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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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Details for this weekend’s Virtual TMC Tucson 10k

Sep 17, 2020

Here's the email we sent to all the registrants for the 4th Annual TMC Tucson 10k.  Instead of cruising the rolling hills of the Painted Desert early on Sunday morning, runners and walkers can do their 5k or 10k wherever they'd like -- then simply submit your results here.  The final results will be posted on the azroadrunners.org TMC Tucson 10K race results page.

Packet pick-up is at The Running Shop, 3055 N Campbell Ave

Friday, September 18: 3:00-6:00 pm
Saturday, September 19: 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 are in the process of mailing shirts and medals to the participants who live outside of the greater Tucson area.

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TMC Tucson 10k Virtual Race Update, with FAQ

Sep 11, 2020


TMC TUCSON 10k FAQ

Q: When and Where is packet pickup?

A: The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell Avenue
Friday: 3:00-6:00 pm (9/18/20)
Saturday:10:00-1:00 pm. (9/19/20)
We are continuing to follow social distancing recommendations. Therefore, race shirts and medals will be set up outside of the Running Shop on Friday and Saturday. There will be no in person registration, only race shirt and medal pick-up. 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 don't come 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 medals to the participants who live outside of the greater Tucson area.
 

Q: Where do I post my Virtual Race Results?

A: You can complete the 10K (or 5K) distance anytime between now and Sunday, September 20, at midnight. Once you've done your virtual race, enter your time on this results form. You can also find the TMC TUCSON 10K 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 Tucson 10K race results page.

Q: Why can't we do this race in person?
A: A few reasons: 1) This event requires permits from Pima Community College, Pima County, and the City of Tucson, and we cannot get the appropriate permits to hold the event at its normal staging venue. 2) Normally, 1500 runners and walker do this event -- even though we have stopped advertising it, 500 of you have signed up and during the ongoing public health crisis we simply cannot find a venue in the region for such a large group.

Q: Are all of your races going to be virtual from now on?
A: We hope not. We miss throwing running parties and seeing our friends laughing, smiling, and having fun together. We're trying to create an innovative and safe in-person experience for the October 25th TMC Get Moving Tucson at a new venue.

Q: Are you advertising this to out-of-towners?

A: No, we have not run any national advertising, as we are focusing on our Tucson running community.

Q: Are you still funding charities and non-profits?
A: Yes. Even though it's virtual this year, the TMC Tucson 10k fundraising is designed to enhance our community's overall physical and mental health and wellness. This event will raise approximately $1,000 for the non-profit running club, the Southern Arizona Roadrunners. And a portion of each entry will go to our final contribution of over $5,000 to the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation

Q: What does Virtual mean anyway?
A: Instead of meeting in person, you will be able to walk or run on your own, at your own place, in a location of your own choosing. Ideally, you would walk or run 5k or a 10k on the weekend of September 19 and 20, but if you want to get it done beforehand, that's fine too. All you have to do is post your time and distance to a spreadsheet. And you're done. Well, then keep an eye out to see if you won gift card raffle prizes.

Q: Do I have to do a 10k?
A: No -- you can certainly walk or run the 5k distance -- or even a mile. Just get out and walk or run in our wonderful late summer weather.

Q: Do I still get my shirt and medal?
A: Of course! We've ordered comfortable soft shirts and we've ordered race medals from Ashworth Awards, out of the Boston area. The medals are made in the USA. Ashworth's production capacity is limited, and because many of you like useful items, we decided to thematize the medal and go with another bottle opener so that you have a set from these first two Triple Crown races.

Q: I live in Tucson, how will I get my TMC Tucson 10k souvenirs?
A: For those who live in and around Tucson, we will have a social-distanced and safe packet pickup, similar to the way we did things back in June at TMC Meet Me Downtown. We'll send specific directions in the coming weeks.

