This year instead of going downhill, we'll go up . . . thanks to a shadowy Damion Alexander for the photo!

Hello to our Run Tucson running and walking friends:

It's raining cats and dogs here in Tucson this week, but last week we went out to Old Tucson on a warm, sunny day to check out ideas for a new course.

We're thrilled to be the only race entirely on the grounds of Old Tucson -- and we're thrilled to have found a looped route that includes Main Street, wide desert trails, a sandy wash, and two single-track horseback trails. You can even scoot up Horse Poop Hill if you want!

Whether you're walking with your family, jogging for fun, or racing to win, you'll have a blast playing on the grounds of Old Tucson.

Randy and Tia Accetta |

February 18th TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Event Info and Registration Here! 
Course Highlights

In the 4-mile, the single track trails look like this; they'll be marked with flour arrows and flagging, but watch out for cactus. In the distance to the west, you'll see Kitt Peak and Boboquivari Peak.

This year, much of the 4-mile course will be on wider trails like this, with gorgeous views of the Tucson Mountains.

The start, finish, music, and post-race fun will be at the Bitter Creek set near High Chaparral, Stage 2 and the Rodeo Grounds.

You can run, walk, or get a ride from mom through the historic Old Tucson Main Street.

The1-Mile course is a clockwise course on the dirt roads around Old Tucson, with a start and finish at the Bitter Creek set. Perfect for walkers, strollers, and runners of all abilities.

The Four-Miler is basically a clockwise inner circle, an outer loop, then an inner circle. You'll start at the Bitter Creek set, then loop through Main Street and head back to Bitter Creek. The second lap goes through town then heads to the desert past Horse Poop Hill and onto the single track horseback trails. You'll head south on the single-track, then do a speedy section of hard-packed dirt, before hopping onto a short section of rugged single track. You'll close with a lap through Main Street before finishing with a flying downhill to Bitter Creek.

The first 600 registrants receive a souvenir long sleeve race shirt, with choice of "unisex" or "women's cut" sizing.


Saturday, February 17

10am-1:00pm packet pickup and in-person registration at The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell). All shirt sizing first-come, first served at packet pickup.

Sunday, February 18

  • 6:30-8:15 am: Packet pickup and in-person registration in front of Old Tucson's entry gate:
  • 7:30 am: Women's 4-Mile Trail Race starts at Bitter Creek set
  • 8:30 am: Open and Men's 4-Mile Trail Race starts at Bitter Creek set
  • 8:30 am: Family 1-mile walk/run starts at Bitter Creek set


  • All registrants will receive option to purchase discounted day pass for $5 and a cowboy breakfast for $10
  • 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+
  • 1-miler is chip timed, with no awards
  • Children 14-and-under are free in the 1-miler (no shirt, capped at 60 participants)
  • Free Lil' Pardner's 100 yard dash for the little cowpokes
  • Costume Contest with awards for best western-themed costume
  • The 4-Miler is part of SAR's Running Shop/Mizuno Grand Prix -- see here for more details on this year-long series

Current Pricing:

  • 4-Mile: $40 through race morning
  • 1-Mile: $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, the long sleeve black race t-shirt, and entry throughout the park until 10:30 am.

Cowboy Burrito Breakfast: $10 per person for hot bacon, cheese, potato, and egg burrito -- use the "Add-On" feature at registration to purchase the burrito.

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 discounted full day pass to Old Tucson

  • 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.

Race veterans will note that the International Wildlife Museum has closed their doors so we no longer offer free entry, while the Desert Museum has declined to offer runners a discount this year.

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

Join us at the world-renowned 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 to the Biosphere 2, and more festivities for the whole family.

Super-cool sublimated shirt with new 2024 logo guaranteed to the first 600 registrants!

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).

Pricing increase on February 1st.

Register Here for the 2024 GabeZ Triple Crown

TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run/Walk + 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.

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


Every Monday: Meet Me at Maynard's, Hotel Congress/Maynard's Kitchen
Every Wednesday: Meet Me Wednesday's, St. Phillip's Plaza
See 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 To subscribe to the email list, email 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

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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