SAR News

Registration is Now Open For The Great Pumpkin Race 2017!

Jul 9, 2017

Registration is now open for The Great Pumpkin Race 2017! What could be better than a family day out at Buckelew Farms including free entry into the farm before 8am for all registered participants followed by an awesome 5K or FitKidz mile including the haunted Corn Maze!


Registration Now Open for TMC Get Moving Tucson, Sunday, October 29.  One Day, Three Events!

Jul 5, 2017

Register online here for TMC Get Moving Tucson.  One Day, Three Events for the Whole Family!  Click here for race information and mail-in entry form.


Ready, set, go—registration open for TMC Saguaro National Park Labor Day 5k Run/Walk & the 8-mile

Jun 28, 2017

Remember, the Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run is capped at 750 total runners.  As of today, about 300 spots in the 8-miler have been filled, so we're opening the 5k Run/Walk registration on July 1st.


The Running Shop SAR Grand Prix Standings Have Been Updated!

Jun 27, 2017

The 2017 The Running Shop SAR Grand Prix Standings have been updated.


TMC Tucson 10k Registration Now Open!

Jun 12, 2017

Registration for the TMC Tucson 10k is now open -- take advantage of early registration pricing to snag your cool medallion and great technical shirt at an awesome low price.  SAR members: check your email for the SAR member discount code.

Route: A speedy course along the beautiful rolling hills in the Painted Desert area of the cactus-covered Tucson Mountains, with a rocket-ship finish. This course has never been raced in the history of Tucson running.  

Your Medal and Your Shirt: Every finisher in the 10k and 5k receives the unique finisher's medallion, a raised bronze piece designed by national leaders, Ashworth Awards, based on two beautiful Kerry Whelan photographs.  Every registrant also receives a souvenir technical shirt, designed in partnership with Leslie Jordan Designs, the premier running t-shirt company in America.  See below.

Date and Place: 7:00 am, Sunday, September 17, 2017, Pima Community College, 2202 W Anklam Rd
Events: 10k run/walk and companion 5k walk/run, with a kids dash that ensures that all ages and abilities can participate.

Race Directors: The SAR-calendared event was created by Randy and Tia Accetta and the Run Tucson team, and is the 2nd leg of the 2017 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.

Beneficiaries: The TMC Tucson 10k raises funds for the Southern Arizona Roadrunners and the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation.

Pricing: Tucson 10k and 5k Pricing -- same price for each event

NOTE: SAR Member discount ends at midnight July 1st

$20 July 1st, SAR Member -- check your email for discount code

$25 before August 1 

$30 before September 1

$35 before September 14

$40 on race weekend

(A note on pricing: please compare this pricing to other 10k races in Tucson and around the country -- thanks to our sponsor support we're committed to ensuring that running is affordable.)

As always, thanks for being part of the SAR running community!

If you have any questions please email race director Randy Accetta at


2017 Children’s Fitness Fund Application Now Open!

Jun 3, 2017

Know of a local youth fitness program that could use some funding?! We are now accepting proposals for the 2017 SAR Children's Fitness Fund until August 1st, 2017. Head here to learn more and head here to apply!  Each SAR race contributes approximately 10% of their profits to finance the Children’s Fitness Fund!


Results, Photos, and Post-Race Items for TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run

Jun 1, 2017

Results can be found on the SAR page here.  Damion Alexander's Festival of Miles photos can be found here.  Kerry Whelan's photo album can be found here.  If you did the Virtual Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, please post a photo at the SAR event page here and tag the @RunTucson and @RunSAR instagram pages if you can!

All age group awards and remaining prize money checks are at The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell.  All Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown shirts and medallions are also at The Running Shop; registrants are on the list at The Running Shop, but feel free to bring your registration information.  If you did the Virtual Crown and are not from the Tucson area, we will be mailing your materials shortly.  More to follow . . .


TMC Meet Me Downtown Registration Information

May 27, 2017

In-Person Registration at the race site, 200 South Sixth Avenue begins at 4:30 and closes at 6:30.  If you are registered for the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, you can also pick up your shirt and number at the Gabe Zimmerman tent, at the TMC/Run Tucson tents. 




Pick up your Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown shirt and your TMC Meet Me Downtown medal on Saturday night May 27 at the Triple Crown/RunTucson tent, 4:30- 8:30 pm.