Q: I don't live in Tucson, how will I get my TMC Tucson 10k souvenirs?
A: For those who live outside of Tucson, we will mail you your souvenirs to the address listed on your registration. We're trying to get our TMC Get Moving Tucson souvenirs ready to ship out at the same time, too!!
If you want to check your registration information, please email info@runtucson.net.

Q: Are you providing age group awards?
A: Unfortunately, no, the Virtual race will not have age group or overall race awards.

Q: Will you do gift certificates like you did with TMC Meet Me Downtown?
A: Yes -- we're rounding up a host of gift cards to give as random prizes.  

Q: How can I win a prize???
A: Everyone who does a distance is eligible for a raffle prize. Once you have shared your virtual 5k or 10k results with us through the google form (more details coming soon), your name will be entered in the TMC Tucson 10k Raffle. The drawing will be shown live on Facebook and you will receive an email letting you know YOU WON!

Q: Can friends still register?
A: Yes! We have about 50 spots left. You can register online here: https://runsignup.com/Race/AZ/Tucson/TMCTucson10k
Registration ends on September 14th.


Q: What if I still have questions?
A: Please email info@runtucson.net if you have a question that did not get answered here.

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2020 Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run Postponement Update

Aug 31, 2020

Update: Saguaro Postponed Until 2021

Due to ongoing safety concerns and policies related to the coronavirus pandemic, the Southern Arizona Roadrunners unfortunately has to postpone the Saguaro Labor Day Run until September, 2021. While we would like to continue the 50 year tradition of an annual Saguaro Labor Day running race, this year it will not be possible. Laying aside our own concern about public safety, we have been working with the multiple permitting agencies to ensure that we can do the race.  We have even put forth a proposal for a virtual event, utilizing the National Park over a period of time with no event festivities. Unfortunately, we cannot do the event.

The National Park Service is not in a position to permit the event, writing, "The landscape of Saguaro National Park is open including our trails and roads but we are not in a place where we can host a special event, even if it is virtual.  We do not have any public programs, our visitor centers and outreach programs remain closed, even our restrooms only have limited hours. So, we are going to decline the virtual Labor Day Run and look forward to the 2021 event." 

Thus, while we at SAR would like nothing more than to meet with all of our running friends and community partners to celebrate the beautiful regional landscape, unfortunately we are going to have to postpone the 50th Annual Saguaro Labor Day Run until Labor Day 2021.

What does this mean for you? First, registration for Saguaro has been closed so we are no longer accepting new registrations.

Second, if you have already registered, you have a few choices:

1) SAR can keep all current registrants on the registration roster, and simply defer your registration until the 2021 event so that you are guaranteed entry into what will undoubtedly be a popular 50th anniversary run on Labor Day Monday, 2021. If you would like to defer, you do not have to do anything. We'll simply keep you on the list!

2) If you would like your registration fee back, we can provide a race fee refund.  By September 1st, please email the SAR race director Randy Accetta at randy@runtucson.net and he will manage the return of your funds.

If you have specific questions about these events, please contact me directly.

Thank you,

Randy Accetta, SAR Race Director

randy@runtucson.net

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Update on TMC Tucson 10k, with FAQ

Aug 28, 2020

As you may already know, for public health reasons, the September 20th TMC Tucson 10k will have to be completed as a virtual event, with every registrant receiving a soft t-shirt and a souvenir race medal. Unfortunately, we have not been able to receive permits from all of the event stakeholders.  However, we will still celebrate your running and walking. In keeping with the theme of the year, the race medallion will be similar to the TMC Meet Me Downtown run, with a bottle opener attached. All registrants can complete a 5k or 10k at any time on race weekend. We'll send more information to registrants about the event over the coming weeks, but you can read the event FAQ below. 

--Randy Accetta, Race Director



TMC Tucson 10k FAQ
Q: What does Virtual mean?
A: Instead of meeting in person, you will be able to walk or run on your own, at your own place, in a location of your own choosing. Ideally, you would walk or run 5k or a 10k on the weekend of September 19 and 20, but if you want to get it done beforehand, that's fine too. All you have to do is post your time and distance to a spreadsheet. And you're done.


