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  • TMC Meet Me Downtown Weekend - 5/26/17 & 5/27/17

    11th Annual TMC 5k Night Run & 2nd Annual Friday Night Festival of Miles: 1 weekend, 2 nights, and more races than you can shake a stick at! The Friday Night Festival of Miles has special RRCA awards for Open, Master’s, Grand-Master’s, and Super Grand Masters with over $3,000 in prize money available.The 11th Annual TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Walk is Tucson’s biggest running block party with over $4,000 in prize money available!

Latest News:

May 24 Update on Details for TMC Meet Me Downtown Weekend

May 24, 2017

Online registration for the Festival of Miles & the TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run/Walk and online registration for the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown ends Wednesday, May 24 at midnight.  You can pick up your shirt and number at The Running Shop until Wednesday, May 24th at 6:00 pm. Click here for the Arizona Daily Star article about the Triple Crown fundraising efforts.  Click here for the KGUN Morning Blend race week interview.  Click here for the Goatographer 2016 Race Video!

To help get ready, below is a list of all the details for race weekend, including information on parking, headphones, schedules, prize money, and more.   See "Course Info" tab on the race page for race maps!

RACE WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Staging Location: 200 South Sixth Avenue, at the Children's Museum and Armory Park 

GABE ZIMMERMAN TRIPLE CROWN

Pick up your Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown shirt and your TMC Meet Me Downtown medal on Saturday night May 27 at the Triple Crown/RunTucson tent, 4:30- 8:30 pm.

Virtual: If you are doing the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Virtually, simply take a photo of your run and post it to the SAR facebook page and tag us on instagram @runtucson and @runsar. 

Virtual Locals: If you live near Tucson but did the GZTC virtually, you can pick up your shirts and your GZTC medal at The Running Shop in June.

Virtual out-of-towners: Those of you living far away, we'll mail your stuff to you in early June.

RACE WEEKEND SCHEDULE 

Friday, May 26 4:00-7:30 at the Friday Night Festival of Miles

4:00-7:30 Registration and Packet Pickup

YES: The Children's Museum is open for free from 4:00 - 7:00 pm, with activities in the grass area in front of the Children's Museum
YES: people can register for any of the events! 
YES: you can pick up your Friday Night Mile number and race shirt.
YES: you can pick up Saturday's TMC Night Run shirt and number.
NO: you cannot pick up your Triple Crown items until Saturday, May 27
YES: all children need to be accompanied by an adult.
NO: you cannot use their restrooms; WasteManagement portojohns are on the north wall of the Children's Museum.

5:00 onward

Running Race Food Truck Roundup with some awesome food to purchase
Great rock n' roll by the first-ever TMC Meet Me Downtown band, Tucson's AFTER7, the house band of ProActive Physical Therapy, one of our great sponsors.  Magic Mr. B the Magician will be roaming the race site.  
SAR Selfie-Station, PR Bell, vendor tables and expo booths. 
Jumping castle and kids activities.

6:00 onward

Beer garden opens. Beer Garden Rules: every 21+ runner receives one free can of beer, either AmstelXlight or Heineken.  Additional cans are $3 apiece, cash or credit cards.  For insurance and legal reasons, we reserve the right to refuse service to any runner.  Please bring ID in case we have to check your age. Thanks to Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists for handling the Beer Garden.

 

Festival of Miles Race Schedule

6:00 Men's Masters Mile for all abilities, men 40-and-over, RRCA National Championship and Prize Money event
6:15 Women's Masters Mile for all abilities, women 40-and-over, RRCA National Championship and Prize Money event
6:30 Free FitKidz Mile for all children 12-and-under, includes free FitKidz shirt
7:00 Tucson Tutu Mile, for men and women of all ages and abilities wearing tutus -- don't worry, you can purchase a tutu when you register!
7:15 Battle of the Badges, for police, fire departments, border patrol, sheriff department and other civil service members
7:30 Open Women for all ages and all abilities, RRCA National Championship and Prize Money event
7:45 Open Men for all ages and abilities, RRCA National Championship and Prize Money event
8:45 (approx):  Begin RRCA and Battle of the Badges awards
9:00 or so:  Beer Garden and Food Trucks Wrap up

 

Saturday, May 27: 11th Annual TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run

4:30-6:30:  Packet pick-up and additional registration at the race site at the Children's Museum, 200 South Sixth Avenue.  Our sponsors, vendors, and beneficiaries will be available for visits all night.

