Arizona Distance Classic

March 15, 2020

Oro Valley, Arizona

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2013 Newsletter Archive

Ian Burrell

Ian Burrell to race ADC

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.

Event Guide

Event Guide Available Online

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!

Now is the time to just say yes!

Lou Waters

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

Tucson’s The Biggest Loser Contestant Jessica Delfs Will Run Arizona Distance Classic Quarter Marathon on March 24

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

Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon and Mesa Verde Elementary Staff Partner to Raise Funds for Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation

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. …full story

First kick-off meeting for upcoming 2013 Arizona Distance Classic

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.

Lou Waters

Oro Valley Vice Mayor and Former CNN News Anchor Lou Waters Named Honorary Race Director of 9th Annual Arizona Distance Classic

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.
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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. Team Up for Launch of Arizona Distance Classic Fundraising on November 3, 2012

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.
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Fees increase September 30

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!

Angels abound on local MyTeam Triumph

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.
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GU Brew is the official energy drink of the Arizona Distance Classic!

GU Electrolyte Brew

GU Brew

GU Electrolyte Brew is water’s new best friend. The fact is, when you work out you sweat more than just water. So when you drink you gotta have a special Brew with the right amounts of sodium, potassium and carbohydrates to bring your system back into balance. Used consistently, GU Brew will help you perform better and go longer.

Custom Race Shirts Now Available!

Opt out of wearing a paper bib!

Run Arizona in style! Have your bib number printed on a high quality performance shirt and forget the hassle of a paper bib and safety pins. Your bib-shirt can even be personalized with your name or custom message. Several shirt styles to choose from. Order today at P.S. You still get your paper bib, you just don’t have to wear it!

Make your own custom race shirt!

Design your own custom performance apparel. Upload your own artwork or use the design tools to create any look you desire. Your custom shirt will be printed with a state of the art print process that won’t fade, crack, or peel. Make shirts for your team, to dedicate your race to a loved one, or just for fun! Go to to order your custom shirt now!


The Arizona Distance Classic Kids Fun Run

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.

Runners flock to Arizona Distance Classic

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

Wheelchair division

Wheelchair Division

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

Healthiest Town in America

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