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The Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon and Northwest Medical Center 5k
  • Book Your Room at the Hilton El Conquistador This Week!
  • Celebration at the Finish Line!
  • Meet our Medical Director, Dr. William Prickett
  • Run and Walk for a reason!
  • Now is the time to just say yes!
  • Planning For Race Day

  • World Class Partners Make a World Class Event!
    Northwest Medical Center
    08 AZ Oro Valley
    08 AZ Ventatna
    08 AZ AARW
    08 AZ Tucson
    Explorer Newspaper
    Az Party Rental
    AZ Chamber
    08 AZ HTIA
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    Tucson Sports
    Save $ and Register before March 21st!
    The ULTIMATE Southwest Running and Walking Celebration on March 24th!
    March 5, 2013

    08 AZ Medals Greetings!

    Save Money and register now for this year's Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon and Northwest Medical Center 5k. Registration is on record pace and the celebration is really coming together. We want YOU to be part of the celebration. Register Now!

    Make sure you register by March 21st to save money and make sure you don't get closed out of the event.

    Check out what all the excitement is about in this video produced by our friends at the Explorer, The Northwest's Newspaper.

    You are receiving this email as you are already registered or we thought you might like to be part of the ultimate boutique running and walking celebration. You may confirm your registration here.

    Make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for important race information and updates in these last few weeks leading up to the event.

    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.

    Hilton Pool 10 Book Your Room at the Hilton El Conquistador This Week!
    Check out the New Tequila Bar!

    Last Call. Make sure you book your room so that you can join the party. The Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort is the Arizona Distance Classic official race headquarters hotel.

    NEW Tequila Bar - Just a few months ago they add a new Tequila Bar. Now I am not saying that is where you might find our race team on Sunday night, but if you see us come join us.

    Enjoy breathtaking views of the stunning Santa Catalina Mountains at this AAA Four Diamond resort just minutes from the start line 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.

    FREE VIP UPGRADE - If you stay at the hotel you will 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!

    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

    Food Truck Celebration at the Finish Line!
    A Post Race Celebration complete with Food Trucks!

    This year will be the biggest and best post race celebration expo yet. Vendors, Partners and Running Clubs from all over will be there to celebrate you at the Finish line.

    New This Year - Food Trucks! Participants and their supporting fans can grab a delicious bite, a protein smoothie, or even a salad right at the race this year! Kadooks! Costa Rican Fusion Food Trucks, Blackwatch Restaurant Services, and Fruit Shack Smoothies & Yogurt will be joining us! Bon Appetit!

    Dr. Prickett Meet our Medical Director, Dr. William Prickett
    Running injuries stink!

    Meet William D. Prickett, M.D., the Medical Director for The Arizona Distance Classic. Dr. Prickett will author articles to help get you to the starting line safely. He will discuss topics ranging from injury prevention and treatment, to recognition of a serious injury, nutrition, race preparation and recovery tips. Here is Dr. Prickett's second article:

    Our grandmother was correct - an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

    The majority of running injuries are related to overuse. Pay attention to injury warning signs - specifically pain!

    Pain that causes you to limp, change your gate, worsens during the run or persists beyond a day - may be a warning sign of a severe injury. Pain that is not alleviated with rest, ice, compression and elevation should be taken seriously. Many overuse injuries can be treated with a short period of rest, combined with therapeutic measures such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and therapeutic modalities with your physical therapist. If these minor overuse injuries are ignored, more serious and long lasting injuries may result. If your injury symptoms persist - seek medical attention.

    Read the rest of the article here.

    The Northwest Medical Center is proud to be the presenting partner of the Arizona Distance Classic and proud to provide the medical support for the event.

    TNT Tutos Run and Walk for a reason!
    We are Proud to Benefit Team in Training!

    Run or Walk for a Reason! Join the Team in Training runners and walkers to get fit, stay fit and raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to fund research and patient resources. Team in Training is more than a fund-raising or even a training team. It is a family brought together to meet common goals and INSPIRE!

    The Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon is incredibly proud to benefit Team in Training through our partnership. Check out this video to learn more and join the movement to beat blood cancers. GO TEAM!

    Lou Waters Now is the time to just say yes!
    The Explorer, February 27, 2013 - Aging Well

    Our Honorary Race Director, Town of Oro Valley Vice Mayor Lou Waters wrote a very inspirational and thought provoking article in our media partner, the Explorer Newspaper about 'committing to be younger next year'. Come meet Vice Mayor Waters at the start of the Arizona Distance Classic.

    Here is an excerpt from the article:

    You've retired from life's hurlyburly. You're in your 60s or 70s and the walls start closing in. Retirement will often do that - slow life down and close you off from an active social life. You end up, hour after hour, at the foot of your television either watching the soaps or increasing your anxiety about the future of the world by absorbing the clatter of "cable news". Life has become empty and you need to fill it up. Read More here.

    AARW Planning For Race Day
    Great Tips From John Corbett, Owner of All About Running and Walking.

    The 2013 Arizona Distance Classic is just weeks away. You will be running and walking on a beautiful course. Our weather in Southern Arizona in late March is usually spectacular. The huge stand of saguaro cactus that you will see as you run across Honeybee Canyon is impressive. And the views of the Catalina Mountains that you will have as you make your way toward the finish line will be in your memory for days or even weeks after you return home. This is a magical place.

    You can make your race day experience even better by doing a little advanced planning. The number of people who come in the store two days before a marathon or half-marathon and ask for a recommendation as to which energy gel, chew or sports drink to try on race day continues to amaze me. My advice is to try nothing new on race day that you have not used on your long training runs. Now is the time to experiment with how you will fuel yourself on race day. Find out on your training runs which products agree with you and which don't. The day of the event is not the time to have a bad "experience" resulting from trying something that your system does not like. Clif Shot will be the energy gels, and Gu Brew will be the sports drink on the course this year, so try them in training to make sure you process them well. I love them and they work for me, but we are all different.

    The same applies to shoes, socks and apparel. If your shoes need to be replaced, do it a month before the race and get some miles on them. And be sure to wear the socks and apparel that you have trained with and are comfortable in.

    We wish all of you a memorable weekend at the 2013 Arizona Distance Classic and can't wait to welcome you to beautiful Oro Valley, Arizona!

    We invite YOU to Be Part of the Celebration!
    A huge thank you to Mayor Hiremath, The Town of Oro Valley, Ventana Medical Systems, Northwest Medical Center, Explorer Newspaper and All About Running and Walking for helping us build a world class event in this world class Town. Come join us to experience the ultimate boutique running and walking 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 Destination Running and Walking Celebration.

    Get Fit. Stay Fit. Live Fit.

    David Babner, Race Director