As the Arizona Distance Classic is fast becoming revered as one of the top races in Southern Arizona, runners and walkers from all over the nation and world are continuing to take notice, and that has resulted in a positive and significant economic impact for the Town of Oro Valley as participants dine in town, sleep in the town’s hotels, and shop at the town’s businesses.

According to Economic Development Manager Amanda Jacobs, the total economic impact from last year’s Arizona Distance Classic was $491,588. This year, with the increasing popularity of the event, that dollar amount is expected to rise to $559,360. 

This month’s March 24 event expects more than 2,000 participants.

In addition to the beautiful views and weather, Jacobs said the variety of events continues to attract a variety of participants. 

The events offered in the Arizona Distance Classic include: The Valley of Gold Half Marathon (13.1 miles), Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles) Northwest Medical Center 5K, One-Mile Champions Walk, and Town of Oro Valley Kids’ Fun Run. 

The Arizona Distance Classic takes place on March 24. For more information, or to register, visit

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