Happy new year to our Run Tucson running and walking friends!

While the calendar turns to 2024 tonight, Tia and I celebrated our wedding anniversary yesterday. We got married 17 years ago on the trails of the Tucson Mountains, on a warm, breezy day, standing on what we call Wedding Rock, near the Lost Arrow Trail.

Trails have been a big part of our life together, so that's why we're delighted to announce that we've been working with the new management at Old Tucson Studios to bring back one of our favorite events, the TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run, on Sunday, February 18th, 2024.

The first Sunrise at Old Tucson was held in 2009 and we're excited to get back to Main Street, Horse Poop Alley, and the single track trails of Old Tucson.

Click here or read on for more details and race registration info.

Happy New Year!

Randy and Tia Accetta

randy@runtucson.net | tia@runtucson.net

TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Event Info and Registration Here

Giddy Up! Time to head back to Old Tucson!

The popular TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run is back!  On February 18, 2024 you can run or walk at the newly reopened Old Tucson Studios, site of some of the greatest cowboy movies ever made.

Dash down the streets of Hollywood’s most famous films in the footsteps of hurdling legends like Joanie Rogucki and movie legends like Randolph Scott, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Sharon Stone, and more. 

Sign Up Here

TMC Old Tucson Trail Run Details

The Events:

  • The 4-Mile course includes single track trails, Horse Poop Alley, and the dirt roads in the heart of Old Tucson.

  • The1-Mile course is less technical and stays on the dirt roads around Old Tucson. It is loads of fun for walkers, joggers, and runners of all abilities.

  • All races start on Main Street and finish at Stage Two, near the Bitter Creek and High Chaparral sets.

Start Times:

  • Women's 4-Mile Trail Race starts at 7:30 am
  • Open and Men's 4-Mile Trail Race starts at 8:30 am
  • Family 1-mile walk/run starts at 8:30 am


  • First 600 registrants receive a souvenir race shirt
  • Low race registration pricing with a la carte add-ons, such as breakfast and/or day passes to Old Tucson
  • Age group awards of Running Shop gift certificates for the 4-mile women's and the open/men's divisions in 5 year categories, from 15-19 through 80+
  • Children 14-and-under are free in the 1-miler (no shirt)
  • Free Lil' Pardner's 100 yard dash for the little cowpokes
  • Costume Contest with awards for best western-themed costume


  • 4-Mile: $35 through January 15th/ $40 through race morning
  • 1-Mile: $35 through January 15th/ $40 through race morning
  • Free 1-Mile for all children 14-and-under

Breakfast and Park Pass Options:

Race entry fees will include entry into the timed event, a colorful souvenir race t-shirt, and entry throughout the park until 10:30 am.

The new management at Old Tucson Studios has some new regulations to follow, so we will provide a link to all registrants so that you can make separate purchases for a full day pass to Old Tucson and/or a post-race breakfast.

  • Cowboy Breakfast: $15 per person
  • Discounted day pass to Old Tucson for racers: $5 per race participant, free for 4-and-under.
  • Discounted day pass to Old Tucson for non-racers: $15 per guest, free for 4-and-under.

This is a significant discount off regular pricing as Old Tucson's regular day pass pricing is $39 or $24 for ages 5-12 and free for 4-and-under.

Packet Pickup:

Pre-race packet pickup on Saturday, February 17th from 10-1 at our long-time race partner, The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell).

Race morning packet pickup will take place in front of the main entrance gate at Old Tucson Studios, from 6:15-8:15 AM.

About Old Tucson

Built in 1939, Old Tucson is a renowned film set and family theme park located just outside Tucson, AZ. Nestled between Saguaro National Park and Tucson Mountain Park, this beautiful desert setting has been the filming location of hundreds of classic western films and TV shows featuring stars such as John Wayne, James Stewart, Paul Newman, Jean Arthur, Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood, and Ronald Reagan.

The studio opened its doors as a theme park in 1960 and continues to welcome guests for a variety of immersive experiences, special events, and tours. See www.oldtucson.com

Sign Up for Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run Here

2024 Run Tucson Event Schedule

TMC Earth Day 5k Run/Walk at the Biosphere 2

Saturday Morning, April 20

Biosphere 2 for the 3rd Annual TMC Earth Day 5k!

We had so much fun up in Oracle that we're heading back to the northern foothills of the Catalina Mountains to celebrate Earth Day, 2024.

Live music, free entry into the world-famous Biosphere 2, and more festivities for the whole family.

This will be our only event at the Biosphere 2 in 2024. Early-bird discount pricing of $25 extended through January 7, 2023 - use coupon code of "newsletter" for an additional $5 off!

Register Here

2024 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, presented by TMC

We continue to be grateful for the support of Ross Zimmerman, Emily Nottingham, and the entire Zimmerman family, allowing us to celebrate Gabe through these events.

Register for the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown and receive a special souvenir shirt, unique Gabe Z souvenir medal, and entry into three popular events:

  • June 1st TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Run/Walk
  • September 8th TMC Tucson 10k, 5k Run/Walk
  • October 20th TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon and 4-Mile

Thanks to TMC, $10 of every Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown registration goes to BEYOND-Tucson, one of Tucson's leading public health advocates (BEYOND Executive Director Daniela Diamente and SAR President Caroline Gardiner are pictured here).

