TMC Meet Me Downtown Memorial Day Weekend: Friday Night Festival of Miles and Saturday Night 5k

Friday, May 26, 2017
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11th Annual TMC 5k Night Run & Snd Annual Friday Night Festival of Miles: 1 weekend, 2 nights, and more races than you can shake a stick at! Known as MMD (#meetmedowntown5k), the race has become a city-wide block party, featuring discounts to local restaurants, a beneficiary and vendor expo, children's activities, a beer garden, rock n' roll bands, and an awesome after-party at iconic Hotel Congress.  To promote the great sport of running, MMD features a flat course, thousands of dollars in prize money, and age group awards.The first leg of the popular 2017 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, TMC Meet Me Downtown has raised more than $150,000 for local charities over the years.  

  1. Friday Night, May 26: 2nd Annual Friday Night Festival of Miles, registration and activities opens at 5, with races starting at 6:00 pm, including the RRCA National One Mile Championship, the Tucson Tutu Mile, the Battle of the Badges for civil servants and first responders, and the event that stated the FitKidz program, the Free FitKidz Children's Mile
  2. Saturday Night, May 27: 11th Annual TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Walk -- Tucson's biggest running block party! 

March 27 Update: Super-low pricing registration for the 2017 TMC Meet Me Downtown Weekend is about to close!  Hurry and get your pricing in by April 1st and save some significant cash!

March 14 Update: We're psyched that the Festival of Miles has been named the 2017 RRCA National Championships, with special awards for Open, Master's, Grand-Master's, and Super Grand Masters.  Wanna' know what it's about? Check out the Arizona Daily Star coverage from last year: here, here, and here.

Friday Night Festival of Miles | TMC 5k Night Run Team Challenge Details | Prize Money & AwardsFun for Adults | Fun for Children and Families | Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown Race Video 

Social Media: help us spread the word! www.facebook.com/southern.arizona.roadrunners #meetmedowntown5k #runlocal #runtucson -- plus @RunTucson and @RunSAR for twitter and instagram.  Win a free entry if you take a photo of our Modern Streetcar wrap and tag @RunTucson, @RunSAR, and #meetmedowntown5k

Do you want to be a vendor or sponsor? Contact the race director Randy Accetta at randy@runtucson.net if you and your group want to set up a Cheer Zone to encourage runners and walkers.  So far Greater Tucson Leadership and the Tucson Museum of Art will be yelling up a storm!.

TMC MEET ME DOWNTOWN 5k TEAM CHALLENGE DETAILS

For Saturday night's TMC 5k Night Run/Walk, It's easy to create team of 5 people or more!  Make up a team name, then enter that team name in the online registration portal when prompted -- or add the team name to the mail-in registration form.  You do not need to create a Team Captain, though the online form gives a space for adding that.  

Teams are $20 per person until May 1, then $30 per person until May 25th.  Team registration closes on May 25th at midnight.

* Team with the most participants receives $150 gift certificate to be used at Hotel Congress/Cup Cafe or Maynard's Kitchen.  

* Random raffle: two (2) teams will receive $150 gift certificate to be used at Hotel Congress/Cup Cafe or Maynard's Kitchen.

* The fastest women's team of 5 or more will win $300 (conventional cross country scoring will be used)

* The fastest men's team of 5 or more will win $300 (conventional cross country scoring will be used)

TMC Meet Me Downtown Overview

  • Customized men’s and women’s t-shirts with the awesome artwork of Pete Marenfeld
  • Local daredevils Cirque Roots will have stiltwalkers and others on hand
  • Tucson’s music queen LeeAnne Savage will rock the house, with live music on the course on Friday and Saturday
  • Selfie Photo Booth from cool props to snap your group’s photo
  • Wide Downtown boulevards with neighbor support leads to fast course, plus prize money for top finishers and age group awards in 5-year categories
  • Sponsor and vendor expo Friday and Saturday afternoon and evening
  • Refreshing Muscle Milk after the race, with plenty of Culligan water
  • 5th Annual Running Race Food Truck Round Up, with local vendors offering food and drinks for purchase
  • The Friday Night Festival of Miles is the RRCA NATIONAL ONE MILE CHAMPIONSHIP: runners from around nation are coming to the Old Pueblo so let's show 'em how to have a great Tucson time!
  • Refreshing post-race Beer Garden: bring ID to get your free cold beverage and bring $5 for additional cold ones!

