TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson: schedule & details for race weekend

Randy Accetta February 21, 2020

February 21st Update: Below are details on how you can still sign up and on the race day details for all registrants and guests. 

Two Ways to Register & Pick Up Your Number, Shirt, and Medal

In-Person registration and Packet Pickup, Saturday, February 22nd:
10:00 - 1:00 pm: In-person registration and packet pickup at the Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell 
You can pick up your race medal, race shirt, and race number -- but not the trailside breakfast.  We have ordered both women's cut and unisex sizing.  All shirt sizes are first-come, first-served. 

In-Person registration and Packet Pickup, Sunday morning, February 23rd
Starting at 7:00 am, in-person registration and packet pickup at Old Tucson Studios front gate.  Pick up your race medal, race shirt, and race number.  You have to wait until about 9:00 for breakfast.
We have ordered both women's cut and unisex sizing.  All shirt sizes are first-come, first-served.  All Sunday registrants 

Note #1: Souvenir medals will be handed out at registration on Saturday, February 22nd and Sunday, February 23rd.  Any leftover medals will be given away in the children's dash and provided to late registrants after the race.

Race Day Details for Runners and Walkers

 

OK -- please read on for the rest of the weekend details. If you have any questions after reading this note, shoot me an email and we'll get it taken care of!

Randy Accetta, Race Director
randy@runtucson.net 
 
Race Weekend Calendar, Registration, and Events Schedule
Saturday, February 22

10:00am - 1:00pm:  In-person registration and packet pickup at the Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell. Please note, you can pick up your t-shirt, your race number, and the souvenir medal. All shirt sizes are first-come, first-served.
YES: you can shop! The Running Shop pre-Spring cleaning sale goes through Saturday, February 22nd. They have super low sale prices on select styles of shoes further reduced another 10%. All winter apparel is 20% off and all sale apparel is now 40%-60% off.
YES: the medal can be picked up at packet-pick/registration -- you do not have to wait to finish to get it!!
YES: someone else can pick up your shirt, medal, and race number
YES: you can pick up someone else's shirt, medal, and race number
YES: it will be crowded, so please be patient and be nice to the volunteers
YES: Race weekend registrants can pay with cash or check, but are not given a shirt or medal until after the race, if any are left over. 

Sunday morning, February 23

7:00: In-person registration and packet pickup begins at Old Tucson Studios front gate Please note, you can pick up your t-shirts, your race number, and the souvenir medal. All shirt sizes are first-come, first-served. There are no race transfers allowed. Race weekend registrants can pay with cash or check, but are not given a shirt or medal until after the race, if any are left over. Please be nice to the staff and the volunteers.
TIMING: Please pin your race number to the front of the shirt you will wear in the race. If you do not have a race number, you will not receive a finishing time (or free breakfast!)
YES: the medal can be picked up at packet-pick/registration -- you do not have to wait to finish to get it.
YES: someone else can pick up your shirt, medal, and race number
YES: you can pick up someone else's shirt, medal, and race number
YES: it will be crowded, so please be patient and be nice to the volunteers
YES: Race day registrants can pay with cash or check, but are not given a shirt or medal until after the race, if any are left over. 
8:00: Women's Four-Miler starts -- please note, men can run in the women's race and women can run in the men's race, but will not be eligible for age-group or Grand Prix awards.
8:30 or so: Breakfast will open. Please show your race number for one free Trailside Breakfast. Unfortunately, we have sold out of our breakfasts so there will be none for purchase. Friends and family can snag food at the various restaurants along Main Street.
9:00: Men's Four-Miler and the Family One Mile Walk/Fun Run starts
9:45 or so: Awards and Free Lil' Pardner's Costume Fun Run -- fun 100-yard dash around the High Chaparral and Bitter Creek sets -- children will receive left over medals from other races!
10:00 or so: we try to wrap up and let everyone enjoy their visit to Old Tucson Studios.

