Wear warm clothing on the bus and remember your drop bag that you picked up at the Expo! This bag should be used to store extra clothing, drop it on the appropriate buses at the Starting Line and retrieve it at the Finish Line. (Any over-sized luggage left at the starting line will not be brought to the Finish Line.) Buses will remain at the starting lines if you would like to stay warm before the start of your race.
BUS DEPARTURES FROM THE OFFICIAL RACE HOTEL
For those staying at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort: Buses will begin departing on Saturday morning from the Official Race Hotel: The Hilton El Conquistador (see Travel & Lodging tab for details) from at 4:40am until 5:15. Guests at the Hilton will need to present a bus ticket (provided on race morning at the front desk of your hotel, by a race volunteer) before boarding a bus at these locations. (Guests not staying at this hotel will not be allowed to board these buses and will need to find their way to the official race parking lots.) As soon as a bus is full, it will leave for the respective starting line of each race. Please note, buses will have signs indicating their start line destination: Marathon or Half-Marathon starting line. BE SURE TO BOARD THE CORRECT BUS! Post-race shuttles will also run from the Finish Line to the Hilton El Conquistador starting at 8:45am. We suggest that warm clothing is worn to the starting lines as temperatures can be cold on race morning. Please discard any used clothing in the starting line area or at aid stations along the course. Used clothing will be donated to local non-profits.
SHUTTLE BUSES TO THE STARTING LINE – FOR PARTICIPANTS NOT STAYING AT THE OFFICIAL RACE HOTEL (the Hilton El Conquistador)
TO HALF-MARATHON START
Buses will leave for the Half-Marathon starting line from Canyon Del Oro High School (Half-Marathon only) located at 25 W. Calle Concordia, Oro Valley, AZ 85704, beginning at 4:40 a.m. DO NOT WAIT until the last bus (5:20 a.m.) as we cannot guarantee there will be space available. Please arrive early to avoid parking congestion. Buses from the finish line back to the CDO High School parking lot will begin at 8:30 and run continuously. CLICK HERE for a printable map to the Half Marathon shuttle parking lot. Click Here for driving directions to Canyon del Oro H.S from your location.
TO MARATHON / MARATHON RELAY (First Runner only ) START LINE
Buses will leave for the Full Marathon/Relay starting line from Ventana Medical (Marathon & First Marathon Relay runner only) located at 1910 E. Innovation Park Drive, Oro Valley, AZ 85755, beginning at 4:40am. DO NOT WAIT until the last bus (5:20am) as we cannot guarantee there will be space available on the last bus. Please arrive early to avoid parking congestion. Buses from the finish line back to the Ventana Medical Systems parking lot will begin at 8:30 and run continuously. CLICK HERE for a printable map to to the Full Marathon & Marathon Relay Parking at Ventana Medical Systems. Click Here for driving directions to Ventana Medical Systems from your location.
RUNNER DROP BAGS
Each runner will be provided with a plastic drop bag (your race goody bag) at Packet Pick-up. Participants may only use this bag to send extra clothing from the starting line to the finish line on race day. Please put all of your belongings in the bag, clearly write your bib number and last name on the bag and deposit in the appropriate window of the Drop Bag Bus at the start of each race.
The “Drop Bag Buses” will be the first 3 buses at the start of the each event. You may pick up your bag at the finish line after the race. All bags not picked up by 2 p.m. on race day will be collected by race volunteers and donated to local non-profits. If you fail to pick up your bag on race day, call the Marathon Hotline (520) 403-3355 prior to 3pm on race day to see if any extra bags were set aside. If so, you can make arrangements to pick up your belongings at that time, if available.
Please note, items left at aid stations and the start and/or finish lines WILL NOT be saved and/or returned to participants. These items will be donated to a local charity.