It’s prime running season in the Tucson area, with plenty of walking, running and racing opportunities. All events this week are part of the larger Beyond Tucson event that celebrates healthy outdoor activity. Put on your running shoes and get your new year off to a great start!
January 7, Everyone Runs/Everyone Walks, 7:30 a.m.
This free event hosted by Tucson Medical Center is part of Beyond Tucson. The walk/run will be led by Everyone Runs and Fleet Feet, runners and walkers will meet at the TMC parking lot at the corner of Glenn & Wyatt. Walkers and runners head to the Rillito River Path at 8:30 a.m. and return to the Beyond activities at 9:30 a.m. Sign-in at the Everyone Runs running booth for maps and to join with other runners and walkers. For more info, go to the Everyone Runs website.
January 7, Saguaro National Park West Run, 8:00 a.m.
This free event is also part of Beyond Tucson. The National Park Service and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners will team up for a free, non-competitive five-mile social run on the roads of Saguaro National Park West. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited – but, please, no wheeled vehicles and no pets. The course will include rolling dirt roads, a bit of pavement, and plenty of gorgeous National Park scenery. The run will not be timed, but participants must register. Due to parking and trail usage concerns, this free event is limited to 400 participants.
The run start will be at 2700 North Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ, 85745 see map. Registeronline for Saguaro West here.
January 7, Sabino Canyon Run, 8:00 a.m.
Yet another Beyond Tucson event, Southern Arizona Roadrunners, Tucson Trailrunners, and Coronado National Forest are collaborating on this run. It’s a free, non-competitive social run on the trails and roads of Sabino Canyon. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited but, please, no wheeled vehicles and no pets. The course will include rolling dirt roads, some pavement, trails, and beautiful Sabino Canyon scenery. The run will not be timed, but participants must register. Due to parking and trail usage concerns, this free event is limited to 200 participants.
Please note that there will not be water or support out on the course past the first turn-around point. You must bring your own water and food and be responsible for your own safety. Please also note that there is wildlife in the canyon, including recent Mountain Lion sightings, so be cautious.
Parking is free at Sabino Canyon for this special day but carpooling is strongly recommended as parking space is limited. Also, be sure to arrive early to allow ample time to park and sign-in. Register online for Sabino Canyon here.
January 7, Festival of Democracy Fun 5K, 8:00 a.m.
In conjunction with Pima Community College’s Festival of Democracy and Beyond Tucson, Southern Arizona Roadrunners hosts a free, non-competitive 5K trail run/walk starting at the track and field complex at Pima Community College West Campus. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited but, please, no wheeled vehicles and no pets. The run will not be timed, but participants must register.
The event and run start is at Pima West Campus, Track and Field Complex, 2202 West Anklam. Registeronline for The Festival of Democracy 5K here.