• SAR Membership

    Southern Arizona Roadrunners is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and fitness in Tucson and Southern Arizona through running and walking. Join today and get discounts to many local businesses, discounts to all SAR events and support the great work we do! JOIN TODAY!

  • 49th Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler & 5k Walk/Run - 9/3/18

    The Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler was the first race ever put on by SAR, coming on 49 years ago.  This scenic course and the post-race festivities truly embrace the spirit of the old Southwest, making the 48th Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run a regional favorite.

  • TMC Tucson 10 and 5K - 9/16/18

    Come cruise the beautiful rolling hills in the Painted Desert area of the cactus-covered Tucson Mountains, with a rocket-ship finish to the shade-covered staging area nestled amongst the palm trees on the west side of Pima Community College. This event is a part of the 2018 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown Series.

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Thanks to volunteers for TMC Meet Me Downtown

Jun 18, 2018

The first goal of a running race is to ensure safety, the second goal is to ensure accuracy of distance and accuracy of results, and the third goal is to try to have fun.  It takes a lot of folks to succeed at those goals -- to that end, we want to thank the folks who helped us have a great TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run!  We're sure we missed some folks -- let us know who we missed at randy@runtucson.net.

Planning: Linda Whelan

Photos: Kerry Whelan and Damion Alexander and video from Diane Manzini

20 water station volunteers from Educational Enrichment Foundation at 17th Street and Sevent
20 water station volunteers from Greater Tucson Leadership at Five Points 
5 finish line water station volunteersfrom BEYOND/WatershedManagement

10 Tucson Tri-Girls at the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown Tent 

10 SAR volunteers for the FitKidz Mile, including Diane, Amy, Cary, Amy, Ashley, Steve, Tia, and more

Registration and staging area help:

Steve and Sheryl Felde
Cindy Schnell
Marti and Stephane Ackermann
Steve Sheldon
LInda Pitney
Guy Mcarther
Joe Faulk
Bob and LIa Erbe
Heather HOpkins
Dave Dixon
Austin Grover
Natalie Uy
Connie Lopez
Shirley Hester
Sheryl and Pete Ruggles
Ashley Shepherd
Greg Dischlek
Alicia Mujica
Denis Zinisky
Denis Brown
Peg Davis
Merry Dearmon
Steve Moore
Don Taylor
LInda Whelan
Michelle Hawk
Delaney Schnell
Itzel Rojas
Itzel Marques
Linda Scheu
Glenn Davis
Maureen Cunningham
Erik Sanders
Steve Outridge
Doreen Davis
Diane Manzini
Amye Chaparro
Janet Holland
Sharon Bart and the gang from The Running Shop!


Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown Update, June 12

Jun 12, 2018

Below is the June 12 email to the 918 registrants of the Triple Crown. Remember, you can still register online here and do the TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run virtually!  

Thank you for being one of the 918 folks who have signed up for the 2018 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown. As we wrote a couple of weeks ago, you've broken the GZTC world record by more than 120 people!

1) If you're one of the 700 or so who picked up your medal and shirt at the GZTC tents on race night, you're good to go until September! All you have to do is get in some easy summer miles, and then ramp up for the TMC Tucson 10k and 5k on September 16th.

2) If you did NOT get a chance to snag your shirt or medal at the GZTC tents, then you can pick up your shirt and medal at The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell Avenue).

SHIRT NOTE: A few of the red "Run Tucson GZTC" shirts are still at the Running Shop in various sizes. New "Run Tucson" shirts have been ordered and printed, and are being delivered to The Running Shop on June 14th.
As always, we cannot promise the perfect size but please come see what they have. If you want to swap out a shirt you already received, please come down and try one on.

MEDALLION NOTE: About 30 medals were just delivered to The Running Shop, so you can swing by there. Please note that we will probably run out within a week or so.
New TMC Meet Me Downtown GZTC medallions have to be custom-made in China and will take a couple of months to get made and delivered. We ordered 800 originally, so our plan is to order another round of 150 or so.
We hope to have them available earlier, but they will certainly be ready for pick-up at the TMC Tucson 10k on September 16th.

