TMC Get Moving Tucson Event:TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon, Tucson Lifestyle 5k & Cox Charities 1-Mile

Sunday, October 25, 2015
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The October 25th TMC Get Moving Tucson Event is the biggest urban half-marathon in Tucson, raising funds for the Reid Park Zoo, Cox Charities, Child and Family Resources, and other local organizations. 

Run or walk our exciting Downtown courses, including the suddenly-cool Downtown, historic West University, beautiful Sentinel Peak with the classic Tucson views from A-Mountain, and the recently beautified Santa Cruz Riverpath. Pick your favorite race, 1, 3, or 13 miles:

1 -- Free Cox Charities One Mile Walk and Run: Everyone is invited to the free Cox Charities Free Mile, free for all ages and all abilities, so please bring your whole family . . .  all first-time FitKidz runners under 12 receive a FitKidz t-shirt.  

3.1 -- Tucson Lifestyle 5k: Enjoy Tucson's biggest fall 5k, a 3.1 mile walk or run through Downtown and along Sixth Avenue and West University neighborhoods.  No need for speed: let's flood the downtown streets with exercising people . . . .

13.1 -- TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon Run: Want something more demanding?  Run the city's most popular half-marathon through the streets of Downtown Tucson, including beautiful A-Mountain and the updated Santa Cruz Riverpath.  Medallions for all finishers and over $3,000 in performance-based prize money. The TMC A-Mountain Half is perfect training for the Tucson Half-Marathon and Marathon and other fall or winter marathons. The half-marathon is part of the Running Shop Grand Prix produced by the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.  Click here for a down and dirty half-marathon training program -- fit yourself into the schedle based on your fitness!

October 7 Updates

1) Online registration goes through midnight Wednesday, October 21.  

2) In Person Registration and Packet Pick-Up will be on Friday, October 23 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell Avenue; Saturday, October 24 from 10:00am - 2:00pm at The Running Shop; and Sunday, October 25, from 5:45-7:00 am at the staging at the Downtown Library Plaza, 110 North Church Street.

3) See the "Registration" tab for the list of event participants, updated as of mid-day October 6th.

4) All TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathoners will receive their finishers medal at the finish line of the half-marathon.  All Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown finishers in the 5k can receive their medallions at the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown tent. 

5) We're proud to announce that local rockstars The Guilty Bystanders will be the main stage band at the October 25th TMC Get Moving Tucson.  The Guilty Bystanders earned rave reviews while rockin' out on the TMC Night Run course, so we asked them to play their original Americana music on Sunday morning, October 25th.  Check 'em out at the Downtown Library staging area. . . . We're working on finalizing our roster of musicians along the route, but we think we have ChuckWalla to crank it up on A-Mountain for the half-marathoners!

6) See below for information on race day, prize money, training plans, and more. Check out the September issue of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine for their TMC Get Moving Tucson feature -- page 18!


Pricing for 2015 TMC Get Moving Tucson Events

  • TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon: early registration discounts have ended, and all half-marathon fees are now $75 through race morning
  • Tucson Lifestyle 5k Walk/Run: early registration discounts have ended, and all 5k fees are now $30 through race morning
  • Cox Charities One Mile Family Walk/Run: This event is always free for all (no shirt or medal, though children under 12 receive a FitKidz shirt
  • Please remember that all registrations are final, with no refunds.  The race will go on rain or shine . . . . 


Exciting Downtown courses, including the suddenly-cool Downtown, historic West University, beautiful Sentinel Peak with the classic Tucson views from A-Mountain, and the recently beautified Santa Cruz Riverpath

Free colorful t-shirts in men's and women's sizes

Free massage from Cortiva massage students

Snacks courtesy of TMC and Muscle Milk

Face painting & jumping castle obstacle course and (we hope) a water slide, courtesy of Cox Communications

Vendor booths with giveaways from sponsors such as Tucson Medical Center, Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club, and Cox Communications

Beneficiary booths: Reid Park Zoo and Child & Family Resources

Informational booths from students at the UA's McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship

Last year's shirts -- 2015 to be announced soon!

Do you want some training advice?  Contact Tia Accetta (in purple) at Run Tucson's The Workout Group.

Date and Time

Race Day packet pick up and registration from 5:45-6:45 am

TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon starts at 6:30 am, with an early start for walkers (details on the walk announced soon)

Tucson Lifestyle 5k will probably start at 7:00 am (we may modify the time, though, so please check back later)

Cox Charities and FitKidz Free Mile will probably begin at 8:00 am, but please check back later

Why the uncertainty?  Well, we are trying to make this is as family-friendly as possible.  The TMC Half-Marathon will definately start at 6:30, but according to our surveys, folks want the 5k to start later.  We're working with Tucson Police Department and other agencies to finalize the times!