Virtual: If you are doing the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Virtually, simply take a photo of your run this weekend and post it to the SAR facebook page and tag us on instagram @runtucson and @runsar. 

Virtual Locals: If you live near Tucson but did the GZTC virtually, you can pick up your shirts and your GZTC medal at The Running Shop in June.

Virtual out-of-towners: Those of you living far away, we'll mail your stuff to you in early June. Email us at if you have questions.





Saturday, May 27: 11th Annual TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run

4:30-6:30:  Packet pick-up and additional registration at the race site at the Children's Museum, 200 South Sixth Avenue.  Our sponsors, vendors, and beneficiaries will be available for visits all night.

4:30-8:30 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown Shirt and Medallion Pick-up at the Run Tucson tent, near the finish line

5:00 - onward: Free Selfie Station will help you with costumes and props. Hashtag: #meetmedowntown5k and #runtucson  and #RunSAR

5:00 - ongoing 5th Annual Running Race Food Truck Roundup with some awesome food to purchase.  Plus, SAR Selfie-Station, vendor tables and expo booths.  Jumping castle and kids activities.

5:00 - ongoing great rock n' roll by Maxx Staxx

6:30 Beneficiary Check Announcement: funds provided to the Children's Museum, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Living Streets Alliance, Greater Tucson Leadership, Educational Enrichment Foundation, Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists, and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.  ALSO: Team Gift Certificates Awarded.

6:45 Line up to race, final announcements

7:00 Race starts: please line up following the flagging that indicates your minutes/mile time.  If you want to win, please start at the front.  PR Bell when you're done!

Strollers: please allow plenty of room and be safe and courteous of others.


7:00: Beer garden opens. Beer Garden Rules: every 21+ runner receives one free can of beer, either AmstelXlight or Heineken.  Additional cans are $3 apiece, cash or credit cards.  For insurance and legal reasons, we reserve the right to refuse service to any runner.  Please bring ID in case we have to check your age. Thanks to Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists for handling the Beer Garden.

8:30 (approx):  Begin awards and raffles - thanks to The Running Shop

8:30 and onwards: After-Party at Hotel Congress with drink discounts, music, and more



Race Number: Please wear it on the front of your shirt or shorts.

Music on the course: Tucson Symphony Orchestra will be at Mile 1.2 and the WildHares will be at Mile 2.4.

Parking: There is a ton of parking nearby, both street and garage.  See these maps from our partner, the Downtown Tucson Partnership.  See the City of Tucson information here!

PARKTUCSON will be enforcing parking regulations.


Weather: Our guess is that it will be hot on race night, so please use common sense on race night to remain cool - wear light clothes, stay hydrated, and slow down if you need to.  The course will have two water stations, plus fresh ice to keep you cool.  Experts say that staying hydrated keeps your core body temperature down, so if possible bring your own water to keep you cool.

Water: There will be water stops at Mile 1.2 and Mile 2.4.

Rincon AC Cooling Station: Our friends at Rincon Air Conditioning will host a cooling station near the finish line.

Muscle Milk Star Tent: Long-time partners Muscle Milk will have 4,000 bottles of cold Muscle Milk this weekend, plus their Star fitness tent for shade, stretching, and warm-ups.

Course Maps: Click here for the "Course Information" link on the SAR race page.  We will have them on hand.

Bathrooms: There are plenty of Waste Management port-o-johns on the north wall of the Children’s Museum, facing 12th Street

After-Party at Hotel Congress: Our long-time partner, Hotel Congress, is once-again hosting the official After-Party, with these discounts

$3 Local Draft Beer and Amstel Light (I guess they are a beer sponsor of the race)
$4 Milagro Tequila and Seagram’s Vodka drinks
$5 AZ Private Label Red Wine and Private Label White Wine, $3 Local Draft Beer


Why We Don’t Want You to Wear Headphones:

We feel strongly that headphones are dangerous, making it difficult to hear crisis communication and keeping the athlete from being responsive to the needs of their nearby participants.
We have hired bands, so listen to them!
Headphones are not allowed in championship events, so we do not allow headphones in prize money races – that is, if you wear a headphone set you are not eligible for prize money.


Additional A's to some frequently asked Qs

Shirt sizing is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Nope, there are no dogs allowed in any of the events.
Yup, strollers are allowed.  Please be respectful of your child and the people near you!
Parents are allowed to walk or run with little children in the FitKidz mile but they are not part of the official event and are not timed.
Headphones are strongly discouraged. We have multiple bands on the course for those who need music.  Please don't wear headphones.  If you are wearing headphones, you will not be eligible for prize money.

