Hello 5k and One Mile registrants!  Below are updated details on all elements of the 13th Annual TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run and the Festival of Miles.  

All race details can be found on www.azroadrunners.org.  See the NEWS features for updates and more.   Tell your friends:  you can still use the easy online registration platform  or sign up in person on race week.

IN-PERSON PACKET PICK UP 

This Week at The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell

Wednesday, May 29th: 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Thursday, May 30th: 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Friday, May 31st:  12:00 - 6:00 pm


Race day packet pickup and registration:

Saturday, June 1st:  4:30-6:30 PM  in front of the Children's Museum, 200 South Sixth Avenue 

YES: You can pick up your race shirt and race number.

YES: You can pick up shirts & numbers for your friends and teammates.  

YES: You can also purchase souvenir tank tops and trucker hats.

YES: It will be crowded, so please be nice to the volunteers and staff!


 

NOTE: Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown shirts and medallions can be picked up on race night in Armory Park (immediately across the street from the race packet pickup area) 


 

LAST CHANCE TO CHANGE FROM 5k TO THE 3-RACES OF THE GABE ZIMMERMAN TRIPLE CROWN!  Tuesday at midnight is the last chance to modify your registration to take advantage of the Triple Crown discount.
1) Sign in to your RunSignUp account -- you can do that by going to your Profile Page (  https://runsignup.com/Profile) or by going to the registration page you used to register for the TMC Meet Me Downtown: 

https://runsignup.com/Race/AZ/Tucson/TMCMeetMeDowntown 

2) Find your TMC Meet Me Downtown registration under  Upcoming Events 

3) Click Manage Registration 

4) Click  Transfer to Another Race menu located on the top OR left of Race page. You will be shown the details and fees ($89 plus RSU fees) for transferring to the Triple Crown.    

5) Select  Triple Crown and click  Start Transfer -- the Triple Crown transfer will cost you $89 plus the RSU fee, which will get you into the full three-race series. 

Discount Offer #1: If you have signed up for the 5k or Triple Crown, but not the Open Mile, you can sign up for the Mile and get $5 off.  Register online here and use this coupon code: ILOVETHEMILE

Discount Offer #2: If you have signed up for the 5k but not the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, you can sign up for the three-race series at a discounted price.  See above for the 5 easy steps to add the discounted GZTC to your 5k registration.

Discount Offer #3: All TMC Meet Me Downtown registrants receive $20 off our upcoming Grand Canyon Trail Half-Marathon on Saturday, November 2nd.  Register online here and use this coupon code: MMDGRANDCANYON.

If you have any questions after reading this, email  randy@runtucson.net  and we'll try to get it figured out!

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Packet Pickup & Event Details

scheduleSCHEDULE

Early packet pickup and in-person registration at 
The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell:

Wednesday, May 29th:  12:00 - 2:00 pm

Thursday, May 30th:  4:00 - 6:00 pm

Friday, May 31st:  12:00 - 6:00 pm


Race day packet pickup and registration:

Saturday, June 1st:  4:30-6:30 PM  in front of the Children's Museum, 200 South Sixth Avenue 
  • YES: You can pick up your race shirt and race number on race day.
  • YES: You can pick up shirts & numbers for your friends and teammates.  
  • YES: You can also purchase souvenir tank tops and trucker hats.
  • NOTE: Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown shirts and medallions can be picked up on race night in Armory Park (immediately across the street from the race packet pickup area) 
RACE SCHEDULE:

6:00 PM:  The Open Men's and Women's Mile, for all ages and abilities.  

6:15 PM:  Battle of the Badges Mile, for police, fire departments, border patrol, sheriff department and other civil service members.

6:30 PM: The Fitkidz Mile, free for children 12-and-under.  All children must register and sign waiver following standard SAR Fitkidz rules and protocols.
 
7:05 PM:  TMC 5k Night Run. 
  • Please use proper race etiquette when lining up for the race.  Faster runners line up near the front.  If you want to enjoy the race at a leisurely pace, line up in the middle or towards the back of the pack.  There will be flagging up that indicates where you should be according to your minutes/mile time.  
  • Strollers: Strollers and wheelchairs are allowed in the race.  No dogs or other animals.
  • Please do not wear headphones for safety's sake.  Be safe and courteous of others.
Event Schedule:

4:00 - 6:00 PM: Children's Museum is open to all children accompanied by a parent.
Race participants should not use the restrooms in the Children's Museum; WasteManagement port-o-johns are on the north wall of the museum.

