Fine Valentine Relay - 4M & 2M

Sunday, February 12, 2017
Race Info
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Race Info

Interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2017 event? Email us!  Fun fact: 100% of race proceeds go back to local charities to make Tucson a kinder, healthier, happier place! 


Check back this fall for more details on the 2017 Fine Valentine event! Check out pictures here from last year's sold-out 700 person event. Thanks to you we were able to doante $7000 to local non-profits: half to Ben's Bells Project and half back into Southern Arizona Roadrunners' own programming such as the Children's Fitness Fund.


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 & walkers are all encourage to sign-up this fun race and post-race brunch!

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


Need to know info:

Highlights: Relay and individual race options, free post-race brunch, free mimosa to SAR members, PDA relay exchange zone, costume contest, course including the UofA stadium ramps, optional Fed By Threads race shirts and more! Benefits Ben's Bells Project!

When:  Sunday, February 12th, 2017. 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:  The race is capped at 800 entrants. Last year we sold out so sign up early!

  • 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 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


Group challenge: Win a Keg! Get your 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) and you must sign up BEFORE race day!


  • More Fun Contests:
  • - Costume Contest - Best costume duos win date night prizes!
  • - PDA Contest - Date night gift certificate for most creative PDA at the PDA Exchange Zone!


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 thanks to Spirit Messingham PLLC at Tierra Antigua Realty! Learn how to become a member here!
  • - Kind Valentine, Ben's Bells booth, sponsor booths & photo booth


Optional Pre-Order Race Shirts:  Be sure to register three weeks before the race to guarentee your chance to purchase an optional Fed By Threads race shirt.  Shirts from Tucson based Fed by Threads are American-made, super soft and proceeds help feed Americans in need! Last year we sold out of shirts. Stay tuned for this year's design! Last year's great shirt featured this artwork from Michael Miller!


Date and Time

 February 12th, 2017

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!

4 Mile Individual Race: Top finishers overall and top three in 10-year age categories will receive awards sponsored by The Running Shop and other local businesses. 

Costume contest:   First place costume wins a date night prize! More great prizes for runners up!

PDA Contest:   Most creative Public Display of Affection at the exchange zone wins a date night prize

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

Our Limited Edition race shirts are optional and not included in race price (we do this to keep the race super affordable!) We are teaming up with Tucson based Fed By Threads for some awesome Made-In-America organic cotton shirts.  Register three weeks before the race to guarantee a race shirt! T-shirt sizes are guaranteed only if you purchase one before your size is sold out during the pre-sale. Last year we sold out of all sizes. Each shirt purchased provides emergency meals to hungry Americans in need! 

Relay (2 runners each complete 2 miles)
Before January 30, 2017:  $36 per team
SAR member or undergraduate student discounted entry before January 30, 2016: $32 per team
January 31, 2016 until race day: $40 per team

*prices do not include cost of race shirts - $12 each if pre-ordered.  Order by 1/22/17 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 January 30, 2017:  $18
SAR member or undergraduate student discounted entry before January 30, 2017: $16
All January 30, 2017 until race day: $20

*prices do not include cost of race shirts - $12 each if pre-ordered.  Order by 1/22/17 to guarentee your size.  A limited amount of shirts may be available at packet pick-up and race morning for $15 each.


  • There will be packet pick-up the day before on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 11:00 till 2:00 at The Running Shop. Registration will be available if the race is not sold out.
  • Race day packet pick-up is available on race morning, Sunday, February 12, 2017 outside of Gentle Ben's at 865 E University Blvd, just east of Euclid, from 7:00-8:00 am. If the race is sold out like last year, 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! After the ramps you’ll run over to Cherry Ave, back to the UofA mall and run clockwise past Old Main. Then..... 


After end of 1st leg of relay & 1st lap of 4-miler: Head back towards Old Main and then run clockwise around Old Main until you get to the PDA exchange zone! Relay runners pass the flower baton to their partner along with showing them some PDA! 4-Milers start their 2nd lap!  

After end of 2nd leg of relay, 2nd lap of 4-miler & 1st lap of 2-mile fun walk/run: After passing Old Main on your way back, stay strait to the finish line in front of Centenial Hall ! This is the same spot the race started. Do not go through the PDA exchange zone!

Distances are not certified. Relay and 4-miler results are timed. 2-mile fun walk/run is not timed.



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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