TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Festival of Miles

Saturday, June 2, 2018
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We're planning the 12th Annual TMC Meet Me Downtown Weekend -- we're moving back to one day only -- more details to follow, so check back soon! 

Known as MMD (#meetmedowntown5k), the race has become a city-wide block party, featuring beer garden and food trucks, a beneficiary and vendor expo, children's activities, 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 2018 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, TMC Meet Me Downtown has raised more than $150,000 for local charities over the years. Wanna' know more? 

The TMC 5k Night Run on Saturday night is part of the SAR 2018 "Running Shop Grand Prix." 

Social Media: help us spread the word! www.facebook.com/southern.arizona.roadrunners #meetmedowntown5k  #MMD5k #runlocal #runtucson -- plus @RunTucson and @RunSAR for twitter and instagram. 

Do you want to be a vendor or sponsor?  Vendor and sponsor space is available, so please contact the race director Randy Accetta at randy@runtucson.net if you're interested in being part of Tucson's most popular running event.

TMC MEET ME DOWNTOWN 5k TEAM CHALLENGE DETAILS

TMC Meet Me Downtown Overview

  • Customized men’s and women’s TMC 5k Night Run t-shirts 
  • Rock n Roll Everywhere, live music on the course 
  • 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 Saturday afternoon and evening
  • 6th Annual Running Race Food Truck Round Up, with local vendors offering food and drinks for purchase
  • The 3rd Annual Festival of Miles is the RRCA WEST REGIONAL 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
  • The TMC 5k Night Run on Saturday night is part of the SAR 2018 "Running Shop Grand Prix." 

Fun for Adults

  • Post-race Beer Garden
  • 12th Annual Post-Race After-Party at Hotel Congress 

Fun for Families

  • Free FitKidz Children’s Mile 
  • Free entry to Children's Museum for all, 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

​Which photo is from Year 3 and which from Year 10?

Date and Time

Here's the plan:

Saturday, June 2: 5:00 pm: The 12th Annual TMC 5k Night Run and Walk, for all ages and abilities

4:00 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

6:00 Men's Mile for all ages and abilities, including RRCA West Regional Championship and Prize Money event

6:15 Women's Mile for all ages and abilities, including RRCA West Regional Championship and Prize Money event

6:30 Free SAR FitKidz One Mile -- free for all children 12 and under (parents can walk, jog and support)

7:00 TMC 5k Night Run and Walk start time for all ages and all abilities -- RRCA Arizona State Championship and Prize Money event

8:00 Onward: 12th Annual After-Party at Hotel Congress, with discounts

Race Awards

RRCA West Regional One Mile and Arizona State 5k Championships--over $3,000 in prize money

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 

NOTE: Prize Money double-dipping is allowed, thus it is possible for the fastest woman and fastest man to earn $808 apiece.  Prize money winners are taken out of age group gift certificate awards.

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

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). Prize money winners are taken out of age group gift certificate awards.

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.  Prize Money winners are taken out of age-group awards.

Age Group Awards

All first, second, and third place in 5-year divisions will receive age group awards from the Running Shop: $25 for 1st, $15 for 2nd, and $10 for third.  Prize money winners are taken out of age group gift certificate awards.

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.  

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.

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.

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

WalMart Neighborhood Market

Connect CoWorking

ProActive Physical Therapy

Radiology Ltd

AmstelXlight

Rincon Air Conditioning

iHeart Media and My92.9

Caliente and the Arizona Daily Star

KGUN's The Morning Blend

Tucson Lifestyle and tucsonlifestyle.com

Waste Management, AMR, 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 for all, no t-shirt

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

TMC 5k Night Run

$22 through March 1

$25 March 2 - April 1

$30 April 2 - May 1

$35 for an individual after May 1 through race weekend

*SAR members receive 10% discount through March 1

5k Team Challenge Pricing Details

$20 per person until April 30

$25 per person until May 20

$30 per person until May 24, the last day to sign up for a team

Registration

  • Register online with a credit card at active.com.
  • Race registration and packet pick-up: Saturday, June 2 4:30-6:30 at the race site, 200 South Sixth Avenue
  • Saturday, June 2: 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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