Thanks for signing up for the October 27th TMC Get Moving Tucson events!
We at Run Tucson are gearing up for race weekend and wanted to give you an early peak at all the race details, including information on the planned race schedule, parking, what to do with your bib number, awards, race course details, and more.

You can visit our www.runtucson.net website for additional information, but we'll post all of our race updates to the SAR website at www.azroadrunners.org .

Volunteers: We have a crew of over 75 volunteers, not counting our friends at the Arizona Federation of the Blind (who will be handling two water stops), the young cross country runners from Sam Hughes Elementary, and the 2018 State Champ cross country runners from Salpointe High School.

Lead Bike: We seem to have lost our lead bike riders, so if you are interested in riding the course with the leaders to keep them from getting lost, please email us or sign up here: https://volunteersignup.org/FCWAA

Last Chance to Change Distance: If you want to change your race distance, please send me an email before Wednesday at midnight and we'll get you squared away ( randy@runtucson.net ). If I don't reply, write again!!

Roster of Registered Runners: You can check your registration status in two places: the SAR front page at www.azroadrunners.org has two NEWS features with lists of all registered runners through early October 21st -- and you can check the Run Tucson RunSignUp page here to find a participant.

Note : there are no refunds and there is no bib swapping at this point.

Last-Minute Expo Participants: If you are interested in having your company be a vendor on race day, you can email us and we'll try to get you hooked up!

Finally : Thanks to your entry fees plus sponsorship help from TMC, Cox Communications, and Rio Nuevo, we're raising funds for local organizations that support health, wellness, and education:




See you in a few days!

1) Packet Pickup and Race Day Schedule
Saturday, October 26 at The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell Avenue
10:00 - 1:00 Race Registration and Packet Pick up at The Running Shop
YES: it will be crowded, so please be nice to the volunteers and the staff at The Running Shop.
YES: we have unisex and women's sizing.
YES: you can pick up for friends -- but if you have a list longer than a few, we may ask you to wait until the rush is over
NO: you cannot pick up your finisher's medal before finishing the race.

10% OFF SALE SHOES! The Running Shop is offering an additional 10% off their sale shoe pricing on Saturday the 26th, so come down and spend some time looking for deals at their stack of sale shoes!!!

Sunday, October 27: Race Morning at start/finish area, Jacome Plaza, 115 North Church
NOTE -- we're still working with the barricade company and Tucson Police Department to ensure a safe and enjoyable run, so these times are tentative. We expect to hold to this schedule, and we'll let you know if we need to change anything.

5:30 am Final in-person registration and packet pick-up begins -- same yes and no applies, first-come, first-served for t-shirt sizes.

Check out parking at the  Downtown Tucson Partnership website here .

6:15 am TMC Half-Marathon Start -- this start time is for all half-marathon runners. There is no early start this year, so all runners and walkers will start at 6:15 am.

7:45 am Tucson Lifestyle 5k Run/Walk, for all ages and participants. 

9:00 am Cox Charities Costume Mile and FitKidz Free One Mile - Free for all 12-and-under and all those in costume (no t-shirts or medals, but 12-and-under get SAR FitKidz goodies!)

9:15 or so, at the Main Stage Awards Ceremonies and Charity Give

11:00 Finish Line Breakdown, staging cleanup

Course Closure Times (final details to be determined by Tucson Police Department)
9:00 am Water Station at Santa Cruz near 22nd/Starr Pass
10:30 Mile 12: All participants routed to sidewalk or picked up by sag vehicle, depending on TPD decision
11:00 Timing at Finish Line Closes  

Ongoing Festivities
  • MAXX STAXX and the Mighty X will rock the race with their rock'n roll and Motown covers
  • Tucson Medical Center will host a sponsor tent with snack food
  • The Running Shop and others will host sponsor tents, as well
  • 2-EE The Clown will be foolin' around with balloons and face-painting, while Cox Charities will host a jumping castle for the kiddos. 
  • Race beneficiary Team Hoyt will provide free coffee on race morning.
  • Gatorade and water to keep you hydrated
  • Some of the race director's University of Arizona students at the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship will be on hand to talk about their new business ventures and get feedback from runners and walkers on their venture ideas, so please stop by and talk with them!

