A Perfect Mother’s Day Race!
The Tucson 5000’s claim of being one of the fastest in the west did not disappoint this weekend. Over 300 runners came out to perfect weather on Mother’s Day 2015 to take part in the event. The women’s winner, Kate Schwartz set a course record and a state age group record by winning in a time of 16:52. This is over 40 seconds faster than she ran last year! Rounding out the top 3 for women were Aleta Jokish in 18:19 and Suzy Mastumoto in 18:48. Suzy was the top master’s runner as well. On the men’s side, Anthony Francisco handily won in 15:46. He has been winning races for many years and shows up every once in a while to remind the youngsters that he’s still got it. Second place was Stephen Schaefer in 16:08 and Robert Seaman in 16:25. The top master’s runner for the men was Jeff Matsumoto, who ran 17:14. We gave out a prize to the fastest Mom and that went to Andrea Hayward, who ran 19:51. While she got to take home a nice bouquet of flowers, the rest of the moms settled for chocolate dipped strawberries at the finish line. They didn’t last long!
A big thanks goes out to Sharon Bart at the Running Shop for her generous sponsorship for many years. She gave us the 400 technical shirts this year that were a big hit. We couldn’t put on this race without her help. Also helping were an army of volunteers. Thank you to Steve and Sheryl Felde, who organized the crew. They included (but are not limited to), Marti and Stephan Ackermann, Joe Faulk, Leo Richard, Geri Baker, Connie Lopez, Cindy Schnell, Eve Shapiro, Steve Sheldon, Jan Schwartz, Sandra Heater, Ann Hollis, Michelle Hawk, and Maureen Cunningham.
This race helps support the Pima College Cross Country and Track & Field Teams. We are off to Hutchinson, Kansas this week to compete in the NJCAA National Track & Field Championships. Thanks to your support, team members will have duffel bags and sweatshirts to make the trips more comfortable.
Finally, we forgot to raffle off the gift certificates for a Running Shop gift certificate. Your winners are Jennifer Keyes, Patrick Jerome, and Rebekah McHolm! If you know any of these three, please tell them to stop by the Running Shop to claim their prize.
Thank you for coming out to the event. If you have any feedback or pictures you’d like to share, please drop me a line at email@example.com.
You can still sign up for the Tucson 5000 in person this weekend. Come on down and be part of the fun at one of Tucson's longest-running races . . .
Walk-in registration and packet pick-up will be at the Running Shop (3055 N. Campbell Avenue) from 10am to 2pm on Saturday May 9, 2015.
Race-day registration and packet pick-up will be at Ramada 14, Reid Park from 5.30 a.m. on race day. Please note that only cash or checks are accepted for payment.More
Next up is one of SAR's oldest races, the May 10th Tucson 5000 at Reid Park. Sign on online here through Thursday -- additional registration details here. Directed by long-time Board member and 3-time Olympic Trials Marathoner, Greg Wenneborg, the Tucson 5000 is a fun and fast time for all!More
Next up is one of SAR's oldest races, the May 10th Tucson 5000 at Reid Park. Directed by long-time Board member and 3-time Olympic Trials Marathoner, Greg Wenneborg, the Tucson 5000 is a fun and fast time for all! See all the details here. After that, we'll see you at the season-ending May 30th TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run and Walk. This 9th edition is the RRCA West Regional 5k Championship, featuring free beer, rock n' roll concert, free FitKidz mile, and free entrance to the Children's Museum -- oh, and $4,000 in prize money! You can also still sign up for the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown (three races: May 30 TMC Night Run, September 7th TMC Saguaro 8-miler and 5k, and October 25 TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon and 5k.)
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You can pick you your packet today at the Running Shop at 3055 North Campbell between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM or simply pick up your bib number and shirt at the race on Sunday morning. The race will start on Country Club just north of 22nd street and finish in the Reid Park at Ramada 10. There is ample parking and bathrooms in the park.
Also…Calling all nature and astronomy enthusiasts! At the Tucson 5000 race, the Steward Graduate Student Council (astronomy graduate students from UA) will be handing out information about the upcoming solar eclipse (May 20th) transit of Venus (June 5th). The next pair of transits of Venus occur December 11, 2117, and December 8, 2125…so for everyone alive right now, this is our last chance to see Venus pass between us and the Sun! The students will also be selling solar observing glasses (which will allow you to observe the transit of Venus, as well as future solar eclipses, safely) as a fundraiser for the council.
You can still sign up online!