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Preliminary TMC Tucson 10k Race Report

Sep 18, 2017

Preliminary TMC Tucson 10k Race Report, by Race Director Randy Accetta

Well, race day was a pretty eventful day.  Not only did we see the 1,200 registrants for the inaugural TMC Tucson 10k complete their hilly journeys through the rolling foothills of the Tucson mountains -- and not only did we see a sprint to the finish in the women's 10k -- and not only did we see four national-class men duke it out for top spot overall -- but some of the runners were witness to the arrest of a shooting suspect at the one mile mark.  Not a boring morning, by any stretch!

Let's start with the big news (read the Wednesday Arizona Daily Star article here): On Sunday morning off-duty Pima County Sheriff Sgt. Derek Tyra was scheduled to handle traffic control for the TMC Tucson 10k.  Sgt. Tyra was tasked as Incident Commander, managing a team of Pima County Sheriff officers who handled road closures and basic event safety for the race that started at Pima Community College, West Campus.

At the race start, Sgt. Tyra was stationed on Anklam Road, about 1.5 miles into the 10k race, tasked with ensuring that runners were safe as they navigated the turn-around at the 1.55 mile mark. Moments after the runners had started their race at about 7:00 am, his radio picked up an emergency call about an active shooter situation, a few miles away on West Speedway near Gates Pass.  Within minutes, Sgt Tyra located the speeding vehicle as it passed his station heading down the mountains and into Tucson.  Sgt. Tyra followed the vehicle and within a half-mile, Sgt. Trya had gotten his vehicle in between the shooter's car and the runners, pulled the vehicle over, and swiftly apprehended the shooting suspect -- all without any harm coming to the runners.

As I said to the Daily Star and to Sgt Tyra: Sgt Trya is a hero. Even though the situation was not tied to the race, it's pretty amazing that he was able to intervene with a live shooting suspect just steps from all these runners.

As you know, the TMC Tucson 10k is part of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown and raises funds for the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation, a non-profit founded in the wake of the 2011 shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords.  

Sgt. Tyra told me this is just an ordinary part of his job, but the fact that he led the arrest on a shooting perpetrator on the day that we were running to celebrate the life a shooting victim, Gabe Zimmerman, is actually pretty extraordinary.

I'm sure I share with you a debt to the efforts of our Pima County Sheriff's Department.


OK -- on to more mundane matters . . .

Results: Preliminary results can be found here. If your results need to be amended, please email race director Randy Accetta and timer Greg Wenneborg.

Age Group Awards: If you won an age-group award, please visit the Running Shop at 3055 North Campbell to pick up your gift certificate and special baseball cap.

10k Age Groups: U14, 15-19, through 80+, in 5-year increments
AG 1: $20 GC to Running Shop, plus hat
AG 2: $15 GC to Running Shop, plus hat
AG 2: $10 GC to Running Shop, plus hat

5k Age Groups: first place only in U10, U20 - 80+ in ten-year increments
Overall 1: $30, GC to Running Shop, plus hat
Overall 2: $25, GC to Running Shop, plus hat
Overall 3: $20, GC to Running Shop, plus hat
Masters 1: $20, GC to Running Shop, plus hat
AG 1: $15, GC to Running Shop, plus hat

GZTC: If you are a local participant in the Gabe Zimmerman Virtual Triple Crown, please visit the Running Shop to pick up your shirt and medal.  

If you live out of Tucson (or have recently moved), we will try to get your Triple Crown items to you within a week.

I've seen photos from the waterside of Ireland to the Californa beaches -- so please post your instagram or FB photos and tag @runtucson and @runSAR!


We'll write more about this, but we are fortunate to have two volunteer photographers chronicling many of our races.  We'll have more details later, but for now you can visit the SmugMug account of Damion Alexander here.

Within a day or so, you will be able to see the photos from Kerry Whelan, aka The Goatographer.


