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This is a chance to run your fastest on a pancake-flat, lightning-fast USAT&F Certified 10K course or opt for the shorter 5k. Proceeds to benefit Pima Community College Cross-Country and Track & Fiel
The 10k is part of The Running Shop Grand Prix, produced by SAR.
The 7th Annual Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run will be Sunday, January 22, 2017. Sunrise at Old Tucson is a 4-mile and 1-mile cross country trail run on the grounds of historic Old Tucson Studios, site of some of the greatest cowboy movies ever made. Featured in Runner’s World.
Be part of the event that was featured by Runners World as a race that gets you feeling the love! True loves, best buds and solo runners/walkers are all welcomed at this fun race and post-race brunch! 100% of race profits go to charity! Last year over $7000 was donated - half to Ben’s Bells Project and half to Southern Arizona Roadrunners’ own programming such as the Children’s Fitness Fund.
The perfect weather we special ordered for Thanksgiving morning was promptly delivered! Clear skies, little wind, lots of sunshine and temperatures in the 40s and 50s made for amazing racing conditions. We are thankful that the cold front waited a few days before moving in to Tucson. We hope you enjoyed this year’s Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic.
The women kicked off the 5K race at 8:00 am. With 860 participants in the field, competition was close. Drbe Kumsa took first place overall with a time of 19:34. Amy Wilson, formerly of Tucson and a 10-time All-American in both track and field and cross country, took second overall and first master’s just behind Kumsa with a time of 19:39. Third place overall was another fast master runner, Tia Accetta, placing first in her age group. It is great to see two masters placing in the top three positions! First place age group winners are: 10 and under Sydney Davis, 11-13 Alivia Romaniuk, 14-16 Grace Driskill, 17-19 Sionna Johnson, 20-24 Hannah Whetzel, 25-29 Aleta Jokisch, 30-34 Mandy Pansing, 35-39 Kara Rubelt, 40-44 Tia Accetta, 45-49 Cindy Schnell, 50-54 Bridget Black, 55-59 Janet Holland, 60-64 Merry Dearmon, 65-69 Nancy Fuller, 70-74 Karen Ragland, 75-79 Phyllis Stensland.
The next event was the men’s 5K beginning around 9:45 am. Andrew Lemoncello, a 2008 Olympian, easily took the men’s first overall position with a time of 15:18. The master’s winner was Sergio Osorio with a time of 18:05. Sergio also won last year’s master title and he managed to take a couple of seconds off of this year’s time. Congratulations Sergio! First place age group winners are: 10 and under James Perlman, 11-13 Ayden Schilb, 14-16 Koby Blackwater, 17-19 Nathan Thomas, 20-24 Daniel Wong, 25-29 Travis Burkel, 30-34 Robert Scribner (way to represent The Running Shop!), 35-39 Anthony Francisco, 40-44 Ramon Billy, 45-49 Dave Dixon, 50-54 Luis Carrion, 55-59 Roward Tim, 60-64 Benito Gonzales, 65-69 Buck Lentzer, 70-74 James L. Brown, 75-79 Pete Cunningham, 80 and over Frank Patania. Congratulations Gentlemen! Spotted in the field was Tucson’s five time Olympian, Bernard Lagat, running with his son Niiki Lagat.
The team competition was once again a strong race. The ladies team taking first place was WOG Women 1, with a combined time of 1:22:35, including the times of Tia Accetta, Kara Rubelt, Claire Hans and Katie Keating. Eyes on the Pies followed with a time of 1:31:51, including Amy Wilson, Grace Driskill, Jennifer Driskill and Michelle Skieresz. Third place team was WOG Women 2 at 1:42:17, followed by Pusch Ridge Lion Girls at 1:57:58, Fireball Runners at 2:00:11, The Pussyfoots at 2:11:55 and Kemaitch at 2:12:45.
The men’s winning team was The Running Shop with Robert Scribner, Anthony Francisco, Charlie Ware and Randy Arriola combining their times for the winning 1:06:31. Unfortunately there was a timing issue for a team member on the second place team so they were not recognized at the awards ceremony. Congratulations to The Grande Donkeys, taking second place, with Eric Meyer, Joshua Velasquez, Patrick Thurber, and Jacob Steward with a time of 1:10:27. Third place men’s team was Pusch Ridge Lion Boys at 1:20:10, fourth place was WOG Men 1 at 1:27:07, fifth place was TRP Howling Coyotes at 1:29:55, sixth place was WOG Men 2 at 1:33:27, seventh place was JAGS 1:41:29, eighth place was Silver Bullets at 1:46:19 and last but not least was Kemaitch at 2:27:11.
The 1.5 Mile Fun Run was the last event to take place. With an age range from one to eighty two, we always enjoy the smiles visible, especially as the water jumps are navigated. With over 1,050 participants in this event, it was a blast to watch. New this year was a lane opened for our wheelchair athletes and their running buddies, representing one of our beneficiaries, Team Hoyt Arizona. We heard about the challenge those hills gave to those pushing the wheel chairs but we also heard about how much fun was had. We hope we’ll see them again next year!
Oro Valley Photography was again our official photographer. Find your photo on their site by using your name or your bib number. We also hope you enjoyed the Photo Booth this year. I swear the pictures get better every year. It looks like the Photo Booth is much enjoyed! Visit http://www.orovalleyphotography.com/thanksgiving-cross-country-classic-tucson and be sure to order your favorite photos.
We can never give enough gratitude to those who make this event happen. Our sponsors help us keep entry fees low. Have you ever talked to a runner from another state and told them what you paid to run the Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic? I had a recent conversation with someone from central California and her response was “and how much do you pay for the shirt? What?! It’s included in the $20 entry fee? And there’s a photo booth? And fruit and bagels? And a DJ? What?!” So please give our sponsors some support as they’ve given to you. Thank you The Running Shop and Brooks! More thanks go to Sonic Drive In and Bashas’. Further gratitude is extended to Sierra Springs, Bruegger’s Bagels, DJ Rich, Craig Dabler Jewelry and Southern Arizona Roadrunners.
And we couldn’t succeed without our amazing volunteers! Next time you see Lucas Tyler, Diane Manzini, Itzel Marquez, Shirley Hester, Michelle Hawk, Sandy White, Marti and Stephan Ackermann, Sheryl and Steve Felde, Jessica Sheldon, Connie Lopez, Sarah Sheldon, Melissa Rose, Frank Herrera, Dennis Richards, Joe Faulk, Maureen Cunningham, Austin Grover, Kailee Grover, Lisa Schlink, Bill Hill, Larry Rundel, Andres Rivera, Heather Hopkins, Tim Bracker, Kristen Metzger, Tara Bruce, Rachel High, Doreen Davis and Ray Henson, be sure to say Thank You. Thank you each and every one of you! (If I missed your name, I truly apologize. Your contribution is greatly appreciated and the omission is not intentional.)
We appreciate all of the toys that were donated race morning and we are proud to contribute $2,250 to Toys For Tots. We are grateful for the volunteer Marines who gave their Thanksgiving morning to our event and that represented Toys for Tots. We are also honored to donate $800 to Team Hoyt AZ and appreciate all that they do to help the disabled participate in events.
A few more calls of appreciation to share: To Martin Pena, my co-race director, I couldn’t do this without you; To Lucas Tyler, who so patiently recruits volunteers and helps maintain my sanity at The Running Shop; To Chip Travers for always designing a fun new turkey and keeping our turkey current with the trends; To Greg Wenneborg and Roadrunner Race Timing for accurate results.
We wish Happy Holidays and an active and healthy 2017!More
Click here for the November 28th email we sent to all registrants of the TMC Get Moving Tucson, TMC Saguaro, and the 2016 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown. Click here to see how to customize your personalized TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon video with your photos -- thanks to Oro Valley Photography! Click here and here for race photos for the TMC Get Moving 5k from Damion Alexander and Kerry "Goatographer" Whelan.
