10th Annual TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run/Walk & FitKidz Mile

Saturday, May 28, 2016
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Lace up your sneakers for the biggest running event in Tucson, the 10th Annual TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Walk. The 2016 version will be the biggest and bet yet, and with more than $4,000 in prize money some of the best runners in the country will be hand.  Known as MMD (#MMD), the race has morphed into a city-wide block party, with a free beer garden hosted by beneficiary the Junior League of Tucson; a free concert headlined by LeeAnne Savage; five bands along the route; and an after-party on the patio of Tucson's iconic Hotel Congress.  This race, the first leg of the popular 2016 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, has raised more than $130,000 for local charities over the years.

Something for everyone:

To promote family exercise of all ages and abilities, MMD focuses on family-friendly activities, including a free FitKidz One Mile Walk/Run, kids activities hosted by TMC, and free entry into race beneficiary the Children's Museum.  All participants receive a free t-shirt with our unique Tucson-flavored artwork.  

To promote fun and frivolity, MMD features a beer garden, rock n' roll band and after-party.  

To promote leg speed, MMD features a flat course, thousands of dollars in prize money, and great age group awards.

Results from 2015 can be found here.  

Social Media: www.facebook.com/southern.arizona.roadrunners #mmd #runtucson @RunTucson and @RunSAR for twitter and instagram


Race 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 and the Curveball Cowboys will rock the house
  • Selfie Photo Booth with 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 throughout Saturday afternoon and evening, including grilled turkey dogs from IDEAL Physical Therapy snacks from the Food Co-op and other foods available for purchase
  • Refreshing Muscle Milk after the race, with plenty of Culligan water
  • 4th Annual Running Race Food Truck Round Up, with local vendors offering food and drinks for purchase
  • TMC Night Run 5k is the RRCA WEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: runners from around nation are coming to the Old Pueblo so let's show 'em how to have a great Tucson time!
  • Our friends at IDEAL Physical Therapy will be cookin' up turkey dog and will have licensed physical therapists on hand for you to do chat with about free injury prevention and assessment, post-injury rehabilitation and healthy living tips. 
  • Speaking of cold and refreshing - bring ID to get your free drink and bring some extra cash for additional beverages!
  • Music on the course
  • Mile 1.2:  The Guilty Bystanders  --  Intersection of 6th Ave & 18th St & Stone (aka The Gateway to Tucson) in Commercial district in the Triangle at Wanslee Auto Sales, behind (south of) Alamo Apts.  On both the FitKidz Mile route and the 5k route.
  • Mile 1.75  ChuckWalla  --  17th Street sidewalk between Stone & 7th Ave. 
  • Mile 2.5:  The Missing Parts  --  Intersection of S. 8th  Ave. & W. 18th St.  
  • Mile 2.9:  Cadillac Mountain  Intersection of E. 14th St & S. Scott. 
  • Main Stage at Armory Park: LeeAnne Savage -- This is the fourth year in a row that LeeAnne and her band will headline the TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run and Walk.  
  • See www.facebook.com/southern.arizona.roadrunners for all the updates

Fun for Adults

  • Post-race Beer Garden, with one free beer plus additional pours for $5 apiece ($6 if using credit card), benefitting the Junior League of Tucson
  • Traditional Post-Race After-Party at Hotel Congress with 2-4-1 drinks and more
  • Free massage from Cortiva Institute
  • Free wine and cheese at Friday night packet pick-up at The Running Shop

Fun for Families

  • Free FitKidz 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!
  • Free entry to Children's Museum for all, Saturday afternoon and evening
  • TMC and the Children’s Museum will host play activities for the kids on the Children's Museum grounds

Thanks to Tucson Lifestyle Magazine for the 2015 feature!




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)



Other Cool Stuff

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 2016 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 28, 2016

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 - please read details to ensure all rules

“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.”

Here's the plan:

Open Male and Female Prize Money 

NOTE: men must break 17:00 to receive top-5 prize money; women must break 20:00 to receive top-5 prize money - note we adjusted these times in response to runner feedback

NOTE: we have taken out the RRCA restriction -- prize money is available to all

NOTE: all teams must be formally registered as a team by midnight May 25th.  There is NO race weekend team registration and no in-person team registration.

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 (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: 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: USATF Sanction #: 15-48-500

Age Group Awards

Final details of age group awards will be announced shortly.


Team Challenge

Save money, have fun, and make a team with the team challenge for companies, non-profits, and other organizations.  Each person on a team can register for $20/person until May 20th, at which point everyone registering is $30. Deadline for team registration is May 25th.  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.  There is NO team registration after May 25th!

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. 


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 May 30th TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run. When you sign up online, you can made additional donations.  Click here for our press release.

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.

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.

my TEAM TRIUMPH: myTEAM TRIUMPH is an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults and veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races.

Junior League of Tucson: The Junior League is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

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.

Child and Family Resources, the beneficiary of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown: At Child and Family Resources our mission is to work in homes and communities to:Help families succeed; Coach child care teachers so children excel in school; Partner with teens to prevent pregnancy, school drop-out, drug use and suicide.


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

IDEAL: Don’t be sidelined by an injury—stop by IDEALPhysical Therapy’s booth before you line up at the start line!  IDEAL is providing free injury screenings and stretching for all participants to ensure you run your best—injury free!   IDEAL will also be serving up complimentary turkey dogs so you can re-fuel after the race.  Speak with IDEAL’s licensed physical therapists about a free injury prevention and assessment, post-injury rehabilitation and healthy living tips. 

Volvo of Tucson
The law firm of Snell and Wilmer
Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club

US Storage
Waste Management
Rural Metro
Ideal Rehabilitation Physical Therapy
Culligan Water
Downtown Tucson Partnership
Hotel Congress
Run Tucson and Meet Me Concepts



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

Race Fees

Registration details soon

5k Individual Pricing

$25 through May 1, 2016

$30 May 2 through May 20, 2015 - closed

$35 after May 20 and through race weekend


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.


One Mile

Free for all 14 and under (Free FitKidz shirts to children 12 and under; no shirts for everyone over 12 years old)

$20 for all 15 years old and older through May 25, 2016 for those who want a shirt and/or beer ticket (must be 21+ for the ticket)

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


  • Register online with a credit card at active.com.
  • Details to be announced in early 2016
  • Details to be announced in early 2016
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.



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

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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