Pima Community College West Campus Staging: I don't think we have made it clear enough that the venue was suggested to us by Ross Zimmerman, Gabe's dad.  By all accounts, the start/finish line, the courtyard at PCC, and the course itself have been well-received (as much as a course that rolls upand down the Tucson Mountains can be . . . .).  We want to thank Ross and the crew at Pima CC for all the help.

10k Top Finishers

The men's race was a dog-fight up front, with Tucson newcomer and Olympic Marathon Trials participant Nick Hilton pushing the pace up the early hills, only to see fellow Oly Trials runner Stephen Kersh from Flagstaff then Harry Mulenga (living in Oro Valley, by way of Zambia) lead the charge on the downhill backside of the course.  Mulenga snagged the first place prize of $250 in 30:59, while Stephen Kersh took second in 31:21, Hilton third in 32:09, and SAR member Robert Scribner rolling into fourth place in 33:58.  It is worth noting that these times are 2-4 minutes off their personal bests, a function of the demanding course and the heat of the morning.

In the women's race, 44-year-old 3-time Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier Paula Morrison (38:30) prevailed in a sprint to the finish over Jessica Culver, 28-year-old former UofA soccer player (38:31).  (Observant viewers of the results page will not that Culver's "chip time is actually one second faster than Paula's chip time -- however, following USATF guidelines, overall winners are marked by actual "gun time" not the chip time.Third place in the women's race went to Lauren Reasoner (40:01), gearing up for the St. George Marathon, while fourth place went to co-race director 42-year-old Tia Accetta (40:26).

The men's master's division was won by Aaryn Olsson, while Stephanie Wenneborg was named female masters champ.

5k Top Finishers

The 5k is a tale of ages -- the overall winner was Sharon Snyder, a 30-year-old speedster who outran 12-year-old standout Alonna Hannibal to the finish.  The first men's winner was 62-year-old Steve Felde -- Steve outran 16-year-old Tripp Rosenfelt, the 2nd overall make, even though Steve was on site at about 4:30 in the morning to volunteer!


Tia Accetta and Sheryl Felde, the SAR volunteer coordinator, worked hard to rustle up a gang to help with this race, just two weeks after the big Saguaro event.  Special thanks to everyone who helped out!  We're sure to be missing some names, but here's a start on the list:

  • Steve and Sheryl Felde
  • Heather Hopkins
  • Stephen Moore
  • Sergio Avila
  • Cindy Schnell
  • Judie and Ed Shyman
  • Linda Whelan
  • Merry Dearmon and Devi Moore
  • Steve Sheldon
  • Steve Outridge
  • Marti Ackermann
  • Sheryl Ruggles
  • Kristy Bonet
  • Kelly Mack
  • Denise Gizinski
  • Shirley Hester
  • Connie Lopez
  • Noemi and Craig Mills
  • Joe Faulk
  • Austin and Kailee Grover
  • Anastasia Frank
  • Areli Arias
  • Maureen Cunningham
  • Myk Bown
  • Joe Plassman
  • Claire Hans
  • Mulcogi Seng
  • Robin Gerard
  • Michelle Hawk
  • Doug Kelly
  • Christine and Hayden Talatoff
  • The Workout Group
  • The men and women of the Pima Community College Track and Cross Country teams

Inaugural Tucson 10k and 5k Times Now Posted!

Sep 17, 2017

Results can be found here!


Update: TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon, 5k, and FreeOne FitKidz

Sep 16, 2017

As we prepare for Tucson's most popular urban half-marathon on October 29th, the City of Tucson has asked us to make some changes to the course for the October 29th TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon.  We expect to announce a draft of an updated course this coming week.  The Tucson Lifestyle 5k and the Cox Charities FitKidz Free One Children's Mile courses will stay the same. In the meantime, registration at early discount pricing continues -- a mere $60 for the half-marathon and $30 for the 5k.


