Race Report of the TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon Halloween Weekend

Randy Accetta October 31, 2016

We'll have a more thorough past-race report, but for now here's a quick overview.  You can see results here.  Top three in 5-year age groups in both races won awards (U-20 through 75+) receive awards, so if you think you won an award, please visit the Running Shop at 3055 North Campbell Avenue.  They will hold awards until the end of November, 2016.  

Over 2,000 runners participated in four races over two days in the Get Moving Tucson Events in Downtown Tucson, raising funds for Child and Family Resources, Cox Charities, Reid Park Zoo, and Team Hoyt Arizona, a children's wheelchair running charity).  

We'll post details on where to find photos shortly, but don't forget to tell your race story on social media: please tag @RunSAR and @RunTucson with #getmovingtucson #runSAR #runtucson #gabezimmermantriplecrown.  For those registered in the Virtual 2016 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, please don't forget to post your photos!  You can get credit for the race by posting to the SAR facebook page or the SAR event facebook page here, by tagging @RunSAR and @RunTucson on your Instagram feeds, and by tagging at @RunTucson on your twitter feed.  Hashtags include #gabezimmermantriplecrown  #IDidTheA #runSAR #RunTucson #GetMovingTucson.

We will send out the shirts and medals to those Virtual registrants who live outside the Tucson region.  Those of you in Oro Valley, Green Valley, and the rest of the Tucson area, please visit the Running Shop to get your shirt and race medal!

The men's race was the highlight event this year, with former British Olympian Andrew Lemoncello winning the TMC Get Moving Tucson A-Mountain Half-Marathon on Sunday in a time of 1:09:17.  Racing for the Running Shop Racing Team, Robert Scribner took second in 1:11:03, followed by former Sunnyside standout Anthony Francisco in 1:11:18.  Lemoncello, running for Team adidas, took an early lead that he extended on the steep climb to the top of A-Mountain and cruised to an easy victory, ensuring that he would take first place in all three races of the 2016 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, the three-race series of Tucson's biggest running events.  Former ASU and CDO HS standout Daniel Wong nabbed fourth, while past champion Craig Curley of Mizuno took fifth.  A pre-race favorite, Curley took ill this weekend and still ran -- a nice effort by one of our local heroes.  In the women's field, fan favorite Lauren Reasoner of Tucson Runner's Project took first place in 1:27:57, with Ana Fonseca second in 1:34:46 and Stephanie Cook third in 1:35:00. 

The TMC Half-Marathon was the Road Runner's Club of America Arizona State Championship.  Congratulations to Andrew Lemoncello for being the Open Champ, Ramon Billy for being Master's Champ, Eric Sanders for winning the Grand Masters, and Benito Gonzalez for winning Super Grand Masters.

On the women's side, congratulations to Lauren Reasoner for being the Open State Champ, to Amber Price for winning the Master's Championship, Janet Holland for taking the Grand Masters and Mary Black for winning the Super Grand Masters.

Congratulations to the winners of the Tucson Lifestyle 5k, Ochor Odol in 17:36 and Tia Accetta in 20:04.

Congratulations to all the participants in the TMC Girls on the Run of Tucson, presented by UnitedHealthcare -- it was great to have all of the young girls, their Run Buddies, family, and coaches on hand.

Congratulations to the participants in the Cox Charities FitKidz Mile for cruising the speedy mile and to Diane Manzini, Steve Outridge and the host of volunteers who made it possible.

Special thanks to the more than 200 volunteers who helped make this weekend a success. We'll be back with a big list of as many names as possible, but a quick shout-out to the Southern Arizona Roadrunners Board members and club members who helped out, as well as the gang from the Workout Group that did so much heavy lifting on both days.  Special thanks to the TMC crew, including the 50 sorority sisters who helped with Girls on the Run on Sunday!

A note on the timing mats: Please note that in the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon, timing mats were placed at the 5k mark, the 7.9 mile mark just before the A on A-Mountain, and at the turn-around point exactly 37 yards after the 10-mile mark.  Although they might appear to be random distances, we decided to put these mid-race timing splits to ensure race integrity. Indeed, we thought it was cool that there were exactly 6.2 miles from the 7.9 mile mark to the finish so that you could figure out your 10k split from the top of A-Mountain.

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