Fine Valentine Relay - 4M & 2M

Sunday, February 12, 2017
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Thank You!

Thank you all who ran, walked, kissed, cheered and sponsored in 2016's sold-out Fine Valentine Relay.  This year's race was twice the size than it ever was before with over 700 registrants! Thanks to all of you, we are able to give over $7000 back to local non-proftis; half to Ben's Bells Project and half back into Southern Arizona Roadrunners' own programming such as the Children's Fitness Fund.  Not to mention, over 3,000 emergency meals will be fed to people in need thanks to those who purchased our Fed By Threads race shirts! Together we are helping build a kind, caring and fit community here in Tucson!


Check out pictures here!


Take a short survey to help us make next year's event even better!


Find results here.  If you finished top three in your category and did not pick up your prize, you can visit The Running Shop to claim it!


Check back this fall for details on the 2017 Fine Valentine event!


 Be part of the event that was featured by Runners World as a race that gets you feeling the love!  True loves, best buds and solo runners are all welcome!  

Stay up-to-date by joining our facebook event page and following us on instagram @runSAR, #SARvalentine!

Need to know info:

When:  Sunday, February 14th, 2016. Gun goes off at 8:30am.

Where: Staging area at Main Gate Square outside of Gentle Ben's (865 E University Ave).  Start line in front of UofA's Centennial Hall.

Race Cap:  Event is sold out! The race is capped at 700 entrants. 

  • Race Options (Each lap includes one set of UofA stadium ramps!​)
  • - 4 mile Relay:  2-person relay where each person runs a 2-mile lap.  Friends, sweethearts & family members can be a team! Relays must show some form of PDA (Public Display of Affection) at the Agility Spine & Sports PDA Exchange Zone and at the awards ceremony to be eligible for prizes!
  • - 4 mile individual race: 2 laps of the course
  • - 2 mile fitness walk/jog: 1 lap of the couse
  • - Free kids' dash after the main race


  • Registration & Packet Pick-Up Options: 
  • - Register online by midnight Thursday, February 11th, 2016.
  • - Print a form and mail it in by Saturday, February 6th, 2016.
  • - Registration & Packet pick-up at the Running Shop on Campbell Saturday, February 13th, 2016 from 11am-2pm.
  • - Race morning packet pick-up from 7am-8am outside of Gentle Ben's (865 E University Ave). Race is sold out - there will not be any registration race morning.
  • -Please know your team name when you come to the registration table.  Take a look here at the relay teams!


Group challenge: Win a Keg! Get your organization, running group, company, or group of friends to sign up and let us know what group you are with when you register! The group with the most participants wins (all race options count)!  The grand prize for the group challenge will be a gift certificate for a keg from Gentle Ben's/Barrio Brewing Co.! ALL group members must be over 21 to win this prize, sorry no exceptions. To count as a member of your group you must sign up BEFORE race day! Check here for standings as of Feb 4th


  • More Fun Contests:
  • - Costume Contest - Best costume duo wins $100 cash prize donated by Main Gate/Marshall Foundation with other fun prizes for runners up!
  • - PDA Contest - $75 dinner for two at Lodge on the Desert for most creative PDA at the Agility Spine & Sports Physical Therapy PDA Exchange Zone!
  • - Raffle Table at the SAR info booth - Be sure to put a raffle ticket in before the race!


  • Brunch & Mimosa Post-Race Awards Party at Gentle Ben's:
  • - Free egg/potato/bacon breakfast for all participants during the awards party at Gentle Ben's!
  • - Mimosa & bloody mary specials for purchase during the awards party! Don't forget your wallet & ID!
  • - First mimosa to all Southern Arizona Roadrunners members that do the race is free! Learn how to become a member here!
  • - Kind Valentine, Ben's Bells booth, raffle table & photo booth


Optional Pre-Order Race Shirts:  Turns out that you guys loved our optional purchase Fed By Threads race shirts as much as we did and we are almost completely sold out! There will be very limited quantities available for purchase race morning for $15. We keep our shirts optional so we can keep our registration fees low. Plus we know some of you love adding to your collection while others have more race shirts than they will ever need.  (Thanks Michael Miller at HelixDSGN for the awesome artwork!)

Date and Time

 The 20th anniversary of the event is on Valentine's Day - February 14th, 2016. 

Race Awards

Results will be gun timed. Please allow faster runners to line up towards the front to ensure a safe start!

4 Mile Relay: Winners will receive date night prizes sponsored by various Main Gate merchants and other local businesses. Participants in the Relay category are not eligible for individual awards.  Remember - you don't need to be a romantic duo but you do have to show some form of PDA to claim a prize!

Categories: Combined age under 60, Combined age 60-79, Combined age 80-99, Combined age 100-119, Combined age 120+.

Date gift certificates to great local businesses: Pasco Kitchen and Lounge ($100 to the fastest duo!), Prep & Pastry, Main Gate, Graze, Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria, Roadhouse Theaters, Frog n Frickin, Calle-Tepa, Ghini's French Caffe, No Anchovies, The Fix Mac N Cheese, Illegal Pete's, Wilko, Time Market, Sky Bar, Pizza Studio, Espresso Art, Brooklyn Pizza, Casa Video, 4th Ave Yoga, Espresso Art and more!