September 16 Update for Sunday’s TMC Tucson 10k

Sep 14, 2017

All Race Details: Read the unformatted information below or click here for the September 16th email with links to course maps and race weekend details, including packet pickup times, timing information, race times, staging area maps, parking, post-race activities, and more.

Registration Now Closed: We've sold out, so we've closed online registration.  Thank you for your interest -- next up for SAR is Run n Roll, then Great Pumpkin, then Get Moving Tucson.  Our friends in Oracle are putting on a hilly 10k in October, too . . .

Strollers: While we normally embrace the concept of parents and children running together, for a variety of safety reasons strollers are not allowed on the roadway in this year's inaugural event.  We will have the Free Kids Dash, in which every child receives a Ben's Bell after the race.  If you have any questions about this year's policy and how this may affect your race participation, please contact us here

Change Distance: We can no longer accept emailed event changes.  If you need to change your race distance, please tell the volunteers at Saturday's Packet Pick Up at The Running Shop or be sure to visit with the timing tent before 6:00 am on Sunday morning and let the timing team know.

Prize Money Announced: $250, $150, $100, $50 for first four men and women; $50 to first man and woman 40+

Every finisher in the 5k or 10k receives a special medallion.  
10k Prize Money: $250, $150, $100, $50 for first four men and women; $50 to first man and woman 40+
In addition to the Running Shop Gift Certificates, all age group winners also receive a special baseball cap.  Now, I think they are cool, but Tia is really worried that you won't like them. . . 
10K - 10k Age Groups: U14, 15-19, through 80+, in 5-year increments
AG 1: $20 GC to Running Shop, plus hat
AG 2: $15 GC to Running Shop, plus hat
AG 2: $10 GC to Running Shop, plus hat
5K - 5k Age Groups: first place only in U10, U20 - 80+ in ten-year increments
Overall 1: $30, GC to Running Shop, plus hat
Overall 2: $25, GC to Running Shop, plus hat
Overall 3: $20, GC to Running Shop, plus hat
Masters 1: $20, GC to Running Shop, plus hat
AG 1: $15, GC to Running Shop, plus hat


We've said it before, but thanks again for signing up for the Inaugural TMC Tucson 10k and 5k.  Because it's the first time we've produced this event, we want to make sure you have a great experience, which is one reason we have capped the race at 1200 runners and walkers -- we want you to have a great race day!

TMC Tucson 10k on TV: We're so excited about the race that we stopped by our friends at KGUN's The Morning Blend and talked about running in Tucson -- check it out here!  Speaking of media, thanks to and My92.9 for all their advertising help -- and to the Arizona Daily Star for publishing all those health and wellness columns!

Special thanks to Pima Community College West and Pima County Sheriff and AMR Ambulance: We've never held a road race at PCC, and we're grateful to Ross Zimmerman for suggesting the venue.  PCC has been great to work with, so if you see PSS staff or PCC police, please thank them for their help and please be nice!  

Also, thanks to the City of Tucson and Pima County Department of Transportation for helping with this event.  We are thankful, too, to the Pima County Sheriff Department for providing sheriff deputies who have worked the Tucson Bicycle Classic, so they're familiar with the rules of the road out there.  And AMR is providing a stand-by unit for us, too!

Anybody wanna' volunteer this weekend?  Contact Tia Accetta if you want to hand out medals, help set up, direct runners to the correct finish line chute, hand out water, or anything else.  

TMC Tucson 10k Vendors and Sponsors: We have a host of cool sponsors and vendors (including our good friends at Rincon Air Conditioning and Heating and The Running Shop), but we still have room at the race day expo.  If you want to sponsor the event, contact us here.

Quick Links

Packet Pick Up information

Race day and post-race details

Staging area information

Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown information

Course Maps and Visuals

Special thanks to the Southern Arizona Roadrunners members, the SAR Board members, the Workout Group, and the friends and partners of Run Tucson.  After reading this, if you have any questions, please contact co-race director Randy Accetta.

Thanks again!

Randy and Tia Accetta

Details and More Details

We have sold out this race, so we cannot accept any more registrations.

