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The Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon and Oro Valley Hospital 5k
  • Splendido's Beth Ernst To Serve As Honorary Race Director
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    The Ultimate Setting for the Ultimate Running and Walking Event!
    The 10th Anniversary will be the biggest Celebration YET!
    February 3, 2014

    Arizona Start Greetings!

    Come join us for the 10th Anniversary of the Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon and Splendido 5k presented by Northwest Medical Center.

    Make sure you REGISTER NOW so you don't miss out!

    You are receiving this email as you are already registered or we thought you might like to be part of the Celebration.

    Journey to the "Real Southwest" and experience the "Ultimate Weather, Ultimate Views and Ultimate Race Execution".

    If you have not visited Oro Valley, Arizona for the event you are missing one of the best celebrations of the Active Healthy Lifestyle in the Real Southwest. Come join us!

    We are honored to partner with Oro Valley Mayor Hiremath and all of Town Council to produce such a great event in this world class town. Thanks to their support this community event has grown to a major regional destination.

    Some Feedback From Our Participants: "The Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon was the best-run race we have ever participated in! 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.

    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!

    Great Job! The snow capped mountains were picture perfect, which I'm sure you arranged for race day. The race was one of the best organized races I've attended. This is definitely a race to be on everyone's calendar.

    Just wanted to let you know that this race was absolutely awesome! I live in Phoenix and this is the first year I ran in your race. The course was perfect with all the rolling hills and the scenery was just spectacular.

    I did the half and my wife did the quarter. You guys rock! The whole experience was awesome as usual. This is our 3rd straight year running this race. Thank you to all the volunteers you where all great!

    Awesome race with the challenging hills and the breathtaking scenery! Thanks for the great work of putting this on! Made the trip from Michigan totally worth it!!

    What a great race. Exceptionally well organized on a beautiful course.

    Race was superb. Flawlessly executed.

    Splendido's Beth Ernst To Serve As Honorary Race Director
    Splendido to Title Sponsor 5k and Super Mile!

    Beth Ernst, Life Enrichment Manager for Splendido, will serve as Honorary Race Director for the 10th Anniversary Edition of the Arizona Distance Classic presented by Northwest Medical Center.

    Ernst provides fitness consultation, wellness education programs and classes for residents of Splendido, an all-inclusive community for adults age 55 and better.

    "We are proud to recognize Beth Ernst as the Honorary Race Director of the 2014 Arizona Distance Classic," Race Director David Babner said. "Beth has dedicated her entire professional life to promoting the active and healthy lifestyle, just like we do through the Arizona Distance Classic." Read more...

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    Important Race Updates and Special Offers from Our Partners.

    It is important to "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. We will post special announcements, deals from all of our partners and important race information. It also gives you a great opportunity to interact with the local running and walking community.

    Check out some great race photos on our Facebook page here

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    Run for a Reason!

    Join the Team in Training runners and walkers to get fit, stay fit, make friends and raise money for Leukemia 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! Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon is incredibly proud to be a Team in Training preferred race partner. Check out this video to learn more and join the movement to beat blood cancers. GO TEAM!

    AZ Hilton Photo DB Book Your Spring Break Fitness Vacation Now!
    A Limited Number of Free VIP Race Upgrades for all Hilton Guests.

    Stay where we stay. Book your room soon and receive your free VIP upgrade which includes race packet delivery directly to the front desk when you check in!

    The Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort is the Arizona Distance Classic official race headquarters hotel. Enjoy beautifully renovated public spaces and 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. Achieve nourishment and culinary delight at any one of the four on-site dining options including the newest offering, Epazote Kitchen and Cocktails. Play golf or tennis, go hiking, biking or horseback riding or escape to the resort's Elements Spa for some indulgent relaxation.

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

    Thank you!
    While we were honored by The Runner's World Magazine's declaration that the Arizona Distance Classic was the region's "Best Kept Secret", we are even more excited of the regional attention we and the Town or Oro Valley are now receiving for the "Ultimate Spring Break Running and Walking Event" in the "Real Southwest".

    Come join us and make sure you bring your camera!

    All of us at M3S Sports want to thank all of our participants, volunteers, partners and the Town of Oro Valley for helping us build a world class event in this world class town over the last 10 years.

    Get Fit. Stay Fit. Live Fit.

    David Babner, Race Director