Running Groups

Below is a partial list of running groups around Tucson; a list of clubs, groups, and teams throughout Arizona is also available. Before setting out to run with one of these groups for the first time, it is a good idea to contact the group organizer beforehand. Times and places tend to change.

Do you run regularly with a small group of people and want to add more? Of course you do! Email the necessary group info and it will be posted!

Come Run (together)

Since 2005 this group has been running on Saturday mornings (and occasionally on other days) in different areas of Tucson including roads and trails. We run for 10 miles or more at a 7:30-9:30/mile pace. Those who join this mailing list shall participate in the group runs at their own risk. In order to join the list, a new member will have to show up at a Saturday run.

For information, contact any of the moderators: Mark Martin:, Aimee Kaempf:, Abby Nastase:, Erik Sanders:, Steve Outridge:,  Kamran Talattof:, or ComeRun MODERATORS:

Desert Tortoises

A group geared to slower and beginning runners.  We do some races together, then also get together
for social runs.

Destination YOU!

Destination U is dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment for anyone to train for and run their first 5k.  We celebrate beginnings and being beginners, comparing ourselves only to ourselves, and cheering on those around us.

If you have always wanted to get in shape, or get ‘back into it’, consider joining our friendly group and get the start you deserve and need.  Our clinics will help you with running form, practicing safety on the road, and much more.  Our guest speakers will inspire you and motivate you to find your specific fitness journey.

Find us on Facebook as “Destination U!” or come in to the Running Shop at 3055 N. Campbell and sign up today!

Fleet Feet Training Programs

We believe that “Running and Walking Changes Everything”. We invite you to join us and experience your own life-changing adventure. We have opportunities for all ability levels - walkers, aspiring runners, as well as those who want to be more competitive. We host FREE runs and walks every week as well as offer more structured training programs throughout the year. Email for more information.

Himmel parkrun

What: Himmel parkrun is a FREE timed 5k run/walk held every Saturday at Himmel park in central Tucson. 
Where:  Himmel Park, Tucson. Start is just south of the Himmel Park Library.
When:  8AM every Saturday November – March, 7AM April – October.
Post-parkrun meetup: Rincon Market, 2513 E. 6th St Tucson, AZ 85716

Who: All welcome, runners and walkers of all ages, including children in strollers and dogs on short leashes (one dog per person, please). Children must be at least 4 years of age to register, and children under 11 must stay within arm’s reach of an adult.

Registration: FREE one-time registration at gets you a personal barcode that you simply need to print out and bring along to Himmel parkrun. It’s also your ticket to any of the more than 1300 parkrun events worldwide each week.

Volunteers: Himmel parkrun is free every week thanks to the volunteers who act as course marshals, timekeepers, barcode scanners, etc. Drop us a line if you can help some time:


This wild group meets at 5am on Tuesdays at Catalina Foothills High School (Sunrise west of Swan) and at 5am on Thursdays at Catalina High School (Pima at Dodge) for track workouts. The Interloopers also usually do a 13-16 mile road run at 5:30am on Saturdays. All levels are welcome! Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have questions.

Meet Me at Maynards

Join 300+ runners and walkers for a free jaunt around Downtown Tucson, every Monday night 5:30 pm.  The schedule calls for a 3+ mile run or walk, but you can add mileage as you wish.  Discounts to local restaurants, drawings for goodies, and more.  See for details and contact information.”

Mountain Empire Running Club

An informal group who runs 5ks to half marathons every other weekend or so down in the Elgin/Sonoita/Patagonia area.  Events are posted on the Facebook page.

Performance Endurance

Performance Endurance is for athletes who are seeking expert guidance to reach their next running goal, whether it be competing in their 100th marathon, doing their first 5K, strengthening the weak leg of a tri, reaching a new fitness benchmark, or getting back on the road safely after an injury or surgery. Along with access to an experienced, professional running coach, members benefit from our affiliation with Performance Fitness, a fully-equipped fitness gym. Our certified fitness professionals are available to assist you with specific cross training and nutritional needs. We can also consult you on shoe fittings, injury prevention and recovery. We meet a few evenings a week at the gym (located at Swan/Fort Lowell, behind McMahons) before heading outdoors to run at nearby parks, tracks and trails, then back to the gym for strength training and core work. Workouts are planned with local Tucson races in mind and include threshold training, VO2 max, and long distance group runs. Members receive a weekly email with educational and motivational tips, and the opportunity to participate in free monthly clinics and workshops. All for just $40/month for members of Performance Fitness ($60 for non members).

