Eblast to participants of October 29 and 30th TMC Get Moving Tucson

Randy Accetta October 19, 2016

Click here for a link to the most recent eblast to all registrants of the TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon series of events to be held on Halloween weekend of October 29 and October 30.  

 

Here's the information, without photos and formatting:

Hello to those who have signed up for the TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon series of events to be held on Halloween weekend of October 29 and October 30.  
 
This is our first-time with a full weekend for TMC Get Moving Tucson, so we've created a discount code: "WELOVETUCSON" will provide a quick $5 off for either Saturday's 5k or Sunday's Half-Marathon.  Please feel free to share this with your friends, family, work colleagues, and others.  

(As for you who have already registered, I'll send out a separate discount code for January's TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson event once we get that event squared away!!)
Tell us your race story - post your photos and videos to the SAR facebook page and tag us at @RunSAR and @RunTucson.  Hashtags include #RunSAR #RunTucson #IdidtheA   #ilovewhereilive  #rrca   #getmovingtucson #gabezimmermantriplecrown

Below is another of my long emails to give you a sense of what's going on this coming week. Here's the table of contents if you wish to get to the heart of this email:

  • Saturday, October 22: Packet Pickup, Registration at The Running Shop
  • Saturday, October 29: 5k Day and FitKidz Mile Packet Pickup, Registration, Race Day
  • Sunday, October 30: TMC A-Mountain Half Packet Pickup, Registration, Race Day 
  • Weekend Festivities and Parking 
  • Photos and Timing
  • Course Details
  • Sponsors
  • RRCA State Championship, Prize Money, and Age Group Awards

Thanks again for sharing this great sport and this great city with us! Please let me know if I can do anything to help as you get ready for race weekend!
 
Randy Accetta
randy@runtucson.net | 520-991-0733


 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29th SCHEDULE

10:00 am - 2:00 pm Registration and packet-pick up of shirt/bib number at The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell Avenue
YES: The Running Shop has cool things going on: from noon-3:00, Joe from Nike will be at The Running Shop. Come in and take a pair of Nike Structure, Pegasus or Vomero shoes for a test run.  All day take 20% off ALL Nike items (that are not already on sale)!!
YES: people can still register this coming Saturday morning
NO: you do NOT have to come on this day, as we will have registration and packet pick up at the race site on race weekend, too.
YES: you can pick up the number and shirt of someone else (please know the size they want ahead of time so that you don't hold up the line - and remember, we're not on Fifth Avenue, so grab a shirt and enjoy the rest of the evening . . . )
YES: you can still change your race distance - email Randy atrandy@runtucson.net by Thursday, October 20th or ask the volunteers at The Running Shop when you pick up your number and shirt.
YES: it will be crowded, so please be in a good mood and be nice to the folks working! If you are grouchy with the crowd or the size of the shirts or anything else, talk to Randy the race director, but please don't take it out on the volunteers or the Running Shop staff.
YES: we will have Triple Crown materials from earlier this summer.  If you never received your Run Tucson Triple Crown shirt, we will have extra shirts on hand.  If you did not receive your finisher's medal at Saguaro or your Saguaro shirt, we will have extra items on site.  We have a checklist of names from those who signed up for their shirts.  Please bring your registration information if you think you will need help.  
 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29th SCHEDULE 
6:00 - 10:00 am -  Ongoing race day registration and packet pick-up at race staging area in Jacome Plaza at the Downtown Library (100 North Church Street) with plenty of volunteers and plenty of room, so you will be able to get your shirt and number.
YES: you can still register for the open 5k, the FitKidz one mile and the half-marathon on Saturday morning.  
NO: due to restrictions placed by TPD, we cannot offer bag check.  
YES: you can head to the TMC Cheer Gear Zone and make signs to encourage your friends and family!!
Parking: See maps put out by our friends at the Downtown Tucson Partnership. 
Also: ongoing throughout the morning will be music, jumping castles, vendor booths, beneficiary booths, free coffee from Team Hoyt, TMC Cheer Gear Zone, TMC snacks, Muscle Milk drink, Food Trucks with food for purchase, and other family-friendly activities.
7:30 start time for the Tucson Lifestyle 5k - 5k participants will line up and start by 7:30.  The 5k begins at Stone/Pennington and starts with one counterclockwise lap around the library, then everyone heads east on Pennington.  Last year, some runners did not do this loop - please be sure to do this loop!
8:30 am Start time for the sold-out TMC Girls on the Run of Tucson, presented by UnitedHealthcare.  The Girls on the Run 5k begins at Stone/Pennington and starts with one counterclockwise lap around the library, then everyone heads east on Pennington and completes the standard 5k loop.
8:40 First-Ever Costume Contest -- while the Girls on the Run are running and walking the 5k course, children and adults should line up at the Reid Park Zoo tent for the Costume Contest Parade.  Awards from the Zoo and Delectables -- plus discount cards to Delectables restaurant on Fourth Avenue for the first 150 in line!!
9:25 (approx): Beneficiary Announcements and Check Give -- Saturday morning before the Cox Charities FitKidz Free Mile we will give the TMC Get Moving Tucson race beneficiaries their donation checks.  With thanks to TMC and Cox Charities and your registrations,we're excited to provide funds to the Reid Park Zoo and Team Hoyt Arizona.  We are also honored to provide our Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown donation to Child and Family Resources, with special thanks toTMC!
9:30 am (approx.) Start time for the FitKidz Free Mile.  All children 12 and under begin lining up for Cox Charities FitKidz One Mile, near the finish line, on Church, adjacent to the Old Courthouse.  
9:45 am (approx.) 5k Awards begin 
10:30 am (approx.) Wrap up and break down!  Get ready for Sunday's TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon . . .
YES, we will have Triple Crown materials available on race day.  If you never received your Run Tucson Triple Crown shirt, we will have extra shirts on hand.  If you did not receive your finisher's medal at Saguaro or your Saguaro shirt, we will have extra items on site.  We have a checklist of names from those who signed up for their shirts.  Please bring your registration information if you think you will need help. 
 
