TMC Meet Me Downtown Registration Information

Randy Accetta May 27, 2017

In-Person Registration at the race site, 200 South Sixth Avenue begins at 4:30 and closes at 6:30.  If you are registered for the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, you can also pick up your shirt and number at the Gabe Zimmerman tent, at the TMC/Run Tucson tents. 




Pick up your Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown shirt and your TMC Meet Me Downtown medal on Saturday night May 27 at the Triple Crown/RunTucson tent, 4:30- 8:30 pm.

Virtual: If you are doing the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Virtually, simply take a photo of your run this weekend and post it to the SAR facebook page and tag us on instagram @runtucson and @runsar. 

Virtual Locals: If you live near Tucson but did the GZTC virtually, you can pick up your shirts and your GZTC medal at The Running Shop in June.

Virtual out-of-towners: Those of you living far away, we'll mail your stuff to you in early June. Email us at if you have questions.





Saturday, May 27: 11th Annual TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run

4:30-6:30:  Packet pick-up and additional registration at the race site at the Children's Museum, 200 South Sixth Avenue.  Our sponsors, vendors, and beneficiaries will be available for visits all night.

4:30-8:30 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown Shirt and Medallion Pick-up at the Run Tucson tent, near the finish line

5:00 - onward: Free Selfie Station will help you with costumes and props. Hashtag: #meetmedowntown5k and #runtucson  and #RunSAR

5:00 - ongoing 5th Annual Running Race Food Truck Roundup with some awesome food to purchase.  Plus, SAR Selfie-Station, vendor tables and expo booths.  Jumping castle and kids activities.

5:00 - ongoing great rock n' roll by Maxx Staxx

6:30 Beneficiary Check Announcement: funds provided to the Children's Museum, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Living Streets Alliance, Greater Tucson Leadership, Educational Enrichment Foundation, Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists, and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.  ALSO: Team Gift Certificates Awarded.

6:45 Line up to race, final announcements

7:00 Race starts: please line up following the flagging that indicates your minutes/mile time.  If you want to win, please start at the front.  PR Bell when you're done!

Strollers: please allow plenty of room and be safe and courteous of others.


7:00: Beer garden opens. Beer Garden Rules: every 21+ runner receives one free can of beer, either AmstelXlight or Heineken.  Additional cans are $3 apiece, cash or credit cards.  For insurance and legal reasons, we reserve the right to refuse service to any runner.  Please bring ID in case we have to check your age. Thanks to Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists for handling the Beer Garden.

8:30 (approx):  Begin awards and raffles - thanks to The Running Shop

8:30 and onwards: After-Party at Hotel Congress with drink discounts, music, and more



Race Number: Please wear it on the front of your shirt or shorts.

Music on the course: Tucson Symphony Orchestra will be at Mile 1.2 and the WildHares will be at Mile 2.4.

Parking: There is a ton of parking nearby, both street and garage.  See these maps from our partner, the Downtown Tucson Partnership.  See the City of Tucson information here!

PARKTUCSON will be enforcing parking regulations.


Weather: Our guess is that it will be hot on race night, so please use common sense on race night to remain cool - wear light clothes, stay hydrated, and slow down if you need to.  The course will have two water stations, plus fresh ice to keep you cool.  Experts say that staying hydrated keeps your core body temperature down, so if possible bring your own water to keep you cool.

Water: There will be water stops at Mile 1.2 and Mile 2.4.

Rincon AC Cooling Station: Our friends at Rincon Air Conditioning will host a cooling station near the finish line.

Muscle Milk Star Tent: Long-time partners Muscle Milk will have 4,000 bottles of cold Muscle Milk this weekend, plus their Star fitness tent for shade, stretching, and warm-ups.

Course Maps: Click here for the "Course Information" link on the SAR race page.  We will have them on hand.

Bathrooms: There are plenty of Waste Management port-o-johns on the north wall of the Children’s Museum, facing 12th Street

After-Party at Hotel Congress: Our long-time partner, Hotel Congress, is once-again hosting the official After-Party, with these discounts

$3 Local Draft Beer and Amstel Light (I guess they are a beer sponsor of the race)
$4 Milagro Tequila and Seagram’s Vodka drinks
$5 AZ Private Label Red Wine and Private Label White Wine, $3 Local Draft Beer


Why We Don’t Want You to Wear Headphones:

We feel strongly that headphones are dangerous, making it difficult to hear crisis communication and keeping the athlete from being responsive to the needs of their nearby participants.
We have hired bands, so listen to them!
Headphones are not allowed in championship events, so we do not allow headphones in prize money races – that is, if you wear a headphone set you are not eligible for prize money.


Additional A's to some frequently asked Qs

Shirt sizing is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Nope, there are no dogs allowed in any of the events.
Yup, strollers are allowed.  Please be respectful of your child and the people near you!
Parents are allowed to walk or run with little children in the FitKidz mile but they are not part of the official event and are not timed.
Headphones are strongly discouraged. We have multiple bands on the course for those who need music.  Please don't wear headphones.  If you are wearing headphones, you will not be eligible for prize money.

Nope, we do not have a bag check -- TPD has asked us to ask participants to leave bags and extra personal items in cars rather than scattered around the public space.
Yes, the after-party on Saturday is again at the Hotel Congress!
Yes, the beer garden is only for 21-and-over, so please have ID ready in case you get carded.


Thanks to Dave Hill for measuring and certifying both courses and special thanks to AMR for providing ambulances on race night.  We're grateful, too, to the City of Tucson and the Tucson Police Department for allowing us to close some of our major Downtown thoroughfares.  Desert Barricades have helped ensure all of our road closures, too.





Male and Female Prize Money 

1st  $400
2nd $300
3rd $200
4th $100
5th $50

NOTE: Prize Money double-dipping is allowed (for example, a runner may receive both overall and masters money and team money). Prize money winners are taken out of age group gift certificate awards.

NOTE: all teams must be formally registered as a team by midnight May 24th.  There is NO race weekend team registration and no in-person team registration.

NOTE: A limited number of complimentary entries for elite athletes are available.  Send resume and ways you can add value to the race to race director Randy Accetta at

Course Record Bonus

$200 bonus to the man who breaks the current men’s course record of 14:25, set by Jordan Chipengama (2014)
$200 bonus to the woman who breaks the current women’s record of 17:23, set by Maggie Callahan (2013)

Master's Prize Money (40-and-over) Male and Female (no minimum time set for the master's money)

1st $100
2nd $50
3rd $25 

Master's Bonus

$100 to the 40-and-over man who breaks Shaun Haley’s master’s record of 15:57 (2011)
$100 to the 40-and-over woman who breaks Paula Morrison’s master’s record of 18:16 (2014)

Team Prize Money

$300 to the fastest team of 5 men (using standard cross country style scoring)
$300 to the fastest team of 5 women (using standard cross country style scoring)

NOTE: Prize Money double-dipping is allowed, thus it is possible for the fastest woman and fastest man to earn almost $1,000 apiece if they set all records and are part of the fastest teams.  Team registration information can be found at ;

Age Group Awards

All first, second, and third place in 5-year divisions will receive age group awards from the Running Shop: $25 for 1st, $15 for 2nd, and $10 for third.  Prize money winners are taken out of age group gift certificate awards.

USATF Course Sanction #: 15-48-500


Whew - that's a lot of information, we know, but if you've read this far you should be well-prepared for a great weekend!

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