Running in the News
The Tucson journalism community celebrates running. Check out two new articles featuring the Run Tucson and SAR running communities.

We were asked to write an article for Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, offering advice on running solo in the age of COVID. Check out the awesome jumping photo of SAR President Lauren Erdelyi and see what the Running Shop's Sharon Bart has to say about running during the pandemic.

Meanwhile, local runner David Abbot featured Run Tucson in his piece for Tucson Weekly and Tucson Local Media publications. The article also highlights Dave Armet's Saturday morning ParkRun events at Himmel Park.

Speaking of free, check out Meet Me at Maynard's for the schedule of free walk/runs, still virtual but still going strong. Brought to you by TMC, HealthOnTucson, and El Rio.

Speaking of health care, we really want to hold our in-person events that celebrate running, so we urge all runners and walkers to wear face coverings when exercising near others -- bring a buff and pull it up when passing or being passed; keep your distance; don't go out when sick; and wash your hands thoroughly after exercising.

For more local public health info, see

Let's stay the course so we can get back together as soon as possible.

Randy and Tia Accetta |
TMC Trail Challenge, February 21 - March 7
Two-Week Virtual Trail Challenge -- Hit the Trails, Win a Prize!
We can't produce one of our favorite races, the in-person TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson -- so instead we're celebrating the great outdoors with this first-ever TMC Trail Challenge!

Starting on Sunday, February 21- March 7, you'll be challenged to run or walk on as many trails as you can. There will be awards for the most miles, the most minutes, and the most trails visited, as well as other fun awards, like the most critters observed, best trail photo, and most inspirational trail runner. 

At the end of the challenge, every participant will receive a flashy pair of TMC Trail Challenge crew socks, a race sticker, and a souvenir race number. Registrants eligible for raffle and other prizes from The Running Shop.

Everyone can participate -- all ages, all abilities, all those comfortable on trails, and all those new to trails. Come one, come all!

Join the Family Challenge -- we want children to get off their screens and get outside in nature, so for families of three or more, all family members receive a discounted price and all the race goodies.

We're putting together trail videos and interviews with local trail runners -- thanks to Georgia, Tia, and the Damion Alexander Team for helping . . . more soon!

Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown
Join Tucson's Iconic Three-Race Series
Looking for motivation to exercise and stay fit? We've got you covered with Tucson's popular 3-race series. 

Build your fitness from 1-Mile, to 5k, to 10k & longer, and join us for the GabeZ Triple Crown races, raising funds for local charities and celebrating the best of the Southwest.

Register to run in person or virtually:
  • Registration to the Saturday night, June 5 TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Festival of Miles
  • Registration to the September 19 TMC Tucson 10k and 5k
  • Registration to the October 24 TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon and Tucson Lifestyle 5k
  • Each of the three race giveaways
  • A 2021 Run Tucson Triple Crown t-shirt 
  • A unique 2021 Gabe Zimmerman commemorative souvenir. (The image here is from the 2019 three-medal series.)

Plus, you get the happiness of knowing that a portion of your entry fees will go to the BEYOND Foundation, plus each of the the other race beneficiaries.

Special thanks to our long-time sponsors: Tucson Medical Center, the Arizona Daily Star and #ThisIs Tucson, Cox Communications, and The Running Shop.

TMC Meet Me Downtown,
June 5, 2021
TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Walk + Festival of Miles

We're making plans for an in-person Saturday Night TMC Meet Me Downtown -- we've put in our permit for Armory Park and the Children's Museum lawn, with the standard route through Downtown Tucson.

This is a great way to kick off the summer and keep the party vibe alive! This is the first-race of the three-race Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown -- so if you're not up for all three races, you can kick start your summer with this event.

Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon & 5k, November 6, 2021
Come to the Canyon
Registration is open for the November 6 Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon and 5k, set in the beautiful Kaibab National Forest just south of the South Rim.

Trail Half Marathon and 5k Walk/Run, with pre- and post-race festivities. Long sleeve shirt, medal, and more goodies for all! Awards and raffle prizes from local vendors and tourism companies.

Biosphere 2 5k: Still Postponed
Still Not Sure What the Plans Are!

We're in a holding pattern until the UA provides additional direction. We're excited about the idea and look forward to putting it on . . .
The Workout Group
The Workout Group: Running strong since 1997
Pick a location and try it out! All ages and all abilities welcome to join us for workouts led by a team of RRCA-certified coaches. Safe, socially-distanced runs, so please bring a running face covering!

Mid-Town Tuesday and Thursday nights: warmed-up and ready to do a workout at 6:00 pm -- Reid Park, Meet in parking lot behind the concert hall, follow Bucky Steele Dr. from Country Club entrance. 

East Side Tuesday and Thursday nights: Senita Valley Elementary School. Starts at 5:30 PM.  Meet in parking lot (10750 E. Bilby Rd.).

North, Tuesday and Thursday mornings: warmed-up and ready to do a workout at 5:30 am -- NW corner of Rillito Fields, First and River.

Who Sends These? Run Tucson ( is a local event production company for running/walking events in Southern Arizona. 

To promote our mission of making Tucson better through running, Run Tucson advocates for health & fitness, enhancing community engagement, and promoting the local economy. 

In addition, we make significant contributions to worthy charities, providing over $250,000 to local organizations over the years.

Our partners include the non-profit Southern Arizona Roadrunners, plus Tucson Medical Center and a host of local sponsors.

Why Am I on This List? You've participated in one of the events we've produced, either one of our charity running events in Tucson, or as part of Meet Me at Maynard's, Meet Me Wednesday's, Meet Me Downtown PHX.

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For information about our events, the RRCA, and The Workout Group, contact Randy Accetta
(520) 991-0733
For information about in-person, online, or group coaching, contact contact Tia Accetta.