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Old September 27th, 2017, 12:56 AM   #1
brebissell
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Smile Saguaro Sunrise Marathon/Half Marathon

October 22, 2017
Oro Valley, Arizona
www.saguarosunrise.com

Skaters can choose from 42k, 21k or 5k distances and will complete the same course with the exception of the 5k. The 5k athletes will stick close to the start/finish lines and complete 4 laps for their event. Results determined by chip timing and photo camera back up. Awards ceremony and post race refreshments following the event with overall and age group awards being awarded.

Schedule of Events
Saturday, October 21, 2017​
3:00pm - 6:00pm Expo/Packet Pick-up


Sunday, October 22, 2017
6:00am-6:45am On-site packet pick-up (no race day registration)

7:00am 5k Skate Start
7:02am 42k Skate Start
7:04am 21k Skate Start
10:00am Skate Course Closed
10:30am Awards ceremony for skate

* Schedule subject to change

Registration Fees:
August 1, 2017 September 30, 2017
42k Skate - $65
21k Skate- $50
5k Skate - $25

October 1, 2017 October 20, 2017
42k Skate - $70
21k Skate - $55
5k Skate - $25

October 21, 2017 at the expo
42k Skate - $80
21k Skate - $65
5k Skate - $30

No Race Day Registration

Race Divisions
42k Skate
Elite Open Men/Women
Master Elite Men (50+)
Master Elite Women (40+)
Advanced Men/Women
Advanced Quad Men/Women

21k Skate
Elite Open Men/Women
Master Elite Men (50+)
Master Elite Women (40+)
Advanced Men/Women
Advanced Quad Men/Women

5k Skate
Rec Men/Women
Rec Quads Men/Women

What will registered athletes receive?
Race Expo
Event Poster
T-shirt
Finisher Medal
Chip Timing
Post race refreshments at the race venue
Awards ceremony
Medical support
13 miles of closed roads
A spectacular view of the desert
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Old September 27th, 2017, 01:37 AM   #2
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October 22, 2017
Oro Valley, Arizona
www.saguarosunrise.com

Skaters can choose from 42k, 21k or 5k distances and will complete the same course with the exception of the 5k. The 5k athletes will stick close to the start/finish lines and complete 4 laps for their event. Results determined by chip timing and photo camera back up. Awards ceremony and post race refreshments following the event with overall and age group awards being awarded.

Schedule of Events
Saturday, October 21, 2017​
3:00pm - 6:00pm Expo/Packet Pick-up


Sunday, October 22, 2017
6:00am-6:45am On-site packet pick-up (no race day registration)

7:00am 5k Skate Start
7:02am 42k Skate Start
7:04am 21k Skate Start
10:00am Skate Course Closed
10:30am Awards ceremony for skate

* Schedule subject to change

Registration Fees:
August 1, 2017 September 30, 2017
42k Skate - $65
21k Skate- $50
5k Skate - $25

October 1, 2017 October 20, 2017
42k Skate - $70
21k Skate - $55
5k Skate - $25

October 21, 2017 at the expo
42k Skate - $80
21k Skate - $65
5k Skate - $30

No Race Day Registration

Race Divisions
42k Skate
Elite Open Men/Women
Master Elite Men (50+)
Master Elite Women (40+)
Advanced Men/Women
Advanced Quad Men/Women

21k Skate
Elite Open Men/Women
Master Elite Men (50+)
Master Elite Women (40+)
Advanced Men/Women
Advanced Quad Men/Women

5k Skate
Rec Men/Women
Rec Quads Men/Women

What will registered athletes receive?
Race Expo
Event Poster
T-shirt
Finisher Medal
Chip Timing
Post race refreshments at the race venue
Awards ceremony
Medical support
13 miles of closed roads
A spectacular view of the desert
Sad about the bikes but at least this means that skaters will be able to get back to the hotel and shower before checkout time.
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Old October 24th, 2017, 06:26 AM   #3
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Any ideas why the bike event was cancelled? Skater participation was better than I expected at 131. I used to live out west and loved visiting the Oro Valley in early November for the Cactus Classic IM. I'd be more tempted to make the trip if it wasn't so close to A2A and it was in the cold season for many of us. Maybe back to back weekends with Silver Strand would work? I suppose not many would want to make a trip that long before Thanksgiving. Those out west would not want to make trips back to back weekends. With the return of Squiggy, late February has a race that another southern race would need to be cognizant of (though the Squiggy course will limit the number of potential skaters). Maybe I protest too much as 131 is a solid number of skaters, but mid/late October seems to squeeze the potential destination draw for this race.
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Old October 24th, 2017, 05:24 PM   #4
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Any ideas why the bike event was cancelled?
According to a Facebook posting, only six cyclists were signed up. The city would not allow them to close the road for so few participants. Some of them actually did ride along with the skaters.
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Old October 24th, 2017, 07:04 PM   #5
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The Team SAFE facebook page has an exhilarating write-up.

This write-up is from a Washington state skater.

It sounds like my type of fun with some long climbs. Mostly fast pavement with some teeth jattering sections, but nothing that sounds unsafe. The organizers lost money, though they plan on another attempt next year. We may need to make it next year or risk never making it there.
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Old October 29th, 2017, 01:54 AM   #6
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The race format and execution were excellent and I am really hoping to make it an annual tradition ... hats off to Mangled Momentum for organizing a superb inaugural race.

The road surface was 90% smooth-as-glass and maybe 10% teeth-chattering rough. The long uphills and downhills seemed daunting, at first, but were not so difficult as to make this impossible for beginning skaters. Just don't expect any PR's if you don't regularly train the hills.

The weather was perfect - sunny and 70's - and just as importantly, traffic control by Oro Valley PD was outstanding.

For those of you on the fence, Oro Valley/Tucson is a very bike/skate-friendly town, with exceptionally wide bike lanes and miles upon miles of fresh asphalt. If Breanna decides to organize a second year, please set aside time/funds for this race -- you will not be disappointed !!!
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