Q: Where do I find the spreadsheet?
A: We'll send out detailed instructions for how to post your results in early September.


Q: Do I still get my shirt and medal?
A: Of course! We've ordered comfortable soft shirts and we've ordered race medals from Ashworth Awards, out of the Boston area. The medals are made in the USA, but Ashworth's production capacity is limited.  Because many of you like useful items, we decided to thematize the medal and go with another bottle opener so that you have a set from these first two Triple Crown races.


Q: I live in Tucson, how will I get my souvenirs?
A: For those who live in and around Tucson, we will have a social-distanced and safe packet pickup, similar to the way we did things back in June at TMC Meet Me Downtown. We'll send specific directions in the coming weeks.


Q: I don't live in Tucson, how will I get my souvenirs?
A: For those who live outside of Tucson, we will mail you your souvenirs to the address listed on your registration. We're trying to get our TMC Get Moving Tucson souvenirs ready to ship out at the same time, too!!
If you want to check your registration information, please email info@runtucson.net.


Q: Are you providing age group awards?
A: Unfortunately, no, the Virtual race will not have age group or overall race awards.


Q: Will you do gift certificates like you did with TMC Meet Me Downtown?
A: Yes -- we're rounding up a host of gift cards to give as random prizes.  


Q: How can I win a prize???
A: Everyone who does a distance is eligible for a raffle prize. Once you have shared your virtual 5k or 10k results with us through the google form (more details coming soon), your name will be entered in the TMC Tucson 10k Raffle. The drawing will be shown live on Facebook and you will receive an email letting you know YOU WON!


Q: Can friends still register?
A: Yes! We have about 50 spots left. You can register online here: https://runsignup.com/Race/AZ/Tucson/TMCTucson10k
Registration ends on September 10th.


Q: What if I still have questions?
A: Please email info@runtucson.net if you have a question that did not get answered here.

 

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August 1 Update on TMC Tucson 10k and TMC Get Moving Tucson

Aug 1, 2020

Quick update on September 20 TMC Tucson 10k and October 25 TMC Get Moving Tucson Events, including the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon, Tucson Lifestyle 5k, and Cox Charities One Mile + SAR FitKidz.  Questions? Contact race director Randy Accetta at randy@runtucson.net 

September 20: TMC Tucson 10k and 5k
Currently scheduled for Sunday morning, September 20, 2020, this race will be the second leg of the 2020 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.  Providing funds for the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.  This race requires permit approval from Pima County, City of Tucson, and Pima Community College.  As you may know, the PCC campus is currently closed and the City of Tucson is not permitting special events.  Thus, we'll definitely have a Virtual Option, but we're also working with Pima County officials to find a new location, with a safe route, staggered starts, an unsupported course, and no pre- and post-race activities.  Please note that our overall goal is community safety, so we will make a final decision on an in-person event  in consultation with health experts, civic leadership, and the running community.  Registration is open and we've stopped all price increases.


October 25: The TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon & The Tucson Lifestyle 5k Walk/Run. Also including the Cox Charities Free Mile and SAR FitKidz Mile. This event requires permits from the City of Tucson, Pima County, and the Arizona Department of Transportation.  Given that the City of Tucson is not providing permits for special events, we're also working with Pima County officials to find a new location for the TMC Get Moving Tucson event, with safe routes, staggered starts, an unsupported course, and no pre- and post-race activities.  This is the third and final event of the 2020 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, raising funds for the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation, the Team Hoyt Arizona chair athletes, and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.  Please note that our overall goal is community safety, so we will make a final decision in consultation with health experts, civic leadership, and the running community.  We'll always have a Virtual option, too!  Also, registration is open and we've stopped all price increases. . . .

