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Tucson MarathonIt is said, “The journey is worth the reward.” Certainly that is true when it comes to the 16th Annual Tucson Marathon. The race has grown from a small local marathon to a mid-size international marathon. The 2013 1 mile-run and 5K take place on Saturday, December 7. The Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relays take place Sunday, December 8.

Tucson Marathon founder Pam Reed’s goal is to motivate people of all speeds and ages to do something for themselves and set a fitness goal that will encourage a healthier lifestyle. She offers this annual marathon, half marathon and relay to offer a venue for people to do so. Here’s the very basic race info:

Holualoa Tucson Marathon starts at 7:30 AM
Damascus Bakeries Half-Marathon starts at 7 AM
Marathon Relay starts at 7:30 AM

What we know for sure is whether you’re a runner or spectator, Tucson is a fabulous place to be any weekend in December!

Plus Lodge on the Desert, located in mid-town, is the centrally-located accommodation from which to navigate the Old Pueblo during your stay…sporting a truly resort feel…from the super comfortable beds right down to the chef’s farm-to-table cuisine, served indoors or out on the expansive patio. Prepare for and celebrate your own marathon accomplishments or those of others. What a way for participants to ‘do’ the Tucson Marathon!

At race time temperatures average in the high 30s and reach 65-70 degrees by 11 AM. The marathon is primarily downhill… with some rolling hills around mile 2 and mile 10. Runners can actually run their FIRST MARATHON or their FASTEST MARATHON here! Elevation drops almost 2,200 feet on the point-to-point course along the beautiful Santa Catalina mountain range.

Runners often say this Northwest-located course is one of the prettiest in the country and one of the easiest to run a personal best. Training quadriceps is crucial as runners run downhill! Tucson area school sports programs and other selected youth groups are the beneficiary of the race.

One more important thing: the Holualoa Tucson Marathon course has been certified by USATF and is an official qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Results are automatically sent to Boston for those who qualify in Tucson!

So if you’re coming from out of town, c’mon. It is also said, “Tucson will surprise you.” So will Lodge on the Desert. Let them! To make your guestroom reservations, simply click here.