What is the Battle of the Badges at the Festival of Miles?

Randy Accetta April 13, 2016

As part of TMC Meet Me Downtown and Friday Night Festival of Miles, we're planning the first-ever "Battle of the Badges" to showcase our police, sheriff, fire, border patrol, military, and other civil servants who provide security for us.
What's the Plan?
We've never done this before, but here's our idea: The Battle of the Badges One Mile is scheduled to take place at 8:00 pm on Friday night, May 27th.  The start/finish line is front of the Children's Museum, with a one-mile course along Sixth Avenue.  We anticipate about 1,000 total runners for the night, with another 3,000 at the Saturday Night Run.
How Many Can Sign Up? 
As many as we can get.  The first 60 finishers in each race will receive a commemorative medallion.  We want members of local police, sheriff, fire, border patrol, military, and other civil servants who provide security for us.  We've invited Tucson Police, Tucson Fire, Rural Metro, Drexel Fire, Oro Valley Police, Marana Police, UAPD, the Border Patrol and Pima County Sheriff.  We'll reach out to Saguaro National Park, DM and others, too!!  Any ideas?  Pass 'em along . . .
Who are Beneficiaries?
Using typical running race scoring, the fastest Battle of the Badges team of five will earn a $250 donation to the charity of their choice.  We will use the rest of the proceeds as part of our $25,000+ charity donation to the Children's Museum, Child and Family Resources, Educational Enrichment Foundation, Living Streets Alliance, Greater Tucson Leadership, and other local charities.  
How Did You Get the Idea for the Battle of the Badges?
We saw this at a race in Albuquerque a few years ago and have always wanted to do it here in Tucson.  What do you think?  Is this a good idea and do you have suggestions for improving it?  Are you able to get the word to your colleagues?

How Much Does it Cost and How do We Register? 
Each mile event is $20 per person, with a special discount to civil servants.  To receive the special Battle of the Badges discount for civil servants, please email Randy Accetta here.

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