3) Those of you who participated virtually and live outside of the Tucson region, we will be mailing your Triple Crown shirts and medals in the coming week.  We've got them mostly packed and ready to go, but we need to double-check a few final items and get 'em to the post office.

4) Those of you who participated virtually and live near Tucson (Green Valley, Oro Valley, etc), please visit the Running Shop to pick up your items. 

5) Please be nice to the staff at the Running Shop -- any mistakes are mine, so send me a note at randy@runtucson.net and we'll get it taken care of.

Thank you,
Randy and Tia and the gang 


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

Jun 2, 2018

All the race results for the weekend races are here - check out the photo finish video from the race, courtesy of Damion Alexander.  All age group gift certificates will be at The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell) through the month of June.  All RRCA State and West Regional Medallions will be at The Running Shop through June.

 If you have any questions about the results, please contact the race director or the timer.  You can see preliminary resuts at Roadrunner Race Timing.



RRCA West Regional One Mile Champs: Awards and 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).  

Open Male and Female Prize Money
1st  $200
2nd $100
3rd $50

$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 $75
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.

USATF Course Sanction #: AZ16012JOE

RRCA 5k Arizona State Champs: Awards and Prize Money

The RRCA will provide 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).

Age Group Awards: All first, second, and third place in 5-year divisions from U-15 through 80+ will receive age group awards from the Running Shop: $25 for 1st, $15 for 2nd, and $10 for third. All prize money winners are taken out of age group gift certificate awards. Please pick up your gift certificate at The Running Shop by the end of June, 2018.

Male and Female Open Prize Money 
1st $300
2nd $200
3rd $150
4th $75
5th $50
NOTE: Prize Money double-dipping is allowed (for example, a runner may receive both overall and masters money and team money)
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.

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)

5k 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 http://www.azroadrunners.org. ;


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 . . ."
NOTE: All prize money winners will be required to complete appropriate tax information in order to receive checks.
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 by May 20th, 2018.

We follow the RRCA Fair Competition Policies.
While USA Track & Field is the governing body and issuer of rules for the sport of running, local event directors are encouraged to adopt these RRCA recommended policies to further support and promote fair competition for athletes, especially those competing for prize money and age group awards.
Prize Money Eligibility Policy
To be eligible for elite entry or prize purse at Meet Me Downtown, an athlete must:

Not be currently serving a suspension issued by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) or the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for use of a banned substance
Not have ever served a ban issued by USADA or WADA for the use of performance enhancing drugs
Not be represented by coaches and/or agents who have had 2 or more athletes receiving such suspensions in the previous 4 years
Not be represented by coaches and/or agents who served a ban for use of performance enhancing drugs during their own athletic career*
Provide proper documentation proving they are eligible for prize money (form W-9, W-8ECI or W-8BEN)
Sign a statement attesting they are in compliance with USADA and WADA anti-doping regulations related to banned substance use and if issued a doping suspension or ban in the future, they will not be allowed back at the event for any reason
Consent to random drug testing according to the standards and procedures of USATF, USADA and WADA

Any athlete that believes they have been barred from the event or the opportunity to earn prize money at the event because of mistaken identity due to near or exact name of a person currently suspended, banned or previously banned, must submit documentation certified by a notary in advance to the race director or elite athlete coordinator of the event proving that they are not the same person identified as serving a suspension, ban or previous ban. (event organizers will need to clearly outline the exact person to submit documentation to for this recourse section of the policy)

*Athletes have a duty to ensure they are represented by reputable coaches and agents and have a duty to consult the WADA list of athletes that are or have served a doping ban before signing with a coach or agent.

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 Day!  In-Person Registration + Packet Pickup & everything else starts at 200 South Sixth Avenue

Jun 2, 2018

The last chance to register for the June 2nd TMC Night Run is in person at the race site Saturday night from 4:00-6:30 or so.  Please look for the SAR tents near the Children's Museum at 200 South Sixth Avenue.