Fun for Adults

  • Post-race Beer Garden, each night check out the Beer Garden with one free Amstel X-Light plus additional pours for $5 apiece ($6 if using credit card)
  • Traditional Post-Race After-Party at Hotel Congress with 2-4-1 drinks and more
  • Thanks to Hotel Congress for hosting our Saturday night after-party for the 10th straight year.  This year's specials include 2 for 1 Sierra Nevada Draft Beer and House Red and White Wine, from 7-11 pm.
  • Restaurant Discounts: in addition to our lineup at the 5th Annual Running Race Food Truck Round Up, these Downtown restaurants are offering discounts Friday and Saturday:
  • HiFi  20% off any food and beverage item excluding any specials 
  • Veg Box Café 15% off  
  • Thunder Canyon Brewery Restaurant and Pub 20% off all Thunder Canyon brewed beers AND 20% off food (excluding Happy Hour discounted appetizers) 
  • Planet Smoothie 20% off self-serve yogurt and $1 off of any smoothie
  • Good Oak Bar 10% off tab, including drinks 
  • Diablo Burger 10% off tab, including drinks 
  • Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink 10% off bill
  • The HUB  Restaurant $2 off ice cream 
  • The HUB Ice Cream Factory $2 off a small or large cup of ice cream
  • Delectables on Fourth All Arizona Beers on Tap $2 off a pint!  All Appetizers $1 off
  • Casa Vicente Specials: On Friday, May 27th, they will have Santa Panchita (Salsa, Rumba dance band), with a $10 cover which includes a bowl of Paella cooked onsite in a super large Paella Pan. Saturday night, no cover. Our outdoor bar will have some drink specials including beer, wine and sangria. Our restaurant's kitchen is open from 4:30 - 11:00. Folks wanting to come for dinner after the race are encouraged to make reservations in advance.

Live Music on the course for Friday and Saturday night - we're working on the details, but here's the plan for now

  • Friday Night Main Stage is Michael P​ and the Gullywashers, with the gang from ProActive Physical Therapy at Wanslee Auto (6th&Stone) at the half-mile mark. 
  • Saturday Night Main Stage is LeeAnn Savage and her Dyn-O-Mite reunion band  
  • On the Course Saturday at the TMC 5k Night Run:
  • Maxx Staxx at Wanslee Auto (6th & S Stone) -- Mile 1.2    
  • Reno del Mar at the Downtown Clifton (485 S Stone) -- Mile 1.6       
  • Chuckwalla at S 8th  Ave. & W. 18th St. -- Mile 2.5     

Fun for Families

  • Free FitKidz Children’s Mile on Friday Night—we want every child in Tucson to walk or run a mile with Mayor Rothschild. Everyone is free—so bring your family and do a mile with the kids!
  • Free entry to Children's Museum for all, Friday 4:00-7:00pm
  • TMC and the Children’s Museum will host play activities for the kids on the Children's Museum grounds
  • Jumping Castles and other activities courtesy of Cox Communications

Other Cool Stuff

The Southern Arizona Roadrunners is a member-driven non-profit devoted to promoting health and wellness through running and walking. If you are not a SAR member, please consider joining—you can save all sorts of money off race entry fees, receive discounts to many local merchants, and be part of a great community of people. See http://azroadrunners.org/go/category/membership/join for details.

About the Race Directors: The TMC Meet Me Downtown was founded by Randy and Tia Accetta 11 years ago to promote Downtown Tucson by providing fitness and social opportunties for all ages and abilities. The TMC Meet Me Downtown event is on the SAR calendar, with the Saturday Night 5k 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.  Tia is a 2:48 marathoner with an MA in Education with an emphasis on teaching the deaf and hard of hearing.  They live near the UA with their two small children, both of whom are faster than Randy.

