TMC Tucson 10k News

Early Registration Discount Extended until August 5th for TMC Tucson 10k & TMC A-Mountain Half

Jul 31, 2018

Oops, we forgot to send an early-bird reminder email, so we've extended the early registration discount to the TMC Tucson 10k/5k and the October 28th TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon.  The early registration discounts will now end at midnight on Sunday, August 5th.


September 16 TMC Tucson 10k/5k: $30

October 28 TMC A-Mountain Half Marathon: $50


TMC Tucson 10k Race Report

Sep 21, 2017

Click here for TMC Tucson 10k Race Report, including information on awards, results, photos, sponsors, and more -- by Race Director Randy Accetta.

Click here for information on Sheriff's Department incident.


September 16 Update for Sunday’s TMC Tucson 10k

Sep 14, 2017

All Race Details: Read the unformatted information below or click here for the September 16th email with links to course maps and race weekend details, including packet pickup times, timing information, race times, staging area maps, parking, post-race activities, and more.

Registration Now Closed: We've sold out, so we've closed online registration.  Thank you for your interest -- next up for SAR is Run n Roll, then Great Pumpkin, then Get Moving Tucson.  Our friends in Oracle are putting on a hilly 10k in October, too . . .

Strollers: While we normally embrace the concept of parents and children running together, for a variety of safety reasons strollers are not allowed on the roadway in this year's inaugural event.  We will have the Free Kids Dash, in which every child receives a Ben's Bell after the race.  If you have any questions about this year's policy and how this may affect your race participation, please contact us here

Change Distance: We can no longer accept emailed event changes.  If you need to change your race distance, please tell the volunteers at Saturday's Packet Pick Up at The Running Shop or be sure to visit with the timing tent before 6:00 am on Sunday morning and let the timing team know.

Prize Money Announced: $250, $150, $100, $50 for first four men and women; $50 to first man and woman 40+

Every finisher in the 5k or 10k receives a special medallion.  
10k Prize Money: $250, $150, $100, $50 for first four men and women; $50 to first man and woman 40+
In addition to the Running Shop Gift Certificates, all age group winners also receive a special baseball cap.  Now, I think they are cool, but Tia is really worried that you won't like them. . . 
10K - 10k Age Groups: U14, 15-19, through 80+, in 5-year increments
AG 1: $20 GC to Running Shop, plus hat
AG 2: $15 GC to Running Shop, plus hat
AG 2: $10 GC to Running Shop, plus hat
5K - 5k Age Groups: first place only in U10, U20 - 80+ in ten-year increments
Overall 1: $30, GC to Running Shop, plus hat
Overall 2: $25, GC to Running Shop, plus hat
Overall 3: $20, GC to Running Shop, plus hat
Masters 1: $20, GC to Running Shop, plus hat
AG 1: $15, GC to Running Shop, plus hat


We've said it before, but thanks again for signing up for the Inaugural TMC Tucson 10k and 5k.  Because it's the first time we've produced this event, we want to make sure you have a great experience, which is one reason we have capped the race at 1200 runners and walkers -- we want you to have a great race day!

TMC Tucson 10k on TV: We're so excited about the race that we stopped by our friends at KGUN's The Morning Blend and talked about running in Tucson -- check it out here!  Speaking of media, thanks to and My92.9 for all their advertising help -- and to the Arizona Daily Star for publishing all those health and wellness columns!

Special thanks to Pima Community College West and Pima County Sheriff and AMR Ambulance: We've never held a road race at PCC, and we're grateful to Ross Zimmerman for suggesting the venue.  PCC has been great to work with, so if you see PSS staff or PCC police, please thank them for their help and please be nice!  

Also, thanks to the City of Tucson and Pima County Department of Transportation for helping with this event.  We are thankful, too, to the Pima County Sheriff Department for providing sheriff deputies who have worked the Tucson Bicycle Classic, so they're familiar with the rules of the road out there.  And AMR is providing a stand-by unit for us, too!

Anybody wanna' volunteer this weekend?  Contact Tia Accetta if you want to hand out medals, help set up, direct runners to the correct finish line chute, hand out water, or anything else.  

TMC Tucson 10k Vendors and Sponsors: We have a host of cool sponsors and vendors (including our good friends at Rincon Air Conditioning and Heating and The Running Shop), but we still have room at the race day expo.  If you want to sponsor the event, contact us here.

Quick Links

Packet Pick Up information

Race day and post-race details

Staging area information

Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown information

Course Maps and Visuals

Special thanks to the Southern Arizona Roadrunners members, the SAR Board members, the Workout Group, and the friends and partners of Run Tucson.  After reading this, if you have any questions, please contact co-race director Randy Accetta.

Thanks again!

Randy and Tia Accetta

Details and More Details

We have sold out this race, so we cannot accept any more registrations.

