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What is the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown?
The three-race series commemorates Gabe Zimmerman, a Tucson native who lost his life in the January 2011 shooting here in Tucson. As we all know, running shows us the power within ourselves. If we can walk or run three miles in a hot summer night or get around the Saguaro loop, the ups and downs of daily life are certainly manageable. If we can climb A-Mountain, we can rise to our other challenges. Our goal is to celebrate Gabe and motivate the community to aspire to individual and collective greatness – to work alone and work with others towards those goals we find valuable. To celebrate living, community, and good will. To live with love, to live with passion to chase dreams.
WHAT DO YOU GET?
Registration to these three events:
- Saturday night, May 28, 2016: TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run/Walk, Tucson's largest running event. You can run or walk Tucson's most popular 3.1 mile event. The TMC 5k Night Run is part of SAR's Running Shop Grand Prix. Please note that the new May 27th Friday Night Festival of Miles does not count as part of the Triple Crown.
- Monday morning, September 5, 2016: TMC Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler & 5k. You can run the 8-miler or you can walk or run the 5k at Tucson's oldest running event. The 8-miler is part of SAR's Running Shop Grand Prix.
- Halloween Weekend of October 29 and 30, 2016: TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon Events. You can walk or run the Tucson Lifestyle 5k on Saturday morning, October 29th in Downtown Tucson, or you can run or walk the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon on Sunday morning, October 30th. The TMC Half-Marathon is part of SAR's Running Shop Grand Prix.
- The 2016 "Run Tucson" Triple Crown shirt.
- Each of the race shirts and each of the race medals, so that you can have the full commemorative medallion
- Recognition on the SAR Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown results page.
- 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.
From the Gabe Zimmerman Davison Canyon Trailhead to the Gabe Zimmerman Meeting Room at the U.S. Capital, Gabe’s presence will forever be a part of our community. We are grateful to Ross Zimmerman and Julia Strange at Tucson Medical Center for developing the concept of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown – and we’re thankful to the Arizona Daily Star and Caliente for helping implement it. Gabe’s whole family has been devoted to fitness, running, and the Arizona outdoors – we are honored to be able to celebrate the spirit of Gabe and highlight the possibilities for Tucson through the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.
Each year, $10 from each Triple Crown entry will be donated to Gabe’s favorite non-profit, Child and Family Resources. Additional Tucson-based organizations will receive a portion of the proceeds from the individual events. Over $20,000 has been donated due to your efforts. To donate directly to Child and Family Resources, click here. To donate directly to the Gabe Zimmerman Memorial Fund established by Child and Family Resources, click here to go to their PayPal site.
WORDS FROM ROSS ZIMMERMAN
On the 2016 Triple Crown
When Randy Accetta of SAR and Julia Strange of TMC approached us with the idea of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, we were touched and appreciative. This is the sixth year, time for some reflection. Like Beyond, I’d like to see the GZ Triple take on a life of it’s own, not just exist as an echo of loss.
I’m sure there are various reasons why people sign up for the GZ Triple. Some of us knew and loved Gabe. Many perhaps because it’s a good deal for three excellent races, the party-run Downtown 5K, the iconic Saguaro Loop 8 miler, and the heart-of-the-Old-Pueblo Get Moving Half Marathon. The longer runs have 5K options to help more of us participate, not just the lean and hungry front runners. Regardless of your motivation, it’s a good focus and supports the good works of the prevention oriented Child and Family Resources social service agency.
I hope the GZ Triple Crown continues indefinitely. I hope you’ll take a few minutes, whether you knew Gabe or not, to reflect on the loved ones around you. Some still present, some only living on in memories. You’re lucky to be here in an extraordinary place, moving forward together. Thank you for coming out.
