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TMC Get Moving Tucson Update: packet pickup info, how to upload race results, suggestions on routes

Oct 19, 2020

We sure miss throwing big running parties!  We miss seeing our friends, watching all of you run fast or walk far, smile & give high-fives and hugs . . . we know that a virtual event is not the same, but it's what we've got for now.  Read below for pre-race information or click here for the pre-race email to all registrants.

Packet pick-up is at The Running Shop, Oct 23 and Oct 24, 3055 N Campbell Ave

Friday, October 23: 3:00-6:00 pm
Saturday, October 24: 10:00-1:00 pm.
Following social distancing guidelines, race shirts, souvenir numbers, and race medals will be set up outside of the Running Shop on Friday and Saturday. We ask that you wear a face covering and try to maintain a distance of 6 ft. between yourself and someone else when possible. Please send a friend if you are feeling ill.
Shirts and medals will be available at The Running Shop after race weekend for those who can't make it on Friday or Saturday. We will mail shirts and numbers and medals to out of town folks . . .

Upload your Race Results HERE

You can complete the distance any time between now and Sunday, October 25th, at midnight. (And if you need to take more time, that's fine -- but we will be doing our raffle giveaway for all finishers early next week!)
Once you've done your virtual race, enter your time on this results form. You can also find the TMC Get Moving Tucson Results Form in the header of the Run Tucson homepage.
The final results will be posted on the Run Tucson web page and the Southern Arizona's TMC Get Moving Tucson race results page.
 

Where to Run: Run or walk wherever and whenever you want!

For safety concerns, we are NOT encouraging you to do the standard route, but here are possible locations you can run or walk on The Loop.
Please remember that these suggestions are NOT measured, and that The Loop is open to pedestrians, bicyclists, chair athletes, and horses. These descriptions are best guesses for the 13.1 mile distance, but you can modify any of them to any other distance, including the standard 5k distance.
CENTRAL
Start at St Phillips and head on the north side of the river to just past Dan Felix memorial Park, near Camino de la Tierra -- then turn around and return.
Start at George Mehl Family Foothills Park at River Road, head west to Dodge, south to the south bank, then take the south side to approximately Kolb -- turn around and return.
WEST
Start at Christopher Columbus and head north, cross the river at Sunset, then take the east side south to St. Mary's, cross back to the west side, and return to Christopher Columbus.
Start at the Mercado, at Congress and the Santa Cruz: take the River Path south to Valencia, then turn around and return.
EAST
Start at Udall Park and take east side path south to Sellarole, then return.
SOUTH
Start at Sam Lena Park, head southwest and under I-10, then head southeast on Julian Wash to Thomas Jay Park, then turn around.
SOUTH EAST
Start at the Fantasy Island parking lot on Valencia and take the Loop north for 3 miles to Irvington, turn around -- do that twice, or continue south to about a mile east of Roy Schooner Trailhead.
SAGUARO EAST CHALLENGE
Start at the fee station and head clockwise on the Cactus Forest loop road for one full loop, then continue on the loop for a second time for approximately 2.4 miles, then head south (right) onto the Cactus Forest trail. Take this trail south until it intersects with the Cactus Forest Loop road -- that will be almost exactly 13.1 mile miles. If you then turn right, you'll have about a mile before you finish at the Visitor Center.
NOTE: very hilly, with some technical trails

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Update for Virtual TMC Get Moving Tucson Participants

Oct 8, 2020

Remember, the October 25th TMC Get Moving Tucson is now a virtual event. You can do the Virtual Cox Charities One Mile, the Virtual Tucson Lifestyle 5k, or the Virtual TMC Half Marathon. You can walk or run and go fast or go slow -- it's up to you.


Running Shop SAR Grand Prix: This virtual event will count towards the SAR membership Running Shop Grand Prix. See details here: http://azroadrunners.org/races/detail/grand_prix

Goodie Pick Up in Tucson, following safe, social-distanced protocols you can snag your coaster medallion, long-sleeve shirt, and race number on race weekend:

Friday, October 23rd 4-6 at The Running Shop

Saturday, October 24th 10-1 at The Running Shop
All shirts first-come, first-served. No exchanges, no trying on.

