SAR’s Sabino Canyon Sunset Run has been taking place in the majestic Sabino Canyon for more than 40 years but this year felt extra special. We were back to the event that we all remember from prior to the epidemic that began in 2020. It was a great turnout, with a lot of amazing running, many spectators, and fantastic weather (albeit a bit warm).
In addition to the picturesque backdrop, the runners had a lot of fun, prizes and nourishment greeting them at the finish line including super cool finisher medals, Domino’s Pizza, eegees, fruit, snacks, music, gift certificates, Balega running socks, and much more!
The very competitive men’s race was won by Raul Del Bosque (43:12), followed closely by Peter Davidson (43:27) and Max Miller (43:48). The women’s race was run by a wide margin by Billie Lubis (49:33), followed by Claire Hans (52:53) and Sharon Silvas in (55:12). The Master’s competition for the women was won by Karen Badinger (1:01:04). The men’s masters winner was Ryan Burgess (45:47). Congrats to all!
There is a large and extremely competent volunteer group that makes this event happen so smoothly every year, and we can’t say thank you enough for all of their efforts. Many thanks to Noemi Mills, Dave Dixon, Caroline Gardiner, Lucas Tyler, Dr. Stephen Moore, Jennie Duberstein, David Edmeades, Michelle Edwards, Petra Gronernberg, Mely Bohlman, Connie Lopez, Mary Young, Midge Ohart, Cornelia Nestler, Peter Nestler, Joe Plassmann, Chris Fall, Anna Martin, Merry Dearmon, Ray Henson, Erica Medearis, Rachel Hilgeford, Kelly Mack-Outridge, Christine Outridge, Michael Van, McKenna Graham, Gary Parcher, Pam Hoyt, Jean Kincaid, We apologize to anyone we missed here.
We also owe a huge amount to our incredible sponsors. Thank you to Performance Footwear, Summit Hut, Athletico Physical Therapy, the Damion Alexander Team with Long Realty and Eegees. Thanks as well to Risky Business at Sunrise and Kolb for extending their Happy Hour for us. Thanks also to our hosts with the Forest Service and Catalina Foothills School District for use of their parking lots.
Check out the incredible phots from Damion Alexander here: https://thetucsonphotographer.smugmug.com/Sports/Running/RoadRunning/The-Sabino-Canyon-Sunset-Run-/Sabino-Canyon-Sunset-Run-2023/.
We will see you next year! Registration will open February 1, 2024!
Race Director, Sabino Canyon Sunset Run
obo Southern Arizona Roadrunners