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    The Southern Arizona Roadrunners is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and fitness in Tucson and Southern Arizona through running and walking. Join today!

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  • TMC Get Moving Tucson Event - 10/19/2014

    SAR is proud to bring you the biggest half-marathon event in Southern Arizona featuring A Mountain and historic downtown neighborhoods.

  • Oracle 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run - 10/25/2014

    Come to the quaint and scenic town of Oracle for a challenging, fun event with a Halloween theme which benefits the Oracle Historical Society, a non profit organization.

  • Thanksgiving Cross Country Classic - 11/27/14

    Work up an unforgettable Thanksgiving appetite with a European-style 5K around Reid Park.  Separate men’s and women’s events create a fun opportunity to cheer on friends and family as they hurdle hay bales and water jumps.

Latest News:

TMC Get Moving Tucson event results now posted

Oct 19, 2014

Results can be found here!

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Are you on the list?

Oct 16, 2014

It's race weekend -- click here for updated race details, including the list of entrants, information on parking, the courses, post-race activities, and so forth.  You can still sign up in person Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17 SCHEDULE

3:00 - 6:00 pm New registration and packet-pick up of shirt/bib number at The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell Avenue

YES: you can change your race distance; simply tell the volunteers and they will mark it on our spreadsheets for the timer to change

YES: you can pick up the number and shirt of someone else (please know the size they want ahead of time so that you don't hold up the line - and remember, we're not shopping on Fifth Avenue . . . )

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18 SCHEDULE

10:00 am - 2:00 pm New registration and packet-pick up of shirt/bib number at The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell Avenue

SUNDAY OCTOBER 19 EVENT MORNING SCHEDULE

Sunday, October 19

5:30-6:30 am Race day registration and packet pick-up at race staging area in Jacome Plaza at the Downtown Library (100 North Church Street) 

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Updates for this weekend’s TMC Get Moving Tucson events

Oct 15, 2014

Click here for all the updates on this weekend's TMC Get Moving Tucson events.  You can still register online here through Thursday at midnight.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17 SCHEDULE

3:00 - 6:00 pm New registration and packet-pick up of shirt/bib number at The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell Avenue

YES: you can change your race distance; simply tell the volunteers and they will mark it on our spreadsheets for the timer to change

YES: you can pick up the number and shirt of someone else (please know the size they want ahead of time so that you don't hold up the line - and remember, we're not shopping on Fifth Avenue . . . )

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18 SCHEDULE

10:00 am - 2:00 pm New registration and packet-pick up of shirt/bib number at The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell Avenue

SUNDAY OCTOBER 19 EVENT MORNING SCHEDULE

Sunday, October 19

5:30-6:30 am Race day registration and packet pick-up at race staging area in Jacome Plaza at the Downtown Library (100 North Church Street) 

WHEN AND WHERE

When - Sunday, October 19, 2014

Where - Downtown Tucson, 100 North Church Street, between Pennington and Alameda

Times - 7:00 am Half-Marathon and 5k both start; One Mile run/walk will begin at approximately 7:45

     

SUNDAY EVENT MORNING SCHEDULE

Sunday, October 19

5:30-6:30 am Race day registration and packet pick-up at race staging area in Jacome Plaza at the Downtown Library (100 North Church Street) 

6:00 Early walkers start - this is an unofficial and informal start for those who will be walking the full distance.  Please note: if streets are not yet closed, please use sidewalks and follow traffic laws.  NOTE: you must confirm that you are doing the early walk start with the race timer at the starting line.

6:45 Half-marathoners and 5k line up at starting in leg speed order (5-minutes/mile at the front; 6-minutes/mile behind them, and so forth).  Starting line: the starting line is on Pennington and Stone Avenue, at the balloon arch, facing west

6:45 Announcements  - check awards to Child and Family Resources and Big Brothers, Big Sisters 

7:00  Both Tucson Lifestyle 5k and TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathoners start

NOTE: Both races start together by doing one counterclockwise lap around the library, then going east on Pennington. 

7:15 (starting) As 5k finishers end on the east-side lane of Church, half-marathon runners will stay left on Church and head north past the staging area to St. Mary's

7:40 Begin lining up for Cox Charities FitKidz One Mile, on Church, adjacent to the Old Courthouse 

7:45 am (approx): One Mile begins, Half-Marathon leaders approach finish line as tail end of Mile finishes      

9:00 (approx) 5k Awards begin 

9:30 (approx) Final runners in the half-marathon and begin half-marathon award ceremony

PARKING and PETS

Parking: 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 and the City of Tucson ParkWise.  

