What a great way to kick off the New Year! Thanks to the 500+ runners and walkers, the 100+ dogs, the 50+ volunteers, and all those who combined on the 2nd Annual Hair of the Dog! 

It’s an honor to play host to visitors from foreign lands such as Sweden, Canada, and California -- plus Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York, Indiana, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Colorado, Texas, Florida, South Dakota, and, last but not least, Tia’s hometown of Walla, Walla Washington.

Every time we produce a race, we’re humbled by the community support – thank you for being part of running, walking, and fitness in Tucson, Arizona!

--Randy, Tia and the Run Tucson crew.
Results and Awards : You can see results for both the 8k and the Doggie Dash at www.roadrunnerracetiming.com .   You can also see a video of each finisher at the results page.

If you won an age group award but were not around to pick it up, you can snag your award at Fleet Feet’s Tanque Verde location until the end of January.

Photos : Tucson’s own Damion Alexander has put together multiple sets of snapshots from the event, from puppies to scones. You can find them at these locations:


Damion does this out of the goodness of his heart, but he is a realtor by trade. If you’re selling or buying a house, check him out here: https://www.damionalexander.com/

Beneficiary : We’re pleased to partner with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona , and thanks to your support, the event has been able to raise $2154 for the HSSA (and this does not even include the Beer Garden revenue . . . ). Special thanks to the HSSA event team of Steff Hunter, Leeanna Phillips, and Caitlin McMurry for ensuring that we were all hydrated at the water stop and the Dragoon Brewing Beer Garden.

The Races: First up was the Doggie Dash, and boy, what a dash it was. Defending champion Kurt Michels and pup Prea barely held off Cameron Johnson from Desert Speed School and his pooch in a swift race to the arch! The first place human female runner was Ashlee Michels running with Centauri, to make it a family championship, though right behind them was former world-class marathoner Christine Ferraris. 

Over a hundred walkers and runners, both four-legged and bipedal, cruised the .85 mile loop around the Udall fields. And you know what’s really nice? After the race, there was no poop to pick up! Thank you for your help!!

In the 8k, the men’s winner, former Pima standout Mark Bennett, took off like a dart and finished way ahead of the field in a course record of 26:27 on the USATF certified course. (Oh, and he worked all morning as a timer – setting up the arches, ensuring that finishes were tallied correctly, and breaking down equipment – pretty solid start to his New Year, I’d say!)

First place in the women’s field went to 26-year-old Billie Lubis in a women’s course record of 33:46. Again, you can see a video of each finisher at the results page at www.roadrunnerracetiming.com .
Event Partners:
Fleet Feet : Special thanks to Anne Stancil and the gang at Fleet Feet for hosting our registration, for providing gift certificates to award winners, and for hosting a post-event gathering. Fleet Feet’s Tanque Verde store will hold awards for award winners until the end of January.

Dragoon Brewing : Thanks to the crew at Dragoon for supplying such tasty brew. The Dragoon Beer Garden looked to be a happy place to spend a sunny afternoon!

Adobe Veterinary Center : Adobe Vet Center provided funds for the race and a whole host of giveaway items for pet owners. One of their vets, Claire Hans, runs with our group, so we know that this is a great place to get expert care for your pet, whether large or small. Thanks Adobe Vet Center!

Finally, a big shout out to Le Buzz Caffe for baking and handing out 600 sweet and savory scones. They spent their New Year’s morning baking for us – then their friendly staff handed them all out on race morning. The more I think about it, the more impressed I am by their dedication to the running and fitness community. If you can, you should visit either of their locations at Tanque Verde and Sabino Canyon Road or at Plaza Palomino on Swan.

Community : Our goal is to use running to make Tucson a better place to live, and we're so glad that to see friendly faces from the many groups and teams that came out: Team RWB, Team Hoyt, TRP, Fleet Feet's new training group, the Workout Group, SAR members, and more!

Special thanks to the band, Shrimp Chaperone , for giving so much energy on a sunny day.

DJ Rich once again not only spun some fun tunes, but he pitched in with set up and breakdown!

Timing services were provided by Greg Wenneborg and Roadrunner Race Timing .

AMR provided ambulance support, while TPD provided a police presence for public safety. Thanks to the City of Tucson Parks and Rec and Pima County Parks for letting us use Udall Park and The Chuck Huckelberry Loop , respectively. Waste Management enabled us to have plenty of clean portojohns on hand!

Volunteers : Wow, so many folks came out to help out with this race! A big shout out to Doreen Davis, Sandi Crusa, and Peg Davis for all the early-morning and mid-afternoon work! 25 volunteers signed up via our online platform, each earning a $20 gift certificate to Fleet Feet. We are sure there are more that we've missed, but here's a few of those who made the HOTD possible:
Alexa Guerrero
Alix Rogstad
Amy Anderson
Amy Anderson
Anna Martin
Caitlin Vogelsberg
Chuck Kline
Craig Mills
Dave Dixon
Gary Giese
Joe Faulk
JP Charpentier
Justine Kanuho
Kristin Fitzharris
Mary Black
Mary Young
Mohammed, the guy in the turtleneck who we've never met before who helped load the trucks after the race
Peg Davis
Peter Ruggles
Phil Evans
Rachel Hilgeford
Rich Garn
Rich Garn
Rosalind Williams
Sarah Soffer and her friend in the boots
Wayne Watson
Zach Smalls
NEXT UP AT RUN TUCSON
Pretty much every day of the week we have something for you!
Monday : join us every Monday night at the free Meet Me at Maynard's Walk/Run in Downtown Tucson. Show up anytime from 5-6:30.

Tuesday and Thursday : join our Workout Group for track repeats, fartlek workouts, or easy running. Reid Park, 6:00 pm.

Wednesday : join us at the free Meet Me Wednesday's at S. Phillips Plaza, along the Rillito Riverpath. Show up anytime 5-6:30.

Saturday : Himmel ParkRun
February 23, 2020

TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson 4-Mile Trail Run and 1-Mile Walk/Run
A 4-Mile Trail Run and 1-Mile Walk/Run through the horse trails and dusty streets of Old Tucson Studios, the famed western film set.

Free trailside breakfast, entry into park, and entry to International Wildlife Museum.

Save the Date: June 6, 2020
TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Walk + Festival of Miles
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