Goodies for Out of Towners: We'll mail packets again to all out-of-town folks.

Posting Results: We'll send instructions on how to post your run results next week!

Awards: All Virtual Finishers will be eligible for raffle prizes from The Running Shop and Run Tucson.

Suggested Routes: In our recent race email, we provide a handful of suggestions for safe locations to do 13.1 miles, 5k, or a one-mile. We're grateful to those who suggested routes via our recent survey. For safety reasons, we are NOT suggesting routes that include city or county roadways. Indeed, please note that we do NOT encourage you to do the course we use for the race. On traditional race weekends, those urban streets are closed, with barricading, police presence, and first-responders on hand. But that won't be the case in 2020, so for public safety we encourage you to avoid street running and stay to safer locations. 

Questions? Send 'em to race director Randy Accetta at randy@runtucson.net.
 

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TMC Get Moving Tucson—now virtual

Sep 29, 2020

While we really want to get back to an in-person event with happy people running throughout our beloved Tucson streets, we have decided to make the 2020 edition of the TMC Get Moving Tucson a Virtual Event. 

We're grateful for the feedback and insights from all who participated in our surveys, as well as from Ross Zimmerman, and our friends at Tucson Medical Center, Pima County, the City of Tucson, and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.  While none of us want to do virtual races, due the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on Southern Arizona, we feel this is the best decision for both individual and public health in Pima County.

As a virtual event, you can complete any of these distances by running or walking in any location you wish:

  • Cox Charities One Mile
  • Tucson Lifestyle 5k
  • TMC Get Moving Tucson Half Marathon

As with our recent Virtual events, we will mail the race goodies to out-of-town folks while holding packet pick-up in Tucson on race weekend. Everyone will receive

  • a long-sleeve race shirt
  • souvenir race number
  • souvenir circular coaster medallion, highlighting both the TMC Get Moving event and the 2020 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.​

Yes, this race will count towards your SAR Virtual Grand Prix participation points.  

All Virtual Finishers will be eligible for raffle prizes from The Running Shop and Run Tucson.

This is the third and final event of the 2020 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, raising funds for local organizations, including over $5,000 for the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation, over $3,000 for Team Hoyt Arizona chair athletes, and at least $1,000 for the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.

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Virtual TMC Tucson 10k Race Report

Sep 24, 2020

Hello again to the exactly 500 runners and walkers who joined us for this year's Virtual Edition of the TMC Tucson 10k, the 2nd leg of the 2020 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown!

At packet pick-up, it was so nice to chat about running, about families, about jobs, and about how wonderful it is to have a running event to aim for.
It's one thing to sit at home and respond to emails, make phone calls, and write up all these emails. It's another thing to actually spend hours at packet pick-up talking with all of you (in a safe, socially-distanced manner). We're so glad that all of you are part of this event, helping raise funds for the non-profit Southern Arizona Roadrunners and BEYOND-Tucson.

Schwag at The Running Shop, 3055 N Campbell Ave

If you did not visit with us this past weekend, shirts and medals will be available at The Running Shop through the end of the month. Shirt sizes are first-come, first-served.
Also: we are still in the process of mailing shirts and medals to the participants who live outside of the greater Tucson area.

Upload your race results HERE 

Later this week we will do the race raffle and then email again with winners.  Once collected, results will be posted on http://www.runtucson.net and at http://www.azroadrunners.org.

Please post to your social media and tag @runtucson and @RunSAR -- using #runtucson and #TMCT10k and #GabeZimmermanTripleCrown.

If you still have questions after reading everything below, please email us at info@runtucson.net.

Thanks for being part of our wonderful running community!