4 Mile Individual Race: Top finishers overall and top three in 10-year age categories will receive awards sponsored by The Running Shop, Main Gate merchants and other local businesses.  Top female and top masters female will also win a gift certificate for Criag Dabler Jewelry.

Costume contest:   First place costume wins $100 donated by Main Gate/Marshall Foundation! More great prizes for runners up!

PDA Contest:   Most creative Public Display of Affection at the exchange zone wins a $75 dinner for two to Lodge on the Desert!

Group challenge:   The grand prize for the group challenge will be a gift certificate for a keg from Gentle Ben's Brewing Co./Barrio Brewing! ALL group members must be over 21 to win this prize, sorry no exceptions. To count as a member of your group you must sign up BEFORE race day!


This year’s race will benefit Ben’s Bells Project.  Their mission is to inspire, educate and motivate each other to realize the impact of intentional kindness and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening our selves, our relationships and our communities. 

Community Partners

Thanks to Agility Spine & Sports Physical Therapy, Main Gate Square, Spirit Messingham at Tierra Antigua Realty, Arizona Roofing Solutions, The Running Shop, Inglis Florist, Genesis Crossroads OB/GYN, One to One Photography, Craig Dabler Jewelry & Gentle Ben's Brewing.


Call Race Director Diane Manzini, Dari Duval & Alyssa Hoyt 520-812-0159 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Race Fees

2016 race is sold out!


Our Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Shirts are optional and not included in race price (we do this to keep the racee super affordable!) We are teaming up with Tucson based Fed By Threads for some awesome Made-In-America organic cotton shirts.  T-shirt sizes are guaranteed only if you purchased one before they were sold out during the pre-sale. Very limited quantities may be available race morning for $15! Each shirt purchased provides emergency meals to hungry Americans in need! 

Relay (2 runners each complete 2 miles)
Before February 1, 2016:  $36 per team
SAR member or undergraduate student discounted entry before February1, 2016: $32 per team
February 1, 2016 until race day: $40 per team

*prices do not include cost of race shirts - $12 each if pre-ordered.  Order by 1/24/16 to guarentee your size.  A limited amount of shirts may be available at packet pick-up and race morning for $15 each.

 Individual 4 Mile Race and non-competitve 2 Mile Walk/Jog
Before February 1, 2016:  $18
SAR member or undergraduate student discounted entry before February 1, 2016: $16
All February 1, 2016 until race day: $20

*prices do not include cost of race shirts - $12 each if pre-ordered.  Order by 1/24/16 to guarentee your size.  A limited amount of shirts may be available at packet pick-up and race morning for $15 each.


  • There will registration & packet pick-up the day before on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 11:00 till 2:00 at The Running Shop. We'll be watching the Olympic Marathon trials while we're at it, so come on down for some fun!
  • Race day packet pick-up is available on race morning, Sunday, February 14, 2016 outside of Gentle Ben's at 865 E University Blvd, just east of Euclid, from 7:00-8:00 am. Race is sold out - there will be no race day registration.
News Course Info

Race Distances and Courses

The course will be a 2 mile loop starting at Centennial Hall. If you are doing the 2-mile fun/walk or if you are running with a stroller, please line up towards the back to ensure a safe start! The route will take you clockwise around Old Main, down the south side of the UofA mall, past McKale Center & to the football stadium ramps.  You will go up a full set of football stadium ramps, run across the upper portion of the east side of the stadium and then head down a different set of ramps! There will be no two-way traffic on the ramps this year - wooo hooo! After the big “hill” you’ll run over to Cherry Ave and back to the UofA mall.  Head back towards Old Main and then run clockwise around Old Main until you get to the exchange point where your lover (or friend) awaits.

The 4 Mile Couple’s Relay is designed so that each runner has a running partner. The first runner will carry a flower baton from Inglis Florists and will pass it to the second runner at the completion of the first 2 mile loop , along with a kiss, hug, chest bump  or other public display of affection in the “PDA Exchange Zone”. The second runner will race the final 2 mile loop and will run strait to the finish line in front of Centennial Hall after they finsih their loop.  Distances are not certified. Results are gun timed.

The 4 Mile Individual Race is an open event with men’s and women’s categories. Participants will do two loops of the course, which means two sets of ramps! After your first loop, do not run to the finish line. Instead you will run through the exchange zone (give yourself a highfive?). After your second loop run strait to the finish line in front of Centennial Hall. Results are gun timed.

The 2 Mile Walk/Jog is non-competitive and participants will do one lap of the course. Please line up towards the back at the starting line area, to ensure a safe start for everyone! After you pass Old Main on your way back from the UofA mall,  you will not go through the exchange zone. Instead, you will head strait to the finish line in front of Centennial Hall.



University Avenue, at the Main Gate at the University of Arizona.  Race-day packet pick-up will take place outside of Gentle Ben's on the corner of University Ave & Tyndall. Parking in nearby garages (Tyndall & 2nd Street) and on nearby streets.

Race Weather

Temperatures are usually 65 degrees F, clear skies, and no wind. Check out Tucson’s current conditions and forecast so you’ll be race-ready!

Results Photos

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