Ian Burrell, 2012 U.S. Half Marathon Championship Medalist and professional runner will run the Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon this year. Ian is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection law clerk in his spare time. As a professional runner, he represents the Adidas brand and Boulder Running Company in national and international competitions including road races, track and field competitions and cross-country meets. He lives here in Tucson and trains approximately 25 hours per week (100 miles per week) in preparation for national and world championships.
The 2013 Arizona Distance Classic Health & Wellness and Event Guide is out! This year we partnered with Explorer News to create an informative and entertaining event guide to share with the community and YOU. They are included as a special insert in the March 13 issue of Explorer News, online, and each Arizona Distance Classic participant will receive one in his/her race bags. Check it out and learn everything you ever wanted to know about the event, founders, featured participants and more!
Lou Waters, Special to the Explorer
February 27, 2013 — You've retired from life's hurlyburly. You're in your 60s or 70s and the walls start closing in. Retirement will often do that — slow life down and close you off from an active social life. You end up, hour after hour, at the foot of your television either watching the soaps or increasing your anxiety about the future of the world by absorbing the clatter of "cable news". Life has become empty and you need to fill it up. …full story
Oro Valley, Ariz. (February, 2013) — Tucson native Jessica Delfs lost over 200 lbs after becoming a contestant on NBC's hit series The Biggest Loser during Season ten in 2010. To continue her commitment to an active, healthy lifestyle, and help motivate others to do the same, she is participating in the Arizona Distance Classic quarter marathon on March 24, 2013. Jessica is sharing her training successes via Twitter and invites the world to train and run with her (@JessicaDelfs). …full story
January 7, 2013 — Mesa Verde Elementary School Staff will build a team to run and cheer at the 2013 Arizona Distance Classic to raise funds as a "thank you" to the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation. To assist their efforts ADC will donate $5 directly to the foundation for every member of the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation team that registers for any ADC distance event. (Simply select the Mesa Verde Christina-Taylor Green Foundation team when completing the online registration form to participate.) Christina-Taylor Green was the vivacious and loving nine-year-old child who lost her life abruptly in the violence that occurred on January 8th, 2011, in Tucson, Arizona. Learn more about CTGMF's grants, opportunities and accomplishments here. …full story
Nov 7, 2012 — Ventana Medical Systems Inc. and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team In Training Program came together in Oro Valley on Nov 3. to inspire and inform residents about raising money to fight leukemia and lymphoma by participating in the upcoming Arizona Distance Classic race. …full story
October, 2012 — Arizona Distance Classic half marathon, quarter marathon and 5K celebration organizers named Lou Waters, Oro Valley Town Councilmember and Vice Mayor, its honorary race director for the 9th annual event on March 24, 2013. In his semi-retirement from an immensely successful 40+ year career in journalism, Mr. Waters has dedicated himself to maintaining and enhancing the prosperity of the Town of Oro Valley. He is a long-time fitness enthusiast who passionately advocates the establishment of healthy lifestyle for people of all ages, particularly for those in their "golden" years. …full story
Renowned Lymphoma researcher Dr. Samantha Kendrick, Ph.D., and Ventana President and CEO Mara Aspinall to speak
October 10, 2012 — The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training program and Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Ventana) are teaming up to deliver a morning of inspiration and information. On November 3, 2012, at 10:00 AM, Ventana will host a kickoff event at its Oro Valley campus, 1910 E. Innovation Park Drive, for the Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon and Splendido 5K event. …full story
As a change in seasons approaches so does a change in registration prices for the 2013 Arizona Distance Classic half marathon and quarter marathon! Early-bird registration rates of $60 for the half and $40 for the quarter are still available until September 30. Register now to avoid a $5 price increase. Save that Lincoln for a head start on dining, shopping, or otherwise adventuring in Oro Valley after the event! Perhaps even pocket it for a celebratory beverage with fellow participants at the Hilton El Conquistador. It's never too early to set a goal and make plans to CELEBRATE YOU at the 2013 Arizona Distance Classic event on March 24. See you at the Start line!
The "angels" that alighted on the course of the Arizona Distance Classic last week traded in their wings for running sneakers. The so-called angels are from MyTeam Triumph and they earned their wings by giving disabled athletes the chance to participate in endurance events. …full story
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The Town of Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Department will again be hosting the Arizona Distance Classic Kids Fun Run. Join us at 8am in the kids corral for fun, games and crafts. The official fun run begins at 10:00am, but make sure to be there early. All participants will receive a medal and a t-shirt. Details Here.
Runners flocked from around the country to the 6th annual Valley of Gold Half Marathon benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Check out the video at statepress.com
Attention Wheelchair Athletes — do you want to participate along with some of the best Wheelchair Athletes in the World? We invite you to come join our event as our guest this year with a FREE ENTRY. This is a growing division and we expect to have at least 15 wheelers in the race this year, including 3 paralympians. Details Here