TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon, 5k and FitKidz Mile

Sunday, October 27, 2019
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2019 Registration: 189 slots available before we hit our cap of 1500 total runners and walkers. . . 

Get Moving Tucson is Tucson's most popular urban half-marathon with three events to choose from and live music, a vendor expo, children's activities, jumping castle, food trucks, breakfast after-party, and more.  For both the 5k and the Half, the fun begins in the heart of Downtown Tucson, with a route including historic West University and the canyons of Downtown.

Half-Marathoners will head back to Sentinel Peak and crank the A-Mountain loop, then hit the the flat out-and-back on the Santa Cruz Riverpath at the base of A-Mountain, rockin' with local bands and with views of the distant mountains.  Speed the last mile into the heart of Downtown, as the finish line band rocks the tunes and friends, family, and other runners cheer your finish.

  • Awesome heather blend race shirt for first 1500 registrants
  • Coaster medallion to finishers in the 5k and the half-marathon
  • Post-race concert and live music on the course
  • Food trucks and post-race snacks
  • Age group awards and cash prizes for top runners
  • Earn your points at SAR's Running Shop Grand Prix
  • Jumping Castle and other kids activities

Which TMC Get Moving event is right for you?

13.1: Wanna' go the distance? Then check out the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon.  
3.1: Flat and fast 3.1 miles more your style?  Then cruise the Tucson Lifestyle 5k Run/Walk.  
1: Got kids? Bring 'em to the Free FitKidz Mile for children 12-and-under and Cox Charities Family Costume Mile, free for all! 

Beneficiaries: Proceeds from the TMC Get Moving Tucson Weekend will fund local organizations, including Cox Charities, Team Hoyt Arizona, the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation, and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.


Date and Time

2019 Race Weekend Schedule 

October 26, at Running Shop, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Visit the Running Shop at 3055 North Campbell Avenue for in-person registration and packet pick-up. Pick up your race number and your shirt, first-come, first-served for t-shirt sizes.

October 27 Race Day Schedule

5:30 am Final in-person registration and packet pick-up begins -- ending 15 minutes before each of the race events, first-come, first-served for t-shirt sizes.

6:15 am TMC Half-Marathon Start -- this start time is for all half-marathon runners.  There will be no early start this year, so all runners and walkers will start at 6:15 am.

7:45 am Tucson Lifestyle 5k Run/Walk, for all ages and participants.  All finishers receive the 2019 TMC Get Moving Tucson medallion.

9:00 am Cox Charities Costume Mile and FitKidz Free One Mile - Free for all 12-and-under and all those in costume (no t-shirts or medals, but 12-and-under get SAR FitKidz goodies!)

9:15 or so, at the Main Stage Awards Ceremonies and Charity Give 

Course Closure Times (final details to be determined by Tucson Police Department)

9:00 am Water Station at Santa Cruz near 22nd/Starr Pass

10:30 Mile 12: All participants routed to sidewalk or picked up by sag vehicle, depending on TPD decision

11:00 Timing at Finish Line Closes  

Race Awards

Rewards For Fast Running: The 2019 Half-Marathon Prize Money Structure 

• $100 to first overall male and $100 to first overall female; $50 to top overall Master's (Over-40) male and female

• $200 to the top three (3) males who break 1:13 and to the top three (3) females who break 1:26 (basically, the top 10 times on the course over the past five years)

• $500 for course records.  Current course records are Scott Smith’s 1:06:23 (2012) and Jennifer Bergman's 1:19:44 (2015)

• $50 to first male and female member of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners

• $100 to the first athlete to the A at the top of A-Mountain, but you have to finish the race (men in under 1:30, women in under 1:45)


  • Headphones are not allowed in prize money competition; prize money will not be given to runners wearing headphones.  See below for details.
  • All runners must pass the multiple timing mats on the course.  Runners not passing the multiple mats will be disqualified and removed from prize consideration
  • Prize money awards are based on "gun" starting time for overall and masters, and chip time for age group.
  • Runners who break the course record will receive $500, but not the additional $200.
  • We are trying to reward performance and local running.  So, as an example, if a man wins the race overall in 1:13:01 but is second to the "A" and not a SAR member he will get only $100.  If the winning man or woman is first to break the course record, is first to the "A", and is also a member of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, he or she will win $750.  When in doubt, join SAR! 

