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January 11, 2021 Update: We will NOT be able to hold an in-person event race on the grounds of Old Tucson Studios on February 21, 2021. We could do this as a Virtual Run, but we're working on getting permits for a safe, socially-distanced in-person event at a different trail location on a different date in March or April. We'll be back with more information as soon as we can get things squared away. For questions, contact Race Director Randy Accetta at firstname.lastname@example.orgMore
January 10 Update: Online registration is now open. While we do not know what 2021 will bring, we're moving forward with plans for the 2021 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown. We've put in for permits for a safe in-person TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Walk at Armory Park and we're looking forward to the three-race series, whether in person or virtually! Questions? Contact Randy Accetta at email@example.com.More
Click here for the holiday PSA from UA Health Sciences, featuring a former SAR Board President. Whether running or walking, SAR encourages everyone to get out and get moving this holiday season.More
December 18, 2020 Update: We love this race, so we're working on details to hold a safe and enjoyable event on February 21, 2021. We're very concerned about our community's public health, so we want to ensure public safety. As if an international pandemic isn't enough, we also have to address the Old Tucson Studios closure. Still, we're submitting our permits and hope to be able to hold a safe trail race in the New Year. For questions, contact Race Director Randy Accetta at firstname.lastname@example.orgMore
The weather would have been perfect for an in person, live event but the 2020 pandemic had other plans! With Tucson’s temperatures in the low 70’s with brisk, crisp morning air, it would have been lovely to have been able to gather and see your smiling faces. But safety was most important and the Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic went virtual for 2020.
Instead of the 2,000 plus registrants we normally get, we are thankful that 416 wanted to participate virtually. For everyone who sent in their results, we offered a raffle prize for each age group in the 5K as well as a few raffle prizes for the Fun Run. If you were part of a team, you got an extra chance at winning a raffle prize as well. The youngest 5K participant, entering his first 5K, is Silas Witter, at 3 months old. We suspect that he was carried or pushed in a stroller but are hopeful that he was able to enjoy the experience! With the oldest participant being 82, we feel that the field was well represented!
We are forever grateful to Tucson Parks and Rec for working with us and marking the course. While we couldn’t include the hay bales or the water jump, it was still wonderful to offer the actual course for those wanting to partake. We heard that several of you were able to go to Reid Park Thanksgiving morning to run or walk and continue your Thanksgiving tradition.
Many thanks go to our sponsors! Brooks Sports and The Running Shop for donating shoes. Bruegger’s Bagels and Sparkletts for providing raffle prizes. Sonic Drive-In for contributing to our awards. Thank you to SAR for the support and to Lucas Tyler for helping guide us through the new obstacles of a virtual event. A huge shout out goes to Chip Travers for creating our tee shirt artwork with the relevant turkey running with hand sanitizer and a thermometer while wearing a mask and face shield. It has to be the best turkey trot artwork this year! Another shout out goes to Sunset Embroidery and Screen Print and Steve King for doing such a fine job printing our shirts. We so appreciate these two gentlemen!
Raffle prize winners are:
Brooks Shoe Winners; Cheryl Corsi, Laura Silva, Matthew Vanasco and Mike Greene.
Women’s 5k; Rosemary Rios, Sadie McGinn, Audrey Greene, Katie Smith, Itzel Valencia-Gallegos, Emily Hoegh, Nadine Grambling, Elisha Caywood, Julie Laporte, Josefina Olivas, Marti Ackerman, Sarah Mulholland, Pam Reeder, Maureen Cunningham, Midge Ochart, Shirley Hester and Sue Smith.
Men’s 5k; Liam Greene, Owen Phelps, Rylan McDaniel, Leo Bruell, Vincent Buccini, Tyler Grambling, Brian Paradis, Matt King, Paul Algreen, Ed Mason, Christian Smith, Peter Ruggles, Paul Maynard, David Taylor and Don Branaman.
Team; Colin McRae, Megan Greene, Jenny Hall, Luke Senner, Connie Lopez and Tessa Collins.
Fun Run; Simon Greene, Jennifer Davenport, Rachel Mosher and Elsie Gardiner.
While our donations can’t be as generous as usual to our beneficiaries, we are proud to donate over $1,000 to both Team Hoyt Arizona and Toys for Tots.
We wish you a joyous holiday season and hope to see you in person next year! Please shop and dine locally to help support our local businesses!More