Please do not bring pets to the event - and do not leave them in your car!!       

TIMING

Please put your bib number on the front of your shirt using the pins provided at registration. Do NOT cut or mangle your bib!  Greg Wenneborg and Roadrunners Timing is our official timer, and he will time the race with the IPICO system.  At this writing, 5k runners will wear a bib tag, while half-marathon runners will wear a shoe tag.

Half-Marathoners -- Greg asks that all half-marathoners visit the timing tent on Sunday morning before the race to pick up your shoe tag in order to receive a time.  He says that only runners with shoe tags or bib rings will receive a finishing time.

NOTE: All official results, all cash prize money, and all age-group awards will be by "gun time."   

NOTE: All late starters will receive the gun time as their official starting time.   

 

POST-RACE

Tucson Medical Center will host a sponsor tent with all sorts of giveaways.   We'll have a ton of TMC water bottles to give away!

2-EEE The Clown will be foolin' around with balloons and face-painting, while Cox Charities will host a jumping castle for the kiddos. 

Our friends at the Cortiva Institute will be on hand for free massages (yup, that's a pun).

 

Looking for a job?  New sponsor Afni will be hand out water bottles and our friends at Dan Kalm State Farm will be able to provide information on insurance.

 

Individual packets of Emergen-C will be at the finish line

 

Thanks to Rincon Market and Johnny Gibson Market, we will provide chocolate milk to all finishers.

 

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.  A few of the student teams are seeking feedback from runners and walkers on their venture ideas, so please stop by and talk with them!

 

FitKidz Mile: Hosted by Cox Charities and Tucson Medical Center and open to all ages and abilities, this free one mile will take place at 7:45.  Everyone must register, so be sure to sign up!

 

Photos:  We have a team on hand to take facebook-based photos. 

 

Finisher Medals: All finishers in the half-marathon will receive a commemorative medallion at the finish line. 

 

Bathrooms: There will be plenty of port-o-lets on the west wall of the downtown library, plus a hand sanitizing station.  There will also be a port-o-let on the half-marathon course, down by the 9.5 mile mark, near the big medical and water station.  We are very thankful for Waste Management's sponsorship of our events.

 

 

GABE ZIMMERMAN TRIPLE CROWN

There are 479 registrants in the 2014 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, raising $5,000 for Child and Family Resources.  By our records, 322 people have participated in both the TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run and the TMC Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run -- pretty awesome!  

 

We will have the Gabe Zimmerman completion award in a separate tent at the Get Moving Tucson race.  We will have a list for you to mark off your name when you pick up your special finisher's medallion.  Every Triple Crown participant can pick up their free shirt at the Gabe Zimmerman tent if you have not done so already.

 

 

KEY THINGS TO KNOW

Volunteers: Special thanks to all of our friends from the SAR Board of Directors, members of The Workout Group, the UA's Wildcat Running Club, the cross country teams from Sahuaro, St. Augustine, and Catalina High Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Child and Family Resources.  We can always use more folks out on the course cheering for you and making sure you go in the right direction, so please send any volunteers our way!

 

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, including A-Mountain), but we'd love to see all your friends and families out on the course cheering for you! 

 

Weather: Race day is supposed to be clear with start-time temperature of 65 and 78 by 10:00 am.  Wear a hat and sunscreen!

 

Certification: Thanks to course measurer Dave Hill, the half-marathon is a certified distance, with USATF sanction number 14-48-524.  The 5k is accurate, but not certified.

 

Bag Check: There is no public bag check.  Please do not leave your bags at the start/finish area.  There is plenty of nearby parking, so please keep your race bags at your vehicles and not laying around the race site. Tucson Police Department and Pima County Sheriff reserve the right to remove all unaccompanied bags.

 

Race Starting Line: As often the case with races put on Downtown, we have a small space to work with.  All 5k and half-marathoners will start facing west on Pennington at Stone, right by the big green shamrock.  The first 1/4 mile is a counter-clockwise loop around the Downtown library, then everyone will head east on Pennington to Sixth Avenue. This start will be crowded, so please be careful.  We will need to make room for the front pack as they loop back onto Pennington. 

