Arizona Distance Classic is coming

The mountains and native scenery are major reasons the Arizona Distance Classic has made it 10 years in Oro Valley.

File photo by Randy Metcalf/The Explorer

Running marathons has become popular nationwide, and Oro Valley isn’t missing out on the fun each year. Providing the setting for one of the more scenic race events in the state, Oro Valley plays host to the annual Arizona Distance Classic’s 2014 event on March 23.

This year, Arizona Distance Classic is celebrating 10 years in Oro Valley. Drawing walkers, runners and wheelchair racers locally and from around the country, the Arizona Distance Classic benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

“The Arizona Distance Classic has grown into a spring celebration of fitness in Oro Valley and we look forward to hosting the biggest and best event yet in 2014,” said race director David Babner. 

While the Arizona Distance Classic draws plenty of young participants to the half marathon, which is presented this year by Northwest Medical Center, it also draws a large number of active seniors who continue to get out and take advantage of the race’s unique setting.

The 10th Anniversary Edition of the Arizona Distance Classic will be feature the following events:

Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon — The Arizona Distance Classic allows runner, walkers and wheelers to experience the world’s most popular race distance in the foothills of the gorgeous Santa Calina Mountains. The race begins at Ventana Medical Systems and takes participants west and back on a gently rolling course along Rancho Vistoso Boulevard. The course meanders through an incredibly scenic neighborhood studded with saguaro and surrounding picturesque Honey Bee Canyon.

Arizona Distance Classic Quarter Marathon — The Quarter Marathon is a M3S Sports signature distance that allows runners and walkers to enjoy a “half of a half.” 

Splendido 5K — The Splendido 5K allows runners and walkers to enjoy the Arizona Distance Classic’s scenic race course and celebration of the active, healthy lifestyle by taking part in a 3.1-mile event along Innovation Park Drive and Rancho Vistoso Boulevard.

Splendido Super Mile — The Splendido Super Mile is a one-mile walk for seniors on an out-and-back course along Innovation Park Drive.

Oro Valley Parks & Recreations Kids Run — The Town of Oro Valley Parks & Recreation Department hosts the Kids Run for children 14 years and younger. 

For more information, or to register, visit the website at

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