May 31 FAQ of Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown

Randy Accetta May 31, 2018

We've been getting all sorts of questions about the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, so we've put together this FAQ.  Please read this and then email Randy at if you still have questions.

Q: When can I get my medal and "Run Tucson" shirt?
A: Our "Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown" tents will be open starting at 4:30 on Saturday night, June 2nd.  Thanks to volunteers from The Workout Group and Tucson Tri-Girls for helping!

Q: What is the Virtual Triple Crown?

A: If you cannot be in town during any of these races, you can be in the Virtual Crown and still get all your great race schwag!  You can do one, two, or all of the races Virtually and still receive all the great Triple Crown stuff.

Q: I did not sign up for the Virtual Crown, but I have to miss the race on Saturday.  How can I get my shirts and race medal?
A:  All Triple Crown registrants who do not make it to the TMC Night Run can pick up their shirts and medals at The Running Shop, starting on Thursday, June 5th.

Q: How do I prove that I did one of the races virtually?
A: Simply post photo proof of doing the same or similar race distance at the SAR instagram page and the Run Tucson instagram page and/or the SAR Facebook event page and the Run Tucson FB page.  Tag @RunSAR and @RunTucson.  

Q: What if I don't use social media?
A: Simply email or bring a photo you running to The Running Shop when you get your items.

Q: I've heard that you're going to run out of shirts and medals on race night.  What will happen then?
A: Yes, registration for the 2018 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown has exceeded expectations -- more than 850 have already registered, the most we've ever had -- at $10 per registant, this means that we've raised over $8,500 for the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation.  However, this means that we will probably run out of shirts and medals on race night.  We know that many registrants will miss the race, so we hope to have enough on hand for all the race day participants, but those of you doing the race virtually may have to wait a bit.

We've already ordered more "Run Tucson"shirts and they will be delivered to the Running Shop in mid-June.  We'll order more TMC Meet Me Downtown Triple Crown medals but we have to special order the customized medallions from far away, which means that those of you who register after May 26th may have to pick up your medal later in June or July.  We'll supply more information as soon as we know a manufacturing and shipping schedule.  Thanks for helping us blow away expectations -- and thanks for your patience as we manage the new manufacturing and shipping!

Q: Do I have to run or can I walk?
A: You can do whatever you want: run or walk and you can hike, race or stroll, the goal is simply to be outside and be moving!

Q: What if I want to do the Virtual Triple Crown inside on a treadmill?
A: You got us there - you can be inside and on a treadmill -- or even in a pool -- as long as you get moving for the 3.1 miles!
Q: What do registrants receive?
A: Race registration to the three events, including all of the race shirts and other goodies, PLUS:

  • The 2018 "Run Tucson" Triple Crown shirt
  • Three separate medallions for each of the three races
  • Saturday night, June 2: TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run/Walk, Tucson's largest running event.  You can run or walk Tucson's most popular 3.1 mile event or even do the One Mile.
  • Sunday morning, September 16: TMC Tucson 10k and 5k.  You can run the 10k or you can walk or run the 5k.
  • Sunday morning, October 28: TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon Events. You can walk or run the Tucson Lifestyle 5k or you can run or walk the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon.  
  • Recognition on the SAR Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown results page
  • The happiness of knowing that a portion of your entry fees will go to the BEYOND Foundation, plus each of the other race beneficiaries: The Children's Museum, Educational Enrichment Foundation, Greater Tucson Leadership, Team Hoyt Arizona (formerly MyTeamTriumph), Watershed Management, Presidio San Agustin de Tucson, Cox Charities, Southern Arizona Roadrunners, and others.

Q: In years past, Triple Crown participants have received sandstone candles, Ben's Bells, and medallion sets. What are the awards this year?
A: We've designed three stand-alone medallions, each with a different theme drawing on Tucson's traditions.

The TMC Meet Me Downtown medal is inspired by Downtown Tucson, with the inscription indicating that you are part of the Triple Crown.
The TMC Tucson 10k honors Arizona's copper tradition and the Tucson Mountains.
The medallion for the Halloween weekend TMC Get Moving Tucson events recognizes the folk art tradition embodied in the Dia de los Muertas celebrations.