4:30-8:30 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown Shirt and Medallion Pick-up at the Run Tucson tent, near the finish line

5:00 - onward: Free Selfie Station will help you with costumes and props. Hashtag: #meetmedowntown5k and #runtucson  and #RunSAR

5:00 - ongoing 5th Annual Running Race Food Truck Roundup with some awesome food to purchase.  Plus, SAR Selfie-Station, vendor tables and expo booths.  Jumping castle and kids activities.

5:00 - ongoing great rock n' roll by Maxx Staxx

6:30 Beneficiary Check Announcement: funds provided to the Children's Museum, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Living Streets Alliance, Greater Tucson Leadership, Educational Enrichment Foundation, Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists, and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners

6:45 Line up to race, final announcements

7:00 Race starts: please line up following the flagging that indicates your minutes/mile time.  If you want to win, please start at the front.  PR Bell when you're done!

Strollers: please allow plenty of room and be safe and courteous of others.

7:00: Beer garden opens. Beer Garden Rules: every 21+ runner receives one free can of beer, either AmstelXlight or Heineken.  Additional cans are $3 apiece, cash or credit cards.  For insurance and legal reasons, we reserve the right to refuse service to any runner.  Please bring ID in case we have to check your age. Thanks to Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists for handling the Beer Garden.

8:30 (approx):  Begin awards and raffles - thanks to The Running Shop

8:30 and onwards: After-Party at Hotel Congress with drink discounts, music, and more

$3 Local Draft Beer and Amstel Light (I guess they are a beer sponsor of the race)
$4 Milagro Tequila and Seagram’s Vodka drinks
$5 AZ Private Label Red Wine and Private Label White Wine, $3 Local Draft Beer

 

OTHER ITEMS

Parking: There is a ton of parking nearby, both street and garage.  See these maps from our partner, the Downtown Tucson Partnership.  See the City of Tucson information here!

Weather: Our guess is that it will be hot on race night, so please use common sense on race night to remain cool - wear light clothes, stay hydrated, and slow down if you need to.  The course will have two water stations, plus fresh ice to keep you cool.  Experts say that staying hydrated keeps your core body temperature down, so if possible bring your own water to keep you cool.

Rincon AC Cooling Station: Our friends at Rincon Air Conditioning will host a cooling station near the finish line.

Muscle Milk Star Tent: Long-time partners Muscle Milk will have 4,000 bottles of cold Muscle Milk this weekend, plus their Star fitness tent for shade, stretching, and warm-ups.

Course Maps: Click here for the "Course Information" link on the SAR race page

Bathrooms: There are plenty of Waste Management port-o-johns on the north wall of the Children’s Museum, facing 12th Street

After-Party at Hotel Congress: Our long-time partner, Hotel Congress, is once-again hosting the official After-Party, with these discounts

$3 Local Draft Beer and Amstel Light (I guess they are a beer sponsor of the race)
$4 Milagro Tequila and Seagram’s Vodka drinks
$5 AZ Private Label Red Wine and Private Label White Wine, $3 Local Draft Beer

Why We Don’t Want You to Wear Headphones:

We feel strongly that headphones are dangerous, making it difficult to hear crisis communication and keeping the athlete from being responsive to the needs of their nearby participants.
We have hired bands, so listen to them!
Headphones are not allowed in championship events, so we do not allow headphones in prize money races – that is, if you wear a headphone set you are not eligible for prize money.

Additional A's to some frequently asked Qs

Shirt sizing is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Nope, there are no dogs allowed in any of the events.
Yup, strollers are allowed.  Please be  respectful of your child and the people near you!
Parents are allowed to walk or run with little children in the FitKidz mile but they are not part of the official event and are not timed.
Headphones are strongly discouraged. We have multiple bands on the course for those who need music.  Please don't wear headphones.  If you are wearing headphones, you will not be eligible for prize money.
Nope, we do not have a bag check -- TPD has asked us to ask participants to leave bags and extra personal items in cars rather than scattered around the public space.
Yes, the after-party on Saturday is again at the Hotel Congress!
Yes, the beer garden is only for 21-and-over, so please have ID ready in case you get carded.

 

Thanks to Dave Hill for measuring and certifying both courses and special thanks to AMR for providing ambulances on race night.  We're grateful, too, to the City of Tucson and the Tucson Police Department for allowing us to close some of our major Downtown thoroughfares.  Desert Barricades have helped ensure all of our road closures, too.

 

PRIZE MONEY FOR FRIDAY NIGHT MILES

Special RRCA Championship Medallions to the first place Men’s and Women’s finishers in Open, Master’s (Over 40), Grand Masters (Over 50), and Super Grand Masters (Over 60).  