2019 Age Group Awards: TBD

TMC Get Moving Tucson Event: A-Mountain Half-Marathon Top Ten Times on the A-Mountain Course

  1. Scott Smith 26 1:06:23 Oct-21-2012
  2. Craig Curley  23 1:07:13 Oct-9-2011
  3. Jordan Chipingama 23 1:08:20 Oct-21-2012
  4. Harry Mulenga 24 1:09:00 Oct-28-2018
  5. Ian Burrell  28 1:09:14 Oct-20-2013
  6. Craig Hunt 27 1:09:34 Oct 28-2018
  7. Andrew Lemoncello 34 10:09:18 Oct-30-2016
  8. Kurt Michels  29 1:09:58 Oct-20-2013
  9. Robert Scribner 34 1:11:03 Oct-30-2016
  10. Anthony Francisco 36 1:11:18 Oct-30-2016

TMC Get Moving Tucson Event: A-Mountain Half-Marathon Top Ten Times on the A-Mountain Course

  1. Jennifer Bergman 23 1:19:44 Oct-25-2015
  2. Ariana Hilborn 33 1:21:17 Oct-20-2013
  3. Autumn Ray 35 1:21:57 Oct-25-2015
  4. Autumn Ray 34 1:22:06 Oct-19-2014
  5. Amy Cole 30 1:23:40 Oct-19-2014
  6. Maggie Callahan 25 1:23:42 Oct-20-2013
  7. Alicia Shay 30 1:24:35 Oct-21-2012
  8. Tia Accetta 37 1:24:43 Oct-21-2012
  9. Erin Menefee 23 1:25:50 Oct-25-2015
  10. Hanna Henson 22 1:26:13 Oct-21-2015

Top Three Times, Men, No-A Course

  1. Harry Mulenga 23 1:08:57 Oct-29-2017
  2. David Fernandez 21 1:13:06 Oct-29-2017
  3. James Haycraft 32 1:17:08 Oct-29-2017

Top Three Times, Women, No-A Course

  1. Autumn Ray 37 1:20:21 Oct-29-2017
  2. Jessica Culver 27 1:23:33 Oct-29-2017
  3. Lauren Reasoner 1:23:38 Oct-29-2017



  • NOTE: following USATF and RRCA guidelines, the use of headphones in prize money races is prohibited -- that is, prize money will not be distributed to runners wearing headphones in these events.  We strongly discourage the use of headphones.  From USATF: "The following shall be considered assistance and therefore not allowed: . . . The visible possession or use by athletes of video, audio, or communications devices in the competition area [ . . .] those competing in Championships for awards, medals, or prize money may not use such devices . . . headphones remain banned for any athlete competing in a USA Championship . . ."
  • NOTE: All prize money winners will be required to complete appropriate tax information in order to receive checks.
  • NOTE: A limited number of complimentary entries for elite athletes are available.  Send resume and ways you can add value to the race to race director Randy Accetta at

We follow the RRCA Fair Competition Policies.
While USA Track & Field is the governing body and issuer of rules for the sport of running, local event directors are encouraged to adopt these RRCA recommended policies to further support and promote fair competition for athletes, especially those competing for prize money and age group awards.
Prize Money Eligibility Policy
To be eligible for elite entry or prize purse, an athlete must:

Not be currently serving a suspension issued by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) or the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for use of a banned substance
Not have ever served a ban issued by USADA or WADA for the use of performance enhancing drugs
Not be represented by coaches and/or agents who have had 2 or more athletes receiving such suspensions in the previous 4 years
Not be represented by coaches and/or agents who served a ban for use of performance enhancing drugs during their own athletic career*
Provide proper documentation proving they are eligible for prize money (form W-9, W-8ECI or W-8BEN)
Sign a statement attesting they are in compliance with USADA and WADA anti-doping regulations related to banned substance use and if issued a doping suspension or ban in the future, they will not be allowed back at the event for any reason
Consent to random drug testing according to the standards and procedures of USATF, USADA and WADA

Any athlete that believes they have been barred from the event or the opportunity to earn prize money at the event because of mistaken identity due to near or exact name of a person currently suspended, banned or previously banned, must submit documentation certified by a notary in advance to the race director or elite athlete coordinator of the event proving that they are not the same person identified as serving a suspension, ban or previous ban. (event organizers will need to clearly outline the exact person to submit documentation to for this recourse section of the policy)

*Athletes have a duty to ensure they are represented by reputable coaches and agents and have a duty to consult the WADA list of athletes that are or have served a doping ban before signing with a coach or agent.

