We at Run Tucson had a great time at the 3
Annual TMC Tucson 10k. Thanks to all of you for being part of it. Over 1300 of you registered, and we had over 100 volunteers helping make things work.
Now, a few things:
First, check out the results page, and if you earned an age group or open award and did not receive it, please visit The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell) by October 26th to pick up your gift certificate.
Second, if you did the race virtually, please go to The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell) by October 26th to pick up your medallion and a shirt. We have women’s XS and Men’s XL remaining – and lots of medals for you!
Third, if you have any questions or need anything, please write to race director Randy Accetta at
Fourth, here’s what happened:
Race day dawned cool and cloudy, by accounts the coldest morning in Tucson since early May. As Maxx Staxx and the Mighty X rocked the desert, a thousand runners headed towards the scenic roadways of the Tucson Mountains.
Kevin Azocar took the top spot in 33:26, going through the first 5k up Anklam at 16:59 and coming down the Speedway stretch in a quick 16:28, the fastest second-half of the race. Poland’s Jakub Tecza snagged second in 34:47, while Max Miller running for the LTTC finished in 34:52.
For the women, TMC’s Kaitlyn James crushed the course record while winning the women’s race handily and snagging fourth overall. She ran her first 5k up the hills in 17:39 and came back in 17:15, for an overall time of 34:54.
For the second year in a row, Jessica Culver running for the Workout Group took second place, this time in 37:29, more than a minute faster than when she won the inaugural event in 2017. Third place went to Nicole Pearce of The Grinders, in 37:52, also more than a minute faster than she ran last year.
The first male master’s runner was Brian Leroy, who has recently been training with the Workout Group, while first master’s female was Tia Accetta, co-race director and coach for the Workout Group.
The various Tucson-area running groups held a spirited competition, including runners from The Grinders, TRP, Southwest Endurance, DU, and The Workout Group. Speaking of teams, TEAM HOYT sent over 50 chair athletes and companions to the race, cruising both the 5k and the 10k.
In the 5k Run/Walk, the first overall man was Aaron Judkins in a time of 18:35 on the out-and-back course, while the first overall female was Sharon Snyder in a time of 21:23.
Photos and Social Media
For social media, we've enjoyed reading your various posts with hash tags #TMCTucson10k, #GabeZimmermanTripleCrown, #runtucson, #RunSAR, and others.
Tucson Medical Center is the title sponsor of the TMC Tucson 10k and the main donor to the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown -- we cannot overstate how helpful TMC has been to our region's health and wellness community.
We also cannot overstate how helpful The Running Shop is: hosting packet pickup, hosting post-race shirt/medal pickup, providing awards, and overall ensuring that we have a healthy and fit community.
This is the second leg of the 2019 Gabe ZImmerman Triple Crown. At the TMC Get Moving Tucson events on Sunday, October 27th we'll provide the $9,500 check to the BEYOND-Foundation raised by the Triple Crown participants.
In addition, this race earned over $2000 for the Southern Arizona Roadrunners for their operations and Children's Fitness Fund.
The race provided $400 to the American Federation of the Blind as well.
The officers from the Pima County Sheriff Department were on hand to ensure road safety again this year, while AMR was once again ensuring medical care at the finish line.
Special thanks to the bearded fellow whose name we have lost who spent 30 minutes sweeping the desert rain detritus off the corner before the finish line!
Thanks to DJ Rich for helping with music and announcements – and for trouble-shooting when the PCC electric box turned itself off!
Special thanks to the Workout Group and Run Tucson running communities for all the pre- and post-race help.
The Southern Arizona Roadrunners have been a great partner for this event -- thanks to Sheryl Felde for managing the volunteers at registration and for all the cleanup. Thanks to the SAR Board members who helped out on race day: Amye Chaparro, Lauren Erdelyi, Caroline Gardner, Heather Hopkins, Doreen Davis, Denise Gizinski, Diane Manzini, Steve Felde, and Sheryl Felde.
Thanks to Greg Wenneborg from Roadrunner Race Timing for handling all the timing duties. Thanks to Lucas Tyler for measuring the course to USATF standards.
Additional special thanks to Michelle Hawk and Steve Outridge for driving around in a rental truck all morning managing the race day course.
Autumn and Brandon Ball and the whole gang from Southwest Endurance (SWET) did yeoman's work at the finish line water station and orange-cutting station.
Sheryl made this list of volunteers:
Steve and Sheryl