Please note, following USATF and RRCA guidelines, the use of headphones in prize money races is prohibited -- that is, prize money will not be distributed to runners wearing headphones in these events.  We strongly discourage the use of headphones in all TMC Meet Me Downtown Weekend events.  From USATF: "The following shall be considered assistance and therefore not allowed: . . . The visible possession or use by athletes of video, audio, or communications devices in the competition area [ . . .] those competing in Championships for awards, medals, or prize money may not use such devices . . . headphones remain banned for any athlete competing in a USA Championship . . ."

Open Male and Female Prize Money

1st  $500
2nd $200
3rd $100

$408.90 Race Director Challenge Bonus

408 dollars and 90 cents bonus to the fastest man who breaks the race director’s personal best of 4:08.9.  Yup, Randy ran that back in the 1900’s.
408 dollars and 90 cents bonus to the fastest woman who breaks the equivalent time of 4:48.9 (see the Mercier Score Calculator for comparison details)

Master's Prize Money (40-and-over) Male and Female (no minimum time set for the master's money)

1st $100
2nd $50
3rd $25 

Tucson Tutu Mile Prize Money

$50 to first place man and first place woman wearing a tutu

$250 Donation for Battle of the Badges

$250 to the charity of their choice to the organization or department with the fastest team of 5 in the Battle of the Badges (cross country scoring)

NOTE: Prize Money double-dipping is allowed, thus it is possible for the fastest woman and fastest man to earn $808 apiece.

NOTE: A limited number of complimentary entries for elite athletes are available.  Send resume and ways you can add value to the race to race director Randy Accetta at randy@runtucson.net

USATF Course Sanction #: AZ16012JOE

 

SATURDAY TMC 5k NIGHT RUN PRIZE MONEY

Male and Female Prize Money 

1st  $400
2nd $300
3rd $200
4th $100
5th $50

NOTE: Prize Money double-dipping is allowed (for example, a runner may receive both overall and masters money and team money). Prize money winners are taken out of age group gift certificate awards.

NOTE: all teams must be formally registered as a team by midnight May 24th.  There is NO race weekend team registration and no in-person team registration.

NOTE: A limited number of complimentary entries for elite athletes are available.  Send resume and ways you can add value to the race to race director Randy Accetta at randy@runtucson.net

Course Record Bonus

$200 bonus to the man who breaks the current men’s course record of 14:25, set by Jordan Chipengama (2014)
$200 bonus to the woman who breaks the current women’s record of 17:23, set by Maggie Callahan (2013)

Master's Prize Money (40-and-over) Male and Female (no minimum time set for the master's money)

1st $100
2nd $50
3rd $25 

Master's Bonus

$100 to the 40-and-over man who breaks Shaun Haley’s master’s record of 15:57 (2011)
$100 to the 40-and-over woman who breaks Paula Morrison’s master’s record of 18:16 (2014)

Team Prize Money

$300 to the fastest team of 5 men (using standard cross country style scoring)
$300 to the fastest team of 5 women (using standard cross country style scoring)

NOTE: Prize Money double-dipping is allowed, thus it is possible for the fastest woman and fastest man to earn almost $1,000 apiece if they set all records and are part of the fastest teams.  Team registration information can be found at http://www.azroadrunners.org. ;

Age Group Awards

All first, second, and third place in 5-year divisions will receive age group awards from the Running Shop: $25 for 1st, $15 for 2nd, and $10 for third.  Prize money winners are taken out of age group gift certificate awards.

USATF Course Sanction #: 15-48-500

 

Whew - that's a lot of information, we know, but if you've read this far you should be well-prepared for a great weekend!

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Current Pricing for TMC Meet Me Downtown Weekend

May 23, 2017

Online registration ends Wednesday at midnight -- or you can sign up in person at The Running Shop through close of business Wednesday and on each race night.

FRIDAY NIGHT FESTIVAL OF MILES:

$20 for each Festival of Miles event entered -- include FoM T-shirt, FoM Medal, and free beer coupon

Friday Night FitKidz Mile is free for children 12-and-under

SATURDAY NIGHT TMC MEET ME DOWNTOWN:

$35 per person for the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Walk -- includes race shirt and free beer coupon, plus all the great race night festivities, including post-race after-party discounts at Hotel Congress

Through May 25, you can still join a team for $5 off!

GABE ZIMMERMAN TRIPLE CROWN

The 3-race series is $99

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Thank you to sponsors and beneficiaries!

