Marathon Race Info

Come run your first or fastest marathon in scenic Tucson, AZ!

Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 7:00 am

IMPORTANT: The course is USATF Certified (#AZ1017JOE)  and is a Boston Qualifier.

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. This is primarily a downhill marathon. with some hills around mile 2 and mile 11 and 23. Come run your FIRST MARATHON or your FASTEST MARATHON. 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 2-5 and miles 10-13, as well as between miles 22-24).

The Old West historical town of Oracle marks the starting line. 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..  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. Be sure to train your quadriceps as you’ll be running downhill! A portion of the race proceeds benefit local school sports programs and other selected youth groups.

Race-Day Registration No race day registration nor packet pick-up available.

Marathon Info: The 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 course closes at 1:30 p.m.

IMPORTANT: For the safety of everyone, all competitors must stay inside of the safety cones at all times. Anyone who runs outside of the cones will be disqualified.  NO EXCEPTIONS!  Baby Joggers/Strollers ARE NOT allowed on the course at any time.

The Holualoa Tucson Marathon course has been certified by USATF (#AZ13017JOE) and is an official qualifier for the Boston Marathon, which is good for 2 years (that is, if you qualify for Boston at this year’s race your time will count as a qualifier for the next 2 years). Results are automatically sent to Boston for those qualifying in Tucson. There will be no mailed confirmations. Check the website beginning in early November as all received entries will be posted on the “participants’ list” under the PARTICIPANTS tab.

AID STATIONS: Aid Stations 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, 18.9mi, 20 mi, 21.5mi, 22.4mi, 23.5mi, 24.4mi, 25.4mi, 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.

PACKET PICK-UP The Tucson Marathon Expo will be held on Friday, December 6 (1:00-7:00p.m.) and Saturday, December 7 (9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.) at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador, 10000 N. Oracle Rd. Race packet pick-up and walk-in registration will be available.

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 be sure to download and print copies of the following items: 1) Course Map 2) General Parking and Transportation 3) Details of relay information (relay points, maps, parking and transportation) 4) Detailed Race Day Information

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


More details will be posted as they become available, but the great folks at the Arizona Road Runners will be providing pace teams for the 2014 Tucson Marathon.  Please check back during race week, but confirmed times for the 2014 Marathon include: 3:00 / 3:10 (no longer available) / 3:15 /3:30 / 3:40 / 3:50 / 4:00 / 4:15 / 4:30 / 5:00 with more times possibly being added before as the race approaches.  Please keep in mind that the group leaders are volunteers and occasionally certain pace groups may not be available on race day.  As always, please thank your pacer!


The Tucson Marathon course includes an out and back section on the Biosphere Road. Following is the course map which includes an elevation profile.

Click Here  to view Marathon Course Map with Elevation Profile.

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