Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown

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May 26 Update: Click here for the final email to all participants -- with every single detail you need for this weekend, plus course maps, information on parking, etc!

Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown registration ends on Thursday, so sign up now!   

Q: I registered for the Triple Crown - where do I get my Triple Crown shirt and medallion 
A:  Registrants for the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown can pick up their shirts medal on Saturday at the TMC tent from 4:30-8:30
  
Q: Can people still sign up for the Triple Crown? 
A: Online Triple Crown registration goes through Thursday, then will close for a week.  We will open it again after TMC Meet Me Downtown for the summer registration period.  There will be no in-person Triple Crown registration this weekend.

Q. I have signed up for the TMC Meet Me Downtown Run.  But now I want to sign up for the Triple Crown?  How can I do that?  
A. Email randy@runtucson.net and I'll send you the coupon code!

Q. What's this about a Virtual Triple Crown?

A. You can still do the Triple Crown even if you have to miss one, two, or all three events. By participating in the Virtual Triple Crown, you can receive your commemorative shirts and medals without being in Tucson.  See below for all the details.  

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. 

Registration continues for the 2016 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.  We currently have 800 commemorative medallions on order, with over 500 already registered. Space is filling up, so sign up before we run out of medals!  Remember, the first 800 Triple Crown entries receives a special Run Tucson commemorative shirt, the unique four-part medallion, and entry into the three most popular Tucson races:

  • 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.

 

VIRTUAL TRIPLE CROWN: HOW DOES IT WORK?

If you have to miss any of the three races, 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.

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?

  1. The 2016 "Run Tucson" Triple Crown shirt.
  2. 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.
  3. Recognition on the SAR Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown results page.
  4. 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
I already signed up, but I'm going to be out of town for the TMC Night Run.  Can I still do it virtually?
 
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.  

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

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.

 

Why are you doing the Virtual Triple Crown? We thought the whole point was to bring people together as a community?
Every year, we've had to turn people away because they miss a race or two.  It's time to change that rule!
Check out these emails we got last week:
1) I am totally interested in a virtual Triple Crown race as I can’t be in Tucson for any of these. I am happy to submit my times on the selected dates to prove I have earned them!  I turn 40 this year and my goal is to do 40 5k’s (anything more or less doesn’t count) and loved the look of the medal in the registration information ….. I thought it would make a great addition to my collection!  (By the way, she lives in Columbia, Missouri.)
2) I registered for the Triple Crown, but recently found out I may be out of town for the first race (May 28). I was wondering if there is way to still complete that portion of it to earn all the medals? I am bummed that I will most likely miss it and I wanted to find out beforehand if I can make up for it.  

 

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  [��]

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

How do I prove that I did it virtually?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.  

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?
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.  

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.

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. 

This is a neat idea, but I still have questions -- who do I contact?
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

 Click here to register online.

Pricing

$75 for all three events through March 15, 2016  -- registration open

$99 for all three events March 16 - May 20, 2016

ABOUT GABE

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.
Ross Z

 

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.

Date and Time

  • Saturday night, May 28, 2016 TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run/Walk, Tucson's largest running event.  You can run or walk this Tucson's most popular 3.1 mile event.
  • 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.
  • 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 on Sunday morning, October 30th you can run or walk the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon.

Race Awards

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.

About the Triple Crown: The Gabe ZImmerman Triple Crown is produced by Randy Accetta and Tia Accetta with the three events calendared on the Southern Arizona Roadrunners annual schedule of races.  Randy and Tia are grateful to Tucson Medical Center, the Arizona Daily Star and Caliente for helping develop the series concept -- and they are especially grateful to Ross Zimmerman and Emily Nottingham for the honor of naming the Triple Crown series after their son, Gabe.  

Beneficiaries

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
Cox Charities
Greater Tucson Leadership
Educational Enrichment Foundation
Friends of Saguaro National Park

Reid Park Zoo
Local high school track and cross country programs: Sahuaro High School, St. Augustine, Catalina High School, VisionQuest, and more
Southern Arizona Roadrunners and the Children’s Fitness Fund

Contact

Call Race Director Randy Accetta 520-991-0733 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Race Fees

2016 Pricing

$75 for all three events through March 15, 2016  -- registration open

$99 for all three events March 16 - May 20, 2016

Pricing is for all three events, and includes a commemorative finisher's medallion and a special "Run Tucson" t-shirt, available at TMC Meet Me Downtown.  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.  

All registrants will receive a medallion for finishing each of the events.

All races will take place rain or shine.  

There are no refunds or transfers.

Registration

  • Print Registration Form and mail it in. Registration by mail must be postmarked by Friday, May 13, 2016.
  • Register online with a credit card at active.com.
  • Your triple crown entry registers you for each race. Please see the SAR website for packet pick-up information on each of the three races.
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Race Distances and Courses

There are three different events.  Each event has a 3.1 mile option—you can run or walk.  Strollers and children are welcome in all the 5k’s.

You can also enjoy the challenge of the Saguaro East 8-mile loop amongst the beautiful hills of the Rincon Mountains, then test yourself and do the 13.1 mile Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon featuring A-Mountain.

Run the city and run the desert – or walk and have a great time!

Don’t want to run or walk?  You can still complete the award by volunteering at the races.

  

Location

TMC Meet Me Downtown is staged in the heart of Downtown Tucson, beginning and ending at the Children's Museum/Armory Park on Sixth Avenue
TMC Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-miler and 5k is held in the beautiful Saguaro National Park East, in the base of the Rincon Mountains.
TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon, 5k and 1-miler is held in Downtown Tucson, too—with routes that include A-Mountain, the Santa Cruz Riverpath, and the UA-area

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