As we write this, 708 of you have signed up for the El Tour de Tucson 5k, scheduled to start at 7:30 on Saturday morning, November 18th.

It's our first time doing a 5k as part of this wonderful but huge event, so there's a lot going on. Please take the time to read the below email to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable weekend with all 8,000 runners, bike riders, and volunteers.

What's In This Email: Details on packet pickup, the weekend schedule, the route, the finish area, parking, bathrooms, awards, timing, results, weather, public safety, and more.

All updated race details can be found on the event registration page here.

If you still have questions after reading this, please post your question to our facebook page at and we'll try to find the answer.

About You: You're coming to Tucson from all around Arizona, plus California, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Maryland, Wisconsin, Ohio, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Tennessee, and Utah.

Four of you are 4 years old and the elder of the group is a sprightly 84, while 424 of you have selected the female category, 283 the male category, and 1 the non-binary category.

Looking for a list of participants? You can search for participants here to find a list of registrants and the assigned race number for each participants.

About Us: We're delighted to put this event together as a partnership between the crew at El Tour and us at Run Tucson.

We're grateful to a host of volunteers who will help manage race day activity for the 5k, including folks from AAA Arizona, The Workout Group, and San Miguel High School. Other key partners include everyone at El Tour, plus Shamrock Farms, On Your Left Timing, and our award sponsors, Fleet Feet Tucson and Ben Bridge Jewelers.

(On race day, Tia will be shepherding a group of high school athletes at the NXR regional cross country championship race in Mesa, so you'll have to deal with Randy!)

OK -- get some sleep, eat well, and make your plans for race day!

Randy and Tia Accetta

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Event Week: Packet Pickup, Expo Map, & Race Day Schedule

When and Where: Casino del Sol Expo & Fiesta, Tucson Convention Center Exhibition Hall, 260 South Church Avenue, in Downtown Tucson

  • Thursday, November 16, Noon – 9pm, Convention Center

  • Friday, November 17, Noon – 9pm, Convention Center

  • Saturday, November 18, 6:00 am - 7:00 am, Convention Center next to starting line on Cushing Street

  • Expo and Fiesta continuing until 6:00pm on Saturday

Packet Pickup and Registration: Get your race number, snag the souvenir shirt if you special ordered it, and enjoy hanging out with friends at the Expo and Fiesta.

In-Person Registration: In-person registration at the Expo will be done online. The event is capped at 825.

Picking Up Your Packet:

  • Please be prepared to give the volunteers the last name and the assigned race number so that they can find your number. 
  • Use the "Find a Participant" search to find the race number for every registered participant.  
  • It may be crowded, so please be patient and please be kind to the volunteers.

NOTE: At this point, there are no refunds, event transfers, or deferrals.

5k Run/Walk Event Day Schedule, Saturday, November 18th

6:00 am - 7:00 am: Packet pickup and bathrooms at the Convention Center -- remember, the race starts promptly at 7:30 am, so give yourself enough time to get to the start line on Cushing Street

7:30 am: Start 5k Run/Walk, on Cushing Street between Church and Meyer

There are no formal pace corrals, so please join the starting line in terms of your expected pace: for example, speed demon who plan to run 5 or 6 minutes per mile should at the front near the starting scaffolding facing east, while those who expect to take 20-25 minutes per mile should start towards the back.

Finish at El Parque de San Cosme, near San Cosme Chapel at 460 West Simpson Street

  • Runners and Walkers, as you come off the paved path onto the finishing stretch, please finish to the left of the finish line arch
  • Finisher medals awarded to all finishers
  • Finish line treats of Shamrock Farms chocolate milk, plus bananas, oranges, and more. Music by Starlight Deejays.
  • After the finish, head over to the Convention Center for live music, the beer garden and other day-long activities.

9:30 am: Approximate time for El Tour 5k Awards at Convention Center, with age group awards by Fleet Feet, winner's watches by Ben Bridge Jewelers

Ongoing morning and afternoon: bike rides begin, expo activities, music, and more

See here for more details on the full El Tour weekend schedule.

5k Run/Walk Miscellaneous Details

Numbers and Timing: Thanks to On Your Left timing for handling all online registration, timing, and results.

On Your Left reminds all runners and walkers to put the 5k bib number on the front of your shirt, using pins to pin all four corners.

Post-Race Results: You will be able to find your results at the On Your Left site here.

Teams: Your teams are logged in the race registration system. There is no team award, so no need to worry if you're not showing as part of a team.

On-Course Water Stop: There will be a water stop at the 1.5 mile mark, on 18th Street near Fourth Avenue

Roadways: The course is paved, with typical Downtown roadway speed bumps, potholes, and other normal urban wear and tear. Even though the course is closed, please keep an eye out for vehicles, bicycles, and other potential hazards that are common to urban running, such as potholes, speedbumps, other pedestrians, and the like.

