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This is a chance to run your fastest on a pancake-flat, lightning-fast 10K course or opt for the shorter 5k. Proceeds to benefit Pima Community College Cross-Country and Track & Field.
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 welcomed at this fun race and post-race brunch!
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 which includes free entry into the Old Tucson Studios Theme Park!
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 www.azroadrunners.org.
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:
Race Day Photography
Saturday and Sunday Course Set Up
Sound System Set-Up
Lisa Schlink, The Sound Engineer
Steve and Sheryl Felde
Lucas Tyler, Doreen Davis, Diane Manzini, Michael Miller
SAR social media
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
Craig & Noemi Mills, and Craig's dad
Jennifer and Eddie Garcia, and Chris
Plus the gang from The Running Shop!More
Read on for the details....
10:00 - 1:00 pm: In-person registration and packet pickup at the Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell.
Please note, all shirt sizes are first-come, first-served. There are no race transfers allowed. New registrants can pay with cash or check. Please be nice to the staff and the volunteers.
Sunday morning Schedule
6:45: In-person registration and packet pickup begins at Old Tucson Studios front gate (all shirt sizes are first-come, first-served). Cash and check only on race day. There are no race transfers.
8:00: Women's Four-Miler starts -- please note, women may run in the men's race, but will not be eligible for age-group or Grand Prix awards
9:00: Men's Four-Miler starts -- again, women can certainly run in the men's race!
9:00: One Mile Walk/Fun Run starts -- there are no awards for this, while the free 10-and-under will be listed on the website as participants
9:45 or so: Awards and Free Lil' Pardner's Costume Fun Run -- fun 100-yard dash around the High Chaparral and Bitter Creek sets
10:00 or so: we try to wrap up and let everyone enjoy their visit to Old Tucson Studios, then head out to the International Wildlife Museum or on to the Tap & Bottle Beer Mile
Children 10 and under are free in the one-mile race, but without a t-shirt and without breakfast -- they will be listed on the results page as participants
You may purchase additional breakfasts for $10 per person, at the breakfast line.
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.
Sponsors and Partners
Thanks to our race sponsors for making this possible: Tucson Medical Center, the Running Shop, Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, the Arizona Daily Star, KGUN's The Morning Blend, Cox Communication, and Connect CoWorking, and Rincon Air Conditioning and Heating. We are also grateful to Old Tucson Studios and the International Wildlife Museum.
Special thanks to the Southern Arizona Roadrunners!
Special thanks to Linda and Kerry Whelan for all their help![details]
The race is being timed by SAR timer Greg Wenneborg. Greg has asked that everyone wear their race number on the front of their shirt. After the race, the timing tent will be at the finish line at the Bitter Creek set. Last minute issues can be addressed to Greg at the timing tables.
Social Media and Race Photos
Our friend Kerry Whelan of Goatographer fame will be on hand snapping photos that you'll be able to find on the SAR facebook page, but please post your own snapshots and photos to the SAR facebook page and tag both the SAR instagram and the Run Tucson instagram accounts
#RunSAR #RunTucson #TrailRunning
Any others? Let us know!
Check out the promotional Tucson Morning Blend interview , highlighting Tucson's unique elements, promoting Tucson tourist destinations, and talking about upcoming SAR races.
Every participant receives a free race shirt with this year's logo. Sizes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee the perfect size for everyone.
We try to work locally as much as possible, and our shirts were designed by Gina Nelson and have been printed by Steve King of Team Hoyt at his company, Sunset Embroidery and Screen Print.
Age group and overall awards are courtesy of long-time partner Sharon Bart and The Running Shop.
If you are not a member of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, you can join SAR on race day. Visit our tent at the Bitter Creek set.
Free Admission Details + Discounts
Old Tucson Studios: You must have your race number with you to tour Old Tucson Studios after the race. To purchase additional guest passes at a discounted rate, you must go with your race number to the Old Tucson entrance gate.
International Wildlife Museum: You must present your race number to the admission booth at the International Wildlife Museum to gain free admission on Sunday.
Tap & Bottle: Our friends at Tap & Bottle are hosting a sold-out Beer Mile at 11:00 pm, while offering a dollar off per beer. See their event page here.
To receive your Trailside Breakfast at Old Tucson, you must present your race number to the servers at Old Tucson near the Bitter Creek set at the Finish Line area. Only those with the race number can receive breakfast at the finish line. We have purchased over 600 breakfasts, but there is not enough for spectators and others.
If you want additional food items, please visit the various restaurants along Main Street in Old Tucson Studios to purchase additional food items.
Lil' Pardners Free Kids Dash
This is meant to be a playful dash, with no prizes and no timing. Bring your little ones to the finish line at the Bitter Creek set at about 9:30 and we'll set up a low-key route around the High Chaparral set.
Starting Line, Finish Line, and Bathrooms
The starting line for the women's race, the men's race, and the 1-mile walk/run are all on Main Street near the Palace Hotel. The finish line for each course is at the Bitter Creek set, to the east of Main Street. There are many gender-specific bathroom facilities throughout Old Tucson, along Main Street and near the Bitter Creek set.
Soccer Water Stop, Boy Scouts Course Marshals, Ambulance, and more
Thanks to Drexel Fire Department for providing a stand-by ambulance on site. Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 431 from Fort Huachuca for being our course marshal volunteers.
Thanks to the families from the Fire Serpents soccer team for handing out water at the water station -- the water station is at the 3-mile mark at the Bitter Creek set. There are also water fountains throughout Old Tucson Studios.
Route - see maps and race advice on race page
4-Milers: you will start on Main Street, then do one big loop through town, past the Rodeo Grounds, past the finish line and the High Chaparral set, then back through the back lot of Old Tucson past the old Church and Boothill Cemetery. After leaving town, you will head into the desert for a well-marked two mile loop that includes single track, horse trails, washes, and dirt roads. Look for the orange and red flagging. The 3-mile mark is at the Bitter Creek set. From here, you have the final lap through town and back to the finish.
The course will be marked by orange and red flagging.
Suggestions: It's a trail run, so keep your eyes up, watch for cactus, watch for directions, be willing to sacrifice speed for safety and course accuracy.
One Milers: You will do roughly a lap and a half of the town loop. You'll start with the men's mile and do one full loop, then on the second loop, you will turn left at the Rodeo Grounds to the finish line. If you head out into the desert, you are on the four-mile loop. Don't do that.
Hello SAR friends: The TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Race will take place rain or shine, so get yourself ready for the original mud run and join visitors from 25 states and Scotland for the coolest trail run in the Southwest. Click here for all the race weekend details.
You can still register in person on Saturday, February 17th at The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell Avenue) from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and you can register on race morning, Sunday, February 18th at Old Tucson Studios (201 South Kinney Road -- take Speedway west over the mountains, then turn left!). Remember: shirt sizing is first-come, first-served.
We've moved it back to one night only, on the traditional first Saturday in June! You can register here for a mere $22 bucks for the 5k or $10 for the Mile -- and you can click here for the recent TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Save-the-Date email. Questions about participating or sponsoring? Contact Randy Accetta at firstname.lastname@example.org.More