September 20th Update: Frankly, we still don't know what we'll be able to do with this event. While we really want to get back to an in-person event with happy people running throughout our beloved Tucson streets, at this writing, the public health crisis is significantly affecting Southern Arizona, so we're leaning towards an entirely virtual event for the 500 or so participants.
We will not receive permits from the City of Tucson, Pima County, and Arizona Department of Transportation for the regular race route, so our options are these:
1) Move the event to a Virtual Event, like we had to do with the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k and TMC Tucson 10k.
2) Create a hybrid Virtual and In-Person event, with the in-person location safe enough for up to 200 participants, with staggered starts, social distancing, self-supported course, and so forth. (As we write this in late September, we are less optimistic about this possibility.)
We will use this race page, email, and social media channels to provide updated information as we learn more. For questions or to offer suggestions, contact Randy at email@example.com.
Free Race shirt: The first 500 registrants will receive a light-weight, light-colored long-sleeved souvenir shirt, in women's and unisex sizing.
Souvenir Finisher's Medal: Every finisher in the 5k and half-marathon will the special circle coaster medallion designed in partnership with local Cirrus Visual and Ashworth Awards, the nation's premier medal company
Participant Cap: We will have to cap this event at 550, with only 200 or so allowed on an in-person course. We have approximately 470 already registered . . .
Beneficiaries: No matter what, this will be the third race of the 200 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown. Proceeds will benefit Team Hoyt Arizona, the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation, and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.
For the past decade, the TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon has been Tucson's most popular urban half-marathon event, with the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon, the Tucson Lifestyle 5k Run/Walk, and the Cox Charities Free FitKidz Mile for children 12-and-under. Produced by Randy and Tia Accetta, TMC Get Moving Tucson has included multiple routes, live music, a vendor expo, children's activities, jumping castles, food trucks, breakfast after-party, and more. .
- For both the 5k and the Half Marathon, the fun began in the heart of Downtown Tucson, with a route including historic West University and the canyons of Downtown.
- Half-Marathoners ran to Sentinel Peak and cranked the A-Mountain loop, then hit the the flat out-and-back on the Santa Cruz Riverpath at the base of A-Mountain, rockin' with local bands and with views of the distant mountains before speeding the last mile into the heart of Downtown, as the finish line band rocks the tunes and friends, family, and other runners cheer your finish.
Race Day Music: TBD. In past year's we've had multiple live bands, but that probably won't be available in 2020.
Snacks and Drink: TBD. In past years, we've had . . .
Gatorade on the course and at finish line
GU Energy Gel on A-Mountain
Post-race snacks of cookies, chips, and more, courtesy of Tucson Medical Center
Free coffee by race beneficiary Team Hoyt
Food trucks on site after the race
Awards: TBD. In past years, we've had . . .
Age group awards -- gift certificates from The Running Shop + commemorative glasses
Cash prizes for top runners
Earn your points at SAR's Running Shop Grand Prix
For Children and Families: TBD. In past years . . .
All children 12-and-under participate in the Free SAR FitKidz One Mile (and the course is a bit short so they will have a super-fast time, too!!)
Jumping Castle and Face Painting courtesy of Cox Communications
Date and Time
2020 Race Weekend Schedule: TBD
Rewards For Fast Running: We are not sure what we will do in 2020.
However, here is the 2019 Half-Marathon Prize Money Structure
• $100 to first overall male and $100 to first overall female; $50 to top overall Master's (Over-40) male and female
• $200 to the top three (3) males who break 1:13 and to the top three (3) females who break 1:26 (basically, the top 10 times on the course over the past five years)
• $500 for course records. Current course records are Scott Smith’s 1:06:23 (2012) and Jennifer Bergman's 1:19:44 (2015)
• $50 to first male and female member of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners
• $100 to the first athlete to the A at the top of A-Mountain, but you have to finish the race (men in under 1:30, women in under 1:45)
- Headphones are not allowed in prize money competition; prize money will not be given to runners wearing headphones. See below for details.
- All runners must pass the multiple timing mats on the course. Runners not passing the multiple mats will be disqualified and removed from prize consideration
- Prize money awards are based on "gun" starting time for overall and masters, and chip time for age group.
- Runners who break the course record will receive $500, but not the additional $200.
- We are trying to reward performance and local running. So, as an example, if a man wins the race overall in 1:13:01 but is second to the "A" and not a SAR member he will get only $100. If the winning man or woman is first to break the course record, is first to the "A", and is also a member of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, he or she will win $750. When in doubt, join SAR!