4:00-7:00 PM:  Vendor and beneficiary expo, with ongoing activities including:
  • Cox Charities Jumping Castle near the Children's Museum
  • Food Truck Roundup with some awesome food to purchase
  • Magic Mr. B the Magician will be roaming the race site
  • Vendor tables and expo booths with Tucson Medical Center, Running Shop, TUGO Bike Share, Radiology Ltd, ProActive Physical Therapy, the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, EEf, GTL, and BEYOND-Tucson.
5:50 PM:   Beneficiary Check Announcement: thanks to you and our sponsors TMC and Cox Communications, we are able to provide funding to the Children's Museum, Educational Enrichment Foundation, Greater Tucson Leadership, and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.
 
6:00 PM: Beer Garden Opens -  Beer Garden Rules: every 21+ runner receives one free 26.2 Brew, inspired by the Boston Marathon. Additional pours are $5 apiece.  Please bring cash or credit card.   White Claw Hard Seltzer will also be on hand.
For insurance and legal reasons, we reserve the right to refuse service to any runner.  Please bring ID.
 
6:00 PM  Bands begin!
Tucson-roots rockers  AFTER 7  takes the main stage, while  Parties With Townies rocks the runners  at the Wanslee Triangle at Five Points, while Rayleigh Taylor Instability will be rockin' at the 2nd water stop!
 
8:30 PM (approx) Awards:  Begin awards and raffles - thanks to The Running Shop for age-group awards, the RRCA for the RRCA Championship medals, and Hotel Congress for the team-gift cards

8:30 and onwards: Hotel Congress After-Party - once your race winds down, head on over to Hotel Congress for food and  drink discounts, music, and more

9:30 Beer Garden Shuts Down
 

beerBEER GARDEN
  • Thanks to Finley Distributing, we're able to provide one free pour of 26.2 Brew, a premier beer for the running community.  We'll also have White Claw Hard Seltzer samplers on hand.
  • Must be 21-or-over to enter fenced beer garden
  • Bring ID if you are close to being carded
  • One free pour plus $5 additional pours
  • The event reserves the right to refuse service
  • If you enjoy a cold drink, please have a designated driver -- after leaving the Beer Garden grab some food from the Food Truck Roundup or walk to one of Tucson's great Downtown restaurants for meal before driving home.  The SunLink Streetcar is also a great way to navigate Tucson in lieu of driving.
  • Thanks to Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists for providing Beer Garden volunteers.  
triplecrownTRIPLE CROWN DETAILS
  • Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown registrants: pick up your Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown shirt and medal on Saturday night at the TMC tent near the main stage in Armory Park from 4:30 - 8:30 pm.  
  • Thanks to the Tucson Tri-Girls and the Workout Group for helping with this!
  • Virtual Crown: if you signed up for the Triple Crown but are out of town on race night, Tucson area residents can pick up their race shirt, Run Tucson shirt, and souvenir coaster medallion at The Running Shop during the month of June
  • All out-of-town Virtual Registrants will receive their medal and shirts by mail in the weeks after the race.
  • Click here for list of registrants as of May 23rd
  • Yes, you can still register for the Triple Crown online.
  • There is no race day Triple Crown registration, but there will be Triple Crown registration after the race.
  • Questions? See the SAR NEWS feature with all the Triple Crown details.
Not signed up yet? 5 Steps to Add Gabe Z to Your Registration:  If you have signed up for the 5k, but want to join the 3-race Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, please follow these 5 easy steps:

1) Sign in to your RunSignUp account -- you can do that by going to your Profile Page ( https://runsignup.com/Profile) or by going to the registration page you used to register for the TMC Meet Me Downtown: 
https://runsignup.com/Race/AZ/Tucson/TMCMeetMeDowntown

2) Find your TMC Meet Me Downtown registration under  Upcoming Events

3) Click  Manage Registration

4) Click  Transfer to Another Race menu located on the top OR left of Race page. You will be shown the details and fees ($89 plus RSU fees) for transferring to the Triple Crown.   

5) Select  Triple Crown and click  Start Transfer -- the Triple Crown transfer will cost you $89 plus the RSU fee, which will get you into the full three-race series.

If that doesn't work, send me an email at   randy@runtucson.net and I'll try to help!
 
kidzSAR FITKIDZ
  • Children 12-and-under receive free registrations, while parents are allowed to walk or run with little children in the FitKidz mile but they are not part of the official event and are not timed.
  • The SAR FitKidz table will be near the Cox Jumping Castle, on the south edge of the Children's Museum grass.
  • The FitKidz event will start at 6:30 - please allow enough time to register and check-in before the race.  
  • See the SAR page for additional information on the FitKidz rules 
MISC. MISCELLANEOUS, including hotel discounts, headphones, parking, bathrooms, and more
  • The AC Hotel by Marriott Tucson Downtown has reached its capacity for discounted rooms.  Here's what they wrote: "While the link is now inactive, anyone interested in still booking can contact our Sales Coordinator, Chloe (ccabacungan@cimahotels.com or 520-775-3170) to request and we may be able to honor the group rate based on availability."
     
