Virtual Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown now open for those who will miss tonight’s TMC Night Run

Randy Accetta May 28, 2016

Folks have been asking if they can still do the Virtual Triple Crown, so we have re-opened the online registration site ONLY for those missing tonight's TMC Night Run.

If you have to miss TMC Meet Me Downtown, you can still be part of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.  Simply register for the series, being sure to choose the "Virtual Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown" category -- then following the dropdown menus, click on which races you will have to miss.  If you are running in person but have not signed up, please come to the race site and sign up for the TMC Night Run.

Run or walk each of the race distances on the same weekend as the race and take a photo of yourself.  Then submit your "race" photo to the SAR Facebook page or post your photo to both the @RunSAR and @RunTucson instagram feeds.

Upon verification, you will be added to the 2016 virtual Triple Crown results and we will make sure you can get the race awards you earned.

WHAT DO YOU GET?

The 2016 "Run Tucson" Triple Crown shirt.

  1. Each of the race shirts and each of the race medals, so that you can have the full commemorative medallion, even if you are far from Tucson.
  2. Recognition on the SAR Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown results page.
  3. The happiness of knowing that a portion of your entry fees contributed to Gabe's favorite charity, Child and Family Resources, plus the other race beneficiaries:
  • The Children's Museum
  • Educational Enrichment Foundation
  • Greater Tucson Leadership
  • Living Streets Alliance
  • Team Hoyt (formerly MyTeamTriumph)
  • The Reid Park Zoo
  • Friends of Saguaro
  • Cox Charities
  • Southern Arizona Roadrunners, and others.

Questions You Might Have About The Virtual Crown
Q. I already signed up, but I'm going to be out of town for the TMC Night Run.  Can I still do it virtually? 
A. Yes.  You will need to go to your own active.com account and change your category to the Virtual Triple Crown.  Please read about the other details below.  Please note that your agreement to the Triple Crown waiver also applies to all activities you undertake on behalf of completing the Virtual Triple Crown, even when you are not at the Triple Crown race sites.  

Q. If I sign up for the Virtual, can I still run in person if I am in town?

A. Yes, absolutely!  The idea is to help those who have to miss any of the three races.  So if you need to miss the TMC Night Run, you can still run the TMC Saguaro and TMC Get Moving in person, and so forth for each of those events.

 

Q Why are you doing the Virtual Triple Crown? We thought the whole point was to bring people together as a community?
A Every year, we've had to turn people away because they miss a race or two.  It's time to change that rule!
NOTE: not to brag, but we go this email after announcing the Virtual Crown: Wonderful! This is soooo awesome! Whoever came up with this idea is brilliant! We had a team for the cinco de mayo run, I'll get some people to do this with me to support now that they can run from anywhere.. No excuses 

Q. What's the price?
A. The current price for the Virtual Triple Crown is the same as the current in-person fee of $99.

Q. How do I prove that I did it virtually?

A. You must run or walk the race distance on the same weekend as the race and take a photo of yourself.  Then submit your "race" photo to the SAR facebook page or post your photo to both the @RunSAR and @RunTucson instagram feeds. Upon verification, you will be added to the 2016 virtual Triple Crown results and we will make sure you can get the race awards you earned.

You must run or walk the 3.1 mile distance any time over Memorial Day Weekend, 2016.  
You must run or walk a 5k or an 8-Miler at any time over Labor Day Weekend, 2016.  
You must walk or run a 5k or a Half-Marathon at any time over Halloween weekend, 2016.

Please note that your agreement to the Triple Crown waiver also applies to all activities you undertake on behalf of completing the Virtual Triple Crown, even when you are not at the Triple Crown race sites.  

Q. I live in the Tucson area but I will be out of town for the TMC Night Run, how do I get my shirts and awards?
A. For those who live in Tucson who miss the TMC Meet Me Downtown Run, you can pick up your cactus/MMD Triple Crown medals and the "Run Tucson" and TMC Night Run shirt at the Running Shop throughout the month of June, 2016.  After June, you can also pick up your Triple Crown items at the TMC Saguaro race in September.  Please note, though, we cannot promise the perfect size of shirt.  

Q. I do not live in the Tucson area, how do I get my awards?If you do not live near Tucson, we will mail your Run Tucson and TMC Night Run shirts and your cactus/MMD medal in the weeks after the TMC Night Run.  We will mail your TMC Saguaro and TMC Get Moving Tucson medals in the weeks after the TMC Get Moving Tucson events.

A. Who came up with the idea of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown?
It was a joint collaboration between our good friends at Tucson Medical Center and the Arizona Daily Star, with permission and support from Ross Zimmerman, Emily Nottingham, and the rest of Gabe's family. 

Q.This is a neat idea, but I still have questions -- who do I contact?
A. This is the first time we've ever done anything like this, so there are bound to be glitches of some sort.  Any questions can be addressed directly to me, the race director, at randy@runtucson.net.
Thanks all!
Randy Accetta, Series Director

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