• SAR Membership

    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 and get discounts to many local businesses, discounts to all SAR events and support the great work we do! JOIN TODAY!

  • 49th Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler & 5k Walk/Run - 9/3/18

    The Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler was the first race ever put on by SAR, coming on 49 years ago.  This scenic course and the post-race festivities truly embrace the spirit of the old Southwest, making the 48th Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run a regional favorite.

  • TMC Tucson 10 and 5K - 9/16/18

    Come cruise the beautiful rolling hills in the Painted Desert area of the cactus-covered Tucson Mountains, with a rocket-ship finish to the shade-covered staging area nestled amongst the palm trees on the west side of Pima Community College. This event is a part of the 2018 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown Series.

Latest News:

2018 SAR Children’s Fitness Fund Applications Open!

Jul 3, 2018

8Know of a local youth fitness program that could use some funding?! We are now accepting proposals for the 2017 SAR Children's Fitness Fund until August 4th, 2018. Head here to learn more and head here to apply!  Each SAR race contributes approximately 10% of their profits to finance the Children’s Fitness Fund!


Thanks to volunteers for TMC Meet Me Downtown

Jun 18, 2018

The first goal of a running race is to ensure safety, the second goal is to ensure accuracy of distance and accuracy of results, and the third goal is to try to have fun.  It takes a lot of folks to succeed at those goals -- to that end, we want to thank the folks who helped us have a great TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run!  We're sure we missed some folks -- let us know who we missed at randy@runtucson.net.

Planning: Linda Whelan

Photos: Kerry Whelan and Damion Alexander and video from Diane Manzini

20 water station volunteers from Educational Enrichment Foundation at 17th Street and Sevent
20 water station volunteers from Greater Tucson Leadership at Five Points 
5 finish line water station volunteersfrom BEYOND/WatershedManagement

10 Tucson Tri-Girls at the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown Tent 

10 SAR volunteers for the FitKidz Mile, including Diane, Amy, Cary, Amy, Ashley, Steve, Tia, and more

Registration and staging area help:

Steve and Sheryl Felde
Cindy Schnell
Marti and Stephane Ackermann
Steve Sheldon
LInda Pitney
Guy Mcarther
Joe Faulk
Bob and LIa Erbe
Heather HOpkins
Dave Dixon
Austin Grover
Natalie Uy
Connie Lopez
Shirley Hester
Sheryl and Pete Ruggles
Ashley Shepherd
Greg Dischlek
Alicia Mujica
Denis Zinisky
Denis Brown
Peg Davis
Merry Dearmon
Steve Moore
Don Taylor
LInda Whelan
Michelle Hawk
Delaney Schnell
Itzel Rojas
Itzel Marques
Linda Scheu
Glenn Davis
Maureen Cunningham
Erik Sanders
Steve Outridge
Doreen Davis
Diane Manzini
Amye Chaparro
Janet Holland
Sharon Bart and the gang from The Running Shop!


Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown Update, June 12

Jun 12, 2018

Below is the June 12 email to the 918 registrants of the Triple Crown. Remember, you can still register online here and do the TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run virtually!  

Thank you for being one of the 918 folks who have signed up for the 2018 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown. As we wrote a couple of weeks ago, you've broken the GZTC world record by more than 120 people!

1) If you're one of the 700 or so who picked up your medal and shirt at the GZTC tents on race night, you're good to go until September! All you have to do is get in some easy summer miles, and then ramp up for the TMC Tucson 10k and 5k on September 16th.

2) If you did NOT get a chance to snag your shirt or medal at the GZTC tents, then you can pick up your shirt and medal at The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell Avenue).

SHIRT NOTE: A few of the red "Run Tucson GZTC" shirts are still at the Running Shop in various sizes. New "Run Tucson" shirts have been ordered and printed, and are being delivered to The Running Shop on June 14th.
As always, we cannot promise the perfect size but please come see what they have. If you want to swap out a shirt you already received, please come down and try one on.

