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September Update: we still don’t know what we’ll be able to do with this event. At this writing, the public health crisis is significantly affecting Southern Arizona and we have not received permits from the City of Tucson, Pima County, and Arizona Department of Transportation.
The Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic (TCCC) is going virtual for 2020! Our first and foremost concern is your safety. Wherever you are this Thanksgiving, be part of this Thanksgiving tradition!
We sure miss throwing big running parties! We miss seeing our friends, watching all of you run fast or walk far, smile & give high-fives and hugs . . . we know that a virtual event is not the same, but it's what we've got for now. Read below for pre-race information or click here for the pre-race email to all registrants.
Packet pick-up is at The Running Shop, Oct 23 and Oct 24, 3055 N Campbell Ave
Friday, October 23: 3:00-6:00 pm
Saturday, October 24: 10:00-1:00 pm.
Following social distancing guidelines, race shirts, souvenir numbers, and race medals will be set up outside of the Running Shop on Friday and Saturday. We ask that you wear a face covering and try to maintain a distance of 6 ft. between yourself and someone else when possible. Please send a friend if you are feeling ill.
Shirts and medals will be available at The Running Shop after race weekend for those who can't make it on Friday or Saturday. We will mail shirts and numbers and medals to out of town folks . . .
You can complete the distance any time between now and Sunday, October 25th, at midnight. (And if you need to take more time, that's fine -- but we will be doing our raffle giveaway for all finishers early next week!)
Once you've done your virtual race, enter your time on this results form. You can also find the TMC Get Moving Tucson Results Form in the header of the Run Tucson homepage.
The final results will be posted on the Run Tucson web page and the Southern Arizona's TMC Get Moving Tucson race results page.
Where to Run: Run or walk wherever and whenever you want!
For safety concerns, we are NOT encouraging you to do the standard route, but here are possible locations you can run or walk on The Loop.
Please remember that these suggestions are NOT measured, and that The Loop is open to pedestrians, bicyclists, chair athletes, and horses. These descriptions are best guesses for the 13.1 mile distance, but you can modify any of them to any other distance, including the standard 5k distance.
Start at St Phillips and head on the north side of the river to just past Dan Felix memorial Park, near Camino de la Tierra -- then turn around and return.
Start at George Mehl Family Foothills Park at River Road, head west to Dodge, south to the south bank, then take the south side to approximately Kolb -- turn around and return.
Start at Christopher Columbus and head north, cross the river at Sunset, then take the east side south to St. Mary's, cross back to the west side, and return to Christopher Columbus.
Start at the Mercado, at Congress and the Santa Cruz: take the River Path south to Valencia, then turn around and return.
Start at Udall Park and take east side path south to Sellarole, then return.
Start at Sam Lena Park, head southwest and under I-10, then head southeast on Julian Wash to Thomas Jay Park, then turn around.
Start at the Fantasy Island parking lot on Valencia and take the Loop north for 3 miles to Irvington, turn around -- do that twice, or continue south to about a mile east of Roy Schooner Trailhead.
SAGUARO EAST CHALLENGE
Start at the fee station and head clockwise on the Cactus Forest loop road for one full loop, then continue on the loop for a second time for approximately 2.4 miles, then head south (right) onto the Cactus Forest trail. Take this trail south until it intersects with the Cactus Forest Loop road -- that will be almost exactly 13.1 mile miles. If you then turn right, you'll have about a mile before you finish at the Visitor Center.
NOTE: very hilly, with some technical trails
Remember, the October 25th TMC Get Moving Tucson is now a virtual event. You can do the Virtual Cox Charities One Mile, the Virtual Tucson Lifestyle 5k, or the Virtual TMC Half Marathon. You can walk or run and go fast or go slow -- it's up to you.
Running Shop SAR Grand Prix: This virtual event will count towards the SAR membership Running Shop Grand Prix. See details here: http://azroadrunners.org/races/detail/grand_prix
Goodie Pick Up in Tucson, following safe, social-distanced protocols you can snag your coaster medallion, long-sleeve shirt, and race number on race weekend:
Friday, October 23rd 4-6 at The Running Shop
Saturday, October 24th 10-1 at The Running Shop
All shirts first-come, first-served. No exchanges, no trying on.
Goodies for Out of Towners: We'll mail packets again to all out-of-town folks.
Posting Results: We'll send instructions on how to post your run results next week!
Awards: All Virtual Finishers will be eligible for raffle prizes from The Running Shop and Run Tucson.
Suggested Routes: In our recent race email, we provide a handful of suggestions for safe locations to do 13.1 miles, 5k, or a one-mile. We're grateful to those who suggested routes via our recent survey. For safety reasons, we are NOT suggesting routes that include city or county roadways. Indeed, please note that we do NOT encourage you to do the course we use for the race. On traditional race weekends, those urban streets are closed, with barricading, police presence, and first-responders on hand. But that won't be the case in 2020, so for public safety we encourage you to avoid street running and stay to safer locations.
Questions? Send 'em to race director Randy Accetta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we really want to get back to an in-person event with happy people running throughout our beloved Tucson streets, we have decided to make the 2020 edition of the TMC Get Moving Tucson a Virtual Event.
We're grateful for the feedback and insights from all who participated in our surveys, as well as from Ross Zimmerman, and our friends at Tucson Medical Center, Pima County, the City of Tucson, and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners. While none of us want to do virtual races, due the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on Southern Arizona, we feel this is the best decision for both individual and public health in Pima County.
As a virtual event, you can complete any of these distances by running or walking in any location you wish:
As with our recent Virtual events, we will mail the race goodies to out-of-town folks while holding packet pick-up in Tucson on race weekend. Everyone will receive
Yes, this race will count towards your SAR Virtual Grand Prix participation points.
All Virtual Finishers will be eligible for raffle prizes from The Running Shop and Run Tucson.
This is the third and final event of the 2020 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, raising funds for local organizations, including over $5,000 for the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation, over $3,000 for Team Hoyt Arizona chair athletes, and at least $1,000 for the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.More
Hello again to the exactly 500 runners and walkers who joined us for this year's Virtual Edition of the TMC Tucson 10k, the 2nd leg of the 2020 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown!
At packet pick-up, it was so nice to chat about running, about families, about jobs, and about how wonderful it is to have a running event to aim for.
It's one thing to sit at home and respond to emails, make phone calls, and write up all these emails. It's another thing to actually spend hours at packet pick-up talking with all of you (in a safe, socially-distanced manner). We're so glad that all of you are part of this event, helping raise funds for the non-profit Southern Arizona Roadrunners and BEYOND-Tucson.
Schwag at The Running Shop, 3055 N Campbell Ave
If you did not visit with us this past weekend, shirts and medals will be available at The Running Shop through the end of the month. Shirt sizes are first-come, first-served.
Also: we are still in the process of mailing shirts and medals to the participants who live outside of the greater Tucson area.
Please post to your social media and tag @runtucson and @RunSAR -- using #runtucson and #TMCT10k and #GabeZimmermanTripleCrown.
If you still have questions after reading everything below, please email us at email@example.com.
Thanks for being part of our wonderful running community!More