TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run/Walk

Saturday, May 30, 2015  /  5k Night Run/Walk
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SAVE THE DATE: The 9th Annual TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Walk is scheduled for Saturday night, May 30, 2015.

* Team Discount Sign up online or by mailing in the SAR form. Biggest team receives $150 gift to Maynard’s Kitchen, and all teams eligible for $150 to Hotel Congress and Cup Cafe. Team registration ends May 22nd.
* Super-fast course along the wide Downtown boulevards with neighbor support, plus prize money for top finishers and age group awards in 5-year categories
* Free Children’s Mile starts at 6:30 PM—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!
* Cox Communications is providing jumping castles and TMC and the Children’s Museum are hosting play activities for the kids
* Local daredevils Cirque Roots will do a fire show after the race
* We’re still in the permit stage, but it looks good for the beer garden!
* Tucson’s music queen, LeeAnne Savage and the Cosmic Cowboys, will rock the house
* Traditional Post-Race After-Party at Hotel Congress with 2-4-1 drinks and more
* Customized technical men’s and women’s t-shirts
* Photo Booth with cool props to snap your group’s photo
* Special thanks to the City of Tucson, the Tucson Police Department, and Rural Metro for providing the resources to produce a safe and healthy Downtown event!

  

* The 5k is the RRCA WEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: we're trying to bring runners from around nation to the Old Pueblo so let's show 'em how to have a great Tucson time!

TEAM CHALLENGE DETAILS

Join with others from your work, gym, bootcamp, running club, or church—just register in teams of 5 or more!  All team members receive the discounted price of $20 per person until May 15th when the team pricing goes up to $30 per person.  Sign up online here or by mailing in the SAR form. 

Team Categories:

* 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)

  

COACHING

Do you need coaching to achieve your running goals?  Whether you want to run your first 5k or set a super-cool PR, contact Tia for online coaching or in-person coaching, including group running at The Workout Group.  An RRCA certified coach who holds an MA in education, Tia and her team of certified coaches can help you accomplish your running goal!

 

WANNA’ HOST A CHEER ZONE?
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!

 

First Leg of the 2015 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown
Meet Me Downtown is honored to once again be the first leg of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.  Gabe lost his life in the January 2011 shooting here in Tucson, but his legacy lives on. From the Gabe Zimmerman Davison Canyon Trailhead to the Gabe Zimmerman Meeting Room at the U.S. Capital, Gabe’s presence will forever be a part of our community.  The Triple Crown donates $10 from every entry to Gabe’s favorite non-profit, Child and Family Resources.

For those new to local running events, Meet Me Downtown is produced by the Southern Arizona Roadrunners—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.

This race is part of The Running Shop Grand Prix, produced by SAR.

   

Date and Time

Saturday, May 30, 2015

6:30pm: Free Children’s Mile

7:00pm: 5k Run and Walk

Race Awards

$4,000 PRIZE MONEY AND INCENTIVES FOR THE RRCA WEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

“Our goal is to reward athletes for running fast.  We can’t give the money provided by big national races,” says Race Director Randy Accetta, “so our prize money is based on beating course records and local fast times.”

We're still working out the details, but here is the plan as of March 10th: 

Open Male and Female Prize Money 

NOTE: men must break 15:30 to receive any prize money; women must break 18:30 to receive prize money

NOTE: because this is an RRCA West Regional Championship, all athletes must be a member of the RRCA to receive prize money (join at www.rrca.org)

1st $500

2nd $400

3rd $300

4th $200

5th $100

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

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: Double-dipping is allowed, thus it is possible for the fastest woman and fastest man to earn $1,550 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. 

NOTE: because this is an RRCA West Regional Championship, all athletes must be a member of the RRCA to receive prize money (join at www.rrca.org)

Age Group Awards

Final details of age group awards will be announced shortly.

  

Team Challenge

Save money, have fun, and make a team! This year, we’re doing a team challenge for companies, non-profits, and other organizations.  Each person on a team can register for $20/person until May 15th, at which point everyone registering is $30. Deadline for team registration is May 24th.  Each team member must complete a registration and sign a waiver, with 5-participant team minimum.  Please include all forms in one submission.  Must include team name.  

Team Categories:

* 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)

  

Race Hotels

Two host hotels, perfect for any budget and any vacation goal!
1) Convenient to I-10: The Hotel Tucson City Center is offering the rate of $59.  Just mention that you’re with the Southern Arizona Roadrunners
Hotel Tucson City Center ,  an InnSuites Boutique Collection Hotel
475 N. Granada Ave. Call 520-622-3000 ext. 808

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

Beneficiaries

Children’s Museum, Tucson

Child and Family Resources

Cox Charities

Greater Tucson Leadership

Educational Enrichment Foundation

Living Streets Alliance

Southern Arizona Roadrunners

More to follow . . . 

  

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
Caliente and the Arizona Daily Star
KHIT 107.5
Tucson Lifestyle and tucsonlifestyle.com

Volvo of Tucson
The law firm of Snell and Wilmer
Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club
Waste Management
Rural Metro
Ideal Rehabilitation Physical Therapy
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

5k Run or Walk

$20 through March 1, 2015

$25 through May 15, 2015

$30 after May 15 and through race weekend

 

One Mile

Free for all (Free FitKidz shirts to children 12 and under; no shirts for everyone over 12 years old)

$20 through May 15, 2015, then $25 through race weekend for those who want a shirt and/or beer ticket (must be 21+ for the ticket)

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.
  • In-person registration and packet pick-up takes place on three separate times race weekend: FRIDAY, May 29 6:00 - 7:30 pm: Wine and Cheese Happy Hour; join us for an enjoyable evening with registration and packet pickup at the Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell, north of Glenn. SATURDAY, May 30 10:00am - 1:00pm Registration and packet pickup at the Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell, north of Glenn. 4:30-6:30 pm: Registration and packet pick-up at the race site 200 South Sixth Avenue, in front of the Children's Museum NOTE: shirts are provided on a first-come, first-served basis
  • SATURDAY, May 30 10:00am - 1:00pm: Registration and packet pick-up at The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell, north of Glenn) 4:30pm - 6:30pm: Registration and packet pick-up at the race site 200 South Sixth Avenue, in front of the Children's Museum
News Course Info

Race Distances and Courses

Click here to see the 3.1 mile course that will let you share the fun with walkers and runners of all abilities. The start/finish will be at 200 South SIxth Avenue, in front of the Children’s Museum.  The course will wind through cool neighborhood boulevards and colorful streets.

Strollers are absolutely 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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