TMC Get Moving Tucson Race Report

Randy Accetta October 26, 2014

Before digging in, check out the SAR facebook page video for how to use the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown medallion to best effect. 

Age Group Awards in both the TMC A-Mountain Half and the Tucson Lifestyle 5k will be available at The Running Shop through December 1st. If you were one of the dozen or so folks who did not receive your Half-Marathon finisher’s medallion at the race, your name is on a list at The Running Shop, where we expect to have them available by October 30th. Full results at

If you did not receive your Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown medallion, it is also at the Running Shop.  The name of all Triple Crown registrants who did not receive the completion medal is at The Shop, so head over there and they will take care of you.  Clearly, we are grateful to Sharon Bart and the gang at The Running Shop for being our post-race headquarters.

The page has over 250 photos of the race which can be downloaded, while an additional 1000+ photos can be purchased at

Now on to the race itself:

The 2014 edition marked the 10th year that the Get Moving Tucson race has been held Downtown, continuing our commitment to highlighting major locations in our community.  However, this race has been held for over 30 years, originally held on a course staged at Sabino High School under the name the Special Olympic Benefit Run, otherwise known as the SOB 10-Miler.  We are grateful to be part of this long-standing Tucson tradition.

The 2014 TMC Get Moving Tucson A-Mountain Half-Marathon was won by Alex Troncoso in 1:14:36.  Despite trailing at the iconic "A" on top of Sentinel Peak, Alex rallied to win his first half-marathon ahead of UA grad student Kurt Michels (1:16:27).  Alex and Kurt both run for the Running Shop Racing Team and are heading to the NYC Marathon in November.

Third place went to former Sunnyside High School standout, Anthony Francisco (1:17:58).  The three men all took a wrong turn just past the 3.1 mile mark and ran an extra few hundred yards, but still managed to take home top honors even though they ran an estimated minute longer.

Women's winner Autumn Ray, a doctor at TMC, finished in 1:22:06, ahead of training partner Amy Cole (1:23:40).  Autumn and Amy both run for the Sonoran Distance Project, a group of women seeking Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying times. Danielle Higgins, former Pima Community College track standout, took third in 1:29:34.  

In the Tucson Lifestyle 5k, Michigan's David Jordan was first overall, while Christine Anderson was first woman in 20:05.  

Over 1,300 registered for the event, with an average age of 41.  As is the case nationally, the half-marathon and 5k skewed female, with over 700 female registrants.  MEN: it’s time to start running and walking!!!

In the TMC A-Mountain Half, 557 runners finished, with special congratulations to our two last finisher who tied: Michael Moynihan and Debbie Ingraham.  It is always such an inspiration to watch runners accomplish a momentous goal – and we think climbing A-Mountain and the middle of a half-marathon counts as a momentous goal! 

Three-hundred and seventy-eight participants finished the companion Tucson Lifestyle 5k, while there were 89 official finishers in the Cox Charities One Mile, part of the SAR FitKidz series.

With a unique half-marathon course that climbs to the top of A-Mountain, Get Moving Tucson is the third leg of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.  The TMC Get Moving Event raised $5,000 for Cox Charities which funneled funds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson.  An additional $5,160 was raised via the Triple Crown to the late Gabe Zimmerman’s favorite regional charity, Child and Family Resources.  In addition, local cross country and running teams from Sahuaro HS, St. Augustine HS, Catalina HS, and the UA’s Wildcat Running Club received funds.

Title sponsor Tucson Medical Center has supported the event for the past four years, allowing Tucson to have an urban half-marathon neighborhoods and communities not normally used in local running races.  Cox Communications has been a recent major sponsor, including providing television the commercials and the children’s activities. 

This year saw a cast of local businesses provide sponsorship:

The Running Shop
Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club
Dan Kalm State Farm
Afni Careers
Snell & Wilmer Law Firm
Eternal Spring Water

Media Sponsors include our friends at these local outlets:

Tucson Lifestyle Magazine and
KHIT 107.5
Cox Communications
The Arizona Daily Star
Caliente at The Star
Tucson’s Morning Blend

In-Kind donations came from the following:

Waste Management
Rural Metro
Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market and Rincon Market
Culligan Water


It takes a village to produce an urban race, and we’d like to thank all of our volunteers.  Here is a partial list, comprised by Sheryl Felde, who manages the SAR volunteers:

Steve and Sheryl Felde

Stephan and Marti Ackermann

Susie Salmon

Connie Lopez

Shirley Hester

Leo Richard

Daryll Brosanders

Dean and Dennis Richards

Sandy White

Julie Stark

Craig Dabler

Cindy Schnell

Robin Gerard

Michelle Hawk

Linda Whelan

Gary Giese

Laura Marshall

Glenn and Andrew Peck

Joe Faulk

Doreen Castillo

Diane Manzini

Dari Duval

Anna Bees

Sue Abramson

Sandra Heater

John Chamberlain

Caitlyn Vass

Lucas Tyler

SAR Good Neighbor Events: