TMC Meet Me Downtown Memorial Day Weekend: Friday Night Festival of Miles and Saturday Night 5k

Saturday, May 28, 2016
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Weekend Overview | Team Challenge Details | Fun for Adults | Fun for Children and Families | Friday Night Miles | Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown

1 weekend, 2 nights, 3 great events

Friday Night, May 27th: Inaugural Festival of Miles

Friday Night, May 27th: Free FitKidz Children's Mile

Saturday Night, May 28th: TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Walk -- Tucson's biggest running event!

Make your plans for Memorial Day Weekend and be part of the 10th Annual TMC 5k Night Run & Inaugural Friday Night Festival of Miles.  We've read your surveys and we've added a Friday night component to the city's most popular running event.  So mark your calendar for the best running weekend in Tucson's 240 year official history . . . .

Known as MMD (#meetmedowntown5k), the race has become a city-wide block party, with a free beer garden, a free concert headlined by LeeAnne Savage, five bands along the route, and an after-party on the patio of Tucson's iconic Hotel Congress.  This race, the first leg of the popular 2016 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, has raised more than $130,000 for local charities over the years.  

Something for everyone: Meet Me Downtown was founded by Randy and Tia Accetta 10 years ago to promote Downtown Tucson by providing fitness and social opportunties for all ages and abilities.  The TMC Meet Me Downtown weekend focuses on family-friendly activities, including a free FitKidz One Mile Walk/Run on Friday night, kids activities hosted by TMC, and free entry into race beneficiary the Children's Museum.  All participants receive a free t-shirt with our unique Tucson-flavored artwork.  

To promote how great our city is, MMD features a beer garden, rock n' roll bands and after-party.

To promote the great sport of running, MMD features a flat course, thousands of dollars in prize money, and age group awards.

 

TEAM CHALLENGE DETAILS

It's easy to create team of 5 people or more!  Make up a team name, then enter that team name in the online registration portal when prompted -- or add the team name to the mail-in registration form.  You do not need to create a Team Captain, though the online form gives a space for adding that. Click here for a list of all 2015 teams and other team details.

* Team with the most participants receives $150 gift certificate to be used at Hotel Congress/Cup Cafe or Maynard's Kitchen.  

* Random raffle: two (2) teams will receive $150 gift certificate to be used at Hotel Congress/Cup Cafe or Maynard's Kitchen.

* The fastest women's team of 5 or more will win $300 (conventional cross country scoring will be used)

* The fastest men's team of 5 or more will win $300 (conventional cross country scoring will be used)

SOCIAL MEDIA: help us spread the word! www.facebook.com/southern.arizona.roadrunners #meetmedowntown5k #runlocal #runtucson -- plus @RunTucson and @RunSAR for twitter and instagram

WANNA’ BE A WEEKEND VENDOR OR HOST A CHEER ZONE Contact the race director Randy Accetta at randy@runtucson.net if you and your group want to set up a Cheer Zone to encourage runners and walkers.  So far Greater Tucson Leadership and the Tucson Museum of Art will be yelling up a storm!

FIRST LEG OF THE 2016 GABE ZIMMERMAN TRIPLE CROWN: TMC Meet Me Downtown is honored to once again be the first leg of 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.  The Triple Crown donates $10 from every entry to Gabe’s favorite non-profit, Child and Family Resources.