   

Date and Time

Friday Night, May 26: 4:00-8:30 pm: The 2nd Annual Festival of Miles, a series of one mile races, runs, and walks for all ages and all abilities

4:00 - 6:00 Free Entry for children and families to the Children's Museum

5:00 Onward Registration and free t-shirt pick-up -- plus vendor expo, live music, beer garden, food trucks and ongoing activities throughout the night

6:00 Men's Masters Mile for all abilities, men 40-and-over, RRCA National Championship and Prize Money event

6:15 Women's Masters Mile for all abilities, women 40-and-over, RRCA National Championship and Prize Money event

6:30 Free FitKidz Mile for all children 12-and-under, includes free FitKidz shirt

7:00 Tucson Tutu Mile, for men and women of all ages and abilities wearing tutus -- don't worry, you can purchase a tutu when you register!

7:15 Battle of the Badges, for police, fire departments, border patrol, sheriff department and other civil service members

7:30 Open Women for all ages and all abilities, RRCA National Championship and Prize Money event

7:45 Open Men for all ages and abilities, RRCA National Championship and Prize Money event

Saturday, May 27: 5:00 pm: The 11th Annual TMC 5k Night Run and Walk, for all ages and abilities

5:00 Onward: Registration and free t-shirt pick-up -- plus vendor expo, live music, beer garden, food trucks, magicians, stiltwalkers, and ongoing activities throughout the night

7:00 TMC 5k Night Run and Walk start time for all ages and all abilities

8:00 Onward: 11th Annual After-Party at Hotel Congress, with discounts

Race Awards

RRCA National One Mile Championships--over $3,000 in prize money categories

Special RRCA Championship Medallions to the first place Men’s and Women’s finishers in Open, Master’s (Over 40), Grand Masters (Over 50), and Super Grand Masters (Over 60).  

Please 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 in all TMC Meet Me Downtown Weekend events.  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 . . ."

Open Male and Female Prize Money

  • 1st  $500
  • 2nd $200
  • 3rd $100

$408.90 Race Director Challenge Bonus

  • 408 dollars and 90 cents bonus to the fastest man who breaks the race director’s personal best of 4:08.9.  Yup, Randy ran that back in the 1900’s.
  • 408 dollars and 90 cents bonus to the fastest woman who breaks the equivalent time of 4:48.9 (see the Mercier Score Calculator for comparison details)

Master's Prize Money (40-and-over) Male and Female (no minimum time set for the master's money)

  • 1st $100
  • 2nd $50
  • 3rd $25 

Tucson Tutu Mile Prize Money

  • $50 to first place man and first place woman wearing a tutu

$250 Donation for Battle of the Badges

  • $250 to the charity of their choice to the organization or department with the fastest team of 5 in the Battle of the Badges (cross country scoring)

NOTE: Prize Money double-dipping is allowed, thus it is possible for the fastest woman and fastest man to earn $808 apiece.

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 randy@runtucson.net

USATF Course Sanction #: AZ16012JOE

Category Awards

Races are capped at 60 people per race.  Each registrant will receive a race t-shirt.  Additional details will be announced. 

The TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run - over $4,000 dollars in incentive-based prize money

 

Male and Female Prize Money 

  • 1st  $400
  • 2nd $300
  • 3rd $200
  • 4th $100
  • 5th $50

NOTE: Prize Money double-dipping is allowed (for example, a runner may receive both overall and masters money and team money)

NOTE: all teams must be formally registered as a team by midnight May 24th.  There is NO race weekend team registration and no in-person team registration.

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 randy@runtucson.net

Course Record Bonus

$200 bonus to the man who breaks the current men’s course record of 14:25, set by Jordan Chipengama (2014)
$200 bonus to the woman who breaks the current women’s record of 17:23, set by Maggie Callahan (2013)

Master's Prize Money (40-and-over) Male and Female (no minimum time set for the master's money)

  • 1st $100
  • 2nd $50
  • 3rd $25 

Master's Bonus

  • $100 to the 40-and-over man who breaks Shaun Haley’s master’s record of 15:57 (2011)
  • $100 to the 40-and-over woman who breaks Paula Morrison’s master’s record of 18:16 (2014)

Team Prize Money

  • $300 to the fastest team of 5 men (using standard cross country style scoring)
  • $300 to the fastest team of 5 women (using standard cross country style scoring)

NOTE: Prize Money double-dipping is allowed, thus it is possible for the fastest woman and fastest man to earn almost $1,000 apiece if they set all records and are part of the fastest teams.  Team registration information can be found on active.com and at www.azroadrunners.org. 

