Congratulations to all the folks who registered for the 2014 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown -- and an especially hearty "well-done" to all those who finished all three races! Thanks to the 516 of you who registered, we raised over $5,000 for Child and Family Resources, an important state-wide non-profit housed here in Tucson.
Of less importance but perhaps of some personal concern is how to make use of your commemorative medallion. Check out the video on the SAR facebook page for how your medallion doubles as a bottle opener! When you have time, use your medal to pop open a cold root beer and raise a glass in honor of Gabe!
Gabe lost his life in the January 2011 shooting here in Tucson, but his legacy lives on. 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.
The three races of the 2015 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown will include:
May 30, 2015 TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run/Walk, Tucson's most popular running event
September 7, 2015 TMC Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler & 5k, Tucson's oldest running event
October 25, 2015 TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon Event featuring TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon, Tucson Lifestyle 5k, and Cox Charities 1-mile, Tucson's biggest urban half-marathon event.
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.
A Word From Ross Zimmerman 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.
As we all know, running shows us the power within ourselves. If we can 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 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.
Date and Time
May 30, 2015 TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run/Walk
September 7, 2015 TMC Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler & 5k
October 25, 2015 TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon Event featuring TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon, Tucson Lifestyle 5k, and Cox Charities 1-mile
All registrants for the Triple Crown will receive a 2015 RUN TUCSON technical t-shirt. Everyone who finishes all three events will receive a special award.
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
Cinema La Placita
Educational Enrichment Foundation
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson
Friends of Saguaro National Park
Local high school track and cross country programs: Sahuaro High School, St. Augustine, City High School, and more
Southern Arizona Roadrunners and the Children’s Fitness Fund
Thanks to the Arizona Daily Star and Caliente for coming up with the idea of the Triple Crown. Thanks to Tucson Medical Center for bringing the idea of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.