The very first Tucson Marathon was held February 15, 1969. The race started at City Hall, went east to Randolph Park, then circled back to San Xavier Mission and back to City Hall.

The race was called the Arizona Admittance Day Marathon. The chairman was Carl Brunenkant and the president of the Marathon was Joe Soble.

The winner was Ron Hall, a Sunnyside High grad, in 2:41.46. Approximately 170 runners started and 112 finished. (No women’s results were recorded)

Acknowledgments to Steven Finkelstein Arizona/USATF Long Distance Running Recordkeeper and Greg Hansen Arizona Daily Star.