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SAR’s 50th Annual Saguaro Labor Day Run Postponed Until 2021

Jul 1, 2020

Due to ongoing safety concerns and policies related to the coronavirus pandemic, the Southern Arizona Roadrunners unfortunately has to postpone the Saguaro Labor Day Run until September, 2021.

While we would like to continue the 50 year tradition of an annual Saguaro Labor Day running race, this year it will not be possible. Laying aside our own concern about public safety, we have been working with the multiple permitting agencies to ensure that we can do the race.  We have even put forth a proposal for a virtual event, utilizing the National Park over a period of time with no event festivities.

Unfortunately, we cannot do the event.

At this writing, Pima County has not agreed to a permit -- but more importantly, the National Park Service is not in a position to permit the event, writing, "The landscape of Saguaro National Park is open including our trails and roads but we are not in a place where we can host a special event, even if it is virtual.  We do not have any public programs, our visitor centers and outreach programs remain closed, even our restrooms only have limited hours. So, we are going to decline the virtual Labor Day Run and look forward to the 2021 event." 

Thus, while we at SAR would like nothing more than to meet with all of our running friends and community partners to celebrate the beautiful regional landscape, unfortunately we are going to have to postpone the 50th Annual Saguaro Labor Day Run until Labor Day 2021.

What does this mean for you? First, registration for Saguaro has been closed so we are no longer accepting new registrations.

Second, if you have already registered, you have a few choices:

1) SAR can keep all current registrants on the registration roster, and simply defer your registration until the 2021 event so that you are guaranteed entry into what will undoubtedly be a popular 50th anniversary run on Labor Day Monday, 2021. If you would like to defer, you do not have to do anything. We'll simply keep you on the list!

2) If you would like your registration fee back, we can provide a race fee refund.

If you signed up online, simply email the SAR race director Randy Accetta at randy@runtucson.net. We will use the online registration portal to provide a refund of the race fee.

If you would like your registration fee back and you signed up by mailing a registration form and a check, please send a note to SAR at Box 64215, Tucson, AZ 85728. SAR's office manager and the SAR Treasurer will work together to manage the refunds. (Please be patient because this refund process will take some time for SAR to manage.)

If you have specific questions about these events, please contact me directly. Thank you,

Randy Accetta, SAR Race Director

randy@runtucson.net

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Update for TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon

Jun 23, 2020

For the past decade, the TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon has been Tucson's most popular urban half-marathon event, with the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon, the Tucson Lifestyle 5k Run/Walk, and the Cox Charities Free FitKidz Mile for children 12-and-under.  Produced by Randy and Tia Accetta, TMC Get Moving Tucson has included multiple routes, live music, a vendor expo, children's activities, jumping castles, food trucks, breakfast after-party, and more. 

However, as of June 2020, we still don't know what we'll be able to do for the 2020 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.  If we cannot receive permits for the regular race route, our options are these:

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

2) Move the location to create a safer-route, enabling staggered starts, fewer aid stations, and so forth.  (We're thinking of doing out-and-backs along The Loop, but we still need to get appropriate permits.)

We will use the race pages, email, and social media channels to provide updated information.  For questions, contact race director Randy Accetta at randy@runtucson.net.

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Saguaro Labor Day Run Update

Jun 14, 2020

June 14, 2020 Update:  We are working with the multiple agencies that provide permits for the event.  As of this writing, Arizona is seeing a surge in the coronavirus and a corresponding stress on the healthcare system.  Accordingly, the Saguaro Labor Day Run has not been granted a permit for the Labor Day event.  

We are hopeful that we will be able to permit the event, but even if we do, we do not expect to be able to run the race the way it has taken place for the past 49 years.  In a best-case scenario, the race will be run in waves and the course will be unsupported, with no volunteer-managed water stations and no spectators allowed.  In a worst-case scenario we may simply have to cancel the event.  We will know more in the coming weeks and we'll keep the SAR running community informed.  Questions? Contact longtime race director Randy Accetta at randy@runtucson.net.