 

           

     

 

 

Race Overview

  • Customized men’s and women’s t-shirts with the awesome artwork of Pete Marenfeld
  • Local daredevils Cirque Roots will have stiltwalkers and others on hand
  • Tucson’s music queen LeeAnne Savage will rock the house
  • Selfie Photo Booth from Pucker Up with cool props to snap your group’s photo
  • Wide Downtown boulevards with neighbor support leads to fast course, plus prize money for top finishers and age group awards in 5-year categories
  • Sponsor and vendor expo Friday and Saturday afternoon and evening
  • Refreshing Muscle Milk after the race, with plenty of Culligan water
  • 4th Annual Running Race Food Truck Round Up, with local vendors offering food and drinks for purchase
  • TMC Night Run 5k is the RRCA WEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: runners from around nation are coming to the Old Pueblo so let's show 'em how to have a great Tucson time!
  • Refreshing post-race Beer Garden: bring ID to get your free cold beverage and bring $5 for additional cold ones!
  • Music on the course - here's the plan:
  • Mile 1.2:  The Guilty Bystanders  --  Intersection of 6th Ave & 18th St & Stone (aka The Gateway to Tucson) in Commercial district in the Triangle at Wanslee Auto Sales, behind (south of) Alamo Apts.  On both the FitKidz Mile route and the 5k route.
  • Mile 1.75  ChuckWalla  --  17th Street sidewalk between Stone & 7th Ave. 
  • Mile 2.5:  The Missing Parts  --  Intersection of S. 8th  Ave. & W. 18th St.  
  • Mile 2.9:  Cadillac Mountain  Intersection of E. 14th St & S. Scott. 
  • Main Stage at Armory Park: LeeAnne Savage -- This is the fourth year in a row that LeeAnne and her band will headline the TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run and Walk.  
  • See www.facebook.com/southern.arizona.roadrunners for all the updates

 

 

Fun for Adults

  • Post-race Beer Garden, with one free beer plus additional pours for $5 apiece ($6 if using credit card)
  • Traditional Post-Race After-Party at Hotel Congress with 2-4-1 drinks and more
  • Free massage from Cortiva Institute

 

Fun for Families

  • Free FitKidz Children’s Mile on Friday Night—we want every child in Tucson to walk or run a mile with Mayor Rothschild. Everyone is free—so bring your family and do a mile with the kids!
  • Free entry to Children's Museum for all, Friday afternoon and evening
  • TMC and the Children’s Museum will host play activities for the kids on the Children's Museum grounds
  • Jumping Castles and other activities courtesy of Cox Communications

 

Other Cool Stuff

COACHING: Do you need coaching to achieve your running goals?  Whether you want to run your first 5k or set a super-cool PR, contact Tia for online coaching or in-person coaching, including group running at The Workout Group.  An RRCA certified coach who holds an MA in education, Tia and her team of certified coaches can help you accomplish your running goal!

About the Race Directors: The TMC Meet Me Downtown was founded by Randy and Tia Accetta 10 years ago 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.

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 http://azroadrunners.org/go/category/membership/join for details.

   

Date and Time

Friday Night, May 27: 6:00-8:30 pm: The inaugural Run Tucson Festival of Miles, a series of one mile races, runs, and walks for all ages and all abilities

Saturday, May 28: 7:00 pm: The 10th Annual TMC 5k Night Run and Walk, for all ages and abilities

Race Awards

$6,000 PRIZE MONEY AND INCENTIVES FOR THE RRCA WEST REGIONAL 5k CHAMPIONSHIPS and the ARIZONA STATE ONE MILE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Over $6,000 in incentive-based prize money for the TMC Meet Me Downtown 10th Anniversary Weekend

·       The TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run is the RRCA 5k West Regional Championships: $3,650 in Prize Money and Incentives, plus RRCA Championship Medallions, Age Group Awards, and more.

·       The Run Tucson Friday Night Festival of Miles is the RRCA Arizona State One Mile Championship, with over $2,366 in incentive-based prize money.

The TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run

RRCA Champs: The RRCA will provide special RRCA Championship Medallions to the first place Men’s and Women’s finishers in Open, Master’s (Over 40), Grand Masters (Over 50), and Super Grand Masters (Over 60)

Male and Female Prize Money 

“Our goal is to reward athletes for running fast.  We can’t give the money provided by big national races,” says Race Director Randy Accetta, “so our prize money is based on beating course records and local fast times.”

