On Saturday, Jan. 28, the inaugural Oracle Rumble was held in Oracle. The race drew over 260 runners that competed in 50-mile, 50K, Half-Marathon, and 10K races along portions of the Arizona Trail and Oracle State Park.
Oracle State Park was the staging area for the race which is expected to be an annual event as part of the Arizona Trail Running Series. It was presented by Summit Hut, an outdoor gear store in Tucson.
Matthew Nelson, Executive Director of the Arizona Trail announced the award winners and said that the race was to “provide a venue for adventure and help bring people to the Arizona Trail.”
Early results of some of the races were: 1st Place Overall 10K – John Mollenhour; 1st Place Overall 50K – Veronica “Ronni” Rudolphi; 1st Place female, 3rd Place Overall 10K – Tammy Kovaluk; 1st Place Male 50K – Aaron Yoder. 50 K 1st Place – Doug Loveday; 2nd Place – Mike Duer; 3rd Place – Derek Lemaine.
Runners from Oracle who competed were Shanna Welch and Linda Langford. The Oracle Rumble is a welcome addition to events in Oracle that bring people to the area and showcase the Arizona Trail and their Gateway Communities.