Saturday, December 10, 2016 • Tucson, AZ • Course Map
Runners make their way along an almost all downhill course in the 13.1-mile race at the Holualoa Tucson Marathon, from its starting line just north of the Tucson metropolitan area to the finish line at the Golder Ranch Fire Station, just off Golder Ranch Road.
Runners start this point-to-point race — which is run entirely on paved surfaces, largely along Arizona Highway 77 — on Biosphere Road, just a short drive from Biosphere 2, the Earth science research facility that’s an entirely closed system in the Arizona desert, where researchers study farming and technology and humans’ interaction with nature.
From there, the half marathon — which is sponsored by Damascus Bakeries — follows the final 13 miles of the full marathon course, which starts on Cody Loop Road to the east.
Once runners join up with Highway 77, they follow it west and south for roughly the next 9 miles, until they reach the turn onto Saddlebrooke Boulevard.
After that, runners follow Eagle Creek Ranch Boulevard, Edwin Road, Columbus Boulevard, Hawser Street, Coronado Forest Drive and Golder Ranch Drive before turning in to the finish line at the Golder Ranch Fire Station.
For both races, the race course unfolds in the shadow of the nearby Santa Catalina Mountains, whose Catalina State Park and other nearby parks like the Coronado National Forest are popular recreational getaways from the heat of the city in the summertime, for their hiking trails and pools.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in southern Arizona, about 110 miles southeast of Phoenix, Tucson typically sees December temperatures that average between 66°F and 42°F, while rainfall totals average just over 1 inch for the month.
On the day of the race (Dec. 10), the average low is 42°F and the average high is 66°F.
- 2015 Holualoa Tucson Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Holualoa Tucson Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Holualoa Tucson Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Holualoa Tucson Half Marathon Results
- $75 for the half marathon, if registered by May 31, 2016
- $80 between June 1 – July 31
- $85 between August 1 – October 15
- $95 between October 16 – December 7
- $105 at the race expo
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of the Holualoa Tucson Marathon, Half Marathon or Marathon Relay, register online at Eventbrite.com.
Official Race Website
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