2020 Age Group Awards: TBD
TMC Get Moving Tucson Event: A-Mountain Half-Marathon Top Ten Times on the A-Mountain Course (as of 2019)
- Scott Smith 26 1:06:23 Oct-21-2012
- Craig Curley 23 1:07:13 Oct-9-2011
- Jordan Chipingama 23 1:08:20 Oct-21-2012
- Harry Mulenga 24 1:09:00 Oct-28-2018
- Ian Burrell 28 1:09:14 Oct-20-2013
- Craig Hunt 27 1:09:34 Oct 28-2018
- Andrew Lemoncello 34 10:09:18 Oct-30-2016
- Kurt Michels 29 1:09:58 Oct-20-2013
- Robert Scribner 34 1:11:03 Oct-30-2016
- Anthony Francisco 36 1:11:18 Oct-30-2016
TMC Get Moving Tucson Event: A-Mountain Half-Marathon Top Ten Times on the A-Mountain Course
- Jennifer Bergman 23 1:19:44 Oct-25-2015
- Ariana Hilborn 33 1:21:17 Oct-20-2013
- Autumn Ray 35 1:21:57 Oct-25-2015
- Autumn Ray 34 1:22:06 Oct-19-2014
- Amy Cole 30 1:23:40 Oct-19-2014
- Maggie Callahan 25 1:23:42 Oct-20-2013
- Alicia Shay 30 1:24:35 Oct-21-2012
- Tia Accetta 37 1:24:43 Oct-21-2012
- Erin Menefee 23 1:25:50 Oct-25-2015
- Hanna Henson 22 1:26:13 Oct-21-2015
Top Three Times, Men, No-A Course
- Harry Mulenga 23 1:08:57 Oct-29-2017
- David Fernandez 21 1:13:06 Oct-29-2017
- James Haycraft 32 1:17:08 Oct-29-2017
Top Three Times, Women, No-A Course
- Autumn Ray 37 1:20:21 Oct-29-2017
- Jessica Culver 27 1:23:33 Oct-29-2017
- Lauren Reasoner 1:23:38 Oct-29-2017
PRIZE MONEY RULES AND REGULATIONS
- NOTE: following USATF and RRCA guidelines, the use of headphones in prize money races is prohibited -- that is, prize money will not be distributed to runners wearing headphones in these events. We strongly discourage the use of headphones. From USATF: "The following shall be considered assistance and therefore not allowed: . . . The visible possession or use by athletes of video, audio, or communications devices in the competition area [ . . .] those competing in Championships for awards, medals, or prize money may not use such devices . . . headphones remain banned for any athlete competing in a USA Championship . . ."
- NOTE: All prize money winners will be required to complete appropriate tax information in order to receive checks.
- NOTE: A limited number of complimentary entries for elite athletes are available. Send resume and ways you can add value to the race to race director Randy Accetta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We follow the RRCA Fair Competition Policies.
While USA Track & Field is the governing body and issuer of rules for the sport of running, local event directors are encouraged to adopt these RRCA recommended policies to further support and promote fair competition for athletes, especially those competing for prize money and age group awards.
Prize Money Eligibility Policy
To be eligible for elite entry or prize purse, an athlete must:
Not be currently serving a suspension issued by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) or the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for use of a banned substance
Not have ever served a ban issued by USADA or WADA for the use of performance enhancing drugs
Not be represented by coaches and/or agents who have had 2 or more athletes receiving such suspensions in the previous 4 years
Not be represented by coaches and/or agents who served a ban for use of performance enhancing drugs during their own athletic career*
Provide proper documentation proving they are eligible for prize money (form W-9, W-8ECI or W-8BEN)
Sign a statement attesting they are in compliance with USADA and WADA anti-doping regulations related to banned substance use and if issued a doping suspension or ban in the future, they will not be allowed back at the event for any reason
Consent to random drug testing according to the standards and procedures of USATF, USADA and WADA
Any athlete that believes they have been barred from the event or the opportunity to earn prize money at the event because of mistaken identity due to near or exact name of a person currently suspended, banned or previously banned, must submit documentation certified by a notary in advance to the race director or elite athlete coordinator of the event proving that they are not the same person identified as serving a suspension, ban or previous ban. (event organizers will need to clearly outline the exact person to submit documentation to for this recourse section of the policy)
*Athletes have a duty to ensure they are represented by reputable coaches and agents and have a duty to consult the WADA list of athletes that are or have served a doping ban before signing with a coach or agent.
About the Race:
The TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon event was founded by Randy Accetta, long-time SAR Board member and past SAR President. Working at the time with Jannie Cox, the first Get Moving 10-Miler was a cross-city race. Over recent years, the race has been brought to Downtown Tucson and includes iconic A-Mountain, the Santa Cruz Riverpath, and Downtown Tucson neighborhoods. The Get Moving Tucson event is on the SAR calendar, with the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon on the SAR "Running Shop Grand Prix." A former 2:19 marathoner who ran in the 1996 US Olympic Trials Marathon, Randy is a Mentor in Residence at the University of Arizona's McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship and is the national Director of Coaching Education for the Road Runners Club of America. He and his wife Tia live in Tucson with their two young children, both of whom are faster than Randy.
Proceeds from the event will fund local organizations, including Cox Charities, Team Hoyt Arizona, BEYOND-Tucson Foundation, and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.
We want to thank a host of community partners for help with this event, including our title sponsor, Tucson Medical Center. Without TMC's support, we could not produce such a large event. We urge all runners and walkers to patronize our sponsors and partners-- check out their logos and links on the sidebar!
Interested in being a sponsor? Contact Race Director Randy Accetta. It's expensive to put on a race Downtown, and we're looking for course sponsors, t-shirt sponsors, and post-event sponsors. Join the healthiest community in Arizona!