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20 (literally) questions about the 2019 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown

Mar 19, 2019

It's about that time to motivate up and sign up for Tucson's popular three-race series, the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.  Here's a ton o' information, but if you still have questions feel free to email race director Randy Accetta at

Q: I'm new to this sort of thing. What is the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown?  
A: GZTC is a charity-based three-race series that includes running and walking events in three unique Tucson locations. The goal is to honor the late Gabe Zimmerman by promoting year-round fitness, enabling people to train for and complete by walking or running events that range from one mile to the 13.1 mile half-marathon.  

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 retro postcard theme.

  • 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 desert tradition and our beautiful mountain ranges.
  • The medallion for the Halloween weekend TMC Get Moving Tucson events recognizes the beauty of Tucson's skyline, including our iconic A-Mountain.

Q: Back up a second -- what are the three events and when do they take place?
A: 1) Saturday night, June 1: TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run/Walk, Tucson's largest running event in the heart of Downtown Tucson.  Beer garden featuring the new brew 26.2 Brew by Boston Beer Company + children's activities, concerts, magicians & stilt walkers, food trucks, after-party, and more!

2) Sunday morning, September 15: TMC Tucson 10k and 5k. Staged at Pima Community College West, you can run the 10k or you can walk or run the 5k. Scenic course in the rolling foothills of the Tucson mountains, children's activities, expo

3) Sunday morning, October 27: TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon Events in the heart of Downtown Tucson. You can walk or run the Tucson Lifestyle 5k or you can run or walk the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon.  Live music, beautiful courses, children's activities, food trucks, and more. And yes, we're planning on the A-Mountain route again this year . . .

Q: What if I cannot be in Tucson for any of those dates? Am I out of luck or can I do the Virtual Triple Crown?
A: Over the years we've found that many people wanted to do the series but could not attend every race, so we created a Virtual Triple Crown. 
You can do one, two, or all of the races Virtually and still receive all the great Triple Crown stuff.
Sign up for the Virtual Gabe Z here.

Q: So if I have to miss the TMC Meet Me Downtown on June 1st, I can still do the Triple Crown?
A: Yes, when you sign up for the Triple Crown simply mark which race will be virtually. 

Q: If I have already signed up for the TMC Meet Me Downtown Run, can I transfer to the Triple Crown?
A: YES! We will send a coupon code to all TMC Meet Me Downtown registrants, or you can email Randy Accetta at

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: I normally just walk at Meet Me at Maynard's -- do I have to be competitive to do this stuff?
A: NOPE!! The idea is to honor Gabe and celebrate Tucson by having fun exercising -- so come on out and walk or run as fast or slow as you want! 

Q: When are you going to show us the 2019 "Run Tucson" shirt?
A: We have the retro design and we're hoping to put it together in the next week or so . . .

Q. When are you going to show us the medallion set?
A: Soon . . .

Q: For those of us new to Tucson or from out of town, can you tell us about Gabe Zimmerman?
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.
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 4,500+ registrations that have been part of the Triple Crown these past few years!!
Q: Who are the sponsors and why are these Questions in teal?
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: How much does it cost to participate?
A: Early registration price point has ended and currently the fee is $109, with a $5 mailing add-on for those doing it Virtually.

Q: What do registrants receive?
A: Race registration to the three events, including all of the race shirts and other goodies, PLUS:

  • The 2019 "Run Tucson" Triple Crown shirt, featuring the new retro logo
  • Three separate medallions for each of the three races
  • Recognition on the SAR Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown results page
  • Grand Prix points -- TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k and the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon are part of the SAR's Running Shop Grand Prix
  • The happiness of knowing that a portion of your entry fees will go to the BEYOND Foundation, plus other local non-profit organizations: The Children's Museum, Educational Enrichment Foundation, Greater Tucson Leadership, Team Hoyt Arizona, Cox Charities, Southern Arizona Roadrunners, and others.

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 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 already 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: How do I register?
A: You can register one of two ways:
 Print a registration form from the SAR page and mail it in. Registration by mail must be postmarked by Monday, May 21
Register online with a credit card at
Q: What is the charity involved?
A: In 2019, the Triple Crown will donate $10 from each entry to the BEYOND Foundation. Last year you helped us provide $10000 to BEYOND. Additional Tucson-based organizations also receive a portion of the proceeds from the individual events. All total, over $85,000 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. 


Finisher Medals Revealed for Dr. Gann’s Diet of Hope Cinco de Mayo 10k & 5k

Mar 16, 2019

Cinco is on Cinco this year! The first 900 registrants will take home a finisher medal for the 10k & 5k! Check out the design below!


Volunteers Needed at Dave’s Run and Sabino Canyon Sunset Run

Mar 9, 2019

Dave's Run for ALS on Sunday March 24th at Curtis Park: Please click here if you'd like to help with race day registration day, packet pickup, or if you'd like to help with other areas (set up, course monitors, water stations, clean up etc).