Age Group Awards

All first, second, and third place in 5-year divisions will receive age group awards from the Running Shop.

USATF Course Sanction #: 15-48-500

NOTES ON PRIZE MONEY

1) Please 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 in all TMC Meet Me Downtown Weekend events.  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 . . ."

2) Athletes may be asked to complete IRS paperwork prior to being awarded funds.

3) A limited number of complimentary entries will be given to elite athletes.  Athletes seeking complimentary entries must send cover letter and running resume to randy@runtucson.net by May 15th, 2017.  

Race Hotels

Local hotels, perfect for any budget and any vacation goal!

Hotel CongressHistoric Downtown hipster and funk, a 2-minute walk to the start at 311 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701

Homewood Suites by Hilton, St. Phillips: At the River Path, Campbell and River Road, about 15 minute easy drive to the race site.  Enter the code "SAR" and receive special race pricing!!

Arizona InnIn-town beauty and glamour, about a 8 minute drive to the start at 2200 E Elm St, Tucson, AZ 85719

Hotel Tucson City CenterConvenient to I-10, about half-mile to the start line at 475 N Granada Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

Hotel Clifton: Convenient to the race course in the heart of Downtown Tucson

J.W. Marriott Starr PassUpscale desert resort with good summer pricing at 3800 W Starr Pass Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85745

Want a romantic bed and breakfast steps from the starting line?  Check out the Royal Elizabeth and tell ‘em you’re with the race. 

Beneficiaries

Get Sweaty, Do Good!  

Thanks to sponsorship from Tucson Medical Center and our partnership with Cox Charities, we're proud to announce the roster of local organizations that will benefit from the TMC Meet Me Downtown Weekend. When you sign up online, you can made additional donations.

Children's Museum, Tucson: At Children’s Museum Tucson we help children develop foundational skills by igniting a spark for discovery and learning in an environment where families play and connect in meaningful ways.

Tucson Symphony Orchestra: Tucson's oldest continuous arts organization, the mission of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra is to engage, educate and transform our community through live musical experiences of the highest quality.

Living Streets Alliance: The mission of the Living Streets Alliance is to promote healthy communities by empowering people to transform our streets into vibrant places for walking, bicycling, socializing, and play.

Educational Enrichment Foundation: Through its grants, scholarships, professional development programs, and community activities, EEF actively provides enhanced and enriched learning resources for TUSD students, teachers, and schools, advocates for educational excellence for all children, and ensures access to educational enrichment opportunities within TUSD for financially in-need students.

Greater Tucson Leadership: Founded in 1980, Greater Tucson Leadership (GTL) is a non-profit, non-partisan leadership organization dedicated to providing leadership education, community development and civic engagement for the overall care of and commitment to our Tucson community for over 30 years.

Team Hoyt Arizona: Team Hoyt Arizona is a pending non-profit dedicated to sharing the racing and team experience with anyone who wishes to join, including people with special needs and diverse abilities or disabilities.

Southern Arizona Roadrunners: The vision of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners is to provide running-related events at professional standards, with a reasonable pricing structure, a family-friendly environment, and competition that emphasizes the pursuit of individual competitive excellence, the joy of individual and team participation, and a healthy lifestyle. We do so by facilitating and supporting competitive and social running and walking events; by promoting running and fitness for all ages; by providing educational and social information about our sport; and by promoting our sport through public relations and civic involvement.

Cox Charities: We run many of our charity dollars through our partnership with Cox Charities, the fundraising and grantmaking arm of Cox Communications raising funds for local charities.

  

Kids' and Post-Race Activities

All evening, children’s activities in front and inside of the Children’s Museum, courtesy of Tucson Medical Center and the Children’s Museum—plus games from The Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club and jumping castles courtesy of Cox Communications.

Food and drink, free beer garden, plus fourth-ever Running Race Food Truck Round-Up.  After-party at Hotel Congress!

Visit with race beneficiaries and sponsors at the Race Expo on the grassy areas in front of the Children’s Museum.

