There's nothing more romantic than watching the sweat drip down your partner's face while you run through the University of Arizona campus trying to outpace dozens of other couples just like you.
The Fine Valentine's Couple's Relay, which takes place Sunday, has become a tradition over the past 17 years. This year's event benefits the Ben's Bells Project.
Hosted by the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, participants can opt for the four-mile Couple's Relay in which each partner runs two miles. The baton they pass will be a flower and there must be some form of PDA - Public Display of Affection. Prizes will be awarded for the best couple's costume.
Solo runners can sign up for a four-mile Ramp Run (that includes two sets of football stadium ramps). There's also a two-mile noncompetitive walk/jog to promote fitness (strollers welcome).
Longtime race organizer Randy Accetta this year passed the baton, so to speak, to new SAR board members Diane Manzini, Dari Duval and Alyssa Hoyt, who are all in their 20s. "This is their first program they've put on, and they are going to do a great job," Accetta said.
"We are trying to get more college kids and a younger crowd to participate in the race," Manzini said. "It is not a super-competitive race, so it fits well for planning our first race and for our personalities."
If you go
• What: Fine Valentine's Couple's Relay.
• When: 6:30-7:30 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. race, Sunday.
• Where: Geronimo Plaza, 814 E. University Ave.
• Cost: $20 per person; $40 couple's relay; free for children under 10 are free with adult entry.
• Registration and more information about the other races: azroadrunners.org
•Early packet pickup: Participants can also register and pick up packets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday at The Running Shop at 3055 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson Color Me Rad
Another race taking place on Sunday is the Tucson Color Me Rad 5K color run. Benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Southern Arizona, organizers promise so much flying paint that "You'll end up looking like a kindergarten art class gone wrong."
If you go
• What: Color Me Rad Tucson.
• When: 10 a.m., Sunday.
• Where: Reid Park Outdoor Performing Center, 900 S. Randolph Way.
• Cost: $50.
• Registration and more information: colormerad.com
Rachel Cabakoff is a University of Arizona journalism student who is an apprentice at the Star. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org