1st $400

2nd $300

3rd $200

4th $100

5th $50

NOTE: Prize Money double-dipping is allowed (for example, a runner may receive both overall and masters money and team money)

NOTE: all teams must be formally registered as a team by midnight May 25th.  There is NO race weekend team registration and no in-person team registration.

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 randy@runtucson.net

Course Record Bonus

$200 bonus to the man who breaks the current men’s course record of 14:25, set by Jordan Chipengama (2014)
$200 bonus to the woman who breaks the current women’s record of 17:23, set by Maggie Callahan (2013)

Master's Prize Money (40-and-over) Male and Female (no minimum time set for the master's money)

1st $100

2nd $50

3rd $25 

Master's Bonus

$100 to the 40-and-over man who breaks Shaun Haley’s master’s record of 15:57 (2011)
$100 to the 40-and-over woman who breaks Paula Morrison’s master’s record of 18:16 (2014)

Team Prize Money

$300 to the fastest team of 5 men (using standard cross country style scoring)
$300 to the fastest team of 5 women (using standard cross country style scoring)

NOTE: Prize Money double-dipping is allowed, thus it is possible for the fastest woman and fastest man to earn almost $1,000 apiece if they set all records and are part of the fastest teams.  Team registration information can be found on active.com and at www.azroadrunners.org. 

Age Group Awards

All first, second, and third place in 5-year divisions will receive commemorative medallions, while additional final details of age group awards will be announced shortly.

USATF Course Sanction #: 15-48-500

RRCA Arizona State One Mile Championships: $2,366 in incentive-based prize money, plus special awards

The RRCA will provide special RRCA Championship Medallions to the first place Men’s and Women’s finishers in Open, Master’s (Over 40), Grand Masters (Over 50), and Super Grand Masters (Over 60)

Male and Female Prize Money 

“Our goal is to reward athletes for running fast.  We can’t give the money provided by big national races,” says Race Director Randy Accetta, “so our prize money is based on beating course records and local fast times.”

Open Men and Women Prize Money

1st  $300

2nd  $200

3rd $100

$408.90 Race Director Challenge Bonus

408 dollars and 90 cents bonus to the fastest man who breaks the race director’s personal best of 4:08.9.  Yup, Randy ran that back in the 1900’s.
408 dollars and 90 cents bonus to the fastest woman who breaks the equivalent time of 4:48.9 (see the Mercier Score Calculator for comparison details)

Master's Prize Money (40-and-over) Male and Female (no minimum time set for the master's money)

1st $100

2nd $50

3rd $25 

NOTE: Prize Money double-dipping is allowed, thus it is possible for the fastest woman and fastest man to earn $808 apiece.

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 randy@runtucson.net

USATF Course Sanction #: TBD

Category Awards

Races are capped at 60 people per race.  Each finisher will receive a special 3” medallion.  Additional details will be announced

 

Team Challenge

Save money, have fun, and make a team with the team challenge for companies, non-profits, and other organizations.  Each person on a team can register for $20/person until May 20th, at which point everyone registering is $30. Deadline for team registration is May 25th.  Each team member must complete a registration and sign a waiver, with 5-participant team minimum.  Please include all forms in one submission.  Must include team name.  There is NO team registration after May 25th!

Team Categories:

* Team with the most participants receives $150 gift certificate to be used at Hotel Congress/Cup Cafe or Maynard's Kitchen.  

* Random raffle: two (2) teams will receive $150 gift certificate to be used at Hotel Congress/Cup Cafe or Maynard's Kitchen.

* The fastest women's team of 5 or more will win $300 (conventional cross country scoring will be used)

* The fastest men's team of 5 or more will win $300 (conventional cross country scoring will be used)

  

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

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

Hotel Tucson City CenterConvenient to I-10, about half-mile to the start line at 475 N Granada Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

J.W. Marriott Starr PassUpscale desert resort with good summer pricing at 3800 W Starr Pass Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85745

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

Beneficiaries

Thanks to sponsorship from Tucson Medical Center and our partnership with Cox Charities, we're proud to announce the roster of local organizations that will benefit from the May 30th TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run. When you sign up online, you can made additional donations.  Click here for our press release.

