The Arizona Distance Classic, described as the most scenic Arizona race event of the year, takes place just north of Tucson in Oro Valley, March 23, 2014. Drawing walkers, runners and wheelchair racers locally and from around the country, the Arizona Distance Classic benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma society and the Angola Project.
The Arizona Distance Classic is a true Celebration of the Healthy Active lifestyle. We encourage runners and walkers of all shapes, sizes and abilities to participate. The breathtaking course is open and fully supported for 4 hours. Plentiful aid stations and cheer groups line the course through the foothills of the stunning Santa Catalina mountains. At the finish line celebration, every participant receives the ultimate huge finisher's medal and bountiful post race refreshments.
Ian Burrell, 2012 U.S. Half Marathon Championship Medalist and professional runner will run the Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon this year. Ian is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection law clerk in his spare time. As a professional runner, he represents the Adidas brand and Boulder Running Company in national and international competitions including road races, track and field competitions and cross-country meets. He lives here in Tucson and trains approximately 25 hours per week (100 miles per week) in preparation for national and world championships.
The 2013 Arizona Distance Classic Health & Wellness and Event Guide is out! This year we partnered with Explorer News to create an informative and entertaining event guide to share with the community and YOU. They are included as a special insert in the March 13 issue of Explorer News, online, and each Arizona Distance Classic participant will receive one in his/her race bags. Check it out and learn everything you ever wanted to know about the event, founders, featured participants and more!
Lou Waters, Special to the Explorer
You've retired from life's hurlyburly. You're in your 60s or 70s and the walls start closing in. Retirement will often do that — slow life down and close you off from an active social life. You end up, hour after hour, at the foot of your television either watching the soaps or increasing your anxiety about the future of the world by absorbing the clatter of "cable news". Life has become empty and you need to fill it up. …full story
Tucson native Jessica Delfs lost over 200 lbs after becoming a contestant on NBC's hit series The Biggest Loser during Season ten in 2010. To continue her commitment to an active, healthy lifestyle, and help motivate others to do the same, she is participating in the Arizona Distance Classic quarter marathon. Jessica is sharing her training successes via Twitter and invites the world to train and run with her (@JessicaDelfs). …full story
Join the Team in Training runners and walkers to get fit, stay fit, make friends and raise money for Leukemia Lymphoma Society to fund research and patient resources. Team in Training is more than a fund-raising or even a training team. It is a family brought together to meet common goals and INSPIRE! Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon is incredibly proud to be a Team in Training preferred race partner. Check out this video to learn more and join the movement to beat blood cancers. GO TEAM!
Mesa Verde Elementary School Staff will build a team to run and cheer at the 2013 Arizona Distance Classic to raise funds as a "thank you" to the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation. To assist their efforts ADC will donate $5 directly to the foundation for every member of the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation team that registers for any ADC distance event. (Simply select the Mesa Verde Christina-Taylor Green Foundation team when completing the online registration form to participate.) Christina-Taylor Green was the vivacious and loving nine-year-old child who lost her life abruptly in the violence that occurred on January 8th, 2011, in Tucson, Arizona. Learn more about CTGMF's grants, opportunities and accomplishments here. …full story
Whether you incorporate massage into your training or choose to indulge in a rare rub-down after a race, we're helping you pamper yourself in Tucson. We are working with several therapeutic and spa partners to offer you Arizona Distance Classic discounts for that coveted, and much deserved muscle kneading action! Please consider treating yourself with one of our offers. Be sure to shout out on Facebook or Twitter about your experience! …full details
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“The Valley of Gold Half Marathon was the best-run race we have ever participated in—and we've been in quite a few! Thank you for this race that is in such a beautiful place, at a wonderful time of year, with fabulous support on the course and an opportunity to buy VIP privileges (portapotties with no lines is an excellent concept).” ...more feedback