The Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown registration window is now open through August 25th. <a href="http://www.active.com/tucson-az/running/races/gabe-zimmerman-triple-crown-2014" title="Anyone can sign up here for the special price of $69">Anyone can sign up here for the special price of $69</a> -- a great deal that guarantees you entry into two great events:
* September 1: TMC Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Mile Run or 5k walk/run
* October 19: TMC Get Moving Tucson Events, either the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon or Tucson Lifestyle 5k.
If you finished the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k, you are still eligible for the special finishers medallion. If you did not do the Meet Me Downtown event, have no fear: you can still register for the Triple Crown and receive your Run Tucson t-shirt and the great pricing for the remaining two races. Remember, you can run or walk and you can pick any of the distances! <a href="http://www.active.com/tucson-az/running/races/gabe-zimmerman-triple-crown-2014" title="Sign up here.">Sign up here.</a>
We at the Southern Arizona Roadrunners are honored to once again host the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.
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 Triple Crown include:
June 1, 2013 TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run/Walk—see here for updates on the Night Run!
September 2, 2013 TMC Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler & 5k
October 20, 2013 TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon Event featuring TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon, Tucson Lifestyle 5k, and Cox Charities 1-mile
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.
All registrants for the Triple Crown will receive a 2014 RUN TUCSON technical t-shirt, designed by Leslie Jordan Designs. Everyone who finishes all three events will receive a special award.