Randy and Tia Accetta and Sandy, Georgia, & the crew at Run Tucson
randy@runtucson.net
tia@runtucson.net
info@runtucson.net

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TMC Get Moving Tucson Update

Sep 20, 2020

September 20th Update:  Frankly, we still don't know what we'll be able to do with the October 27th TMC Get Moving Tucson events..  While we really want to get back to an in-person event with happy people running throughout our beloved Tucson streets, at this writing, the public health crisis is significantly affecting Southern Arizona, so we're leaning towards an entirely virtual event for the 500 or so participants.

We will not receive permits from the City of Tucson, Pima County, and Arizona Department of Transportation for the regular race route, so our options are these:

1) Move the event to a Virtual Event, like we had to do with the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k and TMC Tucson 10k. 

2) Create a hybrid Virtual and In-Person event, with the in-person location safe enough for up to 200 participants, with staggered starts, social distancing, self-supported course, and so forth.  (As we write this in late September, we are less optimistic about this possibility.)

We will use this race page, email, and social media channels to provide updated information as we learn more.  For questions or to offer suggestions, contact Randy at randy@runtucson.net.

Free Race shirt: The first 500 registrants will receive a light-weight, light-colored long-sleeved souvenir shirt, in women's and unisex sizing.

Souvenir Finisher's Medal: Every finisher in the 5k and half-marathon will the special circle coaster medallion designed in partnership with local Cirrus Visual and Ashworth Awards, the nation's premier medal company

Participant Cap: We will have to cap this event at 550, with only 200 or so allowed on an in-person course.  We have approximately 470 already registered . . . 

Beneficiaries: No matter what, this will be the third race of the 200 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.  Proceeds will benefit Team Hoyt Arizona, the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation, and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.

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Details for this weekend’s Virtual TMC Tucson 10k

Sep 17, 2020

Here's the email we sent to all the registrants for the 4th Annual TMC Tucson 10k.  Instead of cruising the rolling hills of the Painted Desert early on Sunday morning, runners and walkers can do their 5k or 10k wherever they'd like -- then simply submit your results here.  The final results will be posted on the azroadrunners.org TMC Tucson 10K race results page.

Packet pick-up is at The Running Shop, 3055 N Campbell Ave

Friday, September 18: 3:00-6:00 pm
Saturday, September 19: 10:00-1:00 pm.


Following social distancing guidelines, race shirts, souvenir numbers, and race medals will be set up outside of the Running Shop on Friday and Saturday. We ask that you wear a face covering and try to maintain a distance of 6 ft. between yourself and someone else when possible. Please send a friend if you are feeling ill.


Shirts and medals will be available at The Running Shop after race weekend for those who can't make it on Friday or Saturday. We are in the process of mailing shirts and medals to the participants who live outside of the greater Tucson area.

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TMC Tucson 10k Virtual Race Update, with FAQ

Sep 11, 2020


TMC TUCSON 10k FAQ

Q: When and Where is packet pickup?

A: The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell Avenue
Friday: 3:00-6:00 pm (9/18/20)
Saturday:10:00-1:00 pm. (9/19/20)
We are continuing to follow social distancing recommendations. Therefore, race shirts and medals will be set up outside of the Running Shop on Friday and Saturday. There will be no in person registration, only race shirt and medal pick-up. We ask that you wear a face covering and try to maintain a distance of 6 ft. between yourself and someone else when possible. Please don't come if you are feeling ill. Shirts and medals will be available at The Running Shop after race weekend for those who can't make it on Friday or Saturday. We will mail shirts and medals to the participants who live outside of the greater Tucson area.
 

Q: Where do I post my Virtual Race Results?

A: You can complete the 10K (or 5K) distance anytime between now and Sunday, September 20, at midnight. Once you've done your virtual race, enter your time on this results form. You can also find the TMC TUCSON 10K Results Form in the header of the Run Tucson homepage. The final results will be posted on the Run Tucson web page and the Southern Arizona's TMC Tucson 10K race results page.

Q: Why can't we do this race in person?
A: A few reasons: 1) This event requires permits from Pima Community College, Pima County, and the City of Tucson, and we cannot get the appropriate permits to hold the event at its normal staging venue. 2) Normally, 1500 runners and walker do this event -- even though we have stopped advertising it, 500 of you have signed up and during the ongoing public health crisis we simply cannot find a venue in the region for such a large group.

