Announcement on Change to Flat Course for TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon

Randy Accetta September 25, 2017

Click here for recent emailed announcement about the course change for the TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon.  Sign up online here if you want to do the new, flat course!

Read on for unformatted information . . . 

Unfortunately, we have had to make some major route changes to the October 29th TMC Get Moving Tucson A-Mountain Half-Marathon and we've been struggling with how to make the announcement.
Fortunately, we have small children who have reminded us of this Fortunately/Unfortunately format.

So let's try this:
Unfortunately, the City of Tucson has said that we cannot run the race on A-Mountain this year, due to road problems on A-Mountain caused by summer storms.
Fortunately, we've worked with Pima County to extend the course along the Loop on the Santa Cruz Riverpath.
Unfortunately, you won't have the beautiful views from the top of A-Mountain.
Fortunately, you won't bust a lung on the way up and bash your quads on the way down.  The new course makes for a flat and fast race, with plenty of opportunity to crush a time and set a personal best!
Unfortunately, it may still be a bit hot on race day.
Fortunately, we have a beer garden this year!!  You can snag a free cold one after the race, courtesy of AmstelXLight who is giving free beer samples to all race registrants 21-and-over.
Unfortunately, you cannot have the free beer if you are a child running the Cox Charities FitKidz Mile, free for children under 12.
Fortunately, you can have the free beer and get the race medallion if you walk or run the Tucson Lifestyle 5k Walk/Run.
Even more fortunately, you can sign up here and save money before the price increase at the end of the month!

Sunday, October 29: Race Morning at start/finish area, Jacome Plaza, 115 North Church 
5:30 am Registration and packet pick-up begins 
5:45 Early walk/jog start for TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon (early starters are not eligible for age group awards or prize money)
6:30 am TMC Half-Marathon -- prize money, age group awards, live music, and more. This event is part of the 2017 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown and is part of The Running Shop SAR Grand Prix. 
8:00 am Tucson Lifestyle 5k Run/Walk, for all ages and participants with prize money and age group awards.  This event is part of the 2017 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.  Random awards for runners and walkers in Halloween costume!!  
9:00 am Cox Charities FitKidz Free One Mile for children under 12 years old -- this event is free and only for children under 12 years old
9:15 Awards Ceremonies and Charity Give -- be on hand to celebrate Team Hoyt Arizona, the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation -- courtesy of Cox Charities and TMC 
10:30 Course Closure

Frequently Asked Questions About Course Change

Q: I signed up for the 5k, but now that it is flat, I want to do the Half-Marathon.  Can I switch events?
A: Contact Randy Accetta at for a registration code.
Q: I signed up for this as part of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.  Does this change anything?
A: No, you can still receive your final Triple Crown medallion by finishing the TMC Half Marathon or the Tucson Lifestyle 5k on race morning.  Triple Crown participants can still do this event virtually, as well,
Q: If I want to walk the flat half-marathon course, can I do that?
A: We will still have an early start at 5:45 -- and we will still have the 10:30 am course and finish line closure.  See the race page at and then contact Randy if you have additional specific questions.
Q: I signed up for the A-Mountain Half-Marathon and don't want to do it because there is no A-Mountain.  Can I get my money back?
A: We are happy to provide partial refunds to those who are mad that we cannot do the Sentinel Peak portion this year. Contact Randy at
Q: Will this course count for state or national records?
A: Yes. We're working on having the TMC Half-Marathon USATF certified.
Q: Does the 5k course change?
A: For now, we're keeping the same exact 5k route -- but we may have an opportunity to modify the starting line.
Q: Will you still have music on the course?
A: Yes!  We expect to have a number of bands along the Santa Cruz Riverpath to keep you motivated.
We're in the process of having the new TMC Get Moving Half-Marathon course officially certified, but here is a draft of the route and the elevation chart.  

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