ParkingParkingParking: There is plenty of free street parking in Downtown Tucson on race morning. See maps put out by our friends at the  Downtown Tucson Partnership .

Please note that the Joel D. Valdez Library parking lot will most likely be off-limits because Alameda will be closed to traffic on race morning.  

3) Medals and Awards 
You must finish the 5k or the half-marathon to receive the special TMC Get Moving commemorative medallion, crafted by industry-leader Ashworth Awards.

The 2019 Half-Marathon Prize Money Structure 
* $100 to first overall male and $100 to first overall female; $50 to top overall Master's (Over-40) male and female
* $200 to the top 5 males who break 1:13 and to the top 5 females who break 1:26
* $500 for course records. Current course records are Scott Smith's 1:06:23 (2012) and Jennifer Bergman's 1:19:44 (2015)
* $50 to first male and female member of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners
* $100 to first man and woman at the preem at the top of the A (men must finish in under 1:30, women in under 1:45)
  • Headphones are not allowed in prize money competition; prize money will not be given to runners wearing headphones
  • All runners must pass the multiple timing mats on the course. Runners not passing the multiple mats will be disqualified and removed from prize consideration
  • Prize money awards are based on "gun" starting time for overall and masters, and chip time for age group.
  • Runners who break the course record will receive $500, but not the additional $200

2019 Age Group Awards for both 5k and Half-Marathon courtesy of the Running Shop
Prize money awards are based on "gun" starting time for overall and masters, and chip time for age group.

TMC Half-Marathon
Overall 1: Cash + commemorative mug
Overall 2, 3: $40, $30 gift cert to the Running Shop + commemorative glass 
Masters 1: Cash + commemorative glass 
AG 1: $20 gift cert to Running Shop + commemorative glass 
AG 2: $15 gift cert to Running Shop + commemorative glass  
AG 3: commemorative glass 

Tucson Lifestyle 5K Run/Walk
Overall 1, 2, 3: $30, $25, $20 gc to Running Shop + commemorative glass 
Masters 1: $20 gc to Running Shop + commemorative glass 
AG 1: commemorative glass 

4) Social Media & Photos
Please share your story -- we use instagram and twitter and facebook primarily, but we're trying to do more on youtube, too. Tag @RunSAR and @RunTucson, use hashtags #getmovingtucson, #gabezimmermantriplecrown, #runtucson and whatever else you think is creative: #costumerun or #mylegshurtfromrunningtoofast or #runningforbeer or whatever you want!

Photos:  Our friend Kerry Whelan, aka, Goatographer, will be running about snapping race photos. Check out his facebook page:  facebook.com/goatographer  . As Kerry says, "They'll be a lot of you out there, so best not be shy if you want your happy face and winning style recorded for posterity."

Our other friend, Damion Alexander, will be out on a bike, snapping pictures from that vantage point. Check him out  here
 
SAR's Heather Hopkins will be chronicling the event for SAR, too!

Please share your photos with us @RunSAR and @RunTucson!
5) Course Updates - please see map below
TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon
We're back to the original course, through Downtown and West University, over to the Sentinel Peak. You'll go up A-Mountain and follow the direction of motor vehicles (counter-clockwise).

Along the way you'll have a water station and the local rock n' roll band Rayleigh Taylor Instability.

Coming off A-Mountain, you're go east along Congress, then south on Grande, and onto the Riverpath, then back along St. Mary's to Jacome Plaza. 

The turn-around on the riverpath will have a big ol' Roadrunners Timing inflatable arch, so you'll have to cross the mat heading south, then turn and cross it again heading north. Easy-peasy -- but if you do not have a time marker at that mat, you will be disqualified.  

All Half-Marathoners are asked to stay to the right on The Loop path at all times. Thus, when you head south we ask that you stay on the west side of The Loop riverpath, then when you head north you will also stay on the right, on the east against the riverbed. The Loop is open to pedestrians. 

We will have signage explaining that a special event is occurring, but please note that others will be on the path so please do not wear headphones for personal safety.

Updated Half-Marathon Hydration and GU gels: There will be water at Mile 3, Mile 4.5, Mile 6.5, Mile 7.5, Mile 9.5, and Mile 12.