Q: Are all of your races going to be virtual from now on?
A: We hope not. We miss throwing running parties and seeing our friends laughing, smiling, and having fun together. We're trying to create an innovative and safe in-person experience for the October 25th TMC Get Moving Tucson at a new venue.

Q: Are you advertising this to out-of-towners?

A: No, we have not run any national advertising, as we are focusing on our Tucson running community.

Q: Are you still funding charities and non-profits?
A: Yes. Even though it's virtual this year, the TMC Tucson 10k fundraising is designed to enhance our community's overall physical and mental health and wellness. This event will raise approximately $1,000 for the non-profit running club, the Southern Arizona Roadrunners. And a portion of each entry will go to our final contribution of over $5,000 to the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation

Q: What does Virtual mean anyway?
A: Instead of meeting in person, you will be able to walk or run on your own, at your own place, in a location of your own choosing. Ideally, you would walk or run 5k or a 10k on the weekend of September 19 and 20, but if you want to get it done beforehand, that's fine too. All you have to do is post your time and distance to a spreadsheet. And you're done. Well, then keep an eye out to see if you won gift card raffle prizes.

Q: Do I have to do a 10k?
A: No -- you can certainly walk or run the 5k distance -- or even a mile. Just get out and walk or run in our wonderful late summer weather.

Q: Do I still get my shirt and medal?
A: Of course! We've ordered comfortable soft shirts and we've ordered race medals from Ashworth Awards, out of the Boston area. The medals are made in the USA. Ashworth's production capacity is limited, and because many of you like useful items, we decided to thematize the medal and go with another bottle opener so that you have a set from these first two Triple Crown races.

Q: I live in Tucson, how will I get my TMC Tucson 10k souvenirs?
A: For those who live in and around Tucson, we will have a social-distanced and safe packet pickup, similar to the way we did things back in June at TMC Meet Me Downtown. We'll send specific directions in the coming weeks.

Q: I don't live in Tucson, how will I get my TMC Tucson 10k souvenirs?
A: For those who live outside of Tucson, we will mail you your souvenirs to the address listed on your registration. We're trying to get our TMC Get Moving Tucson souvenirs ready to ship out at the same time, too!!
If you want to check your registration information, please email info@runtucson.net.

Q: Are you providing age group awards?
A: Unfortunately, no, the Virtual race will not have age group or overall race awards.

Q: Will you do gift certificates like you did with TMC Meet Me Downtown?
A: Yes -- we're rounding up a host of gift cards to give as random prizes.  

Q: How can I win a prize???
A: Everyone who does a distance is eligible for a raffle prize. Once you have shared your virtual 5k or 10k results with us through the google form (more details coming soon), your name will be entered in the TMC Tucson 10k Raffle. The drawing will be shown live on Facebook and you will receive an email letting you know YOU WON!

Q: Can friends still register?
A: Yes! We have about 50 spots left. You can register online here: https://runsignup.com/Race/AZ/Tucson/TMCTucson10k
Registration ends on September 14th.


Q: What if I still have questions?
A: Please email info@runtucson.net if you have a question that did not get answered here.

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2020 Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run Postponement Update

Aug 31, 2020

Update: Saguaro Postponed Until 2021

Due to ongoing safety concerns and policies related to the coronavirus pandemic, the Southern Arizona Roadrunners unfortunately has to postpone the Saguaro Labor Day Run until September, 2021. While we would like to continue the 50 year tradition of an annual Saguaro Labor Day running race, this year it will not be possible. Laying aside our own concern about public safety, we have been working with the multiple permitting agencies to ensure that we can do the race.  We have even put forth a proposal for a virtual event, utilizing the National Park over a period of time with no event festivities. Unfortunately, we cannot do the event.

The National Park Service is not in a position to permit the event, writing, "The landscape of Saguaro National Park is open including our trails and roads but we are not in a place where we can host a special event, even if it is virtual.  We do not have any public programs, our visitor centers and outreach programs remain closed, even our restrooms only have limited hours. So, we are going to decline the virtual Labor Day Run and look forward to the 2021 event." 

