The Tucson 5000 was held on May 12, 2019 and started off with registration/packet pickup in the rain and wind. But, come race time the weather conditions were perfect and helped lead to five new pending state age group records! Orlando Velazquez ran the day's fastest time completing the 5k in 16:10, and Nicole Pearce won the women's division in a time of 18:16. The biggest team turnout of the day was from Team Hoyt AZ who also supplied coffee to the runners and spectators.
This was also the second year of the Mother's Day Mile race in which 119 runners participated, and many children ran with their parents. Wildwood & Bloom Flowers provided 100 red roses for all of the lady finishers, and it was incredible to see the smiles of kids handing the flowers off to them. It was truly a great start to Mother's Day.
Athletes from the Pima Community College track and field teams were on hand to assist as volunteers with the water stop, course monitoring, and timing. Proceeds from the race go to the Pima teams to help with travel, clothing, meet entries, etc. We could not do the race without their help and without their coach's help from Roadrunner Race Timing.
Thank you to the Running Shop, Sunset Screenprinting, Caputo Team Realty, Wildwood & Bloom, Tucson Ashiatsu, Benson New Day Spa, and Eegees for being the event sponsors.