep contact. Even if you are fatigued, maintaining contact with the group ahead of you will keep you motivated. When you recover from the surge, you will be well-positioned to advance further.
9. Think quick feet: You can speed up your running cadence by getting your feet down fast and bringing your heels around quickly. Cross country courses in particular force your body to adapt to varied terrain and quick feet will help you navigate treacherous sections of the course.
10. Think quick hands: Quick hands lead to quick feet, so use short, quick arm strokes to drive you forward. On uphills, lean into the hill and keep your hips forward. On downhills, lean down the hill and let gravity give you speed. Avoid wind-milling your arms and keep a normal, fast arm swing.
11. Accelerate around turns: Scampering out of sight is a good way to demoralize opponents and keep yourself aggressive.
12. Be tough: In every race save a few, you’ll reach the point where continuing at your pace seems impossible. Extreme weariness will set in: your legs will ache, your breathing will be labored, and your mind will urge you to back off and save yourself for later. However, if you wish to race well, you won’t give in to this seductive voice. Instead of backing off, you will push ahead, change your cadence, and run on. Regardless of the discomfort, you will soon recover—your breath will return, the aches will fade. Your pride will remain.
Adapted from “How to Run Fast and Beat Your Friends: Tactics and Strategies for Successful Racing,” by Randy Accetta in The Running Times Guide to Breakthrough Running. Ed: Gordon Bakoulis. 1999
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and the International Wildlife Museum.
Sponsors and Volunteers
Thanks to Tucson Medical Center, The Running Shop, Caliente and the Arizona Daily Star, Cox Communications, The Desert Museum, the Wildlife Museum, and Old Tucson.
Thanks to the Sahuaro High School cross country team and The Workout Group for providing volunteers.