TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Festival of Miles

Saturday, June 5, 2021
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January 11, 2021 Update: We're looking forward to the 14th edition of Tucson's most popular running event in June 2021!  We've submitted our permits and have reserved Armory Park.  As we navigate our public health crisis, we'll provide more details when we know 'em . . . 

Questions?  Contact Randy Accetta at

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Race Awards

Unfortunately, we cannot provide prize money or age group awards for the 2020 Virtual edition of the race/

The Southern Arizona Roadrunners is a member-driven non-profit devoted to promoting health and wellness through running and walking. If you are not a SAR member, please consider joining—you can save all sorts of money off race entry fees, receive discounts to many local merchants, and be part of a great community of people. See for details.

About the Race Directors: The TMC Meet Me Downtown was founded by Randy and Tia Accetta in 2007 to promote Downtown Tucson by providing fitness and social opportunties for all ages and abilities. The TMC Meet Me Downtown event is on the SAR calendar, with the Saturday Night 5k 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.  Tia is a 2:48 marathoner with an MA in Education with an emphasis on teaching the deaf and hard of hearing.  They live near the UA with their two small children, both of whom are faster than Randy.

Race Hotels

Local hotels, perfect for any budget and any vacation goal!

Hotel CongressHistoric Downtown hipster and funk, a 2-minute walk to the start at 311 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701

AC Hotel Downtown Tucson: Steps from the start/finish line with discounted rate of $139, 151 East Broadway, Tucson, AZ

Arizona InnIn-town beauty and glamour, about a 8 minute drive to the start at 2200 E Elm St, Tucson, AZ 85719

Hotel Clifton: Convenient to the race course in the heart of Downtown Tucson

Want a romantic bed and breakfast steps from the starting line?  Check out the Royal Elizabeth and tell ‘em you’re with the race. 


Get Sweaty, Do Good!  

Thanks to sponsorship from Tucson Medical Center and our partnership with Rio Nuevo and Cox Charities, we are continuing to raise funds for local organizations, including $10 from every Triple Crown registration to the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation.  You can help us and donate to any of these organizations at our race registration donation page here.

TMC Marks Fund for Employee Assistance.  This endowed fund helps TMC HealthCare employees who are experiencing financial hardship. Our health care professionals are feeling the constraints of school closures, illness of their loved ones and other hardships. Your help can allow them to put their focus on healing and caring for others. This fund supports short-term financial assistance for critical needs such rent/mortgage payments, child care, insurance/medical needs, groceries and utilities.

Children's Museum, Tucson: At Children’s Museum Tucson we help children develop foundational skills by igniting a spark for discovery and learning in an environment where families play and connect in meaningful ways.

Educational Enrichment Foundation: Through its grants, scholarships, professional development programs, and community activities, EEF actively provides enhanced and enriched learning resources for TUSD students, teachers, and schools, advocates for educational excellence for all children, and ensures access to educational enrichment opportunities within TUSD for financially in-need students.

Greater Tucson Leadership: Founded in 1980, Greater Tucson Leadership (GTL) is a non-profit, non-partisan leadership organization dedicated to providing leadership education, community development and civic engagement for the overall care of and commitment to our Tucson community for over 30 years.

Team Hoyt Arizona: Team Hoyt Arizona is a pending non-profit dedicated to sharing the racing and team experience with anyone who wishes to join, including people with special needs and diverse abilities or disabilities.

Southern Arizona Roadrunners: The vision of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners is to provide running-related events at professional standards, with a reasonable pricing structure, a family-friendly environment, and competition that emphasizes the pursuit of individual competitive excellence, the joy of individual and team participation, and a healthy lifestyle. We do so by facilitating and supporting competitive and social running and walking events; by promoting running and fitness for all ages; by providing educational and social information about our sport; and by promoting our sport through public relations and civic involvement.

Cox Charities: We run many of our charity dollars through our partnership with Cox Charities, the fundraising and grantmaking arm of Cox Communications raising funds for local charities.


Kids' and Post-Race Activities

All evening, children’s activities in front and inside of the Children’s Museum, courtesy of Tucson Medical Center and the Children’s Museum—plus games from The Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club and jumping castles courtesy of Cox Communications.

Food and drink, free beer garden, plus fourth-ever Running Race Food Truck Round-Up.  After-party at Hotel Congress!

Visit with race beneficiaries and sponsors at the Race Expo on the grassy areas in front of the Children’s Museum.

Fire show by Cirque Roots

8:30 and onwards: Official post-race party at Hotel Congress.  Hotel Congress will host a live band on the patio, and provide 2-4-1 drinks plus special Meet Me Downtown appetizer discounts.

Community Partners

Thanks to artist Pete Marenfeld and RetroTrek for providing the classic logo.  Thanks to Cirrus Visual for updating our 2020 logo. 

Sponsors: Please patronize our great sponsors!! They believe in a healthy Tucson and they believe in an exciting and active Downtown . . .

Tucson Medical Center

Rio Nuevo

Cox Communications

The Running Shop

Caliente and the Arizona Daily Star

KGUN's The Morning Blend

Downtown Tucson Partnership

Tucson Lifestyle and

Damion Alexander Team at Long Realty

Waste Management, AMR, Culligan Water, Hotel Congress


Call Race Director Randy Accetta +15209910733 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Race Fees

As we move to Virtual, every individual registration is $35 with a $5 discount to teams of 5 or more

Everyone receives

  • Race Shirt
  • Souvenir Medal
  • Raffle challenges
  • Invitation to Zoom coaching meetings
  • Virtual Race Weekend Experience 

MEET ME DOWNTOWN 5K TEAM PRICING, Groups of 5 or more: Chip-timed, free beer (over 21), free shirt

Once a team has 5 or more participants, each member receives a $5 discount to the race (credit cards will be credited with the difference once the team hits 5 registrants).  Each person must sign the event waiver.  Team registration ends on May 25th.


  • Q: How do I get my TMC Meet Me Downtown race shirt, race number, and souvenir race medal? A: We will hold two in-person locations and times: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Friday, June 5th in front of The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell. The Running Shop is open for business, so you can come in and purchase anything you need. They are following safe shopping practices. and 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm on Saturday, June 6th in front of Maynard's Market, across from Hotel Congress at 400 North Toole. NOTE: we will adhere to social distancing guidelines, with plenty of spacing to pick up your pre-packaged items. NOTE: those of you who signed up BEFORE April 25th have already received your shirts - you can still come down and snag your race medal and race number!
  • There is no race day registration in 2020.
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Race Distances and Courses

We are NOT holding an in-person event.  We are NOT advocating that we meet as a group and run.  However, the race begins and ends at 200 South SIxth Avenue, in front of the Children’s Museum, with a course winding through neighborhood boulevards and colorful streets. 


Downtown Tucson.  Why Downtown? Downtown is the hub of our diverse region, and since we started the race in 2007, we’ve been committed to showcasing its beauty and highlights, from shopping, arts, housing, and dining.  Interested in visiting Tucson?  See what the New York Times says to do with “36 Hours in Tucson”.  For more information about the race, check out the Arizona Illustrated news piece by Luis Carrion or the City of Tucson Channel 12 piece from 2008.

There is plenty of nearby parking.  See the Downtown Tucson Partnership site for help on navigating the Downtown construction and finding a place to park.

Race Weather

Well, it’s early summer in Tucson - the weather will no doubt be hot. But check out Tucson’s current conditions and forecast for up-to-date information.

Results Photos

The Southern Arizona Roadrunners is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and fitness in Tucson and Southern Arizona through running and walking.

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