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2018 Event Updates & News


The 2018 Tucson Marathon Events will take place on Saturday, December 8th (Full Marathon & Relay: 7:00am Start   ///   Half Marathon: 7:30am Start). The races include the Holualoa Tucson Marathon & Marathon Relay as well as the Damascus Bakeries Half Marathon.  We hope to see you in the desert southwest on race day!


PRINTABLE RUNNER UPDATE: CLICK HERE to download a printable copy of the race day overview that was emailed to race participants on 12/2/2018.

HILTON MEAL SPECIALS: The Hilton El Conquistador will be offering meal specials in the Epazote Kitchen on Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th. Additionally, special, quick meal options (Quinoa Salad or Protein Pack) will be available for $5 at the “Grab & Go” kiosk in the main lobby.

CLIF SHOT GEL: Look for Clif gels (Mocha, Citrus, Vanilla or Razz) at Mile 5.8 on the Half Marathon Course and Miles 12.9 and 18.9 on the Full Marathon and Marathon Relay Course.

RESULTS:  CLICK HERE to access the Results for the 2018 races (live on race day 12/8/17).

RUNNER TRACKING:  Looking to track a runner? Chronotrack will provide progress updates on race day. Please register for the service by CLICKING HERE.

PACKET PICK-UP / RACE EXPO: Race numbers and goodie (drop) bags will be available for pick-up at the Hilton El Conquistador (10000 Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85704) ) on Friday, December 7, from 9am – 7:00pm.  Cannot make it to packet pick-up? Have a friend grab your number and shirt by having them present a signed copy of the BIB NUMBER AUTHORIZATION FORM.

ATHLON PT: The great folks from Athlon Physical Therapy will be on hand during the race Expo at the Hilton to answer any injury related questions and assist with pre-race Kinesio taping for race day injury prevention and recovery. They will also be available at the Finish Line to assist with any tweaks that may have occurred during your run! Unable to make it to packet pick-up?

RACE DAY PHOTOS: Action Media will be taking participant photos on race day and the images will be posted 1-2 days after the race. CLICK HERE to access the images. Use the coupon code ‘25off25‘ to receive 25% off all purchases over $25. That offer is good for 7 days after images are posted.

SHUTTLE BUSES TO RACE STARTING LINES:  Parking is not allowed at either race starting line. Participants who utilized the room block code (TUC) for the Hilton Conquistador Resort** will be able to board buses in front of hotel. (If your name is not on the room block list provided by the Hilton, you will not be allowed to board those buses.) Participants not staying at the Hilton El Conquistador (through the official room block) will need to park at one of the satellite areas to catch a bus to the respective starting line. CLICK HERE for parking area locations and note the later pick-up window for the Half-Marathon shuttles. Buses will remain at the starting lines to keep participants warm.

**Participants staying at the Hilton El Conquistador who DID NOT reserve a room using the official race booking code can purchase a bus ticket at packet pick-up, or via PayPal by requesting a link via email. Please send a message to for payment information.

BEAST PACE GROUPS – Beast Pacing will be leading the pace groups again for the Full and Half Marathon races! There will be 13 leaders offering a variety of finish time options on race day! Following are the groups confirmed (as of 12/1/18): FULL MARATHON:  3:15; 3:30; 3:40, 4:40 and 5:00.  HALF MARATHON: 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, 2:45 and 3:00. Please note, the pace times are subject to change and we apologize if a group leader is not available for your anticipated goal time.

AWARDS: Overall Award times are based on the “gun start” and age group awards are based on “chip time” so please plan accordingly on race morning and take your place in an appropriate location. Please remember to run inside the cones and thank the many volunteers on course!!! Awards will be available for pick-up at the Award Table (next to the Food Tent) on race day.

RACE DEDICATION: Bill, a good friend of our title sponsor and multiple time finisher of the race, recently passed away. We are dedicating the 2018 Marathon to him.  Some words from Mike Kasser (Holualoa Founder): “I have know Bill for many years and consider him one of my best friends.  He and I started running the Tucson Marathon together along time ago and as we both got older we did the Half Marathon .  Bill passed away earlier this week.  He was riding his exercise bike and he was wearing his Tucson Marathon shirt. Not only was Bill my good friend but he was also a business partner of mine.  I am so sad and will miss him dearly.  My heart goes out to his beautiful wife and family. Bill we will all miss you.” –Mike Kasser

REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION: Looking to confirm your registration? Please CLICK HERE and provide the information requested on the page.

LOOKING TO CHANGE RACES? If you need to switch races, please CLICK HERE and follow the instructions listed on the page.