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Race Report for TMC Meet Me Downtown VIRTUAL 5k and One Mile

Jun 14, 2020

June 10 Update: Well, if it's not one thing, it's another. As we write this, our beloved Catalina Mountains are on fire, with crews working heroically to contain the flames. We hope that all of our running community friends are safe. Speaking of safety, you can see the Southern Arizona Roadrunners Facebook page for helpful health updates.

Now, back to the Virtual TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k. 

We wish we could have thrown a big ol' running party for, but we sure got to see a lot of you when you came by The Running Shop and Hotel Congress to snag your goodie bags. Thanks, too, to those of you who participated from afar, including a runner from Latvia! 

Below that you'll find information on the results, the raffle winners, the donations, and how to pick up your goodies if you haven't received 'em yet. 
Thanks again,
Randy and Tia Accetta
randy@runtucson.net | tia@runtucson.net

 

RESULTS & GRAND PRIX UPDATE
You can find the TMC Meet Me Downtown results here.  The virtual event is non-competitive and all results are self-reported.  
If you did the virtual run but have not yet reported your results, you can  submit your results to the google doc , and we'll update the results later in June. 
Grand Prix Update: Please note that SAR will provide all SAR members credit towards SAR's 2020 Running Shop Grand Prix. See the updated  SAR Running Shop Grand Prix details here.

WHAT IF I DIDN'T GET MY GOODIES?
1) Local In-Person Pickup: Many of you were able to come to The Running Shop or Hotel Congress to get your final goodies for the events. 
If you're one of the 30 locals who did not pick up your items, you can pick 'em up through the end of June at The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell).
2) Out-of-Town: We've mailed all the out-of-town packets, so be sure to check your mail for an exciting "Run Tucson" mailer. 
Questions? Contact info@runtucson.net 


RAFFLE, TEAM RESULTS, and HOW TO GET YOUR AWARDS
Check out the Facebook Live raffle and award announcement at The Running Shop . 
Below is a list of the recipients and the restaurants and stores to which they received their gift cards. Winners can pick up your gift cards at The Running Shop.
Special thanks to our many friends who helped provide prizes: Kim and Don Bourn from Bourn Companies; Sharon Bart and the crew at The Running Shop; Todd Hanley and the crew at Hotel Congress; and Kathleen Eriksen and the crew at the Downtown Tucson Partnership.
Reforma
Ruth Acedo
Serene Espinoza
Bob Marshall
Paulette Yates
Craft
Jennifer Lawrence
Noemi Mills
Saffron
Tamaki Layman
Meghan Mensack
Sushi Garden
Steve Abbott
Teresa Truelsen
The Parish
Carrie Serra
Carol Torpey
Donut Bar
D’Ann Hunt
Pueblo Vida
Joanie Rogucki
Jennifer Wellborn
Hotel Congress
Dolores Addison
Michael De Alto
Jennifer Estrada
Clarisa Nido
Running Shop
Connie Lopez 
Mark Belanger
Zach Delaney 
Caitlin Cuslidge
Whitney LaCombe
Gloria Lebario 
Darby McMahon
Christian Smith 
Julie Sparkman 
Frank Vargas


TEAM AWARDS
Most Members: Team Hoyt Arizona, winning a $100 gift card to be used at The Cup, Hotel Congress, or Maynard's Market.
Random Team Drawing: Team “Heads Up” also wins a $100 gift card to be used at The Cup, Hotel Congress, or Maynard's Market.
A representative from the winning team can pick up your gift cards at The Running Shop.

RACE DONATIONS

Thanks to all of you for helping us raise over $10,000 for these local organizations:
BEYOND-TUCSON Foundation
TMC Marks Fund for Employee Assistance
Greater Tucson Leadership
Children's Museum, Tucson
Educational Enrichment Foundation
the Humane Society of Southern Arizona
Southern Arizona Roadrunners
Special thanks to funding from Cox Communications, Cox Charities, Rio Nuevo, and Tucson Medical Center!

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