 

Course Safety: Please stay within the marked course at all times.  Tucson Police Department and Pima County Sheriff will be providing road control, Trafficade will set the barricades, Rural Metro will provide two ambulances (one at the finish and one at the medical/aid station at the 9.5 mile mark).

 

Tucson Ham Radio Society will have volunteers along the course, and Tucson Medical Center will provide two medical aid tents (one at the finish and one at the 9.5 mile mark). 

 

There will be six distinct water stops in the half-marathon (at the 1.5, 3.1, 6.5, 7.5, 9.5, and 12 mile marks). 

 

The ambulances are on hand for medical emergencies only, not for basic transportation -- please note that it is beyond our capabilities to transport you back to the finish line if you are merely tired or blistered.  If you need to drop out of the race, please follow the route back to the finish line (avoiding the timing mats).  


 

Tucson being Tucson, we are not able to close the roads indefinitely, so at about 10:00 am, ADOT and TPD will assess the road closure situation and may ask any remaining athletes to move to the sidewalks -- this is especially important at the I-10 underpass.

 

Construction: There is no scheduled construction this year.  Hooray for that!

 

Changing Distance: We can still accommodate you if you want to switch from the half-marathon to the 5k.  If you want to do the 5k, you must notify the volunteers at packet pick-up.  If you want to change to the half-marathon, please bring a check to registration for the additional $30 fee.

 

Who puts on this race? TMC Get Moving Tucson is part of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners annual calendar of races.  SAR is a member-driven non-profit devoted to promoting health and fitness through running and walking. SAR is one of the leading running clubs in the RRCA, the non-profit that supports local running clubs throughout the country.  Please join our club -- it's only twenty bucks -- and you will get all sorts of member benefits, including race discounts, merchant discounts, and more.

 

 

EVEN MORE THINGS TO KNOW

We will have bottles of refreshing chocolate milk at the finish line.  We will have Gatorade and Culligan water out on the course, and plenty of snack food at the finish line from TMC.  Gatorade will be on A-Mountain and at the Santa Cruz Riverpath/Mission water station at 9.5 miles. 

 

The Half-Marathon is part of SAR's Desert Grand Prix presented by the Running Shop.  

 

Aerial Photography: As a special treat this year, we're working on having two drones take aerial photos, one at the "A" on Sentinel Peak, and one at the start/finish line.  We'll let you know more once we finalize details, but we think these will provide some cool photos - a bit closer than last year's helicopter photos!

   

Technical Shirts:  The giveaway shirt is a technical shirt with a cotton feel in both men's and women's sizing, in purple and in red.  We cannot guarantee sizing, especially late in the packet pick-up process . . . On race day, additional shirts will be available for purchase.

 

 

COURSE AND STAGING INFORMATION

The Half-Marathon Course: the map is below and a detailed description of the half-marathon course can be found at www.azroadrunners.org

 

- Please don't wear headphones -- it is dangerous to not be able to hear when running anywhere other than a treadmill.  According to RRCA insurance regulations, we are required to ask that you not wear headphones.     

 

-  As you head up and down A-Mountain, please stay to the right - do not cut the tangents on the 2-way stretch of road.  The same applies on the brief out-and-back on the Santa Cruz Bikepath - keep to the right.     

 

 - Trafficade manages our barricade plan, and special thanks, too, to Dave Hill for measuring the half-marathon and 5k courses.   


 

-   Rural Metro and Southwest Ambulance will have ambulances at the finish line and the Santa Cruz River Path entrance at approximately 9.5 miles into the race.

 

-  Tucson Medical Center is providing two medical tents, at the 9.5 mile aid station and again at the start/finish area.

 

-   Culligan water will be located at approximately 1.5, 3.1, 6.5, 7.5, 10 and 12 mile marks.


 

- Gatorade will be supplied at the 9.5-mile mark mark 


 

- Special thanks to Josh at WaterMart for supplying the ice on race day!

 

-  The Sahuaro High School Cross Country team will be handling the water stations at A-Mountain and the Santa Cruz River Path.  


 

- Students from the cross country team for Catalina High School will be at the 12 mile water station, along the riverpath.   


 - Students from St. Augustine High School and volunteers from Big Brothers, Big Sisters will be on hand at the start/finish line water stations.   