Start/Finish Location
Pima Community College West -- we will stage the race near the courtyard on the west edge of campus, next to the Building B Gymnasium and Building A.  See maps below.

[packet] Saturday Packet Pick Up
Saturday, September 16th, 10 am - 1:00 pm at The Running Shop. 3055 North Campbell Avenue 

YES: you can pick up the number and shirt for someone else.  Please limit your requests and please be patient.

YES: it will be crowded early on Saturday, so please be patient and please be nice.

YES: The Running Shop is Tucson's oldest running specialty store, over 25 years in business.  Please support local business and take some time to shop for shoes, clothes, or other goodies. 

(Some have asked why we don't do goodie bags -- it's because we find that most people throw most everything away, which seems like a waste all the way around. We could make a couple of extra bucks by charging for sponsor coupons, but we're trying to be good environmental stewards and at the same time make it easy on you.  Having said that, if you think we should offer goodie bags with coupons, let me know!)

Special Treat Saturday and Sunday: Tap & Bottle at 403 North Sixth Avenue, a good friend to the SAR running community, is offering $1 off selected beers as part of their special Founder's 10k IPA Day.  Bring your race number in for a $1 off selected bottles.  See their FB event page here.

Sunday Packet Pick Up 
5:45 am - 6:45 packet pickup at Pima Community College West, 2202 W Anklam Rd
No: there will be no race day registration

Sunday, September 17th Schedule
5:45 am - 6:45 packet pickup and registration
7:00 am TMC Tucson 10k and 5k -- everyone starts together!
8:30 approx: Kids Dash
9:00 approx: Awards

Changing Distance
Right now, 879 of you are registered in the 10k and 266 in the 5k.  If you want to change your event, please visit the timing tent at the start/finish line and tell them by 6:00 am on Sunday! 

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE: make sure you start and finish in the correct corral.  

The 5k will be under the red arch on the east side of the starting line 

The 10k will go under the black arch on the west side of the starting line. 

Every registrant will receive the race t-shirt -- first come, first-served in terms of sizing.

Did we say it was first-come, first-served for t-shirt sizing?  We have 1200+ shirts, but we cannot guarantee the perfect size for everybody so we'll do the best we can!

Social Media and Photography
We'll have both the world-famous Goatographer and Damion Alexander on hand snapping photos, then posting on their respective Facebook pages.

For social media, please tag @RunSAR and @RunTucson on Instagram and Facebook.  We're using the race tag #TMCTucson10k and #gabezimmermantriplecrown-- but feel free to be creative!

[courses] Courses -- see maps below

10k Course
The race is a simple loop -- from the Pima parking lots, you head up to Greasewood, south to Anklam, west on Anklam all the way to Speedway, hook a right turn and head east on Speedway to Greasewood.  At Greasewood, your turn right (south) and head to the driveway that leads you down to the finish line.  Basically, a big triangle -- easy-peasy.  

Traffic Concerns: We are closing the running lanes of traffic, plus Greasewood.

Anklam west-bound is closed to traffic starting at about 5:30 am; Speedway east-bound is closed to traffic starting at about 6:00 am. 

Greasewood is closed to traffic starting at about 6:00 am, so please remember that you will not be able to be on Greasewood after 6:00 am.

5k Course
The 5k is an out-and-back.  You will go up the hill, turn left on Greasewood, turn right on Anklam, go to the 1.55 mile mark on the course and turn around.  Come back in the opposite direction and finish where you started.  Also easy-peasy.

Starting Line
The 5k and the 10k will start at the same time and the same place.  The 5k runners and walkers will line up behind the RED arch on the east side of the road, while the 10k runners will line up behind the BLACK arch on the west side of the road.  We'll explain all this at the starting line . . . but . . . PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE: make sure you start and finish in the correct corral.  

The 5k will be under the red arch on the east side of the starting line 

The 10k will go under the black arch on the west side of the starting line. 

