2017 Event Updates & News


The 2017 Tucson Marathon Events will take place on Saturday, December 9th (7am Start). The races are set to include the Holualoa Tucson Marathon & Marathon Relay as well as the Damascus Bakeries Half Marathon.  We hope to see you in the desert southwest for these great races!


INFO SHEET: CLICK HERE to download a brief overview of the race. It covers a few of the most frequently asked questions for race day, Saturday, 12/9/17 at 7am.

BEAST PACE GROUPS – Beast Pacing will once again offer pace group for the Full and Half Marathon races! Unfortunately, they are not able to provide as many leaders as last year, but have a 15 dedicated individuals ready to help on race day! Following are the groups confirmed (as of 12/5/17): FULL MARATHON:  3:40, 3:55, 4:10, 4:25, 4:40, 4:55, and 5:30 and HALF MARATHON: 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, 2:45. We apologize if a group leader is not available for your goal time.

CLIF SHOT GELS – Clif Shot Energy Gels will be available on course again this year! Flavor mixes of Mocha, Razz and Citrus will be available for Full Marathoners/Relay Runners at Miles 12.9 and 18.9 and for Half-Marathoners at Mile 5.8 . Thank you, Team Clif Bar, for the continued support!

SPECTATOR PARKING – Unfortunately, the course route does not offer many spots to view participants on race day. CLICK HERE for a map on suggested spots to see runners and get to the Finish Line area. Finish Line parking is available at the Coronado Middle School (3401 E Wilds Rd, Tucson, AZ 85739) with shuttles providing transportation to the Finish Line at the Golder Ranch Fire Station. We ask that spectators use the shuttle bus option to reduce congestion on the roads around the Finish Line area. Please DO NOT park in the lots around the Basha’s shopping center; last year overflow parking and congestion resulted in complaints from the businesses in this plaza. Thank you for your cooperation.

2017 LIVE UPDATES & RACE RESULTS- Live updates on Race Day can be found here: 2017 LIVE UPDATES. Results for the 2017 Tucson Marathon Events will be available here on race day: 2017 RESULTS

DINNER SPECIAL AT THE HILTON EL CONQUISTADOR – Our host hotel, the Hilton El Conquistador Resort, is offering dinner specials over race weekend, on Friday, 12/8 and Saturday, 12/9! Check out the available options:  Linguine | roasted vegetables | garden pesto | grilled bread  ($16)  OR  Quinoa enchiladas | cilantro rice | black beans | red sauce   ($18) OR  Spiced rubbed sirloin | fried fingerling potato | green beans | chili chimichurri  ($26). Look for signs posted around the Hotel!

RACE DAY PHOTOS!Action Media will be photographing runners on race day and will be posted to the following website 1-2 days after the race. A special discount of 25% of all purchases over $24 will offered the week after the race. Use code 25off25 at checkout. CLICK HERE to access the photo page.

RUNNER LUNCH SPECIAL AT WHOLE FOODS – YUM! All Whole Foods Markets in the Tucson area will be offering a $6 Build-Your-Own Turkey sandwich special on Friday, December 8th!  You can find them at: 3360 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716; 5555 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85750; 7133 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85704.  We hope you will stop in for this pre-race offer!

COLLECTING FOOD DONATIONS AT PACKET PICK-UP! IMPACT of Southern Arizona is a social service nonprofit providing critical programs to residents of Pinal and Pima County who live in the area in which you will be running through on Saturday December 9th. One of IMPACT’s most important services is feeding people. More than 430 families rely on IMPACT’s food bank each month to provide them with additional groceries so they can stretch their household budgets to buy other necessities such as medications, fuel or repairs for their cars so they can travel to work reliably, and be able to afford a bump in their utility bills, so they can keep the heat on more this winter. Canned food will be collected at the Hilton on Friday, 12/8, during packet pick up. Look for donation boxes and IMPACT volunteers to help. Thank you all for helping us this year to help stock the shelves of our food bank! With your help, we’ll be giving away tens of thousands of pounds of food this fall, to nearly two thousand different people in need.

NEED TO SWITCH RACES? If you’re looking for information on how to switch races, please CLICK HERE for instructions on how to do so.

REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION: Looking to confirm your registration? Please CLICK HERE to enter your information. Bib numbers are listed for those registered by 11/12/2017.


  • Sole Sports Running Zone-Tempe (1006 E. Warner Rd., Suite 104, Tempe, AZ 85284) will host early pick-up on Sunday, 12/3 (from 11am-5pm) and Monday, 12/4 (from 10am-6pm).
  • Fleet Fleet Tucson-Eastside (7301 E. Tanque Verde, Tucson, AZ 85715) will host early packet pick-up on Thursday, 12/7, from 4pm-6pm. As a bonus, staff from ATHLON PT will be present at Fleet Feet during packet pick-up to answer questions about injury prevention and offer assistance with any injuries you might be experiencing.

WHOLE FOODS MARKET – We are excited that Whole Foods Market will be providing snacks at the Finish Line of the 2018 events. Additionally, they will have a booth at the Hilton El-Conquistador during packet pick-up on Friday, December 8th. And, stay tuned for details on a special pre-race lunch offer at the Tucson-area Whole Foods stores!

BIB NUMBERS! Participants registered by Sunday, November 12th have their name printed on the official race bib number. This makes for a nice keepsake and helps aid station workers, volunteers and spectators cheer for you on race day!

