Arizona Distance Classic

March 15, 2020

Oro Valley, Arizona

Awesome age group awards!

Event Details

Arizona Distance Classic is providing gender-specific tech shirts to all participants! You asked for them and we heard you loud and clear! Be sure to carefully make your gender-specific size selection when registering for the March 15, 2020 celebration of YOU! Any t-shirt exchanges will be done after the event and upon size availability

Race Day is Sunday, March 15, 2020

Start Times

All events will start at Ventana Medical Systems Inc.

1910 Innovation Park Drive, Oro Valley, Arizona

    • 6:55 am Half Marathon Wheelchair
    • 7:00 am Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon
    • 7:15 am Arizona Distance Classic Quarter Marathon
    • 7:30 am 5K Run/Walk

The Events

Starting Line: Ventana Medical Systems — 1910 Innovation Park Drive

Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon (13.1 miles) — 7:00am

The Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon will allow runners and walkers to experience the exhilaration of completing the world’s most popular race distance in the foothills of the gorgeous Santa Catalina Mountains. The race begins at the gorgeously situated campus of Ventana Medical Systems (on Innovation Park Drive, just south of Rancho Vistoso Boulevard) and takes participants east, and back on the gently rolling course along Rancho Vistoso Boulevard. The course meanders through an incredibly scenic neighborhood studded with saguaro cacti and surrounding picturesque Honey Bee Canyon. Half Marathon runners and walkers will be accompanied by  supportive community members throughout the course, which will have 7 aid stations.

Arizona Distance Classic Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles) — 7:15m

The “Quarter Marathon” is an AZ Distance Classic signature distance that allows runners and walkers to enjoy “a half of a half.” The course features much of the same characteristics of the Half Marathon course, with runners and walkers also starting at the Ventana Medical Systems campus (on Innovation Park Drive, just south of Rancho Vistoso Boulevard), and takes participants west, and back on the gently rolling course along Rancho Vistoso Boulevard. Quarter Marathon participants turn back at the Honey Bee Canyon Park and trail-head to return with a full view of the stunning Catalina Mountain view. While the race is only half as long, the post-race celebration is the same as the Half, with sole-moving music, complimentary refreshments, massages, and a lively post-race expo. Quarter Marathon participants will enjoy several motivational cheer stations, support and well wishes from passersby, and five aid stations.

5K (3.1 miles) — 7:30am

The 5K allows runners and walkers to enjoy the Arizona Distance Classic’s scenic race course and celebration of the healthy, active lifestyle by participating in a 3.1-mile race along Innovation Park Drive and Rancho Vistoso Boulevard on an out and back course. The gently rolling hills of miles 2 to 3 of the Half Marathon offer the challenging yet enjoyable opportunity to put feet to street and be part of the action. The return leg of the 5K is delightfully downhill and offers, arguably, the most amazing Southwestern race event views available. The 5K course has two aid stations and ample opportunities for motivation and celebration from start to finish.


Course Limitations

To ensure the safety of all participants, the ADC does not permit any wheeled devices such as bicycles, rollerblades, baby joggers or scooters on the Half Marathon course.

Strollers/baby joggers WILL be allowed to start at the back of the 5K.

Pets are not allowed on either course.

Walkers welcome: The half marathon course will remain open for four (4) hours, thus the course will close on a continuous pace of 18:19 per mile. Anyone who cannot maintain the 18:19-minute-per-mile pace must move to the sidewalks as the course closes to allow regular vehicular traffic through.

Please note: Arizona Distance Classic has a NO REFUND and NO BIB TRANSFER policy for all events.


Half Marathon Aid Stations

There are 6 Aid stations on the Half Marathon approximately at miles 2.0, 3.69 5.27, 7.0, 8.2, 9.80 and 11.50.

Water only at mile, 2.0, 5.27 and 9.8 stations

Water and Nuun at miles 3.69, 7, 8.2 and 11.50

Quarter Marathon Aid Stations

There are 3 Aid stations.

Water only at mile,  5.27

Water and Nuun at miles 1.55, 3.27 and 4.5

5K Aid Station

The 5K will have one aid station at mile 1.55.

The 5K will have one aid station at mile 1.55.


Finish Line

All participants are greeted with cheers and fanfare as they cross the finish line. Enjoy food and music on the green at the Ventana Medical Systems facility. There will be refreshments for participants and their guests.

Please plan to stick around after your race to enjoy the food and music.


Timing — RFID Timing Systems

Please ensure:

  • Race bib is clearly visible on the front of the torso
  • Race bib is unaltered and unmodified (do not fold or wrinkle)
  • Race bib is pinned in all four corners
  • Race bib is not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)



Awards & Divisions


Category age group awards!
Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female and in the following age group categories.

19 and Under
70 and Over

No double dipping. Participant is responsible to verify their time and finish position. No adjustments will be made to results once awards have been given out.  Award winner must be present to get their award.  Awards will not be mailed.

Finisher Medals

  • Every participant will receive a finisher’s medal
  • Gender-specific technical shirt
    • (T-shirt guaranteed if registered by 2/28. After 2/28 will be assigned as runners register)
  • Snacks and refreshments at the finish line


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