Get an early start on Valentine’s Day with this long-standing fun race staged at Old Main and the University of Arizona on the morning of Sunday, February 9, 2014 at Geronimo Plaza. Choose between the 4 mile Couple’s Relay (Sweethearts, Just Friends or Parent-Child categories), the individual 4-mile race or the 2-mile fitness walk. Also look into the team challenge to win a keg! The race beneficiary this year will be Ben’s Bells Project. Registration and packet pick-up will be available race day from 7am-8am, with an 8:30am race start time.
4 mile couple’s relay: Two team members each run approximately 2 miles. Each team member will run up one set of football stadium ramps! See Couple’s categories below. NOTE: you do not have to be a romantic couple to be in the couple’s relay. Just register in the “Just Friends” category if you and your teammate are strictly platonic! However, to receive any awards you do need to demonstrate some form of Public Display of Affection, otherwise known as PDA . . .
Special prizes for the best couple’s costume, so get creative!
Group challenge: Win a Keg! Gather 4 to 7 relay teams and let us know what organization/group you are with when you register. The top 4 teams’ places in your group will be tallied. Low score wins! The grand prize for the team challenge will be a gift certificate for a keg from Barrio Brewing Co! (ALL group members must be over 21 to win this prize, sorry no exceptions). The 2nd place group will win a gift certificate to feed pizza to your entire crew. All relay teams that wish to participate in the group challenge must register & join/form their group before race day.
4 mile (approximate) individual ramp run race: The individual race will be two loops, which means two sets of football stadium ramps!
2 mile non-competitive walk/jog: The 2 mile walk/jog is designed to promote daily exercise, so bring the whole family along! Strollers are welcome!
Free children’s race after the main races
Post-race games: Join in for some non-running challenges while waiting for race awards. Hint: Start practicing your Twister & Limbo skills!
Post-race festivities: Awards, games, breakfast & coffee, costume judging, Ben’s Bells project booth, massages and more!
The course will be a 2 mile loop starting at Centennial Hall. It will take you along the UofA mall, past McKale Center, up & down a full set of football stadium ramps. After the big “hill” you’ll run below the stadium and take Cherry Ave back to the UofA mall. Then you’ll head towards Old Main & the exchange point where your lover (or friend) awaits.
The 4 mile Couple’s Relay is designed so that each runner has a running partner. The first runner will carry a flower baton donated by Ingils Florists and will pass it to the second runner at the completion of the first 2 mile loop , along with a kiss or public display of affection of some sort in the “PDA Zone”. The second runner will race the final 2 mile loop. Distances are not certified.
The 4 Mile Open race is an open event with men’s and women’s categories. Participants will do two loops of the course, which means two sets of ramps! Top finishers overall and top three in 10-year age categories will receive playful awards..
The 2 mile walk/jog is non-competitive, and all participants will be eligible for raffle prizes.
Event schedule and times
Registration and packet pick-up will be available race day from 7am-8am, with an 8:30am race start time.
Location: University Avenue, at the Main Gate at the University of Arizona, between Euclid and Tyndall. Parking in nearby garages and on nearby streets.