Race Awards

Rewards For Fast Running: The 2015 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 1:11 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 $100 to first male and female runner to the “A” on Sentinel Peak 


**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

++ Runners who break the course record will receive $500, but not the additional $200

My wife says 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 $100.  If the wining man is first man to the "A" and is also a member of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, he will win $300. As another example, if the female winner is a SAR member who is first to the top of the hill while breaking the course record, she will receive $750.  When in doubt, join SAR! 

Age Group Awards for both 5k and half-marathon Announced soon: 

Training Advice

2015 UPDATED: How to Run the TMC A-Mountain Half, a mile-by-mile description of the race course.  

Miles 1-3 The 5k and Half-Marathon runners will all start together.  The starting line is in front of the historic Pioneer Building on Stone Avenue.  To ensure an accurate and certified course for each race, the course will include a lap of the Downtown library at the very beginning, followed by a straight shot east along Pennington Avenue to Sixth Avenue. 

Runners will head to the east side of Sixth Avenue and drop under the rail tracks via the Sixth Avenue Underpass, before heading north on Sixth Avenue all the way up to Second Street.  Turn right on Second Street and head towards the University of Arizona for a half-mile or so, then turn left on First Avenue and left again on First Street.  This section should be fun – plenty of folks to run with, an easy uphill through the first mile, then mostly flat for a mile, then a very nice downhill all the way through the Sixth Avenue Underpass.

Miles 3-4 Half-Marathoners will go right past the finish line on Church at the Old Court House.  From Court House/Jacome Plaza , north to Sixth and along Sixth to I-10 is all a gentle downhill down towards the Santa Cruz.  Take advantage of this slight drop.  From Sixth/St. Mary’s you’ll turn south on Bonita and have the whole street to yourselves until you hit Congress. Heading west on Congress to the A-Mountain road at Cuesta is a gradual rise - not very noticeable, but still, a bit uphill. You’ll be on the north side of Congress all the way to Cuesta.  Again, be patient on this stretch.

Miles 5-7 Once you turn south on Cuesta, you will begin to notice a bit of an uphill.  OK, it's a bit more than a bit uphill.  Almost the same distance as the famed Saguaro hill, the climb up to the “A” on A-Mountain can be broken into a few sections.  Stay to the right side of the road on this whole stretch.  The first piece through the neighborhoods is gradual, so try to get in a steady rhythm without working too hard.  As you hit the parking lot on the right about a half-mile up the hill, you’ll notice a flattening for a couple of hundreds of yards.  This is a good time to re-assess your pace and shake out your arms a bit.  Then you have a quarter mile of steepness to the split at the top of the mountain, where the Cross Country team from Sahuaro High School will be cheering and handing out water.  

The race route will take you to the right, counter-clockwise, with a gorgeous view of the Starr Pass area to the west and the Santa Rita Mountains to the south.  You can see the sparkling observatories of Kitt Peak and the mountains surrounding Baboquivari Peak. The hill softens a bit as you make the half-mile push for the sparkling white “A.”  There are a couple of false summits as you approach the top, so maintain a steady pace.  We'll have a drone up there taking photos and video, so be sure to smile!

According to, the whole climb is about 1.5 miles with a 509 foot elevation gain.  Not that bad, right?  Once you hit the low brick wall marking the parking areas on the east side, you’re almost to the top. Another hundred yards or so, and you level out for a few steps before plunging downhill.  

Miles 7-8 The downhill is probably the hardest part of the course.  Enjoy the pull of gravity, but you’ll want to be careful of running too fast - don’t brake yourself, but don’t overstride too much, either.  Like with the Tucson Marathon, too much too fast will blow out your quads, so be smart on the downhill section.

Miles 9-10 Once you’re off the hill, the half-mile stretch heading east on Congress is pretty easy.  Please stay inside the cones on the south lane of Congress.  You’ll turn south on Grande and stay on the right side of the road all the way down to the bike path entrance just north of 22nd/Starr Pass Blvd. You may be tempted to pick up the pace on this stretch, but it’s probably better to be patient here as you run in the morning sunshine below Sentinel Peak.  When you enter the Santa Cruz River Path at Grande (just north of Starr Pass Blvd), you'll have a water station, a medical tent, and an ambulance at the dirt lot.  At this point you should be in a nice rhythm.  