FLEET FEET TUCSON PARTNERSHIP! We are excited to have Fleet Feet Sports – Tucson, be a part of this year’s races! With two locations in the Tucson area, they are an amazing resource for all your running needs. And, Fleet Feet Sports Tucson wants to help you succeed! Join the Fleet Feet Sports Tucson Marathon Crew (click here to visit the website)! For the low price of $50, you’ll receive the following:

  • 16 week training plan
  • August 26th Kick-off party at Fleet Feet
  • Weekly emails with training tips and info
  • 3 supported 18+ mile group runs
  • technical training hat
  • coupons for great gear at Fleet Feet
  • access to VIP post-race area

Be sure to register before Saturday, July 1st to take advantage of lower entry fees!

Book your hotel rooms early. Only those participants who book rooms at the Hilton El Conquistador using the official race booking code. Call 1-520-544-5000 to obtain our discounted rate by mentioning the group code “TMA.”

CLICK HERE to Register for the 2017 Tucson Marathon Events via ChronoTrack.

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RACE DAY PHOTOS: Looking for photos taken on race day? Check out the shots from Action Media by CLICKING HERE. Emails will be sent directly to your inbox, but in case that is caught by a SPAM filter, here is a special offer good through 12/21/16: For anybody that purchases more than $25 in sales, use the coupon “25off25” and get 25% off. your order. This offer is only good for one week.

RACE CHANGES: If anyone needs to switch races, or make any change to a registration, please do so at Packet Pick-up.  Look for the SOLUTIONS sign!

LIVE RESULTS: Race results for the 2016 Tucson Marathon Events can be found on race day by Clicking Here.

ON-LINE REGISTRATION: Thank you to our timing company, Race Place Events, for extending our on-line registration until 9am on Thursday, December 8th. Register soon!!

RUNNER UPDATE: Click Here to read the Final Runner update for the 2016 Tucson Marathon Events. This information can also be found on the general race page for each event.

PACKET PICK-UP / RACE EXPO: The Hilton El Conquistador (10000 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704) is the official race hotel. Participants can pick up their bib number (a timing chip will be attached to each bib number), race t-shirt and clothing drop bag (if needed) and also check out the great vendors at the Race Expo at the Hilton on Thursday, December 8 (Noon-7:30pm) or Friday, December 9 (8:30am – 7:30pm). Be sure to print out your maps, parking information and other items ahead of time.  If you utilized the Military Discount, please remember to bring your valid military ID to packet pick-up or the volunteers will be unable to release your bib number.

RESULTS / AWARDS: Results will be available on-site just past the finish line chute and on race day via a link on the TucsonMarathon.com RESULTS & NEWS pages.  Awards should be picked up on-site (Half Marathon after 10am; Full Marathon after 11am). Due to the fragile nature of some finisher awards, we are unable to mail certain prizes after the event so be sure to check the Results Kiosk before leaving the finish line area.

LIVE TRACKING: Want friends and family to follow your progress during the 2016 Tucson Marathon or Half-Marathon? Register before race day, via the following link, to receive free text messages and Facebook updates with live progress reports from split points on the course and at the finish: https://register.chronotrack.com/event/tracking/eventID/25726

THINKING ABOUT SWITCHING EVENTS?  If you need to switch from one race to another the week prior to the race, please send an email directly to our timing company, Race Place Events:  sfink2@mindspring.com

PACE GROUPS: Beast Pacing will be back this year to help participants reach their time goals.  Pace groups will include the following times: Full Marathon –  3:15 /3:30 / 3:40 / 3:55 / 4:10 / 4:25 / 4:40 / 4:55 / 5:30…and Half Marathon – 1:30 / 1:40 / 1:50 / 2:00 /2:10 / 2:20 / 2:30 / 2:45 / 3:00.  (Please note, these times are always subject to change as group leaders could be sick or injured in the days leading up to race day.)

CLIF SHOT GELS: Once again, Clif Shot is the official on-course energy gel of the Tucson Marathon Events.  Mocha and Citrus flavors will be offered at miles 13.2 and 18.9 on the Full Marathon course and Mile 5.8 on the Half Marathon course.

PACKET PICK-UP OPTION IN PHOENIX: We are pleased to announce that Sole Sports-Tempe will be hosting a pre-race packet pick-up for the Full and Half Marathon events. If you live in the Phoenix area, please drop by the Tempe location (1006 E. Warner Road, Suite 104, Tempe, AZ 85248) on Sunday, December 4th, from Noon to 5:00pm, or Monday, December 5th, from 10:00am to 8:00pm to pick-up your bib number and race t-shirt. Be sure to pick up your last minute race items and/or ask their knowledgeable staff about any of the great products on hand.

RACE MAPS: The new course maps can be found on each race page. A downloadable version is also posted to those pages.  Both courses are USATF certified: the Full Marathon is AZ16022JOE and the Half-Marathon is AZ16023JOE.

PERSONALIZED BIB NUMBERS: Participants who register by October 31st will have their name printed on the race bib! Register soon to take advantage of this perk.

PRICE INCREASE: The next price increase for the Tucson Marathon Events occurs on Saturday, October 15.  Register soon to take advantage of lower fees!

FEMALE SHIRTS: Register by Wednesday, October 5, 2016 to be guaranteed a female specific shirt.

PRICE INCREASE: The next price increase for the Full and Half-marathon races occurs on June 1st. Take advantage of lower fees by registering by May 31st.

COURSE: There will be a slight course change for 2016. Construction has wrapped up on a multi-year project which allows for the removal of a large hill late in the race.  Final maps will be posted once the course is certified and confirmed by USATF.

HOTELS: Be sure to book your room at the host hotel, the Hilton El Conquistador Resort, by Clicking Here.  Due to ideal temperatures, December can be a busy time in southern Arizona so don’t wait until the last minute to make your reservation.