Now, this is the time when Tia tells me I get in trouble: if you are going to run about 5-minutes per mile, please come to the front of the starting line.  If you are going to run about 6-minutes a mile, please stand behind the people who plan to run 5-minutes a mile.  And so on . . . We'll have flagging up to remind you, but it will make it safer if you start according to your running pace.

Water Stops
The first water stop will be right before the 1.5 mile mark, just before the 5k runners will turn around.  The second water stop will be right near the 4 mile mark.  It will be hot, so please feel free to bring your own water, too!

At packet pickup you will receive your race number with a bib tag attached to the back of the bib.  Please put this on the front of your shirt and please be sure you are wearing it at the start and finish lines.  You will receive the finishing time based on when you cross the mat at the start and when you cross the mat at the finish.

Race Day Parking
You can park in any of the main Pima Community College West Campus parking lots then walk to the start/finish line on the west side of the Pima buildings, near the Gym.  Below is a series of race maps, elevation charts, and staging area maps. 

[raceday] Bathrooms
Thanks to Waste Management, there will be a bank of port-o-johns just north of the starting line.

Team Hoyt & Coffee 
Team Hoyt is our TMC Get Moving Tucson Half Marathon beneficiary and they will be providing free coffee, both hot and iced!  Check out their trailer near the finish line!  And when you see 'em cheer for the 60 runners and rider-athletes who will be out on the course doing the 5k and the 10k.  See 

Rock n Roll & Massage
Local rockers Max Staxx will pump you up, while Massage Envy will provide post-race massages to help you recover.

Our radio sponsor will be on hand, crankin' tunes and having fun!


Rock n Roll by the awesome Max Staxx -- you rocked out to them at the TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run
Sweet and salty snacks courtesy of TMC, Muscle Milk, & Whole Foods
Muscle Milk protein drinks
Vendor and Sponsor booths
Free Lil' Kids Dash
SAR member table
Free massage for all courtesy of Massage Envy on River Road!

Every finisher will receive the same finisher's medal, so whether you do the 5k or the 10k, you will receive the special commemorative medallion.  As Triple Crown participants, you can create the second portion of the cool triptych that has been created by the Kerry Whelan photo of the Tucson Downtown and Tucson Mountain skyline . . . 

Every finisher in the 5k or 10k receives a special medallion.  
10k Prize Money: $250, $150, $100, $50 for first four men and women; $50 to first man and woman 40+
In addition to the Running Shop Gift Certificates, all age group winners also receive a special baseball cap.  Now, I think they are cool, but Tia is really worried that you won't like them. . . 
10K - 10k Age Groups: U14, 15-19, through 80+, in 5-year increments
AG 1: $20 GC to Running Shop, plus hat
AG 2: $15 GC to Running Shop, plus hat
AG 2: $10 GC to Running Shop, plus hat
5K - 5k Age Groups: first place only in U10, U20 - 80+ in ten-year increments
Overall 1: $30, GC to Running Shop, plus hat
Overall 2: $25, GC to Running Shop, plus hat
Overall 3: $20, GC to Running Shop, plus hat
Masters 1: $20, GC to Running Shop, plus hat
AG 1: $15, GC to Running Shop, plus hat

[gztc] Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown Registrants

There are about 700 registrants in the Triple Crown, so we will be providing about $7,000 to the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation at the TMC Get Moving Tucson event next month!  
Thank you for all of your support for Gabe, the Zimmerman family, BEYOND and our great Tucson community . . . 
If you are doing TMC Tucson 10k event in person:
Each TMC Tucson 10k or 5k finisher will receive the TMC Tucson 10k race medal, which fits snugly to the TMC Meet Me Downtown medal you received back in June.  
You do not have to go to a tent and pick anything up -- simply finish the race and get your medallion!  Your race number will NOT have GZTC or any other GZTC identifier on it, so please do not worry about finding a Triple Crown tent and doing anything.  
The 5k Counts!
Even though the name of the event is the TMC Tucson 10k, the companion 5k counts as part of the Triple Crown!
If you have to miss this race and will do it Virtually: 
Remember, Triple Crown participants can still receive your race shirt and your medal simply by doing a 10k or 5k sometime in the week of the race.  Basically, please do this: run 6.2 miles or 3.1 miles sometime this week.  Then post a photo of your run on social media -- you can tag @RUNSAR or @RUNTUCSON -- or you can email us a photo if you don't have Instagram or Facebook.

