Congrats! You’ve decided to run your first (or 50th!) 5K in Tucson!
Tucson is a marvelous place to run because we have balmy, beautiful weather from October through May. Even when the temperatures rise in June through September, you can still squeeze in runs in the wee morning hours or in the evenings after the sun sets.
Put together your training plan, pick a race, and you’ll be well on your way!
Scroll down for a full list of 5Ks in Tucson. This list includes: mud runs, color runs, ragnar relays, trail runs, 5K fundraisers, holiday races, social runs, and events that combine walking & running.
Note that we have also included races with similar distances that you might be interested in: 4-milers, 8Ks, quarter marathons, children’s races of various distances, etc.
Hope to see you hitting the pavement in Tucson this year!
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Come be a part of this great race for a great cause! The out & back route will travel along the Pantano River Walk. This race has something for everybody from the family-friendly environment to the competitive field and fast course. All race proceeds will go towards missions... Awards Awards will be given to the top 3 male finishers and the top 3 female finishers. There will also be an award for the first place male and female in each…Find out more »
When: Sunday, February 9th, 2020. Gun goes off at 8:30am. Where: Staging area at Main Gate Square outside of Gentle Ben's (865 E University Ave). Start line in front of UofA's Centennial Hall. Race Options (Each lap includes one set of UofA stadium ramps!) - 4 mile Relay: 2-person relay where each person runs a 2-mile lap. Friends, sweethearts & family members can be a team! Relays must show some form of PDA (Public Display of Affection) at the PDA…Find out more »
The four-mile route includes dirt roads, horse trails, and the dusty Main Street of historic Old Tucson Studios. The 1-Miler is not very technical and loads of fun for walkers, joggers, and runners of all abilities! *First 700 runners get shirt and medal. You must register before February 13, 2020 to receive the free breakfast.Find out more »
The Spring Cross Country Classic is a fun filled 5k through the scenic rolling trails of Lincoln Park. There are separate races for men and women, and a wide variety of age groups means everyone competes for prizes, Lincoln Park is located on Tucson’s east side and has some great vantage points to watch the races. After the race, get together with family and friends to enjoy a day in the park with a free pancake breakfast, family-friendly activities, donkeys,…Find out more »
The Arizona Distance Classic, described as the most scenic Arizona race event of the year, takes place just north of Tucson in Oro Valley on March 15, 2020. Drawing walkers and runners locally and from around the country, the Arizona Distance Classic is a true Celebration of the Healthy Active lifestyle. Runners and walkers of all shapes, sizes, and abilities are encouraged to participate. The breathtaking course is open and fully supported for 4 hours. Plentiful aid stations and cheer…Find out more »
Southern Arizona Roadrunners (SAR) is very pleased and proud to announce a new running and walking event coming to downtown Tucson in partnership with the iconic Tucson St. Patrick's Day Parade Festival. It's a St. Patrick's Day party like no other! The innaugural event will take place the morning of the festival on Sunday, March 15, 2020 and is staged with the festival in Armory Park. The "Desert Leprechaun 5k & 1Mile Run/Walk" is planned to begin at 8:30am in…Find out more »
DATE: Sunday, March 22, 2020 WHERE: Curtis Park near River and La Cholla. The park is on Curtis road just west of the 'Sporting Chance' building. OVERVIEW: The 20th annual Dave's Run for ALS is an event for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. The event honors the late David Filer who was an avid runner, active SAR member, and local business owner. David was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in the summer of…Find out more »
Welcome to the 5th Annual Gauntlet Trail Race at Pima Community College West Campus. This is a challenging 8k Cross Country race/run/walk of "The Gauntlet" course on the campus trails just north of the college. Expect to put your toughness to to the test on these fun but at points technical trails! Both women's & men will be at 7:30am! Awards are in 10 year age groups for men and women. Trophies will be awarded along with gift certificates to…Find out more »
Southern Arizona's Favorite Trail Race! Two distances: 5.3 and 10.6 miles. Your race starts & finishes at the park trail-head and travels the trails of this magnificent park, including the “92 and 48 Stair Climb." 10.6 miler is two loops of the 5.3 mile course. Overall male/female & age group medals for both events, male & female sized short sleeve tech or cotton shirts (your choice!), free race photos, and a free Mexican breakfast…all under the shade of the Catalina…Find out more »
One of the most iconic races in Southern Arizona! Sabino Canyon, located in the Coronado National Forest, is one of the most beautiful desert canyons in the American southwest and a true jewel of the Tucson community. This unique 7.4 mile race is designed to capitalize on the majestic nature of Sabino Canyon to provide a unique opportunity to experience the challenges of a great race in a truly magnificent setting. *This race sells out quickly every year. Registration opens…Find out more »
This 5k race is one of three in the “Orchard Series” which takes runners through the pecan orchards, giving a unique opportunity to see the farm and enjoy the most amazing running experience under the trees. No dogs allowed on course. There will be two distances to choose from. One will be approximately 5k and a longer distance TBD.Find out more »
The 40th annual edition of Tucson’s running 10k & 5k fiesta winds its way through Starr Pass in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains. Run or walk the gorgeous course with beautiful mountain scenery and great views of the Tucson basin. Afterwards, stay for the Cinco de Mayo Celebration, featuring the Cholla High School mariachi band.Find out more »
TUCSON 5000: One of the fastest 5Ks in the West! This pancake-flat, fast USATF certified course provides the perfect opportunity for a 5K PR. This race has been a Tucson staple for over 20 years with 20+ of the current Arizona age records for the 5k being set at the Tucson 5000! MOTHER'S DAY MILE: In honor of Mother's Day, SAR will be running "The Mother's Day Mile." This is a one mile race open for all moms/dads where the…Find out more »
Registration is now open for Tucson's premier running party, featuring a speedy 5k for runners and walkers and a series of One Mile events -- with jumping castle and free entry to the Children's Museum for the little ones, a free beer garden, food trucks, a beneficiary & vendor expo, multiple rock n' roll bands, and an awesome after-party at iconic Hotel Congress.Find out more »
Yes, we know it's hot out there in the summer. That's why you're invited to "Run With the Roosters" at Old Tucson Studios at 5:05 a.m. (or first sign of light). "As always, Everyone Runs brings you the most value for your money with our famous free Mexican breakfast, male & female sized shirts, free photos, slip 'n slide, and overall and 5-year age group rooster trophy awards!"Find out more »
We will be updating this page with races as we receive new information. If you know about other 5Ks around Tucson, contact us!