SAR News

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 www.beyond-tucson.com or send us an email.  

Thanks again -- Randy and Tia Accetta

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TMC Get Moving Tucson Update

Nov 19, 2020

Thanks again for being part of the TMC Get Moving Tucson.  All out-of-town and Virtual Race packages have been mailed and all items have been removed from The Running Shop.  Well, that's not true: if you have not picked up your TMC Tucson 10k or TMC Get Moving Tucson medal, you can snag those at The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell.  All leftover shirts are being donated to Casa de los Ninos.  We wish you the best with your winter training!  See you soon . . . .

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TMC Get Moving Tucson VIRTUAL Half Marathon and 5k results now posted!

Nov 2, 2020

You can find self-reported results here!

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Race Report for First and We Hope Last-Ever Virtual TMC Get Moving Tucson

Oct 27, 2020

Thanks to the 500+ runners and walkes who took part in the TMC Half Marathon, the Tucson Lifestyle 5k, and the Cox Charities Family Mile!  Post your results here.  Click here for the race report emailed to all participants.

Awards Update: At 10:00 am on Friday morning, October 30th, we'll be doing our Facebook Live Raffle Awards, so be sure your name is entered in the raffle by uploading your results here by midnight Thursday night!

  • The drawing will be shown live on the Running Shop's Facebook Live site
  • The final results and raffle winners will be posted on http://www.azroadrunners.org.

Fundraising: Thanks to TMC Get Moving Tucson runners and sponsors, we raised these funds:

$1,000 to the Southern Arizona Roadrunners
$3,100 to Team Hoyt Arizona
$5,500 to BEYOND TUCSON
Special thanks to Tucson Medical Center, Cox Communications, and Rio Nuevo District for their ongoing support.

Race Goodies

  • We will be mailing race goodies to all the out-of-town and Virtual Crown folks!
  • If you live in Tucson and have not yet received your race items, please visit The Running Shop, 3055 N Campbell Ave sometime in November.

Special thanks to all our race weekend volunteers for helping us hand out shirts and medals this weekend: Sandy Crusa, Connie Lopez, Doreen Castillo, Debbie Black, and Eileen Spear.

SAR Members Can Earn Points Toward Grand Prix Medal

  • Virtual races will be counted towards the 6 races needed to earn a Grand Prix SAR medal. The number of Grand Prix races for each finisher will be calculated as finishes in any in-person Grand Prix event PLUS any finishes of Grand Prix virtual events.  See
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TMC Get Moving Tucson Update: packet pickup info, how to upload race results, suggestions on routes

Oct 19, 2020

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 . . .

Upload your Race Results HERE

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.
CENTRAL
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.
WEST
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.
EAST
Start at Udall Park and take east side path south to Sellarole, then return.
SOUTH
Start at Sam Lena Park, head southwest and under I-10, then head southeast on Julian Wash to Thomas Jay Park, then turn around.
SOUTH EAST
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

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Jim Click’s Run N’ Roll Virtual events results now posted

Oct 14, 2020

You can find them here!  

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Update for Virtual TMC Get Moving Tucson Participants

Oct 8, 2020

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 randy@runtucson.net.
 

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TMC Get Moving Tucson—now virtual

Sep 29, 2020

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:

  • Cox Charities One Mile
  • Tucson Lifestyle 5k
  • TMC Get Moving Tucson Half Marathon

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

  • a long-sleeve race shirt
  • souvenir race number
  • souvenir circular coaster medallion, highlighting both the TMC Get Moving event and the 2020 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.​

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.

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Virtual TMC Tucson 10k Race Report

Sep 24, 2020

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.

Upload your race results HERE 

Later this week we will do the race raffle and then email again with winners.  Once collected, results will be posted on http://www.runtucson.net and at http://www.azroadrunners.org.

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 info@runtucson.net.

Thanks for being part of our wonderful running community!


Randy and Tia Accetta and Sandy, Georgia, & the crew at Run Tucson
randy@runtucson.net
tia@runtucson.net
info@runtucson.net

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TMC Get Moving Tucson Update

Sep 20, 2020

September 20th Update:  Frankly, we still don't know what we'll be able to do with the October 27th TMC Get Moving Tucson events..  While we really want to get back to an in-person event with happy people running throughout our beloved Tucson streets, at this writing, the public health crisis is significantly affecting Southern Arizona, so we're leaning towards an entirely virtual event for the 500 or so participants.

We will not receive permits from the City of Tucson, Pima County, and Arizona Department of Transportation for the regular race route, so our options are these:

1) Move the event to a Virtual Event, like we had to do with the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k and TMC Tucson 10k. 

2) Create a hybrid Virtual and In-Person event, with the in-person location safe enough for up to 200 participants, with staggered starts, social distancing, self-supported course, and so forth.  (As we write this in late September, we are less optimistic about this possibility.)

We will use this race page, email, and social media channels to provide updated information as we learn more.  For questions or to offer suggestions, contact Randy at randy@runtucson.net.

Free Race shirt: The first 500 registrants will receive a light-weight, light-colored long-sleeved souvenir shirt, in women's and unisex sizing.

Souvenir Finisher's Medal: Every finisher in the 5k and half-marathon will the special circle coaster medallion designed in partnership with local Cirrus Visual and Ashworth Awards, the nation's premier medal company

Participant Cap: We will have to cap this event at 550, with only 200 or so allowed on an in-person course.  We have approximately 470 already registered . . . 

Beneficiaries: No matter what, this will be the third race of the 200 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.  Proceeds will benefit Team Hoyt Arizona, the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation, and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.

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