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.

Reid Park Zoo: Travel from South America to the Asian rain forest, and then to the African savannah in one day all from Tucson at the Reid Park Zoo.

Living Streets Alliance: The mission of the Living Streets Alliance is to promote healthy communities by empowering people to transform our streets into vibrant places for walking, bicycling, socializing, and play.

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.

my TEAM TRIUMPH: myTEAM TRIUMPH is an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults and veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races.

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.

Child and Family Resources, the beneficiary of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown: At Child and Family Resources our mission is to work in homes and communities to:Help families succeed; Coach child care teachers so children excel in school; Partner with teens to prevent pregnancy, school drop-out, drug use and suicide.

  

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 allowing us to use the great retro logo again! 

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

Cox Communications

The Running Shop

iHeart Media and My92.9

Caliente and the Arizona Daily Star

KGUN's The Morning Blend

Tucson Lifestyle and tucsonlifestyle.com

IDEAL: Don’t be sidelined by an injury—stop by IDEALPhysical Therapy’s booth before you line up at the start line!  IDEAL is providing free injury screenings and stretching for all participants to ensure you run your best—injury free!   IDEAL will also be serving up complimentary turkey dogs so you can re-fuel after the race.  Speak with IDEAL’s licensed physical therapists about a free injury prevention and assessment, post-injury rehabilitation and healthy living tips. 

The law firm of Snell and Wilmer

Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club

Waste Management, Rural Metro, Culligan Water, Downtown Tucson Partnership, Hotel Congress, Run Tucson, and Meet Me Concepts

  

Contact

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

Race Fees

5k Individual Pricing

$25 through May 1, 2016

$30 May 2 through May 20, 2015 - closed

$35 after May 20 and through race weekend

5k Team Challenge Pricing Details

The cost to join a team of 5 or more is $20 per person.   Join with a group of 5 or more from your family, work, gym, bootcamp, running club, or church.  All team members receive the discounted price of $20 per person until May 20th when the team pricing goes up to $30 per person.  The last day to sign up for a team is May 25.

Packet pick-up and registration

Saturday, May 21: 10:00 - 2:00 pm Packet pick-up and registration for the Festival of Miles, the Night Run, and the Triple Crown at The Running Shop.  First-come, first served for t-shirts.

Friday, May 27: 4:30 - 7:00 pm Packet pick-up and registration for the Festival of Miles, the Night Run, and the Triple Crown at the race site, the Children's Museum, 200 South Sixth Avenue.  First-come, first served for t-shirts.

Saturday, May 28th: 4:30 - 6:30 pm Packet pick-up and registration for the Night Run and the Triple Crown at the race site, the Children's Museum, 200 South Sixth Avenue.  First-come, first served for t-shirts.

Registration

  • Print Registration Form and mail it in. Registration by mail must be postmarked by Friday, May 16, 2014.
  • Register online with a credit card at active.com.
  • Race registration and packet pick-up: Friday, May 21 10:00 - 2:00 at The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell Avenue Saturday, May 27 4:30-7:30 at the race site, 200 South Sixth Avenue Saturday, May 28 4:30-6:30 at the race site, 200 South Sixth Avenue
News Course Info

Race Distances and Courses

Click here to see the 3.1 mile course that will let you share the fun with walkers and runners of all abilities. The start/finish will be at 200 South SIxth Avenue, in front of the Children’s Museum.  The course will wind through cool neighborhood boulevards and colorful streets.

Strollers are absolutely welcome— due to insurance regulations, no dogs, roller blades, bicycles, or other wheels.  The course is wheelchair-friendly.

  

Location

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

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