Thus, while we at SAR would like nothing more than to meet with all of our running friends and community partners to celebrate the beautiful regional landscape, unfortunately we are going to have to postpone the 50th Annual Saguaro Labor Day Run until Labor Day 2021.

What does this mean for you? First, registration for Saguaro has been closed so we are no longer accepting new registrations.

Second, if you have already registered, you have a few choices:

1) SAR can keep all current registrants on the registration roster, and simply defer your registration until the 2021 event so that you are guaranteed entry into what will undoubtedly be a popular 50th anniversary run on Labor Day Monday, 2021. If you would like to defer, you do not have to do anything. We'll simply keep you on the list!

2) If you would like your registration fee back, we can provide a race fee refund.  By September 1st, please email the SAR race director Randy Accetta at randy@runtucson.net and he will manage the return of your funds.

If you have specific questions about these events, please contact me directly.

Thank you,

Randy Accetta, SAR Race Director

randy@runtucson.net

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Update on TMC Tucson 10k, with FAQ

Aug 28, 2020

As you may already know, for public health reasons, the September 20th TMC Tucson 10k will have to be completed as a virtual event, with every registrant receiving a soft t-shirt and a souvenir race medal. Unfortunately, we have not been able to receive permits from all of the event stakeholders.  However, we will still celebrate your running and walking. In keeping with the theme of the year, the race medallion will be similar to the TMC Meet Me Downtown run, with a bottle opener attached. All registrants can complete a 5k or 10k at any time on race weekend. We'll send more information to registrants about the event over the coming weeks, but you can read the event FAQ below. 

--Randy Accetta, Race Director



TMC Tucson 10k FAQ
Q: What does Virtual mean?
A: Instead of meeting in person, you will be able to walk or run on your own, at your own place, in a location of your own choosing. Ideally, you would walk or run 5k or a 10k on the weekend of September 19 and 20, but if you want to get it done beforehand, that's fine too. All you have to do is post your time and distance to a spreadsheet. And you're done.


Q: Where do I find the spreadsheet?
A: We'll send out detailed instructions for how to post your results in early September.


Q: Do I still get my shirt and medal?
A: Of course! We've ordered comfortable soft shirts and we've ordered race medals from Ashworth Awards, out of the Boston area. The medals are made in the USA, but Ashworth's production capacity is limited.  Because many of you like useful items, we decided to thematize the medal and go with another bottle opener so that you have a set from these first two Triple Crown races.


Q: I live in Tucson, how will I get my souvenirs?
A: For those who live in and around Tucson, we will have a social-distanced and safe packet pickup, similar to the way we did things back in June at TMC Meet Me Downtown. We'll send specific directions in the coming weeks.


Q: I don't live in Tucson, how will I get my souvenirs?
A: For those who live outside of Tucson, we will mail you your souvenirs to the address listed on your registration. We're trying to get our TMC Get Moving Tucson souvenirs ready to ship out at the same time, too!!
If you want to check your registration information, please email info@runtucson.net.


Q: Are you providing age group awards?
A: Unfortunately, no, the Virtual race will not have age group or overall race awards.


Q: Will you do gift certificates like you did with TMC Meet Me Downtown?
A: Yes -- we're rounding up a host of gift cards to give as random prizes.  


Q: How can I win a prize???
A: Everyone who does a distance is eligible for a raffle prize. Once you have shared your virtual 5k or 10k results with us through the google form (more details coming soon), your name will be entered in the TMC Tucson 10k Raffle. The drawing will be shown live on Facebook and you will receive an email letting you know YOU WON!


Q: Can friends still register?
A: Yes! We have about 50 spots left. You can register online here: https://runsignup.com/Race/AZ/Tucson/TMCTucson10k
Registration ends on September 10th.


Q: What if I still have questions?
A: Please email info@runtucson.net if you have a question that did not get answered here.

 

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