Q: For those of us new to Tucson or from out of town, can you tell us who Gabe Zimmerman is?
A: The 3-race series is named for Gabe Zimmerman. A Tucson native, Gabe lost his life in the January 2011 shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords here in Tucson.  Others murdered include Christina Taylor Green, Dorothy  "Dot" Morris, Judge John Roll, Phyllis Scheck, and Dorwin Stoddard.  Gabe was murdered doing what he was best at: supporting his community, trying to make it a better place for everyone, regardless of their politics or their backgrounds.  
From the Gabe Zimmerman Davison Canyon Trailhead to the Gabe Zimmerman Meeting Room at the U.S. Capital, Gabe's presence will forever be a part of our community.  We are grateful to Ross Zimmerman and Julia Strange at Tucson Medical Center for developing the concept of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown - and we're thankful to the Arizona Daily Star and Caliente for helping implement it. Gabe's whole family has been devoted to fitness, running, and the Arizona outdoors - thus, we are honored to be able to celebrate the spirit of Gabe and highlight the possibilities for Tucson through the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.

Our goal is to celebrate Gabe and motivate the community to aspire to individual and collective greatness - to work alone and work with others towards those goals we find valuable.  To celebrate living, community, and good will.  To live with love, to live with passion, to chase dreams. As we all know, running shows us the power within ourselves. If we can go three miles in a hot summer night or slog our way up and down the hills of the Tucson mountains, the ups and downs of daily life are certainly manageable and we can rise to our other challenges. 
Special thanks to the thanks to the 3,500+ registrations that have been part of the Triple Crown these past few years!!
Q: Who are the sponsors?
A: Tucson Medical Center provides the sponsorship and support for the series. We are grateful to Julia Strange and the whole TMC community for working with us to develop the series.  And teal is the color of TMC so we're honoring them!
The Arizona Daily Star has been a long-time supporter of the Triple Crown, with an emphasis on their Caliente section.
Special thanks to the local running specialty store, The Running Shop, for hosting the Virtual Triple Crown goodie-bag pickup.

Q: Getting back to the Virtual Triple Crown, if I do a race virtually, how will I get my medals and shirts?
A: For those who live outside the general Tucson area, we will mail your race materials after the TMC Meet Me Downtown and again after the TMC Get Moving event.   For those in town, we will bring the race goodies to The Running Shop at 3055 North Campbell in central Tucson and have them there for you to pick up until December 2, 2018.
Q: If I signed up for the regular Triple Crown but now want to do any of the races virtually, what should I do?
A: You can go into your own RunSignUp registration portal and modify your registration - or you can email us at and we'll modify it for you.
Q: What happens if you cancel any of the races - will we get our money back?
A: All races take place rain or shine, but in the event of an emergency cancellation determined by the City of Tucson, Pima County, or some other governmental entity, we will fall back on the Virtual Triple Crown - and everyone will then be able to receive their specific race awards following the rules of the Virtual Triple Crown. Of course, we will communicate regularly in this event.
Q: I signed up but now do not want to do it. Can I have my money back?
A: We have purchased medallions and shirts and guaranteed charity amounts based on your registration, so, no, there are no refunds or transfers. However, you are always welcome to shift your entry to the Virtual category.
Q: Is there a discount for members of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners or others? 
A: The pricing is already at about a 40% discount, so there is no discount for SAR or the other many worthy organizations.

Q: What is the charity involved?
A: In 2018, the Triple Crown will donate $10 from each entry to the BEYOND Foundation for an expected 2018 donation of mor than $8,500. Additional Tucson-based organizations also receive a portion of the proceeds from the individual events.  All total, over $75,000 has been donated due to the Triple Crown.
The BEYOND Foundation offers a unique Rx health formula emphasizing 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. 

Q: What is the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown?  
A: GZTC is a three-race series that includes running and walking events in three unique Tucson locations. The goal is to honor Gabe Zimmerman by promoting year-round fitness, enabling people to train for an event as short as a mile and as long as a 13.1 mile half-marathon.  

Q: Umm, you always write really long emails -- why do you write so much?
A: I want you to have as much information as possible so that you can have a fun race experience! If I have forgotten anything, please let me know at

Q: Who produces these races?
A: Run Tucson produces these, in partnership with our long-time friends at the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.  Run Tucson is a full-service running organization that produces running races with SAR, co-produces the Meet Me at Maynards and Meet Me Wednesdays, and offers in-person and online coaching for those in Tucson and beyond.  Owned by Randy and Tia Accetta, the Run Tucson team includes Linda Whelan, and running coaches Tim Bentley, Gina Nelson, Doreen Davis, Linnlee Sweeney, and Dave Odom.  See for more information.

The Southern Arizona Roadrunners is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and fitness in Tucson and Southern Arizona through running and walking.

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