Start/Finish Location
Pima Community College West -- we will stage the race near the courtyard on the west edge of campus, next to the Building B Gymnasium and Building A.  See maps below.

[packet] Saturday Packet Pick Up
Saturday, September 16th, 10 am - 1:00 pm at The Running Shop. 3055 North Campbell Avenue 

YES: you can pick up the number and shirt for someone else.  Please limit your requests and please be patient.

YES: it will be crowded early on Saturday, so please be patient and please be nice.

YES: The Running Shop is Tucson's oldest running specialty store, over 25 years in business.  Please support local business and take some time to shop for shoes, clothes, or other goodies. 

(Some have asked why we don't do goodie bags -- it's because we find that most people throw most everything away, which seems like a waste all the way around. We could make a couple of extra bucks by charging for sponsor coupons, but we're trying to be good environmental stewards and at the same time make it easy on you.  Having said that, if you think we should offer goodie bags with coupons, let me know!)

Special Treat Saturday and Sunday: Tap & Bottle at 403 North Sixth Avenue, a good friend to the SAR running community, is offering $1 off selected beers as part of their special Founder's 10k IPA Day.  Bring your race number in for a $1 off selected bottles.  See their FB event page here.

Sunday Packet Pick Up 
5:45 am - 6:45 packet pickup at Pima Community College West, 2202 W Anklam Rd
No: there will be no race day registration

Sunday, September 17th Schedule
5:45 am - 6:45 packet pickup and registration
7:00 am TMC Tucson 10k and 5k -- everyone starts together!
8:30 approx: Kids Dash
9:00 approx: Awards

Changing Distance
Right now, 879 of you are registered in the 10k and 266 in the 5k.  If you want to change your event, please visit the timing tent at the start/finish line and tell them by 6:00 am on Sunday! 

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE: make sure you start and finish in the correct corral.  

The 5k will be under the red arch on the east side of the starting line 

The 10k will go under the black arch on the west side of the starting line. 

Every registrant will receive the race t-shirt -- first come, first-served in terms of sizing.

Did we say it was first-come, first-served for t-shirt sizing?  We have 1200+ shirts, but we cannot guarantee the perfect size for everybody so we'll do the best we can!

Social Media and Photography
We'll have both the world-famous Goatographer and Damion Alexander on hand snapping photos, then posting on their respective Facebook pages.

For social media, please tag @RunSAR and @RunTucson on Instagram and Facebook.  We're using the race tag #TMCTucson10k and #gabezimmermantriplecrown-- but feel free to be creative!

[courses] Courses -- see maps below

10k Course
The race is a simple loop -- from the Pima parking lots, you head up to Greasewood, south to Anklam, west on Anklam all the way to Speedway, hook a right turn and head east on Speedway to Greasewood.  At Greasewood, your turn right (south) and head to the driveway that leads you down to the finish line.  Basically, a big triangle -- easy-peasy.  

Traffic Concerns: We are closing the running lanes of traffic, plus Greasewood.

Anklam west-bound is closed to traffic starting at about 5:30 am; Speedway east-bound is closed to traffic starting at about 6:00 am. 

Greasewood is closed to traffic starting at about 6:00 am, so please remember that you will not be able to be on Greasewood after 6:00 am.

5k Course
The 5k is an out-and-back.  You will go up the hill, turn left on Greasewood, turn right on Anklam, go to the 1.55 mile mark on the course and turn around.  Come back in the opposite direction and finish where you started.  Also easy-peasy.

Starting Line
The 5k and the 10k will start at the same time and the same place.  The 5k runners and walkers will line up behind the RED arch on the east side of the road, while the 10k runners will line up behind the BLACK arch on the west side of the road.  We'll explain all this at the starting line . . . but . . . PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE: make sure you start and finish in the correct corral.  

The 5k will be under the red arch on the east side of the starting line 

The 10k will go under the black arch on the west side of the starting line. 

Now, this is the time when Tia tells me I get in trouble: if you are going to run about 5-minutes per mile, please come to the front of the starting line.  If you are going to run about 6-minutes a mile, please stand behind the people who plan to run 5-minutes a mile.  And so on . . . We'll have flagging up to remind you, but it will make it safer if you start according to your running pace.

Water Stops
The first water stop will be right before the 1.5 mile mark, just before the 5k runners will turn around.  The second water stop will be right near the 4 mile mark.  It will be hot, so please feel free to bring your own water, too!

At packet pickup you will receive your race number with a bib tag attached to the back of the bib.  Please put this on the front of your shirt and please be sure you are wearing it at the start and finish lines.  You will receive the finishing time based on when you cross the mat at the start and when you cross the mat at the finish.

Race Day Parking
You can park in any of the main Pima Community College West Campus parking lots then walk to the start/finish line on the west side of the Pima buildings, near the Gym.  Below is a series of race maps, elevation charts, and staging area maps. 