Four items for those who registered for the TMC Get Moving Tucson Events, the TMC Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run, and the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.
1) THANK YOU FOR DOING THE RACES!! We love running and we love that you share it with us -- thanks very much for being part of our running community!
2) Below is a race report from the TMC Get Moving Tucson events.
3) Those of you who have not yet picked up your t-shirt from the TMC Saguaro or TMC Get Moving Tucson events can grab 'em from the Running Shop at 3055 North Campbell until the end of the year.
4) There are about 10 folks who did not get their custom-designed large Cactus Medals for the Triple Crown -- the special order we made has arrived and these Cactus Medals are at the Running Shop. Please swing by 3055 North Campbell and pick up your medal. The Shop has the list of remaining names.
Over 2,000 runners registered for the four races in the Get Moving Tucson Events, raising over $15,000 for Child and Family Resources, Cox Charities, Reid Park Zoo, the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, and Team Hoyt Arizona, a children's wheelchair running charity.
OFFICIAL PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
If you want to shop for the official TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon race photographs from the top of A-Mountain, at the 5k mark, and at the finish line, please visit our friends at Oro Valley Photography. If you want to purchase a custom-made video, please
The 2016 A-Mountain Half Marathon participants can create their own custom hybrid video/image slideshow. A great way to share your accomplishment with your friends and family, this has not been available for any Tucson race before. If you haven't already, then you should check out the sample video at:
[Personalized TMC Get Moving Video from Oro Valley Photography]
Personalized TMC Get Moving Video from Oro Valley Photography
You can select the images that you would like in your video at:
Thank you to Oro Valley Photography for trying something new and to Adultcare Assistance Homecare for sponsoring most of the video production costs to make the videos more affordable. If you order your video now, then you can save 25% with coupon code: NOV30. This discount expires on November 30, 2016.
CANDID PHOTOS FROM GOATOGRAPHER & DAMION ALEXANDER
You can also see great race photos fromhttps://www.facebook.com/pg/GOATographer and from his smugmug site here:https://goatographer.smugmug.com.
Damion Alexander did a great job as lead bike on Saturday - you can view his photos here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/The-Damion-Alexander-Team-228735085153/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10157724688060154
Top three in 5-year age groups in both races won awards (U-20 through 75+) receive awards, so if you think you won an award, please visit the Running Shop at 3055 North Campbell Avenue. They will hold awards until the end of November, 2016.
You can still tell your race story on social media: please tag @RunSAR and @RunTucson with #getmovingtucson #runSAR #runtucson #gabezimmermantriplecrown. For those registered in the Virtual 2016 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, please don't forget to post your photos! You can get credit for the race by posting to the SAR facebook page or the SAR event facebook page here, by tagging @RunSAR and @RunTucson on your Instagram feeds, and by tagging at @RunTucson on your twitter feed. Hashtags include #gabezimmermantriplecrown #IDidTheA #runSAR #RunTucson #GetMovingTucson.
GABE ZIMMERMAN TRIPLE CROWN STUFF
We have sent shirts and medals to those Virtual registrants who live outside the Tucson region. Those of you in the Tucson area, please visit the Running Shop to get your shirt and race medal if you have not already done so.
In the women's field, fan favorite Lauren Reasoner of Tucson Runner's Project took first place in 1:27:57, with Ana Fonseca second in 1:34:46 and Stephanie Cook third in 1:35:00. Lauren snagged the preem award for being the first female to the "A" at Sentinel Peak.
The men's race was the highlight event this year, with former British Olympian Andrew Lemoncello winning the TMC Get Moving Tucson A-Mountain Half-Marathon on Sunday in a time of 1:09:17. With his victory, Lemoncello took take first place in all three races of the 2016 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown. Racing for the Running Shop Racing Team, Robert Scribner grabbed second place in 1:11:03, followed by former Sunnyside standout Anthony Francisco in 1:11:18. Former ASU and CDO HS standout Daniel Wong nabbed fourth, while past champion Craig Curley of Mizuno took fifth. A pre-race favorite, Curley took ill this weekend and still ran -- a nice effort by one of our local heroes.
