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The Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon and Northwest Medical Center 5k
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    Save $10 if you Register By January 31st!
    Join us for The ULTIMATE Spring Break Running and Walking Celebration in the Real Southwest on March 24th!
    January 11, 2013

    AZ Jacket Greetings!

    Register by January 31st and Save $10 as the registration fee will increase on February 1st for the Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon and Northwest Medical Center 5k on March 24, 2013.

    We want YOU to be part of the celebration. Register Now!

    You are receiving this email as you are already registered or we thought you might like to be part of the ultimate spring break running and walking celebration in the Real Southwest.

    Upgrade to VIP and get the Official AZ Distance Classic Jacket (see photo) and access to the VIP Tent with catered breakfast and lunch and private portapotties! Are you celebrating a special occasion? The Event is again providing a limited number of VIP upgrades to make the Classic experience even more special. The VIP upgrade package is only $75 and space is very limited. The Upgrade is FREE if you reserve a room at the Hilton El Conquistador. You may upgrade during the registration process. If you are already registered and now want to upgrade to VIP, email us at

    Come for the Race, then Stay and Make it a Vacation! Check out these cool things to do while you are staying in Oro Valley.

    Check out these Spa Partners and pamper yourself before or after the race, or better yet both!

    Some Feedback From Our Participants:

    "The Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon was the best-run race we have ever participated in-and we've been in quite a few! Thank you for this race that is in such a beautiful place, at a wonderful time of year, with fabulous support on the course and an opportunity to buy VIP privileges (portapotties with no lines is an excellent concept)." - Virginia

    Awesome race! You guys did an AMAZING job planning this race. - R. Snarski

    I loved this race!! Of course, the weather was perfect, but so were the course, the organization, the host hotel, the t-shirts, bibs and medals! - Michelle

    Hilton Pool 10 Book Your Room at the Hilton El Conquistador NOW!
    A Free VIP Race Upgrade for all Hotel Guests.

    Our room block is almost sold out! Make sure you book your room now and receive your FREE VIP race upgrade which includes the official race jacket, race packet delivery directly to the resort, catered VIP tent and private portapotties!

    The Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort is the Arizona Distance Classic official race headquarters hotel. Enjoy breathtaking views of the stunning Santa Catalina Mountains at this AAA Four Diamond resort in Oro Valley. Relax and play at this unique desert oasis, featuring sparkling pools and a 143-foot waterslide.

    The Arizona Distance Classic VIP event upgrade room rate is $169/night. Call (520) 544-5000 to reserve your room today.

    Note: VIP event upgrade will be applied only to the participant under whom the room is booked. To upgrade other race participants in your party, email information to

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    AARW Corbett's Corner
    Running On A Solid Foundation

    John Corbett is a founder of the Arizona Distance Classic and the co-owner of All About Running & Walking. Each newsletter we will bring you some of his thoughts, tips and wisdom that will help get you to the starting line!

    Here is January's Column - Running on A Solid Foundation.

    While watching an HGTV show last night I started thinking about the similarities between building a house and starting a training program. The contractor on the TV show was building a home near the coast of North Carolina. He was showing all of the extra care that went in to building a house that would have to withstand the high winds and torrential rains of the hurricanes that it would certainly be exposed to.

    From the strength of the foundation to the quality of the lumber to the industrial strength fasteners that held everything together, this home was being put together with all of the time and care necessary to keep it standing under the most adverse conditions.

    Read the rest of the article here.

    Selling Out Registration is on Record Pace!
    The AZDC is not a Secret anymore!

    Registration for The Classic is on record pace. While it was an honor when we were named by Runner's World as the region's "best kept secret", it is no longer true. This year registration is up. Way up. We will cap the field at 3,000 to keep the Ultimate Boutique Experience for all of our participants. You travel to Oro Valley for the spas, the resorts and the boutique nature of the event. We can't wait to see you.

    Don't wait as we are on track for our earliest sell out yet. Register now!

    We Want YOU to come Celebrate with US!
    A huge thank you to the Town of Oro Valley and Ventana Medical Systems for hosting this event. We have a world class setting with world class Town support. We want you to come join us to experience the ultimate boutique running experience. For those of you that participate every year, we can't wait to see you again. If you have not yet joined us, we want you to come see what we mean when we say the Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon is the Ultimate Spring Break Running and Walking Celebration in the Real Southwest.

    Get Fit. Stay Fit. Live Fit.

    David Babner, Race Director