  • Strollers and wheelchairs are allowed in all events - but no dogs or animals are allowed in any of the events.
  • Headphones are strongly discouraged.  The whole point is to have fun at a big running party, so leave the headphones at home - listen the race course music, talk with strangers, say hi to the spectators and save the headphones for the treadmill.
  • No headphones for prize money: prize money in the RRCA One-Mile West Regional Championships will not be given to athletes wearing headphones when racing.  See the race page for all details on prize money.
  • Maps: Way below are the staging area and course maps so that you can find all the events.
  • Free giveaway shirt: every paid 5k registrant receives a souvenir soft orange "Meet Me Downtown" race shirt to be picked up at four separate registration and packet pick-up events (see schedule above) with sizing on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Souvenir tank tops and trucker hats -- you can purchase souvenir items to pick up on race day by ordering on the race registration site here.
  • Parking: there is plenty of free Downtown parking within blocks of the starting line.  See the Downtown Partnership for parking information.
  • Bathrooms: Waste Management PortoJohns on the north wall of the Children's Museum. There are no bathrooms on the 3.1 mile course.
  • Water Stations: it will be hot, so if you're not racing consider carrying your own water as a guard against the heat - we'll have water stations approximately 1.25 miles with volunteers from beneficiary Greater Tucson Leadership and at 2.25 miles with volunteers from Educational Enrichment Foundation, plus fresh ice to keep you cool.  The finish line will have cold water, tepid water, and Gatorade.
prize PRIZE MONEY AND AWARDS
RRCA West Regional One Mile Champs: Awards and Prize Money
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).  

Festival of Miles Open Male and Female Prize Money
1st  $200
2nd $100
3rd $50

$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 
1st $50
2nd $30
3rd $20 
NOTE: Prize Money double-dipping is allowed, but prize money winners are taken out of age group gift certificate awards.
One Mile USATF Course Sanction #: AZ16012JOE

TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k
Age Group Awards: All first, second, and third place in 5-year divisions from U-15 through 80+ will receive age group awards from the Running Shop: $25 for 1st, $15 for 2nd, and $10 for third. All prize money winners are taken out of age group gift certificate awards.

Male and Female Open Prize Money 
1st $200
2nd $150
3rd $100
4th $75
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.

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 $50
2nd $30
3rd $20 

Master's Bonus
$50 to the 40-and-over man who breaks Shaun Haley's master's record of 15:57 (2011)
$50 to the 40-and-over woman who breaks Paula Morrison's master's record of 18:16 (2014)

5k Team Prize Money
$250 to the fastest team of 5 men (using standard cross country style scoring)
$250to 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.  
All individual prize money winners are taken out of age group gift certificate awards.

FINAL ITEMS
Have we said that it'll probably be hot?  It's been a cool month so far, but it'll heat up on race day.  Please use common sense on race night to remain cool - wear light clothes, stay hydrated, and slow down if you need to.  

The course will have two water stations at approximately 1.25 miles and 2.25 miles, plus fresh ice to keep you cool.  Experts say that staying hydrated keeps your core body temperature down, so if possible bring your own water to keep you cool!
 
Thanks to Lucas Tyler and to Dave Hill for measuring and certifying the courses and special thanks to AMR for providing two ambulances on race night.  We're grateful, too, to the City of Tucson and the Tucson Police Department for allowing us to close some of our major Downtown thoroughfares.  Desert Barricades have helped ensure all of our road closures, too.
 
Whew - that's a lot of information, we know, but if you've read this far you should be well-prepared for a great weekend!
 
Tia and I thank you very much for signing up - we'll see you out there . . . .

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June 1st TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Walk + Festival of Miles

Workout Group Summer Vacation: Our training group takes a summer break to get in easy mileage then starts again on August 15th


September 2nd: SAR's Saguaro National Park Labor Da y 8-miler and 5k

September 15th: TMC Tucson 10k and 5k, 2nd leg of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown

October 27th: TMC Get Moving Tucson: TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon, Tucson  Lifestyle 5k, and Cox Charities One Mile, the 3rd leg of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown

November 2nd: Grand Canyon Trail Half-Marathon 

November 23: Super-Secret-Super-Special New Race To Be Announced!

January 1, 2019: Hair of the Dog 8k

New Year's Tucson Running Retreats: TO BE ANNOUNCED

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Randy and Tia Accetta


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