Click here for the June 2nd email with all the details for the TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run.  

Saturday, June 2nd

4:00 Begin packet pickup and registration

4:00 - 7:00 Children's Museum is open for to all children accompanied by a parent, with activities in the grass area in front of the Children's Museum
YES: all children need to be accompanied by an adult.
NO: you cannot enter alone to use their restrooms; WasteManagement portojohns are on the north wall of the Children's Museum.
4:00 - starting at 4:00 and onward vendor and beneficiary expo, with ongoing activities

Cox Charities Jumping Castle near the Children's Museum
6th Annual Running Race Food Truck Roundup with some awesome food to purchase
Magic Mr. B the Magician will be roaming the race site
Stiltwalking friends from Cirque Roots. 
Vendor tables and expo booths with Tucson Medical Center, TopGolf, SunWest Credit Union, Radiology Ltd, ConnectCoworking, ProActive Physical Therapy, The Running Shop, Southern Arizona Roadrunners, EEf, GTL, Presidio de Tucson, Watershed Management, and BEYOND-Tucson.

5:50 Beneficiary Check Announcement: thanks to you and our sponsors TMC and Cox Communications, we are able to provide funding to the Children's Museum, Educational Enrichment Foundation, Greater Tucson Leadership, BEYOND-Tucson Foundation, Watershed Management, Presidio de Tucson, and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.
6:00 Beer Garden Opens - Beer Garden Rules: every 21+ runner receives one free AmstelXlight. Additional beers Amstel Xlight or Dos Equis Lager are $5 apiece.  Please bring cash or credit card.  For insurance and legal reasons, we reserve the right to refuse service to any runner.  You must be 21-or-over to enter the fenced Beer Garden.  Please bring ID in case we have to check your age.
Shrimp Chaperone at the Wanslee Triangle at Five Points, rockin' the runners on the course.
6:00 Open Men's and Women's Mile, for all ages and abilities - race or jog with tutus - either way, come out and have fun.
6:15 Battle of the Badges, for police, fire departments, border patrol, sheriff department and other civil service members  -- please be on hand to support our local first-responders
6:30 Free FitKidz Mile for all children 12-and-under, includes free FitKidz shirt. All children must register and sign waiver following standard SAR FitKidz rules and protocols.
6:30 or so -Tucson-roots rockers Santa Pachita takes the stage
7:00 National Anthem by Gregory School high school student NAME
7:05 TMC 5k Night Run starts: please line up following the flagging that indicates your minutes/mile time.  If you want to win, please start at the front.  If you cannot win, please start farther back, using the minutes-per-mile markers as a guide
Strollers: Strollers and wheelchairs are allowed in the race.  For safety's sake, allow plenty of room and be safe and courteous of others.
8:30 (approx):  Begin awards and raffles - thanks to The Running Shop for age-group awards, the RRCA for the RRCA Championship medals, and Hotel Congress for the team-gift cards
8:30 and onwards: Hotel Congress After-Party - once your race winds down, head on over to Hotel Congress for food and  drink discounts, music, and more


May 31 FAQ of Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown

May 31, 2018

We've been getting all sorts of questions about the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, so we've put together this FAQ.  Please read this and then email Randy at randy@runtucson.net if you still have questions.

Q: When can I get my medal and "Run Tucson" shirt?
A: Our "Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown" tents will be open starting at 4:30 on Saturday night, June 2nd.  Thanks to volunteers from The Workout Group and Tucson Tri-Girls for helping!

Q: What is the Virtual Triple Crown?

A: If you cannot be in town during any of these races, you can be in the Virtual Crown and still get all your great race schwag!  You can do one, two, or all of the races Virtually and still receive all the great Triple Crown stuff.

Q: I did not sign up for the Virtual Crown, but I have to miss the race on Saturday.  How can I get my shirts and race medal?
A:  All Triple Crown registrants who do not make it to the TMC Night Run can pick up their shirts and medals at The Running Shop, starting on Thursday, June 5th.

