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Tucson Marathon

Run, or watch from the sidelines, at Tucson's Boston Marathon-qualifier in sunny December. 

Warm Winter Run

December 7, 2019

The Tucson Marathon, Half-Marathon & Marathon Relay event is a popular annual event that attracts around 4,000 runners every December. Since it began in 1995, the Tucson Marathon has followed an incredibly beautiful USATF-certified course, from the rural town of Oracle to the hamlet of Catalina. This Boston Marathon-qualifier attracts local and visiting runners, with 48 states and five foreign countries represented in recent years.

The historical Town of Oracle is the starting line is for this primarily downhill marathon that features a few hills around mile 2-4, and mile 11-12 and mile 24. The course winds through Sonoran Desert landscape on paved roads and finishes at the Golder Ranch Fire Station on Golder Ranch Road in the Town of Catalina. Runners drop almost 2,200 feet in elevation 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).

The combination of fast course with moderate-to-cool race time temperatures make these races a popular choice for runners striving for either a personal best or maybe a Boston qualifying time. Whether you're looking for a fast, competitive event or a leisurely 26.2 mile training run, the Tucson Marathon event is sure to be a good fit. The official race hotel, El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort is an AAA Four-Diamond resort with scenic desert and mountain views. Questions? Call Tucson Marathon Hotline, (520) 403-3355.

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Looking for great local training resources in Tucson? Head on over to our Winter Training Capital resources and find out why Tucson is the premier location for endurance training. (Hero photo: Ben Kirby/Special the Arizona Daily Star 2005)

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