Nope, we do not have a bag check -- TPD has asked us to ask participants to leave bags and extra personal items in cars rather than scattered around the public space.
Yes, the after-party on Saturday is again at the Hotel Congress!
Yes, the beer garden is only for 21-and-over, so please have ID ready in case you get carded.


Thanks to Dave Hill for measuring and certifying both courses and special thanks to AMR for providing ambulances on race night.  We're grateful, too, to the City of Tucson and the Tucson Police Department for allowing us to close some of our major Downtown thoroughfares.  Desert Barricades have helped ensure all of our road closures, too.





Male and Female Prize Money 

1st  $400
2nd $300
3rd $200
4th $100
5th $50

NOTE: Prize Money double-dipping is allowed (for example, a runner may receive both overall and masters money and team money). Prize money winners are taken out of age group gift certificate awards.

NOTE: all teams must be formally registered as a team by midnight May 24th.  There is NO race weekend team registration and no in-person team registration.

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

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: 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 at ;

Age Group Awards

All first, second, and third place in 5-year divisions will receive age group awards from the Running Shop: $25 for 1st, $15 for 2nd, and $10 for third.  Prize money winners are taken out of age group gift certificate awards.

USATF Course Sanction #: 15-48-500


Whew - that's a lot of information, we know, but if you've read this far you should be well-prepared for a great weekend!


Team Prizes TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k

May 27, 2017

Based on registration records, there are 76 teams that have signed up for the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k, some with very few folks and some with a lot!  It looks like the winner of the most team members is Run4God, followed closely by TMC, Tucson Runner's Project, Team Hoyt Arizona, Radiology Ltd Skeleton Crew, Workout Group, TEP, and Fleet Feet.  Run4God will receive a $150 gift card at the event Saturday night.  All 76 teams are eligible for a $150 raffle to Hotel Congress.  We will announce these prizes at the Beneficiary Check Ceremony starting at 6:30 PM.

If the specific numbers are off, not to worry -- every team of 5 or more is eligible for a raffle prize.

Also: the men's and women's teams with the five fastest runners following cross country scoring receive $300 apiece. 

TMC 55
Tucson Runners Project 42
Team Hoyt AZ 35
Radiology Ltd Skeleton Crew 33
The Workout Group 31
Tucson Electric Power 29
Fleet Feet Sports 26
We're saving 5 bucks! 14
Lighhthouse YMCA 12
Destination YOU! 11
El Rio Health 11
Tucson Strength 11
AZ Attorney General's Office 10
City of Tucson Justice League 10
Desert Monkeys 10
Logistical Nightmares 10
Ratcatchers 10
Team RWB 10
Tom Bower State Farm 10
Meet Me Wednesdays 9
Mostly Laos 9
TPD Cops & Runners 9
Too Hot 8
Tucson Tri Girls 8
Acceloraptors 7
Hank's Drywall Fetish 7
Pete-n-rePete 7
Run n Done 7
Tucson Cancer Conquerors 7
Whiskey Papa Charlie 7
755 OSS 6
Here for the Beer 6
Here for the Food Trucks 6
Kemaitch 6
One Team All Heart 6
Orangetheory Fitness 6
Southern Arizona RoadRUNNERS 6
Team YMCA 6
Harry and the Mitchnecks 5
Marana PD Fit 4 Duty 5
PussyFoots 5
Running Shop/Workout Group 5
Team Haven 5
Team Nieto 5
Team Run4Fam 5
Team TOI 5
The Merlots 5
Too Little Too Late 5
Zoniacs 5
#moneyandfriends 4
Car Ramrod 4
Raytheon 4
Better Than Ever  3
Debbie's Unicorn Show 3
Get Fit Babe's 3
Team Blais 3
Team Winchester 3
The Lumbricals 3 2
Living Streets Alliance 2
Fischer and Future Mrs Fischer 2
Ms. Fits 2
Slap My Ragnar 2
Bacanora hike n bkie 1
Correle 1
Crossfit Tucson 1
Diva in Training 1
Running Divas 1
Tucson Fire Department 1
Wings and a Prayer 1
Team LTTC 1


Meet Me Downtown weekend event results are now posted

May 27, 2017

Results can be found here!

Live Results on Saturday Night!


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