May 22, 2017

Click here to meet the beneficiaries, sponsors, and partners of the TMC Meet Me Downtown Weekend!  Thanks to you, we're able to raise over $20,000 for these great local organizations! Our goal is simple: use running to make Tucson a better place to live, which is why the TMC Meet Me Downtown weekend is for everyone, form old to young & from speedsters to walkers and everything in between!

BEYOND-Tucson Foundation
This is the first year that the BEYOND-Foundation is the beneficiary of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown. 
Four key pillars that supports optimum physical and mental health:

EXPLORE:  Getting outdoors and spending time in nature;
MOVE:  Engaging in regular physical activity;
NOURISH:  Eating healthy foods; and
CONNECT:  Connecting with one another as a community.


Children's Museum
Children's Museum Tucson offers adventure learning, interactive exhibits and daily programming.  The Children's Museum is opening their doors for free on Friday night and letting us use their space on Saturday evening!
 
Tucson Symphony Orchestra
The mission of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra is to engage, educate and transform our community through live musical experiences of the highest quality.
TSO will have a brass quintet makin' some noise in the TMC 5k Night Run. 

Cox Charities
is the fundraising and grantmaking arm of Cox Communications raising funds for local charities.
 
Educational Enrichment Foundation
EEF actively provides enhanced and enriched learning resources for TUSD students, teachers, and schools, advocates for educational excellence for all children, and ensures access to educational enrichment opportunities within TUSD for financially in-need students.  
EEF volunteers will be on hand at the 2-mile water station.
 
Greater Tucson Leadership
is a non-profit, non-partisan leadership organization dedicated to providing leadership education, community development and civic engagement for the overall care of and commitment to our Tucson community.  
GTL volunteers will be helping with the water station at the start/finish.

Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists
Dedicated to protecting and enhancing mountain bicycling opportunities . . .  to promote low impact outdoor recreation, conservation, and mountain bicycling opportunities that are environmentally and socially responsible.SDMB folks will be handling the AmstelXlight Beer Garden!

Living Streets Alliance
The mission of the Living Streets Alliance is to promote healthy communities by empowering people to transform our streets into vibrant places for walking, bicycling, socializing, and play.

TEAM HOYT, ARIZONA
TEAM HOYT is dedicated to sharing the racing and team experience with anyone who wishes to join, including people with special needs and diverse abilities or disabilities.
Team Hoyt will provide free coffee drinks from their trailer on 13th Street!

Southern Arizona Roadrunners
 Our vision is that SAR will utilize running events to help local charities raise funds while promoting a healthy community.  We do so by facilitating and supporting competitive and social running and walking events; by promoting running and fitness for all ages; by providing educational and social information about our sport; and by promoting our sport through public relations and civic involvement.  
Of course, SAR volunteers will be everywhere -- registration, on the course, setting up, breaking down, and more . . . thanks SAR!

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Ways to Register During Race Week, TMC Meet Me Downtown Weekend

May 22, 2017

Online through May 24: Sign up online for the Friday Night Mile, or for Saturday's TMC 5k Night Run, or sign up online for the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.

In person at The Running Shop: You can register during business hours at the Running Shop (3055 North Campbell) until Wednesday, May 24 at 6:00 pm

In person Friday Night May 26 5-7 pm at the race site 200 South Sixth Avenue: Sign up in person for any of the Friday Night Miles, Saturday's TMC 5k Night Run, or the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.

In person Saturday May 27 5-6:30 pm at the race site 200 South Sixth Avenue: Sign up in person for the TMC 5k Night Run or the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.

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TMC Meet Me Downtown Hotel Discount

May 17, 2017

For all runners and walkers at the TMC Meet Me Downtown weekend, we have set up a special price for you at the Homewood Suites by Hilton St. Philips Plaza.  To receive a discount off their lowest published rate, copy and paste this:

https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/hw/reservation/book.htm?ctyhocn=TUSSPHW&corporateCode=0003094293&from=lnrlink​ 

SAR guests will enjoy these standard amenities: 

  • Spacious one-bedroom suites with separate living and dining area 
  • Complimentary full hot breakfast served daily 
  • Full kitchen with refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and two-burner stove
  •  Evening social Monday – Wednesday featuring light meals, Beer and Wine
  •  On-site 24 fitness center with Precor Cardio Room and Weight room
  •  Complimentary high speed internet and a 24 hour Business Center
  •  Complimentary shuttle service within 5 mile radius of Hotel
  •  Hilton Hhonors rewards where guest earn both Points & Miles
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