  • ​SOUVENIRS: Please remember if you want your medal and shirt, you must pick up your souvenir items on race weekend -- we cannot hold them for you after the race. You can pick up your shirt and medal on Saturday February 22nd from 10-1 at The Running Shop or before the races on race morning, Sunday February 23rd at Old Tucson Studios.
  • HEADPHONES: We strongly discourage the use of headphones in this race. Why? Much of the race is single-track so you need to be able to communicate with one another and hear the directions the course monitors provide -- plus, in case any snakes are awake, you want to hear 'em so you don't feel 'em . . .
  • STROLLERS: Strollers are welcome in the One Mile that starts at 9:00 am. Please be mindful of the uneven terrain and the crowds. Due to the the single-track and uneven terrain of the 4-miler, we ask that there are no strollers in the 4-miler.
  • TERRAIN and STAGING: Please remember that this race takes place on uneven terrain with cactus, old buildings, loose wagon wheels, horse poop, and other trappings of the wild west film set. Please pay attention to your surroundings so that you and other participants remain safe.
  • VOLUNTEERS: if anyone knows anyone who wants to volunteer, check out the race weekend volunteer needs here ! All volunteers receive a race number that provides free breakfast and guarantees free entry into Old Tucson Studios.
  • WEATHER: Please remember that the race will take place rain or shine, with no refunds or returns. It looks like it will be chilly and rainy on Saturday, but cool and clear on Sunday, with race-time temps in the 40's & low 50's, then warming to the higher 60's.
  • BREAKFAST: To receive your Trailside Breakfast at Old Tucson, you must present your race number to the servers at Old Tucson near the Bitter Creek set at the Finish Line area. Only those with the race number can receive breakfast at the finish line. We have purchased over 700 breakfasts, but there is not enough for free food for spectators and others. If you want additional food items, please visit the various restaurants along Main Street in Old Tucson Studios to purchase additional food items. The coffee shop on Main Street in Old Tucson will open at 7:00 am, and restaurants will open at 11:00 am.
  • VISITORS: Friends and family are allowed in Old Tucson during the event up until race end at 10:00 am. To stay in town after the park opens, additional guest passes to Old Tucson are a discounted $8 per person and must be purchased by the runner at the park entrance beginning at 9:45am. A participant wearing their race number must be present to take advantage of this special race entrance rate.
  • SPONSORS:Thanks to our race sponsors for making this possible: Tucson Medical Center, the Running Shop, KGUN's Morning Blend, and Dr. Chris Cox, and Dr. Lee Ann Kalaba of Life Aligned Wellness Center. We are also grateful to Old Tucson Studios and the International Wildlife Museum.
  • TIMING: The race is being timed by SAR timer Greg Wenneborg. You will be assigned a race bib number to be worn on the front of your shirt during the race. After the race, the timing tent will be at the finish line at the Bitter Creek set. Last minute issues can be addressed to Greg at the timing tables.
  • RACE PHOTOS: Our friends Damion Alexander of Long Realty and Kerry Whelan of Goatographer fame will be on hand snapping photos, but please post your own snapshots and photos to the Run Tucson and SAR facebook page and tag both the SAR instagram and the Run Tucson instagram accounts.
  • #RunSAR #RunTucson #TrailRunning #Imyourhuckelberry
  • Any others? Let us know!
  • T-SHIRTS: Every participant receives a free race shirt with the traditional race logo. We've ordered both women's cut and a gender-neutral cut, with larger sleeves and a longer cut. Sizes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee the perfect size for everyone, but our volunteers will do the best they can to help. We try to work locally as much as possible, and our shirts were printed by Steve King of Team Hoyt at his company, Sunset Embroidery and Screen Print.  
  • AWARDS: Age group and overall awards are courtesy of long-time partner Sharon Bart and The Running Shop.
  • Overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd men and women in their races: $50, $40, $30 gift certificates to The Running Shop
  • Masters 1st place man and woman: $30 gift certificate to The Running Shop
  • AG 1: $25 gift certificate to The Running Shop
  • AG 2: $15 gift certificate to The Running Shop
  • AG 3: $10 gift certificate to The Running Shop
  • Age Groups are U15 through 80+

 

  • SAR MEMBERSHIP: If you are not a member of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, you can sign up online here or you can join SAR on race day. Visit the SAR tent at the Bitter Creek set near the finish line.
  • INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE MUSEUM:  You must present your race number to the admission booth at the International Wildlife Museum to gain free admission on Sunday.
  • LIL' PARTNERS TRAIL DASH: This is meant to be a playful dash, with no prizes and no timing. Bring your little ones to the finish line at the Bitter Creek set at about 9:30 and we'll set up a low-key route around the High Chaparral set.

 
Starting Line, Finish Line, and Bathrooms
The starting line for the women's race, the men's race, and the 1-mile walk/run are all on Main Street near the Palace Hotel. The finish line for each course is at the Bitter Creek set, to the east of Main Street. There are many bathroom facilities throughout Old Tucson, along Main Street and near the Bitter Creek set.
 
Boy Scouts Course Marshals, Ambulance, and more
Thanks to AMR for providing a dedicated ambulance on site. Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 431 from Fort Huachuca for being our course marshal volunteers. 
 
ROUTE
4-Milers:  you will start on Main Street, then do one big loop through town, past the Rodeo Grounds, past the finish line and the High Chaparral set, then back through the back lot of Old Tucson past the old Church and Boothill Cemetery. After leaving town, you will head into the desert for a well-marked two mile loop that includes single track, horse trails, washes, and dirt roads. Look for the orange and red flagging. The 3-mile mark is at the Bitter Creek set. From here, you have the final lap through town and back to the finish. 
 
The course will be marked by orange and red flagging with directional arrows on the ground marked by flour. Please don't get lost! See the world's worst maps, below . . .
 
Suggestions:  It's a trail run, so keep your eyes up, watch for cactus, watch for directions, be willing to sacrifice speed for safety and course accuracy.
 
One Milers:  You will do roughly a lap and a half of the town loop. You'll start with the men's mile and do one full loop, then on the second loop, you will turn left at the Rodeo Grounds to the finish line. If you head out into the desert, you are on the four-mile loop. Don't do that.

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