About the Race:

The TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon event was founded by Randy Accetta, long-time SAR Board member and past SAR President.  Working at the time with Jannie Cox, the first Get Moving 10-Miler was a cross-city race. Over recent years, the race has been brought to Downtown Tucson and includes iconic A-Mountain, the Santa Cruz Riverpath, and Downtown Tucson neighborhoods.  The Get Moving Tucson event is on the SAR calendar, with the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon on the SAR "Running Shop Grand Prix."  A former 2:19 marathoner who ran in the 1996 US Olympic Trials Marathon, Randy is a Mentor in Residence at the University of Arizona's McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship and is the national Director of Coaching Education for the Road Runners Club of America.  He and his wife Tia live in Tucson with their two young children, both of whom are faster than Randy.


Proceeds from the event will fund local organizations, including Cox Charities, Team Hoyt Arizona, BEYOND-Tucson Foundation, and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.

Community Partners

We want to thank a host of community partners for help with this event, including our title sponsor, Tucson Medical Center.  Without TMC's support, we could not produce such a large event.  We urge all runners and walkers to patronize our sponsors and partners-- check out their logos and links on the sidebar!

Interested in being a sponsor?  Contact Race Director Randy Accetta.  It's expensive to put on a race Downtown, and we're looking for course sponsors, t-shirt sponsors, and post-event sponsors.  Join the healthiest community in Arizona!


Call Race Director Randy Accetta 520-991-0733 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Race Fees

TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon

  • $60 By June 30
  • $70 July 1 - August 31
  • $75 September 1 - September 30
  • $80 October 1 through Race Weekend - no shirt, no medal guaranteed for those who register after October 15

Tucson Lifestyle 5k Walk/Run 

  • $30 By June 30
  • $35 July 1 - September 30
  • $40 October 1 through race day - no shirt, no medal guaranteed for those who register after October 15

Cox Charities FitKidz One Mile Walk/Run for children 12 and under

FREE for all (no shirt, except SAR FitKidz shirts for children 12 and under)

Please remember that all registrations are final, with no refunds and no transfers.  The race will go on rain or shine . . . . 


  • Register online
  • Saturday, October 26: 10 am - 1:00 pm at Running Shop -- in-person registration and packet pickup, first-come first served for t-shirt sizes
  • Sunday, October 27: 5:30 - 7:30 am at the race site, 115 North Church Avenue -- in-person registration and packet pickup, first-come first served for t-shirt sizes
News Course Info

Race Distances and Courses

We're back to the A! See below for a detailed description of how to run the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon.


Special thanks to the Arizona Department of Transportation for allowing us access to the the St. Mary’s Underpass at I-10, and to the City of Tucson, Pima County, and the Tucson Police Department for all their help with the route planning.

Miles 1-3 The 5k and Half-Marathon runners both start in front of the historic Pioneer Building on Stone Avenue.  To ensure an accurate and certified course for each race, the course will include a lap of the Downtown library at the very beginning, followed by a straight shot east along Pennington Avenue to Sixth Avenue. 

Runners will head to the east side of Sixth Avenue and drop under the rail tracks via the Sixth Avenue Underpass, before heading north on Sixth Avenue all the way up to Second Street.  Turn right on Second Street and head towards the University of Arizona for a half-mile or so, then turn left on First Avenue and left again on First Street.  This section should be fun – plenty of folks to run with, an easy uphill through the first mile, then mostly flat for a mile, then a very nice downhill all the way through the Sixth Avenue Underpass.  There is a water stop just before Mile 2, on Second Street and Fourth Avenue by the park.  

Miles 3-4 The 5k will finish on Church at the cross walk of the Old Court House, while the Half-Marathoners will go past the finish line on Church at the Old Court House.  From Court House/Jacome Plaza, go north on Church to Sixth Street, then turn left on Sixth.  This stretch to I-10 is all a gentle downhill down towards the Santa Cruz.  Take advantage of this slight drop.  From Sixth/St. Mary’s you’ll turn south on Bonita and have the whole street to yourselves until you hit Congress. Heading west on Congress to the A-Mountain road at Cuesta is a gradual rise - not very noticeable, but still, a bit uphill. You’ll be on the north side of Congress all the way to Cuesta.  Again, be patient on this stretch.