1) Those who live out of town: we still have the list of out-of-town virtual participants, so we'll mail shirts and medals. 

2) Those who will be traveling: Some of you live in town but will miss the in-person race  -- we will have shirts and medals at The Running Shop after the race, so you can pick your stuff up!

3) Those of you who have moved since registering: Some of you have moved since you signed up -- we're trying to keep up with you, so please email us again if you have not received stuff in the mail. For example, our friends in Italy have now relocated to Georgia -- we've got you covered. 

Here is an example from an email we received this morning from Paris, France:
This is to validate my GZ Triple Crown virtual 5k run on Wednesday, Sept.13, in Bussy St; Georges, a little town east of Paris where my daughter and grandkids live. It was a cool 65°, overcast with some sprinkles. I had a sore throat before I started. The course was three circuits of 1.7k parkway just long of 5k, was level, half fine gravel path and half pavement so I made better time than expected. The cold and wet were motivation. Used my daughter's GPS phone. I hope to post pictures but may not be able to do so until after I arrive back in States. Not at all used to their Mac or the fact that everything is in French so don't know if I can get photos posted to FB before I leave or not. Daughter took photos with my camera as I was carrying her phone. 
 Hope all is safe and successful Saturday with the actual run. I wasn't comfortable out there at all but I did as I had told you, that I would be honest to the run and GZ Triple. Looking forward to the third leg.
Picking up at The Running Shop: 
If you need to pick up your shirts and medals, please visit The Running Shop at 3055 North Campbell. They have a list of Triple Crown registrants, but it would be most helpful if you were prepared -- explain to them that you signed up for the Triple Crown but have done the race virtually and ask them to dig into their boxes for the medal or shirt.  
Please note that we will NOT have every shirt size available after the race -- so please be kind and gracious with them as they help you get the best shirt for you, even if it is not the perfect shirt for you.
As you can tell, we lean heavily on Sharon Bart, the owner of The Running Shop, and Lucas, Robert, Geoff and the whole gang down there.  Not only do they provide gift certificates as part of age-group awards, but they have become the brick-and-mortar home for our shirts and medals.  Please buy millions and millions of dollars of shoes and shorts and skorts from them . . .   smile
If you have not yet received your Run Tucson Shirt, Meet Me Downtown Medal, or Meet Me Downtown Shirt
If you signed up for the Triple Crown but have not yet received your Run Tucson shirt or Meet Me Downtown Shirt or Medal, you can still pick 'em up at The Running Shop.  
Your name is on a list there, so go to The Running Shop at 3055 North Campbell and say something like, "Hey, I never got my Run Tucson shirt -- may I have the size that is the best fit for me?"  Even if we no longer have the perfect size, The Running Shop staff will be nice to you . . . 

This race is the second leg of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown and will benefit both the BEYOND-TUCSON Foundation and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.  You know about SAR, but here's what you might not know about BEYOND:
Founded in reaction to the mass shooting of January 11, 2011, BEYOND's "mission is to promote the use of good science and rational analysis to improve individual and community health." 
BEYOND is 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.
These four key pillars support the basis of BEYOND's mission. Along with its partners, BEYOND provides year-round opportunities for the public to participate in a series of healthy activities and to learn more about the scientific research that shows why these four pillars are critical for optimal physical and mental health.
Community Partners
The race is produced by Randy and Tia Accetta of Run Tucson, with help from volunteers from SAR and the Workout Group.  We are grateful to our title sponsor, Tucson Medical Center, and our media sponsors: Tucson Morning Blend, Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, Cox Communications, Arizona Daily Star, and My92.9 radio station.
Special thanks to our local business sponsors: The Running Shop and Rincon Air Conditioning and Heating.



