Well, we’re a bit tardy in thanking of you for doing the TMC Get Moving Tucson events last weekend – but please know that we’re so very grateful to the 2,000 registrants from Tucson and the 27 states and four countries.
Thanks to your entry fees and our sponsors (in particular TMC, Cox, and Rio Nuevo), you helped raise over $25,000 for Tucson’s BEYOND Foundation, Presidio san Agustin del Tucson Museum, Watershed Management, the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, and Team Hoyt Arizona, a children's wheelchair running charity. 

We are delighted to work so closely with our local non-profit running club, the Southern Arizona Roadrunners . As lifelong runners, we think that out-of-town event companies have their place in the running industry, but we’re a family-run entity committed to making our home a better place to live. Thank you for being part of it!!

Below is a detailed post-race report with all sorts of information. I’m writing this while in North Carolina teaching an RRCA Coaching Course this weekend, but if you need anything, please contact me at randy@runtucson.net and I’ll try to help! - Randy
1) Results, Awards, & Schwag
Roadrunner Race Timing posted race results on the www.azroadrunners.org front page at noon of race day, so check ‘em out if you want to see where everyone finished. To fix something, please email the timer or the race director.

Age Groups: Thanks to the Running Shop for providing gift certificates plus the commemorative coffee mug.

In the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon, top three in 5-year age groups in both races won awards (U-20 through 80+), while first place in five-year age groups won awards in the Tucson Lifestyle 5k. If you think you won an award, please visit the Running Shop at 3055 North Campbell Avenue. They will hold awards until the end of November, 2018. 

Finisher Medals: The commemorative finisher medallions are only for finishers, but if you finished the race and did not pick up your medal, please visit The Running Shop to snag your medal. 

Finisher Medals & Shirts for Late Registrants: We were worried about running out, but we have additional items available to late registrants who finished. Again, please visit The Running Shop to get a shirt and a medal.

Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown: We have mailed via USPS shirts and medals to those Virtual registrants who live outside the Tucson region. Those of you in the Tucson area who have not picked up your items, please visit the Running Shop to get your shirt and race medal by November 15 th .

At this point, post-race shirts and medals are first-come, first-served. All left-over items will be donated to charity at the end of November.

2) Race Recap: Speedsters and RRCA State Championship

The men's race saw Craig Hunt from Flagstaff take the early lead and hold it all the way through the preem at the top of A-Mountain and onto the Riverpath. However, steadily stalking Hunt was Harry Mulenga, the winner of the recent TMC Tucson 10k.

As they came upon the 12-mile mark, Mulenga made his move and was in the lead for the final mile along St. Mary’s and up the gentle hill to the finish in front of Tucson’s Old Courthouse.

With his victory, Mulenga established himself as Tucson’s top road racer for the 2018 season. Second place went to Flagstaff’s Craig Hunt in 1:09:34, while third place saw Kenyan Henry Lelei finish in 1:11:22. Racing for the Running Shop Racing Team, UA alum Randy Arriola celebrated Homecoming by snagging fourth place overall.

In the women's field, Lauren Reasoner of Tucson Runner's Project took first place in 1:28;22, with TMC’s Tara Bruce running for the Workout Group second in 1:34:03 and Alexandra Brasington third in 1:36:16.

Lauren snagged the preem award for being the first female to the “A” at Sentinel Peak.

Brian Leroy continued his master’s supremacy with a 1:22:27. Ageless wonder Janet Holland took the master’s female crown in 1:43:33.

Special Perseverance Shout-Out: Laura Veretenikoff from Irvine, CA was our final finisher, while just ahead of her was the mother-daughter-daughter team of Yolanda Whiteman, Andrea Flores, and Diana Bautista.

Early-Start: Erin Kaber and Karen Drawdy spent the longest time on the course -- way to persevere!!

RRCA STATE HALF-MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIP
The TMC Half-Marathon was the Road Runner's Club of America Arizona State Championship. Congratulations to Harry Mulenga for being the Open Champ, Brian Leroy for being Master's Champ, Robert Rezetko for winning the Grand Masters, and Benito Gonzalez for winning Super Grand Masters.

On the women's side, congratulations to Lauren Reasoner for being the Open State Champ, to Sarah Truxillo for winning the Master's Championship, Janet Holland for taking the Grand Masters, and Sue Ahrens for winning the Super Grand Masters.

Special thanks to the RRCA Arizona State Representative Tim Bentley for hosting the awards ceremony and announcing all race morning!

TUCSON LIFESTYLE 5K CHAMPS
Congratulations to the winners of the Tucson Lifestyle 5k, Jeffrey Klopf in 16:38 and Kayla Ferron in a speedy 17:49.

COX CHARITIES FAMILY MILE AND SAR FITKIDZ MILE
Congratulations to the 130 finishers in the Cox Charities FitKidz Mile for cruising the speedy mile! 

Thanks to SAR Board President Diane Manzini, a host of volunteers, and the sponsors:
Tucson Medical Center
Champ Youth Sports
Casa Adobes Rotary Club
The Center for Neurosciences Foundation
Vantage West Credit Union
Tile Outlet
Desert Diamond Casino
General Dentistry 4 Kids
Smile Strait Orthodontics
Teen Fit Studio
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3) Snapshots and Social Media
You can see great race photos at https://www.facebook.com/pg/GOATographer and from his smugmug site here: https://goatographer.smugmug.com .
 