MEDALLION NOTE: About 30 medals were just delivered to The Running Shop, so you can swing by there. Please note that we will probably run out within a week or so.
New TMC Meet Me Downtown GZTC medallions have to be custom-made in China and will take a couple of months to get made and delivered. We ordered 800 originally, so our plan is to order another round of 150 or so.
We hope to have them available earlier, but they will certainly be ready for pick-up at the TMC Tucson 10k on September 16th.

3) Those of you who participated virtually and live outside of the Tucson region, we will be mailing your Triple Crown shirts and medals in the coming week.  We've got them mostly packed and ready to go, but we need to double-check a few final items and get 'em to the post office.

4) Those of you who participated virtually and live near Tucson (Green Valley, Oro Valley, etc), please visit the Running Shop to pick up your items. 

5) Please be nice to the staff at the Running Shop -- any mistakes are mine, so send me a note at randy@runtucson.net and we'll get it taken care of.

Thank you,
Randy and Tia and the gang 


TMC Meet Me Downtown Festival of Miles and 5k Night Run Results now posted

Jun 2, 2018

All the race results for the weekend races are here - check out the photo finish video from the race, courtesy of Damion Alexander.  All age group gift certificates will be at The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell) through the month of June.  All RRCA State and West Regional Medallions will be at The Running Shop through June.

 If you have any questions about the results, please contact the race director or the timer.  You can see preliminary resuts at Roadrunner Race Timing.



RRCA West Regional One Mile Champs: Awards and Prize Money

Special RRCA Championship Medallions to the first place Men’s and Women’s finishers in Open, Master’s (Over 40), Grand Masters (Over 50), and Super Grand Masters (Over 60).  

Open Male and Female Prize Money
1st  $200
2nd $100
3rd $50

$408.90 Race Director Challenge Bonus

408 dollars and 90 cents bonus to the fastest man who breaks the race director’s personal best of 4:08.9.  Yup, Randy ran that back in the 1900’s.
408 dollars and 90 cents bonus to the fastest woman who breaks the equivalent time of 4:48.9 (see the Mercier Score Calculator for comparison details)

Master's Prize Money (40-and-over) Male and Female (no minimum time set for the master's money)
1st $75
2nd $50
3rd $25 

NOTE: Prize Money double-dipping is allowed, thus it is possible for the fastest woman and fastest man to earn $808 apiece.  
Prize money winners are taken out of age group gift certificate awards.

USATF Course Sanction #: AZ16012JOE

RRCA 5k Arizona State Champs: Awards and Prize Money

The RRCA will provide special RRCA Championship Medallions to the first place Men’s and Women’s finishers in Open, Master’s (Over 40), Grand Masters (Over 50), and Super Grand Masters (Over 60).

Age Group Awards: All first, second, and third place in 5-year divisions from U-15 through 80+ will receive age group awards from the Running Shop: $25 for 1st, $15 for 2nd, and $10 for third. All prize money winners are taken out of age group gift certificate awards. Please pick up your gift certificate at The Running Shop by the end of June, 2018.

Male and Female Open Prize Money 
1st $300
2nd $200
3rd $150
4th $75
5th $50
NOTE: Prize Money double-dipping is allowed (for example, a runner may receive both overall and masters money and team money)
NOTE: all teams must be formally registered as a team by midnight May 25th.  There is NO race weekend team registration and no in-person team registration.

Course Record Bonus
$200 bonus to the man who breaks the current men’s course record of 14:25, set by Jordan Chipengama (2014)
$200 bonus to the woman who breaks the current women’s record of 17:23, set by Maggie Callahan (2013)

Master's Prize Money (40-and-over) Male and Female (no minimum time set for the master's money)
1st $100
2nd $50
3rd $25 

Master's Bonus
$100 to the 40-and-over man who breaks Shaun Haley’s master’s record of 15:57 (2011)
$100 to the 40-and-over woman who breaks Paula Morrison’s master’s record of 18:16 (2014)

5k Team Prize Money

$300 to the fastest team of 5 men (using standard cross country style scoring)
$300 to the fastest team of 5 women (using standard cross country style scoring)
NOTE: Prize Money double-dipping is allowed, thus it is possible for the fastest woman and fastest man to earn almost $1,000 apiece if they set all records and are part of the fastest teams.  Team registration information can be found on active.com and at http://www.azroadrunners.org. ;