On the 2011 Triple Crown: I hope everyone enjoyed the GMT Half Marathon and 5K on Sunday Oct. 9th. Kelly O’Brien, Gabe Zimmerman’s fiancee, and I ran the half marathon together. We liked the course a lot and decided Gabe would have liked it, too. The course passed several places that held memories of Gabe for both of us. That added to the day. Our family and friends had very good experiences as well. The run and the day were a fitting celebration of the life of Gabe Zimmerman and the others dear to us we’ve lost this year. This was a proactive, positive way to promote personal and societal physical and mental health. Gabe the social worker would have enthusiastically approved. Randy Accetta, Julia Strange, and the myriad of folks who helped make this event and the previous two events in the Gabe Z Triple Crown successes have my appreciation and thanks. We hope this series will continue.
One of the things I’ve learned since Gabe’s passing is how many other people I know and have met who have been touched by the loss of loved ones before their times. Unfortunately, far too many suffer or perish due to the diseases of overweight, inactivity, and substance abuse, not violence or accident. There are some things we can do to reduce the risks of violence or accident. Much more can be accomplished, by taking care of your loved ones and yourself with a positive, active, healthy life. That gives you and them better lives and better relationships. On our way home, Kelly reminded me of a bike ride she, Gabe, and I did together. Up a steep hill, he raced me to the point of stomach upset (and beyond…), all in good fun. Gabe and I had many, many active adventures together. I will treasure those until the end of my life, and that’s a comfort. Go have adventures with your loved ones as well.
On the 2012 Triple Crown
Gabriel Zimmerman was the Outreach Director for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Gabe lost his life rushing to help during the horrible shooting of January 8th. Both Gabe and Gabrielle have been strong supporters of health and physical fitness in our great state. We invite you to celebrate Gabe’s love of running and fitness. This is the Gabe Z Triple Crown’s second year. It was a great success in 2011, and we want to continue that.
Running was in Gabe’s blood. His mother, Emily Nottingham, was a founding member of the Tucson Sun Chaser’s women’s running club and is currently President of the Arizona Trail Association.
Gabe’s stepmother, Pam Golden, has held the Master’s women’s course record for the Saguaro National Park 8-mile loop, one of the runs in the Triple Crown. And I am a passionate trail runner and ultramarathoner who has co-administered the Tucson Trail Run Series for 17 years.
But Gabe’s love of running didn’t stop with us: his fiancée, Kelly O’Brien, is a marathon runner who paced Gabe in his first marathon, the 2010 San Diego Rock and Roll. Gabe was also devoted to overall health and fitness: Gabe’s UHS/Rincon High School soccer teams won two state titles, Gabe twice ran the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim, he completed the El Tour de Tucson, and has ridden with me and his brother, Ben, the famous Slick Rock Bike Trail and many other routes in Moab and Tucson.
Gabe lived for several years in downtown Tucson. He ran the streets. He ran A-Mountain and Tumamoc Hill. The downtown 5K and Half Marathon will retrace his steps. His mother, stepmother, and I have all competed in Saguaro Loop. Our family and Kelly will be running or walking in his honor in this year’s Triple Crown.
Involved in many social service organizations, Gabriel was on the board of Child and Family Resources, a Tucson-based non-profit that provides strategic help to parents, children, and families all across Arizona. A portion of your entry fee goes to support CFR.
We invite you to donate in his memory as well.
Pricing is for all three events, and includes a commemorative "Run Tucson" t-shirt, available at TMC Meet Me Downtown. All registrants will receive a medallion for finishing each of the events -- the three medallions combine into one special medallion. To receive each piece of the finisher's award, you must complete either the 5k at the TMC Meet Me Downtown; either the 5k or the 8-mile at TMC Saguaro; and either the 5k or the half-marathon at the TMC Get Moving Tucson event.
Child and Family Resources is the primary beneficiary of the Triple Crown, while each race has a number of local beneficiaries as well, including the following:
Children’s Museum of Tucson
Living Streets Alliance
Greater Tucson Leadership
Educational Enrichment Foundation
Friends of Saguaro National Park