Sunday, October 30th 
 Schedule
6:00 - 6:45 Race day registration and packet pick-up at race staging area in Jacome Plaza at the Downtown Library (100 North Church Street).  We will have many volunteers to handle this, so this time period should go smoothly.
YES: you can still register for the half-marathon on Sunday morning.  
YES: you can pick up your number and shirt.  
NO: due to restrictions placed by TPD, we cannot offer bag check.  
Parking: See maps put out by our friends at the Downtown Tucson Partnership. 
6:30 am Early TMC Half-Marathon walkers start - this is an unofficial and informal start for those who will be walking the full distance.  Please note: if streets are not yet closed, please use sidewalks and follow traffic laws.  NOTE: you must confirm that you are doing the early walk start with the race timer at the starting line by 6:15 am. 
6:45 TMC Half-marathoners line up at starting in leg speed order (5-minutes/mile at the front; 6-minutes/mile behind them, and so forth).  Starting line: the starting line is on Pennington and Stone Avenue, facing west
7:00 am Half-Marathon Starts with one counterclockwise lap around the library, then everyone heads east on Pennington. 
8:10 (approx) Begin half-marathon finishers
10:00 am (approx.) Tucson Police Department reserves the right to ask final finishers to move to sidewalks to ensure safety.
10:30 (approx) Final runners in the half-marathon and begin half-marathon award ceremony
 
ADDITIONAL HALLOWEEN WEEKEND DETAILS
 Parking 
There is plenty of street parking in Downtown Tucson.  See maps by our friends at the Downtown Tucson Partnership.  Please note that the Joel D. Valdez Library parking lot will most likely be off-limits because Alameda will be closed to traffic on race morning.  Please do not bring pets to the event - and do not leave them in your car!!       
 
Festivities
Tucson Medical Center will host a sponsor tent with all sorts of giveaways.  
 
UnitedHealthcare and The Running Shop will host sponsor tents, as does the Vitamin Shoppe.
 
2-EE The Clown will be foolin' around with balloons and face-painting, while Cox Charities will host a jumping castle for the kiddos. 
 
The Reid Park Zoo will have a beneficiary table, with zoo information and other items.  Keep an eye out for a big ol' penguin. Hmm, I wonder who can win the Cox Charities one mile: Cox's Digi or the Zoo's big penguin?
 
Race beneficiary Team Hoyt will provide free coffee each morning.
 
Thanks to Muscle Milk, we will have awesome cold protein recovery drinks available to all finishers at the big Muscle Milk recovery tent, with foam rollers and other items.
Downtown restaurant Veg in a Box is giving 15% off to all runners all weekend!  Just bring your number!
Food Trucks: bring some bucks because as of now, the 2-day lineup includes Waffleicious, PREST, Gigi's Mexian Food, Nhu Lan Vietnamese Food, and free Don Franciscan Coffee courtesy of Team Hoy
 
Some of the race director's University of Arizona students at the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship will be on hand to talk about their new business ventures.  A few of the student teams are seeking feedback from runners and walkers on their venture ideas, so please stop by and talk with them!

Photos:  SAR friend Kerry Whelan, aka, Goatagrapher, will be on hand snapping race photos.  Check out his facebook page: facebook.com/goatographer.
 