40th Annual Sabino Canyon Sunset Run on Saturday April 13th at Sabino Canyon: Please click here if you'd like to help with race day registration day, packet pickup, or if you'd like to help with other areas (set up, course monitors, water stations, clean up etc).


Cinco de Mayo Race Title Sponsor: Dr. Gann’s Diet of Hope

Mar 7, 2019

We are thrilled to announce that once again the title sponsor for the Cinco deo Mayo 10k & 5k is Dr. Gann's Diet of Hope Center For Diabetes, Obesity and Healthy Living. Visit their website to learn about the programs they offer.  We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful long standing partnership with Dr. and Mrs. Gann for this iconic Tucson event.


TMC Meet Me Downtown Partners with Radiology Ltd

Mar 3, 2019

The TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run is proud to have Radiology Ltd on board as a sponsor for the 2019 event.  Staff from Radiology Ltd have long been one of the biggest teams at the TMC Night Run, with over 40 employees for Team Skeleton Crew.  As athletes ourselves, we're glad to have such a helpful resource for the running community.  For questions about sponorship, please contact Randy Accetta.

Our Company: As Tucson’s hometown radiology practice, Radiology Ltd. provides World-Class Imaging Services to improve the health of all Southern Arizonans.

Our Team: Our patients are greeted by Guest Services Representatives, who help them feel comfortable and answer any questions about their visit.  Our Radiology Techs are knowledgeable and compassionate, always paying the utmost attention to patient comfort and safety.  Our Board-Certified Physicians are sub-specialty trained and available 24/7.  They provide fast, accurate reports to help determine the most effective treatment for the patient.

Our Clinical Services

We provide:

Comprehensive outpatient imaging services including interventional radiology procedures
Open MRI options for claustrophobic patients
Clinical Review Team to help ensure correct exam protocols and minimize rescheduling
Sedation services for claustrophobic or anxious patients


Spring Cross Country Classic 5k Results now posted!

Mar 2, 2019

Results can be found here!


FitKidz Club Registration is Open

Feb 22, 2019

FitKidz Club 2019 is open for registration!

It will be in TWO locations this year! One at Reid Park and one at Rillito Regional Park (1st & River). Both will meet every Tuesday from April 2nd - April 30th 5pm-6pm.

The Fitkidz Running Club is FREE and will promote and highlight improved skills over a 5-week period, focusing on progress over performance and enjoyment over competition. The kids will start out running shorter intervals and grow the distance each week, culminating in a mile fun run. Each 60-minute session will start with a warm-up, followed by a running activity, a running game, and ending with a short nutrition or other educational activity. The program is for kids ages 5-12 (not yet in middle school). If this sounds just right for your little runner, join us for some running fun!


Fine Valentine Relay Wrap Up

Feb 19, 2019

Thank you all for celebrating our community, kindness and love with SAR at the 24th Annual Fine Valentine Relay! Once again about 700 of you registered for the event. We expect to be able to donate over $3000 to Ben's Bells as well as another $3000 to SAR's programs including the Children's Fitness Fund thanks to you and thanks to our wonderful sponsors. The costume game, PDA, Kind Cupids and speedy running were all impressive!  You can find results here.

Special shout out to Gentle Ben's and Main Gate Square that hosted us for the post race awards party. The mimosa and bloody mary bar, brunch buffet, and photo booth were all hopping.

Check out the Southern Arizona Roadrunners Facebook page for over 400 photos from Selena Valencia.

Need to pick up your award? Order a race shirt but couldn't make it to the race? You can pick those up at The Running Shop.

Last but not least, thank you to all our amazing volunteers! As we always say, events like these take a village and would be utter chaos without your help!


5000 FitKidz Celebration at Spring XC Classic

Feb 19, 2019

Guess what?! At the next FitKidz race at Spring Cross Country Classic, Southern Arizona Roadrunners will have our 5000th FitKidz finisher!

Race directors Jeri & Monica along with the entire FitKidz committee will be planning some ways to make the morning extra special including special edition ribbons and a raffle for Disney tickets! Be sure to register your kiddos:

And parents, you can run in a fun 5k that benefits Parent Aid before your little athletes start their race!


Race Report for TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson

Feb 19, 2019

Thanks to everyone who came out to the TMC Surise at Old Tucson Trail Run!  Here is the race report, including details on picking up awards at The Running Shop, leftover shirts & medals, and more.  Here's one of the nice notes we received:

Hi Randy,
This was my first race, what an experience! I run 6-8 miles per week so never thought I could do a formal race. 
Wow! It was amazing! The environment, the camaraderie, the beautiful families, friends, couples, etc... Thank you guys for making us rookies feel welcome and ecouraged to do better and more importantly to believe that we can run much more than we thought we could!
My plans have changed, now I want to prepare for the next race and then the next.
This event was truly life changing.
Next time, I’ll make sure to get my T-Shirt early (you guys ran out of Small Sizes)
Muchas Gracias,


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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