[raceday] Bathrooms
Thanks to Waste Management, there will be a bank of port-o-johns just north of the starting line.

Team Hoyt & Coffee 
Team Hoyt is our TMC Get Moving Tucson Half Marathon beneficiary and they will be providing free coffee, both hot and iced!  Check out their trailer near the finish line!  And when you see 'em cheer for the 60 runners and rider-athletes who will be out on the course doing the 5k and the 10k.  See 

Rock n Roll & Massage
Local rockers Max Staxx will pump you up, while Massage Envy will provide post-race massages to help you recover.

Our radio sponsor will be on hand, crankin' tunes and having fun!


Rock n Roll by the awesome Max Staxx -- you rocked out to them at the TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run
Sweet and salty snacks courtesy of TMC, Muscle Milk, & Whole Foods
Muscle Milk protein drinks
Vendor and Sponsor booths
Free Lil' Kids Dash
SAR member table
Free massage for all courtesy of Massage Envy on River Road!

Every finisher will receive the same finisher's medal, so whether you do the 5k or the 10k, you will receive the special commemorative medallion.  As Triple Crown participants, you can create the second portion of the cool triptych that has been created by the Kerry Whelan photo of the Tucson Downtown and Tucson Mountain skyline . . . 

Every finisher in the 5k or 10k receives a special medallion.  
10k Prize Money: $250, $150, $100, $50 for first four men and women; $50 to first man and woman 40+
In addition to the Running Shop Gift Certificates, all age group winners also receive a special baseball cap.  Now, I think they are cool, but Tia is really worried that you won't like them. . . 
10K - 10k Age Groups: U14, 15-19, through 80+, in 5-year increments
AG 1: $20 GC to Running Shop, plus hat
AG 2: $15 GC to Running Shop, plus hat
AG 2: $10 GC to Running Shop, plus hat
5K - 5k Age Groups: first place only in U10, U20 - 80+ in ten-year increments
Overall 1: $30, GC to Running Shop, plus hat
Overall 2: $25, GC to Running Shop, plus hat
Overall 3: $20, GC to Running Shop, plus hat
Masters 1: $20, GC to Running Shop, plus hat
AG 1: $15, GC to Running Shop, plus hat

[gztc] Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown Registrants

There are about 700 registrants in the Triple Crown, so we will be providing about $7,000 to the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation at the TMC Get Moving Tucson event next month!  
Thank you for all of your support for Gabe, the Zimmerman family, BEYOND and our great Tucson community . . . 
If you are doing TMC Tucson 10k event in person:
Each TMC Tucson 10k or 5k finisher will receive the TMC Tucson 10k race medal, which fits snugly to the TMC Meet Me Downtown medal you received back in June.  
You do not have to go to a tent and pick anything up -- simply finish the race and get your medallion!  Your race number will NOT have GZTC or any other GZTC identifier on it, so please do not worry about finding a Triple Crown tent and doing anything.  
The 5k Counts!
Even though the name of the event is the TMC Tucson 10k, the companion 5k counts as part of the Triple Crown!
If you have to miss this race and will do it Virtually: 
Remember, Triple Crown participants can still receive your race shirt and your medal simply by doing a 10k or 5k sometime in the week of the race.  Basically, please do this: run 6.2 miles or 3.1 miles sometime this week.  Then post a photo of your run on social media -- you can tag @RUNSAR or @RUNTUCSON -- or you can email us a photo if you don't have Instagram or Facebook.

1) Those who live out of town: we still have the list of out-of-town virtual participants, so we'll mail shirts and medals. 

2) Those who will be traveling: Some of you live in town but will miss the in-person race  -- we will have shirts and medals at The Running Shop after the race, so you can pick your stuff up!

3) Those of you who have moved since registering: Some of you have moved since you signed up -- we're trying to keep up with you, so please email us again if you have not received stuff in the mail. For example, our friends in Italy have now relocated to Georgia -- we've got you covered. 

