Damascus Bakeries 2016 Half Marathon
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 7:00 AM

Race Details

Enjoy beautiful Tucson winter weather with temperatures at the start averaging in the high 30s (F) and reaching 65-70F by 11 a.m. This is a very scenic, mostly downhill, half marathon course in northern Tucson. Due to safety requirements, there will once again be a ‘wave’ start for the 2016 Damascus Bakeries Half Marathon.  (Participants will receive both a “chip time” and “gun time” after finishing the event. Anyone attempting to win the Tucson Half-Marathon should opt for the first corral as winners times will be based on “gun time” only.)  Runners will be released in groups of 200 approximately every 2 minutes.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation on race morning!


No race day registration or packet pick-up available. Wheelchairs are allowed, however, Baby Joggers/Strollers are not allowed on the course.  The Half Marathon course closes at 1:30 p.m.  Course cut offs will be enforced and are posted below.

  • Race Info

    The Half Marathon course will start on the Biosphere Road and finish at the Golder Ranch Fire Station on Golder Ranch Road in the Town of Catalina.  The half-marathon course is scenic, fast, primarily downhill (with some rolling hills around mile 11) and certified by USATF (#AZ16023JOE).  The half-marathon follows the last 13.1 miles of the Tucson Marathon course. You’ll truly enjoy this fun, scenic race.


    Pace Teams for the Damascus Bakeries Tucson Half Marathon will be provided by Beast Pacing.  Please check back during race week for the final, confirmed pace groups.  The following times are being offered in 2016: 1:30 / 1:40 / 1:50 / 2:00 / 2:10 / 2:20 / 2:30 / 2:45

    Again, please be sure check back in the days leading up to the race for final confirmation on these times.  Please keep in mind that this is an all-volunteer team and occasionally a group leader may not be able to make it on race day.

  • Important

    For the safety of everyone, all competitors must stay inside of the safety cones at all times. Anyone who runs outside of the safety cones will be disqualified.  NO EXCEPTIONS! As stated above, BABY JOGGERS/STROLLERS are NOT allowed on the course at any time.

    Aid Stations Closing Times are as follows:  6.9mi = 12:05pm; 7.9mi = 12:20pm; 8.8mi = 12:40pm; 9.8mi = 12:55pm;  10.9mi = 1:05pm, 12.0mi = 1:20pm, Finish Line = 1:30pm

  • Packet Pick-Up

    The Tucson Marathon Expo will be held on Thursday, December 8 (12pm - 7:30pm) and Friday, December 9 (8:30am - 7:30pm) at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador, 10000 N. Oracle Rd. Race packet pick-up and walk-in registration will be available. We do allow friends and/or family members to pick-up bib numbers (please provide that individual with a copy of your ID and a short note that allows us to release the bib and packet - a copy of the registration confirmation works great).

    You will need to pick up the following items:

    • Bib # with chip
    • Technical T-shirt
    • Packet (goodie bag will be for your drop clothes on race morning)
    • Relay Baton (which will have the race timing chip) & Relay Parking Permit (Marathon Relay only – one per team)

    Note: Please print copies of the following for review:
    1) Course Map (downloadable version)
    2) Half-Marathon Shuttle Bus Parking
    3) Detailed Race Day Information

    However we strongly recommend that all runners access these PDF docs on the web site, and fully familiarize themselves with any/all details well in advance of race weekend.

  • Aid Stations

    Aid Stations, with water and Gatorade, for the Half-Marathon will be located at the following points on the course: Start, 2.2mi, 3.8 mi, 5.8 mi, 6.9mi, 7.9mi, 8.8mi, 9.8mi, 10.9mi, 12.0mi, Finish Line.  Gatorade’s Endurance Formula(Lemon-Lime) is the official on-course sports drink of the Tuscon Marathon, Half Marathon, and Marathon Relay and will be available at the above aid station locations.   As part of a five-electrolyte blend of sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and chloride, Gatorade Endurance Formula is a specialized sports drink designed to help sustain hydration during prolonged training and racing when fluid and electrolyte losses can be significant.  It contains nearly twice the sodium (200mg) and more than three times the potassium (90mg) of Gatorade Thirst Quencher to help sustain hydration, maintain proper fluid balance and replace the critical electrolytes lost in sweat during these occasions.


    Food and drinks are provided at the Finish Line for race participants only.  (Vendors will be on site selling food and drinks for friends and family members.)

    Shuttle Buses will return participants from the Finish Line (at the Golder Ranch Fire Station) to the official race parking lots and official race hotels (Hilton El Conquistador and Fairfield Inn & Suites at Oro Valley).

    Spectator parking is extremely limited at the Finish Line, at the Golder Ranch Fire Station, which is shared with the Marathon.  (Vehicles parked overnight at the Golder Ranch Fire Station, on Golder Ranch Road on race day, will be ticketed and towed!)  Spectators are encouraged to park at the Coronado Middle School and take the free shuttle to the Finish Line, which will run every 15 minutes.

  • Map

    Printable Map: Click Here to download a copy of the Full Marathon/Relay map.

    Spectator Map: Unfortunately, there are only two decent locations on the course for spectators to view their runner.  Please CLICK HERE to download a copy of the spectator map.


    All finishers will receive a commemorative medal after crossing the finish line.

    Overall top male and female winners for the Full and Half Marathon races will be based on the official race (gun) time (ie: the actual order of finish).

    Awards will be given to the top overall male and female masters winners in the Full and Half Marathon races, based on chip time.  Masters winners are not eligible for age group awards.

    Age group awards are provided to the top three male and female runners in the Full and Half Marathons in the following age brackets: 16-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80+

    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.

    RULES: The top three overall race winners, and masters winners, will receive their overall place award and forfeit any age-group award. Top three overall winners are not eligible for masters awards; the masters awards will go to the next eligible finisher.