Q: How do I prove that I did one of the races virtually?
A: Simply post photo proof of doing the same or similar race distance at the SAR instagram page and the Run Tucson instagram page and/or the SAR Facebook event page and the Run Tucson FB page.  Tag @RunSAR and @RunTucson.  

Q: What if I don't use social media?
A: Simply email randy@runtucson.net or bring a photo you running to The Running Shop when you get your items.

Q: I've heard that you're going to run out of shirts and medals on race night.  What will happen then?
A: Yes, registration for the 2018 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown has exceeded expectations -- more than 850 have already registered, the most we've ever had -- at $10 per registant, this means that we've raised over $8,500 for the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation.  However, this means that we will probably run out of shirts and medals on race night.  We know that many registrants will miss the race, so we hope to have enough on hand for all the race day participants, but those of you doing the race virtually may have to wait a bit.

We've already ordered more "Run Tucson"shirts and they will be delivered to the Running Shop in mid-June.  We'll order more TMC Meet Me Downtown Triple Crown medals but we have to special order the customized medallions from far away, which means that those of you who register after May 26th may have to pick up your medal later in June or July.  We'll supply more information as soon as we know a manufacturing and shipping schedule.  Thanks for helping us blow away expectations -- and thanks for your patience as we manage the new manufacturing and shipping!

Q: Do I have to run or can I walk?
A: You can do whatever you want: run or walk and you can hike, race or stroll, the goal is simply to be outside and be moving!

Q: What if I want to do the Virtual Triple Crown inside on a treadmill?
A: You got us there - you can be inside and on a treadmill -- or even in a pool -- as long as you get moving for the 3.1 miles!
Q: What do registrants receive?
A: Race registration to the three events, including all of the race shirts and other goodies, PLUS:

  • The 2018 "Run Tucson" Triple Crown shirt
  • Three separate medallions for each of the three races
  • Saturday night, June 2: TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run/Walk, Tucson's largest running event.  You can run or walk Tucson's most popular 3.1 mile event or even do the One Mile.
  • Sunday morning, September 16: TMC Tucson 10k and 5k.  You can run the 10k or you can walk or run the 5k.
  • Sunday morning, October 28: TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon Events. You can walk or run the Tucson Lifestyle 5k or you can run or walk the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon.  
  • Recognition on the SAR Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown results page
  • The happiness of knowing that a portion of your entry fees will go to the BEYOND Foundation, plus each of the other race beneficiaries: The Children's Museum, Educational Enrichment Foundation, Greater Tucson Leadership, Team Hoyt Arizona (formerly MyTeamTriumph), Watershed Management, Presidio San Agustin de Tucson, Cox Charities, Southern Arizona Roadrunners, and others.

Q: In years past, Triple Crown participants have received sandstone candles, Ben's Bells, and medallion sets. What are the awards this year?
A: We've designed three stand-alone medallions, each with a different theme drawing on Tucson's traditions.

The TMC Meet Me Downtown medal is inspired by Downtown Tucson, with the inscription indicating that you are part of the Triple Crown.
The TMC Tucson 10k honors Arizona's copper tradition and the Tucson Mountains.
The medallion for the Halloween weekend TMC Get Moving Tucson events recognizes the folk art tradition embodied in the Dia de los Muertas celebrations.

Q: For those of us new to Tucson or from out of town, can you tell us who Gabe Zimmerman is?
A: The 3-race series is named for Gabe Zimmerman. A Tucson native, Gabe lost his life in the January 2011 shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords here in Tucson.  Others murdered include Christina Taylor Green, Dorothy  "Dot" Morris, Judge John Roll, Phyllis Scheck, and Dorwin Stoddard.  Gabe was murdered doing what he was best at: supporting his community, trying to make it a better place for everyone, regardless of their politics or their backgrounds.  
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.  We are grateful to Ross Zimmerman and Julia Strange at Tucson Medical Center for developing the concept of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown - and we're thankful to the Arizona Daily Star and Caliente for helping implement it. Gabe's whole family has been devoted to fitness, running, and the Arizona outdoors - thus, we are honored to be able to celebrate the spirit of Gabe and highlight the possibilities for Tucson through the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.

