TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Run/Walk and Festival of Miles

Sunday, August 22, 2021  /  Super-fast flat course through the wide boulevards of historic Armory Park neighborhood in Downtown Tucson
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THE 15th ANNUAL TMC MEET ME DOWNTOWN 5k RUN/WALK.  Meet me in the morning!

June 7 Update: Lace 'em up, grab your friends, and join us for Tucson's biggest running party -- now Sunday morning, August 22, 2021.

Enjoy a beautiful summer morning with runners and walkers of all ages, all abilities, and all bodies.  You can cruise a 3.1 mile course in historic Downtown Tucson --  or run or walk the Open Mile!


  • An in-person 3.1 mile run and walk event 

  • A 1-Mile event for runners and walkers

  • A FitKidz Mile, free for all children under 12

  • Wide Downtown boulevards with neighbor support leads to fast course, plus prize money for top finishers and age group awards in 5-year categories from The Running Shop

  • Free t-shirt for all registrants 

  • Rock n Roll: live music from some of Tucson's most popular bands! 

  • 10th Annual Running Race Food Truck Round Up, with local vendors offering food and drinks for purchase

  • The TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run is part of the SAR 2021 "Running Shop Grand Prix"

Don't forget the team registration discount: Now's the time to snag your friends and register your team for the August 22nd TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k.  All ages, all abilities, and all bodies are welcome to our events, so whether you want to walk, stroll, jog, or run, join with a group of 5 or more and save some cash!  Teams can be from your family, work, gym, bootcamp, running club, church, or even your favorite zoom meeting . . . .

Sign up and enter your Team Name in registration. The online registration system will charge full current price for the first four team members, then provide the discounted price for the 5th and beyond members, while sending a refund to the first four.  

Wanna' volunteer?  We're always looking for help at registration and out on the course.  Click here to sign up!  All volunteers get a volunteer shirt and enrolled in the SAR Volunteer Program.

This photo of Team Pink is from the 2009 edition of TMC Meet Me Downtown -- thanks to Len Taruscio for the photo!

Date and Time

Sunday morning, August 22nd

Planned Schedule

6:30 am  Start Open Mile Race -- for all ages, all abilities, all bodies
7:00 Start TMC 5k Run/Walk -- for all ages, all abilities, all bodies
8:00 am Start SAR FitKidz Mile -- free for all children under 12 
8:30 Awards and ongoing party on site, with After-Party at Hotel Congress
9:30 Event closure

Race Awards

Once we know more about our race options from the City of Tucson, we'll announce the prize money schedule.

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 for details.

About the Race Directors: The TMC Meet Me Downtown was founded by Randy and Tia Accetta in 2007 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 in Tucson with their two young children, both of whom are faster than Randy.

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

AC Hotel Downtown Tucson: Steps from the start/finish line with discounted rate of $139, 151 East Broadway, Tucson, AZ

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

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

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


Get Sweaty, Do Good!  

Thanks to sponsorship from Tucson Medical Center and our partnership with Rio Nuevo and Cox Charities, we are continuing to raise funds for local organizations, including $10 from every Triple Crown registration to the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation.  You can help us and donate to any of these organizations at our race registration donation page here.

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.

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. Our funds support their Border Issue Day.


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.


Community Partners

Thanks to artist Pete Marenfeld and RetroTrek for providing the classic logo.  Thanks to Cirrus Visual for updating our 2020 logo. 

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



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

Race Fees

TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k

$30 through end of April 2021

$40 May 1 - August 22, 2021

Festival of Miles

$20 Open Mile


Free for children under 12


Please remember that all registrations are final, with no refunds or transfers to other races.  The race will take place rain or shine.  This event follows the standard running industry policy: all entry fees are non-refundable. When you register for this event, you are making a non-refundable purchasing decision and must agree to this policy. You may not give or sell your number to another individual outside of the authorized transfer policy and process - if you do, this will result in disqualification and banishment from this event. This policy stays in effect whether you are injured, have an unexpected business or family emergency, illness, pregnancy, etc. Once you register, unrecoverable race course services and items are paid for for you as if you will be attending the event.

We reserve the right to postpone or cancel the event due to events out of our control such as weather, natural disaster, public health crisis, governmental or court order, or any other reason. No refunds will be issued under these circumstances. We may also alter the courses and distances at any time if required due to course blockages or other restrictions or impediments. I understand that all fees paid for The Event are non-refundable for any reason. If the event is cancelled because of weather, natural disaster, public health crisis, governmental or court order, or any other reason, refunds will not be given. If possible the event will be postponed and your entry will be transferred to a new date. 


News Course Info

Race Distances and Courses

5k Run/Walk and 1-Mile Open Run/Walk and FitKidz Mile


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’ll be summer in Tucson so we expect mid-70’s at the start but rising into the 80’s by the end of the event. But check out Tucson’s current conditions and forecast for up-to-date information.

Results Photos

The Southern Arizona Roadrunners is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and fitness in Tucson and Southern Arizona through running and walking.

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