R.I.O.T. - Running Is Our Therapy

This is a group for new-ish (and not so new) runners who enjoy cruising at casual paces (usually 10-13min/mi), covering distances between 3-13 miles. We also participate in many local races. Check out our calendar at

Runners of Continental Reserve (RCR)

Runners of Continental Reserve (RCR) is a local running club in Marana,
Arizona. The goal of RCR is to provide a positive environment to make new
friends, be physically fit, and most of all to RUN. RCR is for runners of
all levels; experienced, inexperienced, and beginners. RCR meets every
Saturday at Continental Reserve Urgent Care @ 7:00 AM. Continental Ranch
Urgent Care is located at the Silverbell & Continental Loop crossroads.
8333 North Silverbell Road Tucson, AZ 85743. RCR runs SE from the Urgent
Care around the Continental Loop to Quik Mart and back to Urgent Care. (3.1
mi) Contact Eli at or 520-333-5786

Southwest Endurance Training (SWET)

Southwest Endurance Training (SWET) offers a variety of distance running training programs throughout the year for all levels - from people who want to start running to those who want to take their running to the new level.  All of our programs are intended to be non-competitive, fun and educational, and focus on helping individuals meet their goals.  Email Autumn Ball with questions at or visit

The Grinders

Based in the Continental Ranch/Continental Reserve area of NW Tucson, the Tucson Grinders is an informal, free, training group, based on a philosophy of training for specific races. The Grinders meet for organized workouts on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. The Sunday “long” run starts from different locations around Tucson (contact us for details). Former Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier Michele Hill coordinates training schedules, working towards target racing goals. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information or call Michele at 520-572-8250.

The Workout Group

The Workout Group, Building a Running Community Since 1997
Whether you’re preparing for your first marathon, training for local races, or simply trying to get in shape, WOG features two weekly workouts open to all ages and abilities, as well as weekend social runs.  Runners of all abilities and ages are invited to join WOG, the longest-running coached group in Tucson.  The Workout Group has been providing workouts for all levels of runners since the last century and has produced plenty of SAR Grand Prix Champions and age-group winners, if you’re into that sort of thing.  WOG develops Boston qualifiers, trail runners and track runners, if you’re into that sort of thing. 

But most importantly, WOG develops friendships.  With an email listserv, social runs, social gatherings, and more marriages than you can shake a stick at, WOG is the place to come to be part of running in Tucson.  The Workout Group is led by Randy Accetta, a certified coach who used to be fast and is now old and falling apart.  In addition to teaching at the University of Arizona, Randy is the national DIrector of Coaching Education for the Road Runners Club of America, and travels the country 2-3 times a month teaching people how to be a running coach. 

When and Where: Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, starting at 6:00 pm at the Annex Fields at Reid Park.  Workouts take place on a well-lit, half-mile dirt track. 
Directions: From Broadway, take Country Club south 6/10 of a mile, turn into the park at Concert Way, then turn left and right in the parking lots and look for the runners by the baseball fields.  In the winter, look for the lights!
Questions? .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)or call Randy at 520-991-0733 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Tia at 520-891-4369.  Email Tia at  See or for updates.

Tucson Runners Project

Run with TRP and you will meet like-minded athletes who will help you achieve your goals, and enjoy a fun, friendly group to share training tips and encouragement.  TRP’s schedule includes weekly track workouts, hill runs, easy days, and long runs.  We usually have post-run refreshment gatherings for even more fun.  For more information, join their “Tucson Runners Project” Facebook Page. Click through for the schedule or e-mail

Race Calendar
The Gauntlet - 8k Trail Race

This is a rugged 8 kilometer race over the trails of west campus at Pima Community College

TMC Tucson 10k

TMC Tucson 10k

10k and 5k, with children's dash


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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