Damion Alexander’s photos are here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/The-Damion-Alexander-Team.

You can still tell your race story on social media: on FB and Instagram please tag @RunSAR and @RunTucson with #getmovingtucson #runSAR #runtucson #gabezimmermantriplecrown. 

For those registered in the Virtual 2018 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, please don't forget to post your photos!  


4) Thanks to those who make it possible!

Thanks to the gang from The Running Shop, including Sharon Bart, Lucas, Geoff, Dan, and Brian. We'll see them at their upcoming SAR race, the Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic !

Thanks to the City of Tucson, Pima County, and the Arizona Department of Transportation for the permitting process.
 
Thanks to AMR for providing multiple ambulance units on the route.
 
Special thanks to the 40 officers from Tucson Police Department who worked hard to ensure the safety of runners and walkers throughout the city streets.
 
Tia and are also grateful to Linda and Kerry Whelan for all of their organizational and artistic skills – from Gantt Charts to PhotoShop to great photography, we’ve been fortunate to have their assistance.
 
We are also grateful to our sponsors for enabling us to do this community event:
  • Tucson Medical Center
  • Tucson Lifestyle Magazine
  • Cox Communications
  • Rio Nuevo
  • The Running Shop
  • Downtown Tucson Partnership
  • KGUN’s Morning Blend
  • Waste Management
  • Arizona Daily Star
  • Gatorade
  • VitaCoco coconut water
  • Neuro Energy Drink
  • AMR ambulance


5) Volunteers and Others
The organizing committee is always grateful to the folks who help make these events possible. This year, more than 200 volunteers came together to make this weekend a success. Below is a list of as many as we can remember, but we owe a big shout-out to the Southern Arizona Roadrunners Board members and club members who helped out, as well as the gang from the Workout Group that did so much heavy lifting on both days. 

Special thanks to the water station volunteers:

5k: Sam Hughes Huskies Grade School Cross Country Team and Parents

A-Mountain: Sal Pointe High School Cross Country Team and Coaches

Santa Cruz Riverpath: Mile 4.5 and 12: Watershed Management Volunteers

Santa Cruz Riverpath Mile 10: Khalsa Grade School Cross Country Team and Parents

Thanks to these kind folks:
Steve and Sheryl Felde
Connie Lopez
Martin Ackermann
Shirley Hester
Sandra Heater
Maureen Cunningham 
Alec Briones
Eve Shapiro
Michelle Hawk
Ed and Judie Shyman
Monica Bermudez
Kelly Mack
Craig and Noemi Mills
Steve Sheldon
Austin Grover
Laura Penny
Dave Dixon
Cameron Jones
Caroline Gardiner
Joe Faulk
Gary Parcher
Pam Hoyt
Deb Lazar
Dave Odom
Erik Sanders
Joe Plassman
Don Taylor
Amye Chaparro
Doreen Davis
Diane Manzini
Stephen Moore
Merry Dearmon
Mary Black
Heather Hopkins

The gang from Southwest Endurance Training.

A lot of others who I hope don’t hate me for not mentioning . . .
THANKS!

We're glad you're part of our awesome Halloween running weekend!
NEXT UP: Free social runs, coached groups, & awesome races!
Monday: join us at the free Meet Me at Maynard's Walk/Run in Downtown Tucson. Show up anytime from 5-6:30.

Tuesday and Thursday: join our Workout Group for track repeats, fartlek workouts, or easy running. Reid Park, 6:00 pm.

Wednesday: join us at the free Meet Me Wednesday's at S. Phillips Plaza, along the Rillito Riverpath. Show up anytime 5-6:30.
December 1, 2018:
TMC BE TUCSON 5k
We've put together a super-cool and speedy course that starts in front of the Kino Veteran's Memorial Stadium and ends on the centerfield of the stadium. Beautiful views, unique and fast course --great for personal bests and awesome for havin' fun!
The first 300 male and female registrants receive the free wine glass, while all registrants receive soft & comfortable TMC BE Tucson shirt.
DISCOUNT CODE: GMT
January 1, 2019: Hair of the Dog Inaugural New Year's Day 8k & Doggie Mile
Welcome to the New Year’s Day HAIR OF THE DOG Run/Walk, benefiting the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. All registrants receive an Event Finisher’s Glass, and a Collectible Poster Art + a free beer at the Dragoon Brewing Co. Beer Garden (or non-alcoholic beverage). Post-race treats, sweet or savory, compliments of Le Buzz Caffe, the famed east-side European style patisserie.
DISCOUNT CODE: GMT - expires 12/1/18 at midnight
February 17, 2019: TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run
With single track trails, Horse Poop Alley, dirt roads, washes, and the dusty Old Tucson Main Street -- Sunrise at Old Tucson is a 4-mile cross country trail run and a 1-mile run through the grounds of historic Old Tucson Studios and theme park. Old Tucson Studios is adjacent to the Tucson Mountains and close to Saguaro National Park West. 
Men's 4-mile; Women's 4-mile; Family-friendly 1-mile -- each race is capped, so be sure to sign up before we reach the limit!
DISCOUNT CODE: GMT - expires 12/1/18 at midnight
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.
(520)891-4369