SAR News

SAR Jumps For Joy in Tucson Lifestyle Magazine

Feb 1, 2021

In this month's Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, SAR President Lauren Erdelyi advocates running as public health.  Check it out . . .


Announcing the TMC Trail Challenge Beneficiary: Community Home Repairs Project

Jan 25, 2021

We want everyone to get outside -- but we also want everyone to be able to return to a safe home space.  Thus, we have partnered with the Tucson Realtors Charity Foundation (TRCF) to provide funds to the Community Home Repairs Project of Arizona, a non-profit dedicated to assisting low income homeowners in Tucson and Pima County by providing emergency home repairs and adaptive and safety modifications for people with disabilities.  In addition, SAR will receive a portion of each entry.  Questions? Contact Race Director Randy Accetta at randy@runtucson.


Introducing TMC Trail Challenge

Jan 23, 2021

We're excited about our new TMC Trail Challenge.  For twelve years now, we've held the in-person "TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson" trail event for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities at the historic Old Tucson Studios.  However, Old Tucson has closed and we can't get permits for in-person events, so we're changing things up!  This year, all are invited to participate in Run Tucson's TMC Trail Challenge.  We're trying to keep pricing low, with a SAR member discount and a Family Challenge discount -- you can see details at the SAR race page or at the online registration page.  For questions, contact race director Randy Accetta at


Update for TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run

Jan 11, 2021

January 11, 2021 Update: We will NOT be able to hold an in-person event race on the grounds of Old Tucson Studios on February 21, 2021.  We could do this as a Virtual Run, but we're working on getting permits for a safe, socially-distanced in-person event at a different trail location on a different date in March or April. We'll be back with more information as soon as we can get things squared away. For questions, contact Race Director Randy Accetta at


2021 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown Registration Now Open

Jan 10, 2021

January 10 Update:  Online registration is now open.  While we do not know what 2021 will bring, we're moving forward with plans for the 2021 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.  We've put in for permits for a safe in-person TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Walk at Armory Park and we're looking forward to the three-race series, whether in person or virtually!  Questions? Contact Randy Accetta at


Walking Wednesday, with UArizona Health Sciences

Dec 18, 2020

Click here for the holiday PSA from UA Health Sciences, featuring a former SAR Board President.  Whether running or walking, SAR encourages everyone to get out and get moving this holiday season.


Update on 2021 TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson

Dec 18, 2020

December 18, 2020 Update: We love this race, so we're working on details to hold a safe and enjoyable event on February 21, 2021.  We're very concerned about our community's public health, so we want to ensure public safety.   As if an international pandemic isn't enough, we also have to address the Old Tucson Studios closure.  Still, we're submitting our permits and hope to be able to hold a safe trail race in the New Year.  For questions, contact Race Director Randy Accetta at


Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic 2020 - RECAP

Dec 11, 2020

The weather would have been perfect for an in person, live event but the 2020 pandemic had other plans! With Tucson’s temperatures in the low 70’s with brisk, crisp morning air, it would have been lovely to have been able to gather and see your smiling faces. But safety was most important and the Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic went virtual for 2020.

Instead of the 2,000 plus registrants we normally get, we are thankful that 416 wanted to participate virtually. For everyone who sent in their results, we offered a raffle prize for each age group in the 5K as well as a few raffle prizes for the Fun Run. If you were part of a team, you got an extra chance at winning a raffle prize as well. The youngest 5K participant, entering his first 5K, is Silas Witter, at 3 months old. We suspect that he was carried or pushed in a stroller but are hopeful that he was able to enjoy the experience! With the oldest participant being 82, we feel that the field was well represented!

We are forever grateful to Tucson Parks and Rec for working with us and marking the course. While we couldn’t include the hay bales or the water jump, it was still wonderful to offer the actual course for those wanting to partake. We heard that several of you were able to go to Reid Park Thanksgiving morning to run or walk and continue your Thanksgiving tradition.

Many thanks go to our sponsors! Brooks Sports and The Running Shop for donating shoes.  Bruegger’s Bagels and Sparkletts for providing raffle prizes. Sonic Drive-In for contributing to our awards. Thank you to SAR for the support and to Lucas Tyler for helping guide us through the new obstacles of a virtual event. A huge shout out goes to Chip Travers for creating our tee shirt artwork with the relevant turkey running with hand sanitizer and a thermometer while wearing a mask and face shield. It has to be the best turkey trot artwork this year! Another shout out goes to Sunset Embroidery and Screen Print and Steve King for doing such a fine job printing our shirts. We so appreciate these two gentlemen!

Raffle prize winners are:

Brooks Shoe Winners; Cheryl Corsi, Laura Silva, Matthew Vanasco and Mike Greene.

Women’s 5k; Rosemary Rios, Sadie McGinn, Audrey Greene, Katie Smith, Itzel Valencia-Gallegos, Emily Hoegh, Nadine Grambling, Elisha Caywood, Julie Laporte, Josefina Olivas, Marti Ackerman, Sarah Mulholland, Pam Reeder, Maureen Cunningham, Midge Ochart, Shirley Hester and Sue Smith.

Men’s 5k; Liam Greene, Owen Phelps, Rylan McDaniel, Leo Bruell, Vincent Buccini, Tyler Grambling, Brian Paradis, Matt King, Paul Algreen, Ed Mason, Christian Smith, Peter Ruggles, Paul Maynard, David Taylor and Don Branaman.

Team; Colin McRae, Megan Greene, Jenny Hall, Luke Senner, Connie Lopez and Tessa Collins.

Fun Run; Simon Greene, Jennifer Davenport, Rachel Mosher and Elsie Gardiner.


While our donations can’t be as generous as usual to our beneficiaries, we are proud to donate over $1,000 to both Team Hoyt Arizona and Toys for Tots.

We wish you a joyous holiday season and hope to see you in person next year! Please shop and dine locally to help support our local businesses!


Tucson Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic Results now posted

Dec 2, 2020

You can find the results of the virtual race here!


2020 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown Thank You from BEYOND

Nov 20, 2020

Thanks to all 500 of you in the SAR community who participated in the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown series.  The Triple Crown beneficiary was the BEYOND Foundation, committed to helping Tucsonans take a comprehensive approach to mental and physical health.  Based on your participation and funding from Tucson Medical Center, we were able to provide BEYOND with $5,500 in funds.  As a partial use of those funds, BEYOND writes, "we established a special scholarship fund" for those who need financial help in improving their health."  If you know anyone who has financial needs for race fees, training equipment, or other fitness and health-related challenges, please have them reach out to or send us an email.  

Thanks again -- Randy and Tia Accetta


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