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    July 18, 2012

    AZ 3 and Cactus Greetings!

    Are you looking for the Ultimate Boutique Event in a World Class Town?

    Registration is on record pace for the 9th Annual Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon and Oro Valley Hospital 5k. Make sure you REGISTER NOW!for the lowest price.

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    The Hilton Tucson El Conquistador is again a Proud Sponsor and The Official Race Headquarters Hotel of the 2013 Arizona Distance Classic. We have blocked a limited number of rooms at a special discounted rate for race participants. Stay at the Hilton and your VIP Goody Bag will be ready for you when you check in.

    This year we will limit registration to the first 3,000 participants. If you have not visited Oro Valley, Arizona for the event you are missing one of the best celebrations of the Active Healthy Lifestyles in the Southwest. Come join us!

    AARW Corbett's Corner!
    Welcome John Corbett to the AZDC Newsletter!

    John Corbett is a founder of the Arizona Distance Classic and the co-owner of All About Running & Walking. Since starting running at age 43 he has lowered his total cholesterol by 140 points (without medication) and frequently speaks to groups about the benefits of moving our feet. John is a Certified Pedorthist with an interest in helping people understand injury risk factors and helping them run injury free. Each newsletter we will bring you some of his thoughts, tips and wisdom that will help get you to the starting line!

    Here is John's first column:

    The Arizona Distance Classic is a celebration of a healthy, active lifestyle! Those of us who make running, walking, swimming, cycling or some other form of aerobic exercise part of our lives already know that we are the beneficiaries of a tremendous gift. We know that moving our body and elevating our heart rate makes us feel better both physically and emotionally and is an important component of staying healthy.

    We all have our own reasons for starting on the path toward a healthier lifestyle. For you it may have been an "aha moment" as you discussed lab results with your doctor, or perhaps a desire to finally silence a voice (either yours or someone else's ) who continually told you that you "cant". Or perhaps an upcoming milestone birthday was the catalyst to start training for that first half-marathon or marathon. Whatever the reason, each of us walked out the door and continued to improve our health and our lives one step at a time. We have also had new experiences and made new friends along the way. We have learned about hydration and nutrition, proper pacing for short and long runs, wicking fabrics, chafing (ouch), and the best product ever invented - Body Glide. We have learned that the hardest part of any run or walk is the first step out the door. We have also learned that once we go out for a run, when we get back we NEVER wish that we had just stayed home.

    I encourage you to share your gift with others. Help them get started. Invite them to join you at the Arizona Distance Classic in 2013. Whether their goal is the Valley of Gold Half or Quarter Marathon or the Oro Valley Hospital 5K, Oro Valley is a perfect spot to either begin, or continue on the path to a healthy, active lifestyle. We look forward to celebrating with all of you on March 24, 2013!

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    It is important to "Like" us on Facebook. We will always post special announcements, deals from all of our patners and important race information.

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    Yogi Pose 2 Yogi's Corner - 2nd Edition
    Renowned Tucson-based yogi Amanda Freed

    Greetings runners and walkers! Happy summer and welcome to Yogi's Corner! As you continue to train throughout the summer, yoga stretching can be an important part of your warm up and cool down routines. While exploring and practicing poses, remember to turn inside, calming the breath and listening to your muscles as they both engage and extend. Remember as well, that an engaged muscle stretches deeper and more safely than a relaxed one. Incorporating a gentle warm up before attempting stretches including large, sweeping movements with arms above head will assist in a deeper more effective stretch. Note the state of calm and readiness for practice when approached in this manner.

    Pose of the month for July:

    Uttanasana- standing forward bend. Begin standing upright in Tadasana- Mountain Pose-feet aligned parallel approximately 1-2 fist widths apart. Inhale and raise arms above head toward sky and then release joining palms at heart; repeat 3-5 times. Realign feet engaging leg muscles and rooting all 4 corners of feet equally into the earth. Exhaling, fold forward drawing lower belly up and in and keeping legs strong. Bend knees to bring fingers to earth if necessary. Rooting feet in again, widen knees as wide as hips. Breathe into forward fold slowly as hamstrings begin to open and let go. Hold 30 seconds. Repeat 3-5 times adding 5 seconds each time. Alternately, use a block under fingers to bring floor closer and carefully straighten legs. Breathe, release, enjoy!

    Hilton Pool 10 Book Your Spring Break Room Now!
    A Free VIP Race Upgrade for all Hotel Guests.

    Book your room now and receive your free VIP upgrade which includes race packet delivery directly to your room!

    The Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort is the Arizona Distance Classic official race headquarters hotel. Enjoy beautifully renovated public spaces and breathtaking views of the stunning Santa Catalina Mountains at this AAA Four Diamond resort in Oro Valley. Relax and play at this unique desert oasis, featuring sparkling pools and a 143-foot waterslide. Achieve nourishment and culinary delight at any one of the four on-site dining options including the newest offering, Epazote Kitchen and Cocktails. Play golf or tennis, go hiking, biking or horseback riding or escape to the resort's Elements Spa for some indulgent relaxation.

    The Arizona Distance Classic VIP event upgrade room rate is $169/night.* Call (520) 544-5000 to reserve your room today. Check out the video we shot awhile back for an overview of the resort.

    Thank you!
    The 8th Annual Event was the biggest and best yet. . From the start line celebration with Mayor Hiremath to an amazing course highlighted by Honeybee Canyon (one of the world's largest populations of Saguaro Cactus), to the post race celebration at Ventana Medical Center.

    All of us at M3S Sports want to thank all of our participants, volunteers, partners and the Town of Oro Valley for helping us build a world class event in this world class town in just 9 years.

    This has truly become a boutique event that the community and all of our participants really appreciate.

    Get Fit. Stay Fit. Live Fit.