Oro Valley Photography will have three photo sites:

Finish Line Photos for both the 5k and the Half-Marathon
A-Mountain Photos for the Half-Marathoners

 
Music on the Half-Marathon Course: We're still updating the details, but for now here's the plan:
Main Stage: Bold as Love
4mile & 12 mile:  Mary and the Flathead Band
A-Mountain: Chuckwalla 
Please share your photos with us @RunSAR and @RunTucson!
 
Finisher Medals: All finishers in the 5k and half-marathon will receive a commemorative medallion at the finish line. 
 
Technical Shirts:  The giveaway shirt is a black long-sleeve technical shirt in both men's and women's sizing.  We cannot guarantee sizing, especially late in the packet pick-up process.  On race day, additional shirts from recent races will be available for purchase at a ridiculously low price - perfect for that early holiday shopping you need to do for out-of-town folks!
Bathrooms: There will be plenty of port-o-lets on the west wall of the downtown library, plus a hand sanitizing station.  There will also be a port-o-let on the half-marathon course, down by the 9.5 mile mark, near the big medical and water station.  We are very thankful for Waste Management's sponsorship of our events.
 
 
GABE ZIMMERMAN TRIPLE CROWN 
There are over 800 registrants in the 2016 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, raising over $8,000 for Child and Family Resources.  We will give a check to Eric Schindler of Child and Family Resources on Saturday.
 
Both the Saturday 5k and the Sunday half-marathon count towards the Triple Crown - simply take your finisher's medallion and attach it to your Cactus Medal!
YES, we will have Triple Crown materials available on race day.  If you never received your Run Tucson Triple Crown shirt, we will have extra shirts on hand.  If you did not receive your finisher's medal at Saguaro or your Saguaro shirt, we will have extra items on site.  We have a checklist of names from those who signed up for their shirts.  Please bring your registration information if you think you will need help. 
 
TIMING
Timing: Please put your bib number on the front of your shirt using the pins provided at registration.  Greg Wenneborg is our official timer, and he will time the race with the IPICO system.
NOTE: Following USATF standards, official results, all cash prize money, and all age-group awards will be by "gun time."   
NOTE: All late starters will receive the gun time as their official starting time.     
 
KEY THINGS TO KNOW 
Volunteers: Special thanks to all of our friends from the SAR Board of Directors; SAR volunteers; members of The Workout Group; the UA's Wildcat Running Club; the cross country teams from Sahuaro and St. Augustine High School; Sam Hughes Huskies Cross Country team from Sam Hughes Elementary School; and youth from VisionQuest.  We can always use more folks out on the course cheering for you and making sure you go in the right direction, so please send any volunteers our way!
 
Spectators: The course is open to all spectators.  We ask that spectators follow traffic laws and be careful if on bicycles (for instance, no cars on the closed roads, including A-Mountain), but we'd love to see all your friends and families out on the course cheering for you! 
 
Headphones: Please do not wear headphones.  It is a safety hazard and a potential disruption to those near you.  We have music on the course and you can always chat with your running neighbor. 
 
Weather: Race weekend is supposed to be clear with start-time temperature of 65 and 78 by 10:00 am.  Wear a hat and sunscreen!
 
Certification: Thanks to course measurer Dave Hill, the half-marathon is a certified distance, with 2015 USATF sanction number 14-48-547.  The 5k is accurate, but not certified.
 
Bag Check: There is no public bag check, per TPD request.  Please do not leave your bags at the start/finish area.  There is plenty of nearby parking, so please keep your race bags at your vehicles and not laying around the race site. Tucson Police Department and Pima County Sheriff reserve the right to remove all unaccompanied bags.
 
Race Starting Line: As often the case with races put on Downtown, we have a small space to work with.  All 5k and half-marathoners will start facing west on Pennington at Stone, right by the big green shamrock.  The first 1/4 mile is a counter-clockwise loop around the Downtown library, then everyone will head east on Pennington to Sixth Avenue. This start will be crowded, so please be careful.  We will need to make room for the front pack as they loop back onto Pennington. 
 
Course Safety: Please stay within the marked course at all times.  Tucson Police Department will be providing road control, Trafficade will set the barricades, Rural Metro will provide ambulance support.
 
The ambulances are on hand for medical emergencies only, not for basic transportation -- please note that it is beyond our capabilities to transport you back to the finish line if you are merely tired or blistered.  If you need to drop out of the race, please follow the route back to the finish line (avoiding the timing mats).  Tucson being Tucson, we are not able to close the roads indefinitely, so at about 10:00 am, ADOT and TPD will assess the road closure situation and may ask any remaining athletes to move to the sidewalks -- this is especially important at the I-10 underpass.
 