Volunteer at Sabino FitKidz Septmeber 30th

Sep 6, 2017

Spread your love of running by volunteering at the 5th Annual Sabino Canyon FitKidz One Mile Classic on September 30th!  Sign-up here for a slot. The kids are great & you won't regret it! We're also looking for a volunteer ametuer photogrpaher for photos we can use for a facebook album on our SAR facebook page.​. Hard to beat 250 kids running through the canyon! Have a kid that wants to run this free race? Register them here!


Race Report for 48th Saguaro!

Sep 4, 2017

Well, that was a fun morning, wasn't it?  The manadatory cap on race participants made it feel like a party for the cool kids -- or, should I say, a party for "we're-a-little-bit-loopy-in-a-nice-way-kids" -- the kind of runners that like to slog their way up hill after hill after hill, with the hot sun rising over the Rincons and beating down.  Yup, today's runners and walkers were definately the crazy kids . . . and yet, smiles were everywhere, with happy bell-ringing and laughter and music.  Nicely done all!  

ResultsCheck the results page here -- if you won an age group or overall award, please visit the Running Shop at 3055 North Campbell sometime in September to get your tote bag and your Running Shop Gift Certificate.  If you signed up for the race but did not run, you can grab a leftover shirt from The Running Shop -- but we don't have a ton left, so it will be first-come, first-served . . . 

Photos: As Kerry Whelan writes, this may have been the most photographed race in the history of Saguaro!  Check out the SAR facebook page for snapshots -- and then over the coming days see the links on the Goatographer facebook page and the Oro Valley Photography page.  First to the web are the photos from our friend Damion Alexander's facebook page!

If you have any post-race questions, please contact Randy Accetta here or Tia Accetta here.  

Now, on to the details . . .

In the flagship 8-miler, first place over the demanding loop course went to first-time champ 23-year-old Tyler Bauer, running with the UofA Wildcat Running Club and The Workout Group.  Tyler took an early lead then held on against the second place runner, Aaryn Olsson, 41, who is making quite the splash in the running scene, picking up the sport after a couple of decades away.  

Third place overall was also the first place woman, as professional triathlete Heather Jackson from Bend, Oregon led the way in 50:52.  Second place woman was former Pima standout, Tanaya Gallagher in 42:23, coming down from Sedona, while third place went to local standout Lauren Reasoner, who was on hand at 5:00 am to volunteer -- she wins the world championship of volunteering/racing!

In the rolling 5k, Merle Crutchfield IV took first place in 1854, followed by Charles Iglehart in 19:19 and David Jeck in 20:54.  First female was Sharon Snyder in 22:23, holding off Alonna Hannibal, all of 12 years old who completed the out-and-back in 22:51.  Julesha Jones, 44, took third.  

Farther down the list of finishers was Lupita Hernandez, a visually-impaired runner completing the 5k for the first time.  

Our last place finisher in the 8-miler was a Meet Me at Maynard's stalwart, Wilma Valdanegro, in just over 3 hours!  

Speaking of first-timers, DJ Rich cranked the tunes for his first Saguaro race -- thanks to DJ Rich Mayorga!

While most of the runners and walkers came from the Tucson area, runners from Florida, Washington, DC, California, Virginia, Georgia, Oklahoma, Colorado, Illinois, Oregon, Washington State, Florida, New Mexico, Kansas, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and South Dakota cruised the cactus forest courses.  One fellow raced in Tulsa on Saturday and flew in Sunday just to do the race!  Our fathest visitor cameall the way from Sao Paulo, Brazil!