RRCA STATE HALF-MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIP
The TMC Half-Marathon was the Road Runner's Club of America Arizona State Championship. Congratulations to Andrew Lemoncello for being the Open Champ, Ramon Billy for being Master's Champ, Eric Sanders for winning the Grand Masters, and Benito Gonzalez for winning Super Grand Masters.
On the women's side, congratulations to Lauren Reasoner for being the Open State Champ, to Amber Price for winning the Master's Championship, Janet Holland for taking the Grand Masters and Mary Black for winning the Super Grand Masters.
TUCSON LIFESTYLE 5K CHAMPS
Congratulations to the winners of the Tucson Lifestyle 5k, Ochor Odol in 17:36 and Tia Accetta in 20:04.
TMC GIRLS ON RUN, PRESENTED BY UNITEDHEALTHCARE
Congratulations to all the participants in the TMC Girls on the Run of Tucson, presented by UnitedHealthcare -- it was great to have all of the young girls, their Run Buddies, family, and coaches on hand.
COX CHARITIES FITKIDZ MILE
Congratulations to the participants in the Cox Charities FitKidz Mile for cruising the speedy mile and to Diane Manzini, Steve Outridge and the host of volunteers who made it possible. Special thanks to all FitKidz sponsors: TMC, Center for Neurosciences, Spirit Messingham at Tierra Antigua Realty, Champ Youth, Pima Federal Credi Union, Sunset Screenprinting, and Eegees.
Special thanks to the more than 200 volunteers who helped make this weekend a success. Below is a list of as many as we can remember, but we owe a big shout-out to the Southern Arizona Roadrunners Board members and club members who helped out, as well as the gang from the Workout Group that did so much heavy lifting on both days. Special thanks to the TMC crew, including the 50 sorority sisters who helped with Girls on the Run on Sunday!
Steve and Sheryl Felde, Cindy Schnell, Ed and Judie Shyman, Sandra Heater, Merry Dearmon, Devi and Steve Moore, Robin Gerard, Marti Ackermann, Connie Lopez, Austin Grover, Noemi Mills, Jeri Baker, Steve Sheldon and daughter I think, Mulcogi Seng, Dave Odom, Dennis Richards and brother, Joe Faulk, Andrew Peck, Gina Nelson, Maureen Cunningham, Michele Hawk, Doreen Davis, Joe Plassman, Tim Bentley, Gary Giese, Nancy Fuller, Monica Bermudez, and a lot of others who I hope don't hate me for not mentioning . . .
If you have any questions about your official time, please email our race timerhere with as much detail as will help him solve your issue. A note on the timing mats: Please note that in the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon, timing mats were placed at the 5k mark, the 7.9 mile mark just before the A on A-Mountain, and at the turn-around point exactly 37 yards after the 10-mile mark. Although they might appear to be random distances, we decided to put these mid-race timing splits to ensure race integrity. Indeed, we thought it was cool that there were exactly 6.2 miles from the 7.9 mile mark to the finish so that you could figure out your 10k split from the top of A-Mountain.
In-person registration and packet pick-up are starting for Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic at The Running Shop! Visit The Running Shop at 3055 N Campbell on Saturday 10-5 or Monday through Wednesday 10-6! Get your bib, claim your shirt and skip the race morning lines!More
Thanks to our new Happy Hour Hobble Sponsor, Spirit Messingham PLLC at Tierra Antigua Realty, Happy Hour Hobbles for the next year are about to get even better! What to expect: SAR member raffle to win Happy Hour Hobble tanks and shirts, chances for SAR members to earn/win free drinks, more hobbles, more snacks, more fun! Next up is Friday December 30th at Gentle Ben's - stay tuned for more details!More