Introducing the first-ever Virtual Crown: you can do the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown from anywhere

Randy Accetta May 3, 2016

Wanna' do the Triple Crown but have to be out of town for one or more of the races?  By participating in the Virtual Triple Crown, you can receive your commemorative shirts and medals without being in Tucson for every race.  See below for all the details.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Register for the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.  Be sure to choose the Virtual Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown category.
Run or walk each of the race distances on the same weekend as the race and take a photo of yourself.  Then submit your "race" photo to the SAR Facebook page or post your photo to both the @RunSAR and @RunTucson instagram feeds.

Upon verification, you will be added to the 2016 virtual Triple Crown results and we will make sure you can get the race awards you earned.

WHAT DO YOU GET?

  1. The 2016 "Run Tucson" Triple Crown shirt.
  2. Each of the four medals, so that you can have the full commemorative medallion, even if you are far from Tucson.
  3. Recognition on the SAR Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown results page.
  4. The happiness of knowing that a portion of your entry fees contributed to Gabe's favorite charity, Child and Family Resources, plus the other race beneficiaries:
  • The Children's Museum
  • Educational Enrichment Foundation
  • Greater Tucson Leadership
  • Living Streets Alliance
  • Team Hoyt (formerly MyTeamTriumph)
  • The Reid Park Zoo
  • Friends of Saguaro
  • Cox Charities
  • Southern Arizona Roadrunners, and others.

Questions You Might Have About This Fancy-Pants Idea
I already signed up, but I'm going to be out of town.  Can I still do it virtually? 
Yes.  You will need to go to your own active.com account and change your category to the Virtual Triple Crown.  Please read about the other details below.  Please note that your agreement to the Triple Crown waiver also applies to all activities you undertake on behalf of completing the Virtual Triple Crown, even when you are not at the Triple Crown race sites.  

If I sign up for the Virtual Crown, can I still run in person if I am in town?

Yes, absolutely!  The idea is to help those who have to miss any of the three races.  So, for example, if you need to miss the TMC Night Run, you can still run the TMC Saguaro and TMC Get Moving in person!

 

Why are you doing the Virtual Triple Crown? We thought the whole point was to bring people together as a community?
Every year, we've had to turn people away because they miss a race or two.  It's time to change that rule!
Check out these emails we got last week:
1) I am totally interested in a virtual Triple Crown race as I can’t be in Tucson for any of these. I am happy to submit my times on the selected dates to prove I have earned them!  I turn 40 this year and my goal is to do 40 5k’s (anything more or less doesn’t count) and loved the look of the medal in the registration information ….. I thought it would make a great addition to my collection!  (By the way, she lives in Columbia, Missouri.)
2) I registered for the Triple Crown, but recently found out I may be out of town for the first race (May 28). I was wondering if there is way to still complete that portion of it to earn all the medals? I am bummed that I will most likely miss it and I wanted to find out beforehand if I can make up for it.  

What's the price?
The current price for the Virtual Triple Crown is the same as the current in-person fee of $99.

How do I prove that I did it virtually?
You must run or walk the race distance on the same weekend as the race and take a photo of yourself.  Then submit your "race" photo to the SAR facebook page or post your photo to both the @RunSAR and @RunTucson instagram feeds. Upon verification, you will be added to the 2016 virtual Triple Crown results and we will make sure you can get the race awards you earned.

You must run or walk the 3.1 mile distance any time over Memorial Day Weekend, 2016.  
You must run or walk a 5k or an 8-Miler at any time over Labor Day Weekend, 2016.  
You must walk or run a 5k or a Half-Marathon at any time over Halloween weekend, 2016.

Please note that your agreement to the Triple Crown waiver also applies to all activities you undertake on behalf of completing the Virtual Triple Crown, even when you are not at the Triple Crown race sites.  
I live in the Tucson area but I will be out of town for the TMC Night Run, how do I get my shirts and awards?
For those who live in Tucson who miss the TMC Meet Me Downtown Run, you can pick up your cactus/MMD Triple Crown medals and the "Run Tucson" and TMC Night Run shirt at the Running Shop throughout the month of June, 2016.  After June, you can also pick up your Triple Crown items at the TMC Saguaro race in September.  Please note, though, we cannot promise the perfect size of shirt.  

I do not live in the Tucson area, how do I get my awards?

If you do not live near Tucson, we will mail your Run Tucson and TMC Night Run shirts and your cactus/MMD medal in the weeks after the TMC Night Run.  We will mail your TMC Saguaro and TMC Get Moving Tucson medals in the weeks after the TMC Get Moving Tucson events.

Who came up with the idea of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown?
It was a joint collaboration between our good friends at Tucson Medical Center and the Arizona Daily Star, with permission and support from Ross Zimmerman, Emily Nottingham, and the rest of Gabe's family. 

This is a neat idea, but I still have questions -- who do I contact?
This is the first time we've ever done anything like this, so there are bound to be glitches of some sort.  Any questions can be addressed directly to me, the race director, at randy@runtucson.net.
Thanks all!
Randy Accetta, Series Director

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