Mile 10-12 Once on the bike path, you will stay on the right hand side of the bike path and head south for exactly 660 yards then do a U-turn and head back north, still staying on the right side of the lane as you pass runners for another 660 yards until the path opens up.  (As you can probably tell, we needed this turn-around on the bike path to ensure that the course is exactly 13.1 miles.) You’ll head north on the bike path all the way until St. Mary’s again. Again, stay on the bike path the whole way -- you'll have a water station crewed by the cross country runners of Catalina High School offering water right near Mile 12.  You should be feeling good along the River Path, so this is a nice place to step up the pace a bit.  There are some shady stretches and you’re getting closer to home on this primarily flat stretch.

Mile 12-13.1 Exiting the bike path onto St. Mary’s is a bit tricky. As you come up the hill off the bike path approaching St. Mary’s, you can either hug the pathway to the right and stay on the narrow sidewalk heading east across the Santa Cruz or you can jump down from the curb to the main roadway. If I were racing it, I would probably hop the curb, but it’s a bit high, perhaps as many as 10”, so be careful here.  As you head under the I-10, you’re about 2/3 of mile from the finish line, so it’s time to put the pedal to the metal!!  You finish with a long straight-away up Church Street.  Save some for the final kick!


Proceeds from the event will fund local charities, including Cox Charities, Reid Park Zoo, Child and Family Resources, and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.

Community Partners

We want to thank a host of community partners for help with this event, including our title sponsor, Tucson Medical Center.  Without TMC's support, we could not produce such a large event.  We urge all runners and walkers to patronize our sponsors and partners-- check out their logos and links on the sidebar!

Interested in being a sponsor?  Contact Race Director Randy Accetta.  It's expensive to put on a race Downtown, and we're looking for course sponsors, t-shirt sponsors, and post-event sponsors.  Join the healthiest community in Arizona!


Call Race Director Randy Accetta 520-991-0733 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Race Fees

TO VIEW A LIST OF REGISTRANTS AS OF 10/6/15 CLICK HERE.  We're still processing data, so we'll be back with updates.  (Please note that this spreadsheet may not work well in Safari.)

TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon

$40 By May 1
$50 May 1-September 1
$60 September 2-October 1
$75 All after October 1 and through race morning

Tucson Lifestyle 5k Walk/Run
$20 through September 1
$25 September 2-October 1
$30 All after October 1 and through race morning

Cox Charities One Mile Family Walk/Run
FREE for all (no shirt, except for children under 12)

Please remember that all registrations are final, with no refunds.  The race will go on rain or shine . . . . 


  • Print Registration Form and mail it in. Registration by mail must be postmarked by Friday, October 16, 2015.
  • Register online with a credit card at
  • We will update these details, so please check back. In the meantime, here's the plan: In Person Registration and Packet Pick-Up Friday, October 23 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell Avenue. Please check on details Saturday, October 24 from 10:00am - 2:00pm at The Running Shop Sunday, October 25, from 5:45-7:00am at the staging at the Downtown Library Plaza, 110 North Church Street
  • You can register or pick up your shirt and timing bib on Sunday, October 25, from 5:45-7:00am at the staging at the Downtown Library Plaza, 110 North Church Street.
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Race Distances and Courses

The course map for 2015 is shown below. Scroll down for detailed suggestions on running this unique Tucson route.

Both the 5k and the half-marathon do the first 3.1 miles through through the West-UA neighborhoods and Downtown.  The 5k will end at the Downtown library on Church, whil the half-marathoners will head over to A-Mountain and do that portion of the route. The Half-Marathon route will include A-Mountain, the freshly re-paved Santa Cruz Riverpath, and streets of Downtown Tucson. 

Starting at 8:00 am, the Free Cox Charities Mile does an easy loop through the nearby neighborhoods.

Special thanks to the Arizona Department of Transportation for allowing us access to the the St. Mary’s Underpass at I-10, and to the City of Tucson and the Tucson Police Department for all their help with the route planning.


110 North Church Street in Downtown Tucson, at the Jacome Plaza by the library and the Old Court House.  There is plenty of nearby street parking.  Please see ParkWise for maps and locations or visit our friends at the Downtown Tucson Partnership for a great map of Downtown parking.

Race Weather

Race conditions are typically 63 degrees at race start, and clear skies.  We’re a bit worried about the heat, so check out Tucson’s current conditions and forecast so you’ll be prepared!


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