Fire show by Cirque Roots

8:30 and onwards: Official post-race party at Hotel Congress.  Hotel Congress will host a live band on the patio, and provide 2-4-1 drinks plus special Meet Me Downtown appetizer discounts.

Community Partners

Thanks to artist Pete Marenfeld and RetroTrek for allowing us to use the great retro logo again! 

Sponsors: Please patronize our great sponsors!! They believe in a healthy Tucson and they believe in an exciting and active Downtown . . .
Tucson Medical Center

Cox Communications

The Running Shop

iHeart Media and My92.9

ProActive Physical Therapy

Caliente and the Arizona Daily Star

KGUN's The Morning Blend

Tucson Lifestyle and tucsonlifestyle.com

The law firm of Snell and Wilmer

Waste Management, Rural Metro, Culligan Water, Downtown Tucson Partnership, Hotel Congress, Run Tucson, and Meet Me Concepts

  

Contact

Call Race Director Randy Accetta +15209910733 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Registration

Race Fees

Festival of Miles

$10 through April 1

$15 April 1 - May 30

$20 May 1 -  through race weekend

TMC 5k Night Run

$20 through March 1

$25 March 2 - April 1

$30 April 2 - May 1

$35 after May 1 through race weekend

*SAR members receive 10% discount through April 1

Friday Mile and Saturday 5k Pricing

Run both the Friday Night Festival of Miles and the Saturday Night TMC 5k Night Run on Saturday for the super low price of $45 -- medal, t-shirt, beer garden coupon, discounts to Downtown restaurants, and more!  Choose your race category and have fun!

The FitKidz Friday Night Mile is free for every single child 12-and-under.  

5k Team Challenge Pricing Details

The cost to join a team of 5 or more is $20 per person.   Join with a group of 5 or more from your family, work, gym, bootcamp, running club, or church.  All team members receive the discounted price of $20 per person until May 20th when the team pricing goes up to $30 per person.  The last day to sign up for a team is May 25.

Packet pick-up and registration

Saturday, May 20: 10:00 - 2:00 pm Packet pick-up and registration for the Festival of Miles, the Night Run, and the Triple Crown at The Running Shop.  First-come, first served for t-shirts.

Friday, May 26: 4:30 - 7:00 pm Packet pick-up and registration for the Festival of Miles, the Night Run, and the Triple Crown at the race site, the Children's Museum, 200 South Sixth Avenue.  First-come, first served for t-shirts.

Saturday, May 27: 4:30 - 6:30 pm Packet pick-up and registration for the Night Run and the Triple Crown at the race site, the Children's Museum, 200 South Sixth Avenue.  First-come, first served for t-shirts.

Registration

  • Print Registration Form and mail it in. Registration by mail must be postmarked by Friday, May 16, 2014.
  • Register online with a credit card at active.com.
  • Race registration and packet pick-up: Friday, May 21 10:00 - 2:00 at The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell Avenue Friday, May 27 4:30-7:30 at the race site, 200 South Sixth Avenue Saturday, May 28 4:30-6:30 at the race site, 200 South Sixth Avenue
  • Friday, May 27 4:30-7:30 at the race site, 200 South Sixth Avenue Saturday, May 28 4:30-6:30 at the race site, 200 South Sixth Avenue
News Course Info

Race Distances and Courses

The start/finish will be at 200 South SIxth Avenue, in front of the Children’s Museum.  The course will wind through neighborhood boulevards and colorful streets. Strollers are welcome— due to insurance regulations, no dogs, roller blades, bicycles, or other wheels.  The course is wheelchair-friendly.

Location

Downtown Tucson.  Why Downtown? Downtown is the hub of our diverse region, and since we started the race in 2007, we’ve been committed to showcasing its beauty and highlights, from shopping, arts, housing, and dining.  Interested in visiting Tucson?  See what the New York Times says to do with “36 Hours in Tucson”.  For more information about the race, check out the Arizona Illustrated news piece by Luis Carrion or the City of Tucson Channel 12 piece from 2008.

There is plenty of nearby parking.  See the Downtown Tucson Partnership site for help on navigating the Downtown construction and finding a place to park.

 

Race Weather

Well, it’s early summer in Tucson - the weather will no doubt be hot. But check out Tucson’s current conditions and forecast for up-to-date information.

Results Photos

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