We want to thank the more than 100 folks who helped with the race: the runners at Sahuaro High School who handed out water at Miles 2, 4, and 6.  The Tucson Tri-GIrls who screamed and yelled at Mile 7, bringing in our last finisher, Grandma Wilma!   The high school cross country Wolves of St. Augustine, who shouldered water bottle after water bottle to ensure that all the finishers were hydrated.  The Roadrunner Timing crew made sure everything was spot-on at the finish line.  

Finally, special thanks to the crew at Saguaro National Park for all their cheer -- from volunteers to Rangers, you made our day!  


Below is a list of some of those who labored this morning, but special appreciation is due to Steve and Sheryl Felde for all the registration efforts over the weekend and to Michelle Hawk and Steve Outridge, for their hours in the rental truck, first dropping the mile markers and the water stations, then looping again to pick everything up.  

Kerry and Linda Whelan did all sorts of work -- pretty much behind the scenes the whole way, from Linda's pre-race organizing to Kerry's race weekend photography -- not to mention all of his unsung post-race photo work!   Thanks to Jen and Chris Garcia for helping with the free kids dash! Nicely done!!

Here's a list of the rest of the volunteers who spent their time making sure we all were happy and safe today:

Steve and Sheryl
Marti Ackermann
Linda Whelan
Cindy Schnell
Merry Dearmon
Peggy Chalk
Lauren Reasoner
Kelly Mack
Chris, Jen, and Eddie Garcia
Mulcogi Seng

Sharon Bart from the Running Shop

Austin and daughter Kailee Grover
Joe Faulk
Andrew Peck
Steve Sheldon
Alec Brioness
Janet Holland
Igor Suarez
Dave Odom
Dave Dixon
Heather Hopkins
Amye Chaparro
Claire Pederson
Eric Sanders
Michelle Hawk
Robin Gerard
Doreen Davis
Steve Outridge
Maureen Cunningham
Chris Fall
Connie Lopez

Michael Miller

Lucas Tyler and Diane Manzini
Maureen Cunningham


Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8 Miler and 5k results now posted

Sep 4, 2017

Results can be found here!  Happy Labor Day!


Quick Update on Planning for the Inaugural TMC Tucson 10k

Sep 2, 2017
  • 212 spaces available before we reach our cap of 1,200
  • Course is being USATF measured and certified -- thanks to Southern Arizona Roadrunners
  • Prize Money Announced: $250, $150, $100, $50 for first four men and women; $50 to first man and woman 40+
  • Hotel Discount at runner-friendly Homewood Suites by Hilton, St. Phillips.  At the beautiful Santa Cruz River Path, Campbell and River Road, about a 15-minute easy drive to the race site.  Click here to make a reservation and use the code "SAR" and receive special race pricing!!  Adjacent to Reforma, Union and other great local restaurants, with a plentiful selection of boutique local shopping.

Race Week Updates for Saguaro Labor Day Run!

Aug 29, 2017

 Registration for Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run is closed.  However, if you are registered, please click here for race weekend details, including packet pickup, race day schedules, and more. Old-timers will remember when this race was the Saguaro National Monument Run. In the last days of his presidency in 1933, Herbert Hoover established Saguaro National Monument, while it received National Park status in 1994. We are grateful to our friends at Saguaro for allowing us to be one of the few races produced on National Park lands. Park Ranger Steve Bolyard, Rincon Mountain District Ranger Miranda Cook, and Saguaro Chief Ranger Ray O'Neill have all provided above-and-beyond support for this race over the years. It takes a lot of folks to help with this race, so if you see a Park Service employee, please thank them for their efforts!


Still Spaces for September: Saguaro, TMC Tucson 10k, and FitKidz

Aug 25, 2017

There are still slots open for the September 4th Saguaro Labor Day Run and the September 17th TMC Tucson 10k.  Register for Saguaro here and register for TMC Tucson 10k here.  While you're at it, don't forget to bring the kids to Sabino for the free Fit Kidz Sabino Canyon Classic on September 30, for children not yet in middle school.  Info and registration here!


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