Chair Athletes: The course is suitable for chair athletes, but please be careful of others on the course, speedbumps, potholes, and other roadway wear and tear.

Pets: Dogs and other pets are not allowed in the race itself. Leashed pets and service animals are allowed on City of Tucson property following City of Tucson guidelines, but for safety reasons no dogs or other pets are allowed on the race course.  

Public Safety: There will be emergency medical at the staging area near the Convention Center. If an emergency happens while you are on the course, call 911 immediately or flag down a nearby police officer or volunteer.

Headphones: For safety reasons we ask that you do not wear headphones while on the El Tour de 5k Route.


  • Pre-Race bathrooms are available inside the Convention Center
  • Post-race bathrooms at the finish line
  • There are no portojohns available on the 5k course

Photographs: El Tour will be on hand taking overall event photos, while our friend Damion Alexander will also be around snapping candids of the event. We'll have more details afterwards on where to find the photos.

Social Media: Please tag @runtucson and @tourdetucson with any instagram posts -- you can use hashtags #eltour5k or #runtucson or anything else you want . . .

5k Route + Finish Line Details

Course Directions: As you can see on these maps, you will wind your way through the Armory Park neighborhoods, before heading west down 18th Street into the Barrio Viejo neighborhood. You'll finish with an out-and-back on the paved path that is pictured below, the El Paso and Southwestern Greenway.

Near the 2.25 mile mark on 18th Street, all runners and walkers will take a LEFT and head SOUTH on the El Paso and Southwest Greenway.

You will stay to the left of the paved path for about 1/3 of a mile, until you hit the turn-around sign just before 22nd Avenue.

Stay Left on the Path: When you turn around and head north, stay left. This will enable all the runners and walkers to share the path with plenty of room.

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After the turn-around near 22nd Avenue, you will head back NORTH, continuing on the paved path, staying to the left, crossing 18th Street and heading north for another 220 yards until you hit Simpson.

Some of the tail-of-the-pack runners and walkers may be joined by the Fun Riders at this portion of the paved path.

At Simpson, you will turn EAST and immediately cross the finish line, on the left side of the finish line.

It seems to this author that the last mile is pretty-darn fast -- coming down 18th Street is a gradual hill and the paved path from 22nd to Simpson is flat and fast.

NOTE: Some of the final finishing runners and walkers may be accompanied to the finish line by the Fun Riders.

As always, be mindful of pedestrians, spectators, and others.


Parking: Below is a map of nearby paid parking lots. If you park on neighborhood streets, please remember that many roads are closed for the duration of the event. Please do not block driveways, park in red zones, or park in other illegal ways that may earn you a ticket. You can also see an interactive map and find additional parking information at the Downtown Partnership website here.


The temperatures look to be perfect for running, but they say that it may rain lightly and briefly in the morning.

Finishers's Medal + Fleet Feet Awards

All finisher's receive the El Tour 5k Finisher's Medallion, while overall and age group winners will receive a Fleet Feet gift card

Overall male and female finishers Fleet Feet Gift Cards:

  • 1st $50
  • 2nd $35
  • 3rd $25

Top three age-group male and female finishers in 5-year age groups: U15 through 75+

  • 1st $20
  • 2nd $15
  • 3rd $10

Ben Bridge Jewelers Watches for First Overall Female and Male Finishers

Use This QR Code to Get Results From On Your Left Timing

More About El Tour Bike Ride Options

The Routes & Start Times

Perimeter Bicycling and El tour de Tucson are thrilled to to bring this world class event to downtown Tucson. El Tour de Tucson was recognized by USA TODAY as the country’s Top Road Cycling Event. All Rides/Routes start and finish at the Tucson Convention Center and the surrounding area.

Interested in riding? Info here!

The Century (7:00am start)

  • 102 Mile Bike Ride

5K Run/Walk (7:30 am start)

  • 3.1 Mile, 5K run/walk for all ages, all abilities, all bodies

The FUN Rides! (8:00 am start)

  • 3 Mile / 1 Mile Bike Ride

The Metric Century (9:00 am start)

  • 62 Mile/100 Kilometer Bike Ride

The Half Metric Century (10:00 am start)

  • 32 Mile/50 Kilometer Bike Ride

Who We Are

Run Tucson was created by Tia and Randy Accetta to make our hometown better through running. Tia and Randy are both experienced runners, with marathon pr's of 2:48 and 2:19 respectively. Randy is an RRCA Certified Race Director, and we have 20 years of experience putting on races, currently including events in Tucson and up at the Grand Canyon.


Run Tucson is also the umbrella for The Workout Group, Tucson's longest-running coached training group -- now in its 26th season with group coaching and personal online and in-person coaching to help you achieve your running groups. Our team is RRCA-certified, with plenty of running and coaching experienced. See for details.

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