TMC Tucson 10k Virtual Race Update, with FAQ

Randy Accetta September 11, 2020


Q: When and Where is packet pickup?

A: The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell Avenue
Friday: 3:00-6:00 pm (9/18/20)
Saturday:10:00-1:00 pm. (9/19/20)
We are continuing to follow social distancing recommendations. Therefore, race shirts and medals will be set up outside of the Running Shop on Friday and Saturday. There will be no in person registration, only race shirt and medal pick-up. We ask that you wear a face covering and try to maintain a distance of 6 ft. between yourself and someone else when possible. Please don't come if you are feeling ill. Shirts and medals will be available at The Running Shop after race weekend for those who can't make it on Friday or Saturday. We will mail shirts and medals to the participants who live outside of the greater Tucson area.

Q: Where do I post my Virtual Race Results?

A: You can complete the 10K (or 5K) distance anytime between now and Sunday, September 20, at midnight. Once you've done your virtual race, enter your time on this results form. You can also find the TMC TUCSON 10K Results Form in the header of the Run Tucson homepage. The final results will be posted on the Run Tucson web page and the Southern Arizona's TMC Tucson 10K race results page.

Q: Why can't we do this race in person?
A: A few reasons: 1) This event requires permits from Pima Community College, Pima County, and the City of Tucson, and we cannot get the appropriate permits to hold the event at its normal staging venue. 2) Normally, 1500 runners and walker do this event -- even though we have stopped advertising it, 500 of you have signed up and during the ongoing public health crisis we simply cannot find a venue in the region for such a large group.

Q: Are all of your races going to be virtual from now on?
A: We hope not. We miss throwing running parties and seeing our friends laughing, smiling, and having fun together. We're trying to create an innovative and safe in-person experience for the October 25th TMC Get Moving Tucson at a new venue.

Q: Are you advertising this to out-of-towners?

A: No, we have not run any national advertising, as we are focusing on our Tucson running community.

Q: Are you still funding charities and non-profits?
A: Yes. Even though it's virtual this year, the TMC Tucson 10k fundraising is designed to enhance our community's overall physical and mental health and wellness. This event will raise approximately $1,000 for the non-profit running club, the Southern Arizona Roadrunners. And a portion of each entry will go to our final contribution of over $5,000 to the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation

Q: What does Virtual mean anyway?
A: Instead of meeting in person, you will be able to walk or run on your own, at your own place, in a location of your own choosing. Ideally, you would walk or run 5k or a 10k on the weekend of September 19 and 20, but if you want to get it done beforehand, that's fine too. All you have to do is post your time and distance to a spreadsheet. And you're done. Well, then keep an eye out to see if you won gift card raffle prizes.

Q: Do I have to do a 10k?
A: No -- you can certainly walk or run the 5k distance -- or even a mile. Just get out and walk or run in our wonderful late summer weather.

Q: Do I still get my shirt and medal?
A: Of course! We've ordered comfortable soft shirts and we've ordered race medals from Ashworth Awards, out of the Boston area. The medals are made in the USA. Ashworth's production capacity is limited, and because many of you like useful items, we decided to thematize the medal and go with another bottle opener so that you have a set from these first two Triple Crown races.

Q: I live in Tucson, how will I get my TMC Tucson 10k souvenirs?
A: For those who live in and around Tucson, we will have a social-distanced and safe packet pickup, similar to the way we did things back in June at TMC Meet Me Downtown. We'll send specific directions in the coming weeks.

Q: I don't live in Tucson, how will I get my TMC Tucson 10k souvenirs?
A: For those who live outside of Tucson, we will mail you your souvenirs to the address listed on your registration. We're trying to get our TMC Get Moving Tucson souvenirs ready to ship out at the same time, too!!
If you want to check your registration information, please email

Q: Are you providing age group awards?
A: Unfortunately, no, the Virtual race will not have age group or overall race awards.

Q: Will you do gift certificates like you did with TMC Meet Me Downtown?
A: Yes -- we're rounding up a host of gift cards to give as random prizes.  

Q: How can I win a prize???
A: Everyone who does a distance is eligible for a raffle prize. Once you have shared your virtual 5k or 10k results with us through the google form (more details coming soon), your name will be entered in the TMC Tucson 10k Raffle. The drawing will be shown live on Facebook and you will receive an email letting you know YOU WON!

Q: Can friends still register?
A: Yes! We have about 50 spots left. You can register online here:
Registration ends on September 14th.

Q: What if I still have questions?
A: Please email if you have a question that did not get answered here.

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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