 

- Thanks to volunteers from race beneficiary Child and Family Resources for handling the water station at Mile 1.5  

 

- Special thanks to the University of Arizona Wildcat Running Club who will be out on the course in force to ensure that you go in the right directions and that you are safe.  

 

-   Finally, please note that the Tucson Police Department will make the final determination of the official course closure time -- we will keep the finish line open for every runner, of course, but depending on a host of safety variables, TPD may ask final finishers to move to sidewalks and obey pedestrian traffic laws.     

  

COURSE DETAILS

The 5k Fun Run/Walk covers the same 3.1 miles as the Half-Marathon.  Both 5k and Half-Marathon start together.  See map below.


 

Note: As you head north on Sixth Avenue, please stay to the right of the road; as you head back south on Sixth Avenue, please stay to the right of the road. Culligan water will be located at First Avenue and First Street. Strollers are allowed on the 5k and One Mile course only. Strollers and walkers -- stay to the right on the route.   


 

No bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, or pets allowed on the course.  

 

NO REFUNDS

Following industry standards, there are no refunds or transfers.  The race will take place rain or shine.

 

SPONSORS

TUCSON MEDICAL CENTER: A special thanks to Tucson Medical Center for all their support of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners and the local health and fitness community.  This race would not happen without the support of TMC.

  

Thanks to The Running Shop for race awards. 

 

New 2014 sponsors Afni and Dan Kalm State Farm will be on hand, so be sure to visit with these great new sponsors! 

 

Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club has sponsored the Triple Crown series of SAR events in 2014 -- we are delighted to have this longstanding local company supporting our running community again this year.

 

We are grateful to Downtown area sponsors, Snell & Wilmer law firm.  

 

Thanks, too, to sponsor Cox Communications. Cox has sponsored the three races of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.     

 

Thanks to media sponsors the Arizona Daily Star, Caliente, Tucson Lifestyle, KHIT 107.5, and Cox Communications -- as well as special thanks to the KGUN Morning Blend for such great coverage of local running!  

 

And thanks to Parties Plus, Culligan Water, TMC, Waste Management, Rural Metro for providing so many of our event materials!  

 

AWARDS

NOTE: You must be present at the race award ceremony to receive your award, otherwise they will be raffled off.  Gift Certificates may be picked up at The Running Shop within 30 days of the race. 

 

Possible $3,800 in Prize Money for TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon with prize money based on times and placing

* $50 to first overall male and $50 to first overall female; $50 to top overall Master's (Over-40) male and female

* $200 to the top 5 males who break 1:11 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 Ariana Hilborn's 1:21:19 (2013)

* $100 to first male and female member of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners

* Preem award of $200 to first male and female runner to the "A" on Sentinel Peak **

** NOTE: A-Mountain preem prize money is only given if the A-Mountain leader finishes the complete half-marathon in under 1:30 minutes for the man and 1:40 minutes for the woman

You might say that this is too complicated, but we are trying to reward performance and local running.  So, as an example, if a man wins the race overall in 1:11:01 but is second to the "A" he will get $50.  If the first man to the "A" is also the first member of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, he will win $300.  When in doubt, join SAR! 


 

Age Group Awards: Age Group Under-19 through Over-75 -- courtesy of The Running Shop

 

TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon Race

Women's First Place: Printed Mizuno Blaze Warmer Long Sleeve Shirt 

Women's Second Place: Printed Mizuno Aero Short Sleeve 

Women's Third Place: Asics Running Beanie

Men's First Place: Printed Mizuno Aero Tee  + $15 gift certificate to Running Shop

Men's Second Place: Printed Asics Eco-Line Tee 

Men's Third Place: Asics Running Beanie


 

Tucson Lifestyle 5k Walk/Fun Run

Overall Male and Female receive printed Mizuno hi-tech shirts

All age group winners receive a commemorative Get Moving Tucson mug, one of two styles to choose from.

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The Great Pumpkin Race 2014 - Results

Oct 12, 2014

Results for the 2014 Great Pumpkin race can be found here!

Any questions, please email timer Joe Cufari here.

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The Great Pumpkin 5K Results

Oct 12, 2014

We think everybody made it out of the Haunted Corn Maze at today's Great Pumpkin 5K. If not, we hope they like corn on the cob! Race results at the link. Thank you for a superb race and supporting locally produced races. Our runners, volunteers, sponsors, cheerers and designated pumpkin carriers made the day great! Stay tuned for pictures aerial photos & videos.

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