Early-bird discount pricing of $25 extended through January 7, 2023 - use coupon code of "newsletter" for an additional $5 off!

Register Here for the 2024 GabeZ Triple Crown

TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run + Festival of Miles

Saturday Night, June 1

Make plans for the 18th Annual TMC Night Run/Walk and Festival of Miles

Staged at Armory Park and the Children's Museum in the heart of Downtown Tucson, with beer garden, live music, food truck roundup, and after-party at Hotel Congress.

The TMC 5k is part of the SAR's 2024 Running Shop Grand Prix. The Festival of Miles includes the Open Mile, Free High School Mile, and Free SAR FitKidz Mile.

This is the first event of the three-race Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, raising funds for the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation. Additional beneficiaries include the Children's Museum, Greater Tucson Leadership, and Cox Charities.

Early-bird discount pricing of $25 extended through January 7, 2023 - use coupon code of "newsletter" for an additional $5 off!

Register Here

TMC Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler and 5k

Monday morning, September 2

53rd TMC Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run, a Southern Arizona Roadrunners event

One of the only courses in the nation allowed on actual National Park land, the beautiful course rolls up and down the 8-mile paved road amid the lush Cactus Forest at the base of the Rincon Mountains.

Souvenir shirt to all registrants, plus entry into the Saguaro National Park. We at Run Tucson are proud to be the race directors for this Southern Arizona Roadrunners event.

Register Here

TMC Tucson 10k and companion 5k

Sunday morning, September 8

Tucson's only fall 10k is back!

We'll be back for the 8th annual event, with the beautiful scenery of the Painted Hills in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains. All participants will receive a race shirt and souvenir medal. Music, food trucks, and more at this fun event.

This is the 2nd leg of the 2024 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.

Register Here

TMC A-Mountain Half Marathon, 4-Miler, and Cox Family Mile

Sunday morning, October 20

We're coming back to the A!

We're psyched to come back to the Mercado Annex, tucked at the base of Sentinel Peak, with a route that includes scenic A-Mountain and the speedy Santa Cruz Riverpath.

Don't want to go 13.1? You can do the TMC A-Mountain Not-Quite 4-Miler, as well as the COX Charities Family Mile and SAR FitKidz Mile.

The 3rd leg of the 2024 GabeZ Triple Crown will have goodies for all race registrants: souvenir medal, cool race shirt, live music, and post-race fun.

The TMC Half-Marathon is part of the SAR's 2024 Running Shop Grand Prix.

Register Here

Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon and 5k Run/Walk

Saturday morning, November 2

6th Annual Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon Run and 5k Run/Walk

Run or walk a half-marathon or 5k in the beautiful and rugged Kaibab National Forest, just south of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. 

Souvenir race medal, colorful long sleeve shirt, race goodies, and more to commemorate your iconic journey through the trails on the Coconino Plateau near the South Rim. Visitor discounts for hotels, food, and tourist activities.

Early-bird discount pricing of $25 extended through January 7, 2023 - use coupon code of "newsletter" for an additional $5 off!

Register Here

El Tour de Tucson 5k Run/Walk

Saturday morning, November 16

Gear up for the big bike n' run day!

We're also psyched to once again produce the El Tour de Tucson 5k Run/Walk.

In partnership with El Tour de Tucson, this has quickly becom one of Tucson's most popular 5k events. Who knows, maybe we can figure out a longer route too . . . we'll let you know!

2024 Registration Opening Soon

Thanks to TMC for everything it does for Southern Arizona. Click on the image below for a link to their jobs site . . .

Join the Southern Arizona Roadrunners

We are grateful for our 25+ year friendship with SAR, one of the best running clubs in the nation.

Check out the great community programs offered by our local running club, the Southern Arizona Roadrunners. Check out their upcoming events at www.runsar.org.


Every Monday: Meet Me at Maynard's, Hotel Congress/Maynard's Kitchen
Every Wednesday: Meet Me Wednesday's, St. Phillip's Plaza
See beyond-tucson.org for additional details.

Every Saturday: Parkrun Himmel Park

Interested in building or maintaining local trails? Think about joining or supporting the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists -- see them here.

For a detailed list of social and recreational road and mountain bike rides in the Tucson community, see Damion Alexander's list at https://bikepilgrim.com/. To subscribe to the email list, email damion@damionalexander.com and put "ride list" in the subject heading.

How Do I Get Off This List? You can hit the "unsubscribe" button below or you can email us at randy@runtucson.net.

Who Sends These? To promote our mission of making our hometowns better through running, Run Tucson advocates for health & fitness, enhancing community engagement, and promoting the local economy. 

In addition, we make significant contributions to worthy charities, providing over $350,000 to local organizations over the years.

Our partners include the Town of Tusayan, Saguaro National Park, the Kaibab National Forest, the Downtown Tucson Partnership, Rio Nuevo, the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, plus Tucson Medical Center, Cox Communications, Meet Me at Maynard's and a host of local sponsors.

Why Am I on This List? You've participated in one of the events we've produced, either one of our charity running events in Arizona, or as part of Meet Me at Maynard's, Meet Me Wednesday's, Meet Me Downtown PHX.

For information about our events, the RRCA, and The Workout Group, contact Randy Accetta
(520) 991-0733
For information about in-person, online, or group coaching, contact contact Tia Accetta.
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