May 29th Update: Get Motivated and Get Virtual! Train for the One Mile or 5k and still get your race schwag and have a race weekend experience. Here is the May 29th email we sent to race registrants. Here is the short-version SAR News FAQ.
While we'd love to run from the realities of COVID-19 and get back to normal, the world is in the midst of coming to terms with a new normal so we're going to make this a virtual event. Our plan is to create a fun-filled and exciting month-long experience while keeping the running population safe during this public health crisis.
As we move to Virtual, every individual registration is $35 with a $5 discount to teams of 5 or more. Everyone receives
- Race Shirt
- Souvenir Medal
- Raffle challenges
- Invitation to Zoom coaching meetings
- Virtual Race Weekend Experience
Souvenir Shirt Mailing: If you registered before April 15th, we are in the process of mailing your shirt directly to you. We worked with Greenlayer, Leslie Jordan Designs, and Tucson's Cirrus Visual to design and print the 2020 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown and 2020 TMC Meet Me Downtown souvenir shirts and Tucson's West Press is shipping each of the souvenir items directly to each of the early-registered participants in each event.
Questions? Contact Race Director Randy Accetta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Snag some friends and do the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Team Challenge
Join a team and save $5, minimum of 5 people per team
The team with the most registrants wins $100 gift card to Hotel Congress for use at The Cup, The Tap Room, or Maynard's, while every team is entered in a raffle for $100 gift card to Hotel Congress.
Date and Time
Unfortunately, we cannot provide prize money or age group awards for the 2020 Virtual edition of the race/
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 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 near the UA with their two small children, both of whom are faster than Randy.
Local hotels, perfect for any budget and any vacation goal!
Hotel Congress: Historic 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 Inn: In-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.
TMC Marks Fund for Employee Assistance. This endowed fund helps TMC HealthCare employees who are experiencing financial hardship. Our health care professionals are feeling the constraints of school closures, illness of their loved ones and other hardships. Your help can allow them to put their focus on healing and caring for others. This fund supports short-term financial assistance for critical needs such rent/mortgage payments, child care, insurance/medical needs, groceries and utilities.
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.
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 . . .
Tucson Medical Center
The Running Shop
Caliente and the Arizona Daily Star
KGUN's The Morning Blend
Downtown Tucson Partnership
Tucson Lifestyle and tucsonlifestyle.com
Damion Alexander Team at Long Realty
Waste Management, AMR, Culligan Water, Hotel Congress