Wow -- what a great weekend that was!

Thank you so much for being part of the Third-Annual Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon & 5k!

Below is the post-race report.
  1. Photos, Video, and Social Media
  2. Race Report + RRCA State Champions
  3. Volunteer Appreciation
  4. Thanks for the Fundraising
  5. Public Health Request
  6. Discount for Next Year

Now: we've made a FB event page -- so if you did the event virtually or if you want to share your race story with the rest of us, please visit the FB event discussion page here and share photos, stories, and tales of your trip to the Grand Canyon area. For our virtual friends, even though we missed you at the Kaibab Plateau, please share your weekend story to this page. . .

Next: We hope you had fun with us and we would love your feedback on your weekend experience, so please click here to take the post-race survey.

OK -- enjoy the video and photos in the race report and feel free to track us down with any questions.

Happy running -- we hope you all have safe and happy upcoming holiday season!

--Randy and Tia

Randy Accetta | randy@runtucson.net
Tia Accetta | tia@runtucson.net
Sandy and the crew at Run Tucson | info@runtucson.net
Photos and Social Media
You probably saw this bearded biker out on the course.

He is our long-time Tucson friend, Damion Alexander. The Long Realty Damion Alexander Team is a huge supporter and sponsor of Run Tucson and of everything that encourages people to be active, get outside, and build community. His full-time gig is helping those who love this lifestyle buy and sell homes. If you want to talk running, hiking, cycling, photography or what to do in Southern Arizona or in any aspect of real estate, give Damion a call.


If you want to share a photo or use it for social media, please "like" the Damion Alexander Team on Facebook, where you can see some of the best shots from the race -- as well as photos from hundreds of other community events.


If you are sharing any of your own race photos, please be sure and tag @runtucson @grandcanyoncvb on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

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Race Report
Overall Fastest in the 5K:

Jeffrey Smith (17:04 -- new course record) Grand Canyon Village, AZ

Elisabeth Jacquette (25:35) Tucson, AZ
Overall Fastest in the Half:

Jonathan Hiley (1:18:33 -- new course record)
Tequisquiapan, Quetaro, Mexico

Shannon Porter (1:25:51 -- new course record) Flagstaff, AZ
Top Finishers
Thanks to Greg at Roadrunner Race Timing, we were able to capture race time for each person, regardless of their start and finish time. You can see all the results by following links to the age group and overall results here and at the Roadrunner Race Timing home page.

Half Marathon Top Finishers:
Jonathan Hiley, from England now living in Tequisquiapan, Quetaro, Mexico cruised the demanding course in a new course record of 1:18:33. The second place man was Jose Delgado from Tucson, who finished in 1:25:55, almost six minutes faster than his finish last year! Third place male was Garrett Davis from Albany, New York, in 1:27:43.

Shannon Porter was the first place female runner, taking second overall with a gritty and speedy performance in a new course record of 1:25:51. Shannon lives in nearby Flagstaff, as does second place female, Molly Casey, who finished in 1:39:09. Third place female was Billie Lubis from Tucson, Arizona, in 1:41:42

5K Top Finishers:
In the 5k, Grand Canyon local Jeffrey Smith completed the out-and-back course in the smoking-fast course record time of 17:04, while Tucsonan Elisabeth Jacquette was fastest woman in a time of 25:35

RRCA State Championship: The RRCA State Half Marathon Champions are listed below, along with the top three finishers. All results can be found at www.roadrunnerracetiming.com. Age group awards not picked up on race day will not be mailed to participants and will be donated back to the Grand Canyon Chamber fundraising efforts.
Repeat after me: don't touch the wildlife . . .
Friends from Houston and Los Angeles celebrate at the finish line.
Thanks to Volunteers and Partners
We are grateful to all of the volunteer help that was provided.

From our friends in Tucson to the Tusayan community, it took a lot of folks to put this together:
  • Kate and Quenton for hanging all the course marking tape and keeping everyone on course!
  • Marty and crew from the IMAX for hosting pre- and post-race activities
  • Stoney from Buck Wild out on the course keeping us safe
  • Hailey from Pink Jeeps at the 8 mile mark
  • Clarinda and John from Red Feather -- Clarinda was at the 8 mile mark and John was at the 4.5 mile mark
  • Kate, Greg, Ray and the whole Tusayan Fire Department crew
  • Grand Canyon Brewing Company for donating the beer
  • Tucson Medical Center for providing post-race snacks and Gatorade for sponsoring the RRCA State Championships
  • SuperCoffee for providing post-race drinks
  • Damion from the Damion Alexander Team, for taking all the great photos and helping monitor the course.
  • Our friends from The Workout Group in Tucson: Connie, Doreen, Eric, Sandy, and Noemi
  • Justin and others who helped hand out medals
  • Kevin, Dutch, and the gang at the Kaibab National Forest for providing the permits
  • The Tusayan Town Council and Charlie, the Town Manager for managing all sorts of race logistics.

I'm sure we missed some - but thanks to all!
Thanks to Hailey from Pink Jeep on the right, and to Clarinda Vail, Mayor of Tusayan, on the left!
Thanks to the volunteers from the Tusayan Fire District for the pancakes and post-race beverages . . .
Thanks for the Fundraising
This race is produced in partnership with the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau. Almost $1,000 was raised to be used by the Chamber for community support during this difficult year. Thanks to all of you!
Sylvia Anderson
Kristy Belone
Laura Biedermann
Helen Bisbee
Claire Boettcher-Nesbitt
Giselle Bonilla
Anne Brickert
Brandi Bushong
Krista Cambern
Nicole Ciffone
Jennifer Cortes
Trisha Davis
Jose Delgado
Karen Dobos
Mary Dolman
Walter Fitzsimmons
Amanda Frawley
Juris Gaidelis
Kurt Gilson
Kaitlin Girtin
Mike Glienke
Max Guenther
Lindsay Hansen
Julie Hanson
Sarah Hanson
Mary Hiney
Anne Hoff
Steven Hykes
Lisette Infante
Amanda Jacob
Maeselle La Paz
Stephanie La Paz-Johnson
Constance J. Lopez
Cristina Luis
Jeni Martin
Sean Mchone
Sarah Meckstroth
Perri Mirabile
Starr Modrzejewski
Elizabeth Molina
Melanie Montenegro
Madeline Mugila
Jordan Novoa
Diana Osborne
Hanna Pourcyrous
Sarah Prchal
Elaina Saltclah
Laura Schadt
Dan Shires
Donna Sickler
Joseph Splude
Julie Starr
Elizabeth Summers
Catherine Teran
Margie Traylor
Hanh Vo
Brittney Wallis
Debbie White-Black
Kathy Wilson
Mary Woolf
Gettin' uphill!
In the woods . . .
Public Health: Request for Info
Thanks to all of you for following our public health protocols. While we know that it is highly unlikely that the outdoor setting of a running race would lead to transmission of the coronavirus, could you please let us know if in the coming week you get any common COVID symptoms such as cough, fever, fatigue, aches, loss of taste, and the like?
2022 Discount
It's a bit early to start planning, but you can use this discount code of ILOVETHISRACE for a 20% discount to the 2022 edition. This discount code is good through January 31, 2022.


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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.
(520)891-4369