Holualoa 2016 Tucson 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 and reaching 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit by 11 a.m. The Old West historical town of Oracle marks the starting line of this is primarily a downhill marathon. with some hills around mile 2-4, and mile 11-12 and mile 24.  The course winds through the desert on paved roads and finishes at the Golder Ranch Fire Station on Golder Ranch Road in the Town of Catalina.  You’ll drop almost 2,200 feet in elevation as you run on the point-to-point course along the beautiful Santa Catalina mountain range. (Again, there are some rolling hills and inclines between miles 2-4 and miles 10-12, as well as mile 24). Be sure to train your quadriceps as you’ll be running downhill!

Our runners continue to tell us it’s one of the prettiest courses in the country and one of the easiest to run a personal best.  A portion of the race proceeds benefit local school sports programs and other selected youth groups.


No race day registration or packet pick-up available.

  • Race Info

    The Marathon course, which is primarily downhill, does have sections of rolling hills (from miles 2-4, 10-12 and 22-24) so please be prepared!  The Marathon, Marathon Relay and Half Marathon events start at 7am and the course closes at 1:30 p.m.  Cut off times will be enforced along the course (see below for times).


    Pace teams for the Holualoa Tucson Marathon will be provided by Beast Pacing.  Please check back during race week for the final, confirmed pace groups.  The following times will be were offered in 2016:

    FULL MARATHON: 3:30, 3:40, 3:55, 4:10, 4:25, 4:40, 4:55, and 5:30

    HALF MARATHON: 1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, 2:45

    Again, please 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.


    The Finish Line closes after 6.5 hours from the start of the Full Marathon. (Please see above for aid station closing times.)

    Food and drinks are provided at the Finish Line for race participants only.

    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 not allowed at the Finish Line, at the Golder Ranch Fire Station, which is shared with the Half Marathon.  (Vehicles parked overnight at the Golder Ranch Fire Station, or 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.  Alternatively, park in the Basha's Supermarket lot (at the intersection of Hwy 77 and Golder Ranch) and walk (east) to the Finish Line at the Golder Ranch Fire Station.

  • Important

    For the safety of everyone, parking and drop offs are not allowed at the starting line. All competitors must stay inside of the safety cones at all times; anyone who runs outside of the cones will be disqualified. Baby Joggers/Strollers ARE NOT allowed on the course at any time.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

  • Packet Pick-Up

    Packet pick-up for the Tucson Marathon will be held at the race Expo on Thursday, December 8 (Noon - 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 on-site 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 attached
    • Technical T-shirt
    • Packet (bag will be for your drop clothes on race morning)
    • Relay baton and Parking Permit (Marathon Relay only)

    Note: Please print copies of the following for review:
    1) Course Map (downloadable as PDF)
    2) General Shuttle Bus Parking (Relay & Full Marathon)
    4) Detailed Race Day Information

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

  • Aid Stations

    Aid Stations, with water and Gatorade, will be placed at the following locations along the course: Start, 2.5mi, 3.9mi, 5.9mi, 7.6mi, 10.2 mi, 11.7mi, 13.2mi, 15.3mi, 16.9mi, 19.0mi, 20.0 mi, 21.0mi, 21.9mi, 22.9mi, 24.0mi, 25.1mi, 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.

    Aid Stations Closing Times are as follows: 2.5mi = 7:35am;  3.9mi = 8am; 5.9mi = 8:30am;  7.6mi = 9am; 10.2 mi = 9:35am;  11.7mi = 10am;  13.2mi = 10:20am; 15.3mi = 10:50am; 16.9mi = 11:15am; 19.0mi = 11:50am;  20.0mi = 12:05pm; 21.0mi = 12:20pm; 21.9mi = 12:40pm; 22.9mi = 12:55pm;  24.0mi = 1:05pm, 25.1mi = 1:20pm, Finish Line = 1:30pm

  • 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.

IMPORTANT: The course is USATF Certified (#AZ1017JOE) & is a Boston Marathon Qualifier (www.baa.org).