There will be Gatorade at Mile 9.5

There will be GU energy gels at the water stop on A-Mountain.

There will be Gatorade and water at the Start/Finish.

Course PortoJohns : There will be Waste Management bathrooms at the start/finish, the 3.1 mile mark, and at the water stop near the 9.5 mile mark on Grande.

Certified : The TMC Half-Marathon is a USATF certified course measured by Dave Hill.

Tucson Lifestyle 5k Course
This course stays the same as always, with one lap of the staging area, then the loop around West University. It is measured, but not certified. 

5k Hydration: There will be a water station just after the 1.8 mile mark staffed by the Sam Hughes Huskies elementary school cross country team and parents, but if you will be walking we encourage you to bring your own water or hydration beverage.

There will be Gatorade and water at the Start/Finish.

Cox Charities Family Mile and SAR FitKidz Mile
This short-mile course stays the same as recent years, with the loop of Court and Meyer Street, starting and finishing where the Half-Marathon finishes. Special thanks to the SAR team led by Diane Manzini for coordinating all the SAR FitKidz goodies.  

Special thanks to Cox Charities for help with the children's activities, including the jumping castle and face painting! All adults are free, but they must register and they will not receive a shirt or finisher medal.

Don't forget -- wear a costume!  

6) Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown Notes
This is the third and final leg of the 2019 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown. A few things to know about this:
1) Your registration has raised $9,500 for the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our community --  click here  to know more about this wonderful local charity.

2) Virtual Crown: For those GZTC registrants who cannot be at the race, you can simply run 3.1 or 13.1 miles at anytime this weekend then post your run photos to the SAR  instagram  or  facebook  pages and the Run Tucson  instagram  page and  facebook  page. 

Out of Town Virtual Crown: We will once again be mailing your shirts and medals to you.

In-Town Virtual Crown: If you live in the Tucson area but cannot make it on race day, you can pick up your medal and shirt at The Running Shop on Saturday and after the race. Again, first-come, first-served for shirt sizing!

7) Additional Details
Spectators : The course is open to all spectators. We ask that spectators follow traffic laws and be careful if on bicycles (for instance, no cars on the closed roads or the Loop), but we'd love to see all your friends and families out on the course cheering for you! 
 
Headphones : Please do not wear headphones. It is a safety hazard and a potential disruption to those near you. We have live music at multiple locations on the course, so there is plenty of opportunity to get jazzed up! Plus, you can always chat with your running neighbor. 
 
Weather : Race morning looks to be partly cloudy, with the race start in the high 50's's and getting to the low 80's. If it looks to be a hot day, please wear a hat and sunscreen -- and if you will be out for more than two hours, please bring your own water!

Public Safety: Please be mindful that you are running on public roads and public multi-use paths. We ask that you do not wear headphones and keep your awareness level high.

Tucson Police Department will manage road safety, but you can make it even safer by being aware of your surroundings.

We will have multiple AMR ambulances on hand, but please be mindful of your limitations and do not put your personal safety in jeopardy, especially as the temperatures climb.

No Pets: We love dogs and pets, but please do not bring pets to the event or leave them in your car. If you want to do a Dog-Friendly event, sign up for the Hair of the Dog Doggie Mile on New Year's Day!

Timing : Please put your bib number on the front of your shirt using the pins provided at registration. Greg Wenneborg is our official timer, and he will time the race with the IPICO system.
NOTE: Following USATF standards, official results, all cash prize money, and all age-group awards will be by "gun time."  

You cannot wear headphones and be eligible for the prize money or RRCA Championship status.

NOTE: There is no early or late start. For safety's sake, please start each race at the race starting time.
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.
November 2: Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon
Join us at our first-annual Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon, produced in partnership with the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce. Staged on the beautiful trails of the scenic Kaibab National Forest, with a half-marathon and 5k walk/run.

All participants receive a long-sleeve heather shirt and a commemorative coaster medallion, plus discounts to a range of local tourism activities.


10% discount Coupon Code to the Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon, good through the end of online registration: IAmDoingGetMoving,Too
January 1, 2020: 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 a soft race t-shirt + 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.


10% discount Coupon Code, good through October 31, 2019: IAmDoingGetMoving,Too
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
THANKS!

We're glad you're part of our awesome Halloween running weekend!