Miles 5-7 Once you turn south on Cuesta and hit Sentinel Peak Road you will begin to notice a bit of an uphill.  OK, it's a bit more than a bit uphill.  Almost the same distance as the famed Saguaro hill, the climb up to the “A” on A-Mountain can be broken into a few sections.  Stay to the right side of the road on this whole stretch.  The first piece through the neighborhoods is gradual, so try to get in a steady rhythm without working too hard.  As you hit the parking lot on the right about a half-mile up the hill, you’ll notice a flattening for a couple of hundreds of yards.  This is a good time to re-assess your pace and shake out your arms a bit.  Then you have a quarter mile of steepness to the split at the top of the mountain, where the Cross Country team from Sahuaro High School will be cheering and handing out water.  In 2015, we'll have Chuckwalla rock n' roll band, plus friends from Muscle Milk.  Go through the Muscle Milk arch!

The race route will take you to the right, counter-clockwise, with a gorgeous view of the Starr Pass area to the west and the Santa Rita Mountains to the south.  You can see the sparkling observatories of Kitt Peak and the mountains surrounding Baboquivari Peak. The hill softens a bit as you make the half-mile push for the sparkling white “A.”  There are a couple of false summits as you approach the top, so maintain a steady pace.  

According to, the whole climb is about 1.5 miles with a 509 foot elevation gain.  Not that bad, right?  Once you hit the low brick wall marking the parking areas on the east side, you’re almost to the top. Another hundred yards or so, and you level out for a few steps before plunging downhill.  
Miles 7-8 The downhill is probably the hardest part of the course.  Enjoy the pull of gravity, but you’ll want to be careful of running too fast - don’t brake yourself, but don’t overstride too much, either.  Like with the Tucson Marathon, too much too fast will blow out your quads, so be smart on the downhill section.

Miles 9-10 Once you’re off the hill, the half-mile stretch heading east on Congress is pretty easy.  Please stay inside the cones on the south lane of Congress.  You’ll turn south on Grande and stay on the right side of the road all the way down to the bike path entrance just north of 22nd/Starr Pass Blvd. You may be tempted to pick up the pace on this stretch, but it’s probably better to be patient here as you run in the morning sunshine below Sentinel Peak.  When you enter the Santa Cruz River Path at Grande (just north of Starr Pass Blvd), you'll have a water station, live music, and an ambulance at the dirt lot.  At this point you should be in a nice rhythm.  

Mile 10-12 Once on the bike path, you will stay on the right hand side of the bike path and head south for exactly 660 yards then do a U-turn and head back north, still staying on the right side of the lane as you pass runners for another 660 yards until the path opens up.  (As you can probably tell, we needed this turn-around on the bike path to ensure that the course is exactly 13.1 miles.) You’ll head north on the bike path all the way until St. Mary’s again. Again, stay on the bike path the whole way -- you'll have a water station crewed by the cross country runners of Catalina High School offering water just before Mile 12.  We'll also have live music here.  You should be feeling good along the River Path, so this is a nice place to step up the pace a bit.  There are some shady stretches and you’re getting closer to home on this primarily flat stretch.

Mile 12-13.1 Exiting the bike path onto St. Mary’s is a bit tricky. As you come up the hill off the bike path approaching St. Mary’s, you can either hug the pathway to the right and stay on the narrow sidewalk heading east across the Santa Cruz or you can jump down from the curb to the main roadway. If I were racing it, I would probably hop the curb, but it’s a bit high, perhaps as many as 10”, so be careful here.  As you head under the I-10, you’re about 2/3 of mile from the finish line, so it’s time to put the pedal to the metal!!  You finish with a long straight-away up Church Street.  Save some for the final kick!

Tucson Lifestyle 5k Route Description


115 North Church Street in Downtown Tucson, at the Jacome Plaza by the library and the Old Court House.  

There is plenty of nearby street parking.  Please see ParkTucson for maps and locations or visit our friends at the Downtown Tucson Partnership for a great map of Downtown parking.

Race Weather

Race conditions are typically 63 degrees at race start, and clear skies.  We’re a bit worried about the heat, so check out Tucson’s current conditions and forecast so you’ll be prepared!


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