Here is an example from an email we received this morning from Paris, France:
This is to validate my GZ Triple Crown virtual 5k run on Wednesday, Sept.13, in Bussy St; Georges, a little town east of Paris where my daughter and grandkids live. It was a cool 65°, overcast with some sprinkles. I had a sore throat before I started. The course was three circuits of 1.7k parkway just long of 5k, was level, half fine gravel path and half pavement so I made better time than expected. The cold and wet were motivation. Used my daughter's GPS phone. I hope to post pictures but may not be able to do so until after I arrive back in States. Not at all used to their Mac or the fact that everything is in French so don't know if I can get photos posted to FB before I leave or not. Daughter took photos with my camera as I was carrying her phone. 
 Hope all is safe and successful Saturday with the actual run. I wasn't comfortable out there at all but I did as I had told you, that I would be honest to the run and GZ Triple. Looking forward to the third leg.
Picking up at The Running Shop: 
If you need to pick up your shirts and medals, please visit The Running Shop at 3055 North Campbell. They have a list of Triple Crown registrants, but it would be most helpful if you were prepared -- explain to them that you signed up for the Triple Crown but have done the race virtually and ask them to dig into their boxes for the medal or shirt.  
Please note that we will NOT have every shirt size available after the race -- so please be kind and gracious with them as they help you get the best shirt for you, even if it is not the perfect shirt for you.
As you can tell, we lean heavily on Sharon Bart, the owner of The Running Shop, and Lucas, Robert, Geoff and the whole gang down there.  Not only do they provide gift certificates as part of age-group awards, but they have become the brick-and-mortar home for our shirts and medals.  Please buy millions and millions of dollars of shoes and shorts and skorts from them . . .   smile
If you have not yet received your Run Tucson Shirt, Meet Me Downtown Medal, or Meet Me Downtown Shirt
If you signed up for the Triple Crown but have not yet received your Run Tucson shirt or Meet Me Downtown Shirt or Medal, you can still pick 'em up at The Running Shop.  
Your name is on a list there, so go to The Running Shop at 3055 North Campbell and say something like, "Hey, I never got my Run Tucson shirt -- may I have the size that is the best fit for me?"  Even if we no longer have the perfect size, The Running Shop staff will be nice to you . . . 

This race is the second leg of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown and will benefit both the BEYOND-TUCSON Foundation and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.  You know about SAR, but here's what you might not know about BEYOND:
Founded in reaction to the mass shooting of January 11, 2011, BEYOND's "mission is to promote the use of good science and rational analysis to improve individual and community health." 
BEYOND is 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.
These four key pillars support the basis of BEYOND's mission. Along with its partners, BEYOND provides year-round opportunities for the public to participate in a series of healthy activities and to learn more about the scientific research that shows why these four pillars are critical for optimal physical and mental health.
Community Partners
The race is produced by Randy and Tia Accetta of Run Tucson, with help from volunteers from SAR and the Workout Group.  We are grateful to our title sponsor, Tucson Medical Center, and our media sponsors: Tucson Morning Blend, Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, Cox Communications, Arizona Daily Star, and My92.9 radio station.
Special thanks to our local business sponsors: The Running Shop and Rincon Air Conditioning and Heating.



Quick Update on Planning for the Inaugural TMC Tucson 10k

Sep 2, 2017
  • 212 spaces available before we reach our cap of 1,200
  • Course is being USATF measured and certified -- thanks to Southern Arizona Roadrunners
  • Prize Money Announced: $250, $150, $100, $50 for first four men and women; $50 to first man and woman 40+
  • Hotel Discount at runner-friendly Homewood Suites by Hilton, St. Phillips.  At the beautiful Santa Cruz River Path, Campbell and River Road, about a 15-minute easy drive to the race site.  Click here to make a reservation and use the code "SAR" and receive special race pricing!!  Adjacent to Reforma, Union and other great local restaurants, with a plentiful selection of boutique local shopping.

TMC Tucson 10k Registration Now Open!

Jun 12, 2017

Registration for the TMC Tucson 10k is now open -- take advantage of early registration pricing to snag your cool medallion and great technical shirt at an awesome low price.  SAR members: check your email for the SAR member discount code.

Route: A speedy course along the beautiful rolling hills in the Painted Desert area of the cactus-covered Tucson Mountains, with a rocket-ship finish. This course has never been raced in the history of Tucson running.  

Your Medal and Your Shirt: Every finisher in the 10k and 5k receives the unique finisher's medallion, a raised bronze piece designed by national leaders, Ashworth Awards, based on two beautiful Kerry Whelan photographs.  Every registrant also receives a souvenir technical shirt, designed in partnership with Leslie Jordan Designs, the premier running t-shirt company in America.  See below.

Date and Place: 7:00 am, Sunday, September 17, 2017, Pima Community College, 2202 W Anklam Rd
Events: 10k run/walk and companion 5k walk/run, with a kids dash that ensures that all ages and abilities can participate.

Race Directors: The SAR-calendared event was created by Randy and Tia Accetta and the Run Tucson team, and is the 2nd leg of the 2017 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.

Beneficiaries: The TMC Tucson 10k raises funds for the Southern Arizona Roadrunners and the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation.

Pricing: Tucson 10k and 5k Pricing -- same price for each event

NOTE: SAR Member discount ends at midnight July 1st

$20 July 1st, SAR Member -- check your email for discount code

$25 before August 1 

$30 before September 1

$35 before September 14

$40 on race weekend

(A note on pricing: please compare this pricing to other 10k races in Tucson and around the country -- thanks to our sponsor support we're committed to ensuring that running is affordable.)

As always, thanks for being part of the SAR running community!

If you have any questions please email race director Randy Accetta at


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