Our goal is to celebrate Gabe and motivate the community to aspire to individual and collective greatness - to work alone and work with others towards those goals we find valuable.  To celebrate living, community, and good will.  To live with love, to live with passion, to chase dreams. As we all know, running shows us the power within ourselves. If we can go three miles in a hot summer night or slog our way up and down the hills of the Tucson mountains, the ups and downs of daily life are certainly manageable and we can rise to our other challenges. 
Special thanks to the thanks to the 3,500+ registrations that have been part of the Triple Crown these past few years!!
Q: Who are the sponsors?
A: Tucson Medical Center provides the sponsorship and support for the series. We are grateful to Julia Strange and the whole TMC community for working with us to develop the series.  And teal is the color of TMC so we're honoring them!
The Arizona Daily Star has been a long-time supporter of the Triple Crown, with an emphasis on their Caliente section.
Special thanks to the local running specialty store, The Running Shop, for hosting the Virtual Triple Crown goodie-bag pickup.

Q: Getting back to the Virtual Triple Crown, if I do a race virtually, how will I get my medals and shirts?
A: For those who live outside the general Tucson area, we will mail your race materials after the TMC Meet Me Downtown and again after the TMC Get Moving event.   For those in town, we will bring the race goodies to The Running Shop at 3055 North Campbell in central Tucson and have them there for you to pick up until December 2, 2018.
Q: If I signed up for the regular Triple Crown but now want to do any of the races virtually, what should I do?
A: You can go into your own RunSignUp registration portal and modify your registration - or you can email us at randy@runtucson.net and we'll modify it for you.
Q: What happens if you cancel any of the races - will we get our money back?
A: All races take place rain or shine, but in the event of an emergency cancellation determined by the City of Tucson, Pima County, or some other governmental entity, we will fall back on the Virtual Triple Crown - and everyone will then be able to receive their specific race awards following the rules of the Virtual Triple Crown. Of course, we will communicate regularly in this event.
Q: I signed up but now do not want to do it. Can I have my money back?
A: We have purchased medallions and shirts and guaranteed charity amounts based on your registration, so, no, there are no refunds or transfers. However, you are always welcome to shift your entry to the Virtual category.
Q: Is there a discount for members of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners or others? 
A: The pricing is already at about a 40% discount, so there is no discount for SAR or the other many worthy organizations.

Q: What is the charity involved?
A: In 2018, the Triple Crown will donate $10 from each entry to the BEYOND Foundation for an expected 2018 donation of mor than $8,500. Additional Tucson-based organizations also receive a portion of the proceeds from the individual events.  All total, over $75,000 has been donated due to the Triple Crown.
The BEYOND Foundation offers a unique Rx health formula emphasizing four key pillars that supports optimum physical and mental health:
EXPLORE:  Getting outdoors and spending time in nature;
MOVE:  Engaging in regular physical activity;
NOURISH:  Eating healthy foods; and
CONNECT:  Connecting with one another as a community. 

Q: What is the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown?  
A: GZTC is a three-race series that includes running and walking events in three unique Tucson locations. The goal is to honor Gabe Zimmerman by promoting year-round fitness, enabling people to train for an event as short as a mile and as long as a 13.1 mile half-marathon.  

Q: Umm, you always write really long emails -- why do you write so much?
A: I want you to have as much information as possible so that you can have a fun race experience! If I have forgotten anything, please let me know at randy@runtucson.net.

Q: Who produces these races?
A: Run Tucson produces these, in partnership with our long-time friends at the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.  Run Tucson is a full-service running organization that produces running races with SAR, co-produces the Meet Me at Maynards and Meet Me Wednesdays, and offers in-person and online coaching for those in Tucson and beyond.  Owned by Randy and Tia Accetta, the Run Tucson team includes Linda Whelan, and running coaches Tim Bentley, Gina Nelson, Doreen Davis, Linnlee Sweeney, and Dave Odom.  See www.runtucson.net for more information.


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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