Remember: there is no sag vehicle.  If you need to drop out of the course, you must make arrangements to get yourself to the staging area.
 
Construction: There is no scheduled construction this year.  Hooray for that!
 
Changing Distance: We can still accommodate you if you want to switch from the half-marathon to the 5k.  If you want to do the 5k, you must notify the volunteers at packet pick-up.  If you want to change to the half-marathon, please bring a check to registration for the additional $40 fee.
 
Who puts on this race? The race directors are the team of Randy Accetta (randy@runtucson.net) and Tia Accetta (tia@runtucson.net), with plenty of help from friends, including the great volunteers from the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.  TMC Get Moving Tucson is part of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners annual calendar of races.  SAR is a member-driven non-profit devoted to promoting health and fitness through running and walking. SAR is one of the leading running clubs in the RRCA, the non-profit that supports local running clubs throughout the country.  Please join our club -- it's only twenty bucks -- and you will get all sorts of member benefits, including race discounts, merchant discounts, and more.
 
The Half-Marathon is part of SAR's Desert Grand Prix presented by the Running Shop.      
   
    
COURSE AND STAGING INFORMATION
The Half-Marathon Course: the map is below and a detailed description of the half-marathon course can be found at http://www.azroadrunners.org
- According to RRCA insurance regulations, we are required to ask you not to wear headphones.     
-  As you head up and down A-Mountain, please stay to the right - do not cut the tangents on the 2-way stretch of road.  The same applies on the brief out-and-back on the Santa Cruz Bikepath - keep to the right.     
 
 - Trafficade manages our barricade plan, and special thanks, too, to Dave Hill for measuring the half-marathon and 5k courses.   
-   Rural Metro will have ambulances at the finish line and the Santa Cruz River Path entrance at approximately 9.5 miles into the race.
-  Tucson Medical Center is providing a medical tent at the start/finish area.
-   Culligan water will be located at approximately 1.5, 3.1, 7, 10 and 12 mile marks.
- Gatorade will be supplied at the A-Mountain water station
-   The Sahuaro High School Cross Country team will be handling the water stations at A-Mountain and the Santa Cruz River Path.  Youth from VisionQuest will be at the 12 mile water station, along the riverpath.   
- Students from St. Augustine High School will be on hand at the start/finish line water stations.    
- Thanks to volunteers from Sam Hughes Grade School Cross Country for handling the water station at Mile 1.5  
- Special thanks to the University of Arizona Wildcat Running Club who will be out on the course in force to ensure that you go in the right directions and that you are safe.  
-   Finally, please note that the Tucson Police Department will make the final determination of the official course closure time -- we will keep the finish line open for every runner, of course, but depending on a host of safety variables, TPD may ask final finishers to move to sidewalks and obey pedestrian traffic laws.     
No bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, or pets allowed on the course.  
 
 SPONSORS [sponsor]
A special thanks to Tucson Medical Center for all their support of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners and the local health and fitness community.  This race would not happen without the support of TMC.
  
Thanks to The Running Shop for race awards. 
 
Thanks, too, to sponsor Cox Communications. Cox has sponsored the three races of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.     
 
Thanks to UnitedHealthcare for being the Girls on the Run presenting sponsor.
 
Thanks to media sponsors the Arizona Daily Star, Caliente, Tucson Lifestyle, KHIT 107.5, and Cox Communications -- as well as special thanks to the KGUN Morning Blend for such great coverage of local running!  
 
And thanks to Parties Plus, Culligan Water, TMC, Waste Management, Rural Metro for providing so many of our event materials!  
 

 
AWARDS 
Rewards For Fast Running: The 2016 Half-Marathon Prize Money Structure 
* $100 to first overall male and $100 to first overall female; $50 to top overall Master's (Over-40) male and female
* $200 to the top 5 males who break 1:11 and to the top 5 females who break 1:26
* $500 for course records.  Current course records are Scott Smith's 1:06:23 (2012) and Ariana Hilborn's 1:21:19 (2013)
* $50 to first male and female member of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners
* Preem award of $100 to first male and female runner to the "A" on Sentinel Peak 
NOTES:
**A-Mountain preem prize money is only given if the A-Mountain leader finishes the complete half-marathon in under 1:30 minutes for the man and 1:40 minutes for the woman
++ Runners who break the course record will receive $500, but not the additional $200
In addition to the RRCA State Championship awards and the Prize Money, Age Group Awards for both 5k and Half-Marathon will be special running socks and gift-certificates, courtesy of the Running Shop.  See the race page for details.

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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