NOTE: following USATF and RRCA guidelines, the use of headphones in prize money races is prohibited -- that is, prize money will not be distributed to runners wearing headphones in these events.  We strongly discourage the use of headphones in all TMC Meet Me Downtown Weekend events.  From USATF: "The following shall be considered assistance and therefore not allowed: . . . The visible possession or use by athletes of video, audio, or communications devices in the competition area [ . . .] those competing in Championships for awards, medals, or prize money may not use such devices . . . headphones remain banned for any athlete competing in a USA Championship . . ."
NOTE: All prize money winners will be required to complete appropriate tax information in order to receive checks.
NOTE: A limited number of complimentary entries for elite athletes are available.  Send resume and ways you can add value to the race to race director Randy Accetta at randy@runtucson.net by May 20th, 2018.

We follow the RRCA Fair Competition Policies.
While USA Track & Field is the governing body and issuer of rules for the sport of running, local event directors are encouraged to adopt these RRCA recommended policies to further support and promote fair competition for athletes, especially those competing for prize money and age group awards.
Prize Money Eligibility Policy
To be eligible for elite entry or prize purse at Meet Me Downtown, an athlete must:

Not be currently serving a suspension issued by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) or the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for use of a banned substance
Not have ever served a ban issued by USADA or WADA for the use of performance enhancing drugs
Not be represented by coaches and/or agents who have had 2 or more athletes receiving such suspensions in the previous 4 years
Not be represented by coaches and/or agents who served a ban for use of performance enhancing drugs during their own athletic career*
Provide proper documentation proving they are eligible for prize money (form W-9, W-8ECI or W-8BEN)
Sign a statement attesting they are in compliance with USADA and WADA anti-doping regulations related to banned substance use and if issued a doping suspension or ban in the future, they will not be allowed back at the event for any reason
Consent to random drug testing according to the standards and procedures of USATF, USADA and WADA

Any athlete that believes they have been barred from the event or the opportunity to earn prize money at the event because of mistaken identity due to near or exact name of a person currently suspended, banned or previously banned, must submit documentation certified by a notary in advance to the race director or elite athlete coordinator of the event proving that they are not the same person identified as serving a suspension, ban or previous ban. (event organizers will need to clearly outline the exact person to submit documentation to for this recourse section of the policy)

*Athletes have a duty to ensure they are represented by reputable coaches and agents and have a duty to consult the WADA list of athletes that are or have served a doping ban before signing with a coach or agent.

The Southern Arizona Roadrunners is a member-driven non-profit devoted to promoting health and wellness through running and walking. If you are not a SAR member, please consider joining—you can save all sorts of money off race entry fees, receive discounts to many local merchants, and be part of a great community of people. See http://azroadrunners.org/go/category/membership/join for details.

About the Race Directors: The TMC Meet Me Downtown was founded by Randy and Tia Accetta 11 years ago to promote Downtown Tucson by providing fitness and social opportunties for all ages and abilities. The TMC Meet Me Downtown event is on the SAR calendar, with the Saturday Night 5k on the SAR "Running Shop Grand Prix."  A former 2:19 marathoner who ran in the 1996 US Olympic Trials Marathon, Randy is a Mentor in Residence at the University of Arizona's McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship and is the national Director of Coaching Education for the Road Runners Club of America.  Tia is a 2:48 marathoner with an MA in Education with an emphasis on teaching the deaf and hard of hearing.  They live near the UA with their two small children, both of whom are faster than Randy.


Race Day!  In-Person Registration + Packet Pickup & everything else starts at 200 South Sixth Avenue

Jun 2, 2018

The last chance to register for the June 2nd TMC Night Run is in person at the race site Saturday night from 4:00-6:30 or so.  Please look for the SAR tents near the Children's Museum at 200 South Sixth Avenue.

Click here for the June 2nd email with all the details for the TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run.  

Saturday, June 2nd

4:00 Begin packet pickup and registration

4:00 - 7:00 Children's Museum is open for to all children accompanied by a parent, with activities in the grass area in front of the Children's Museum
YES: all children need to be accompanied by an adult.
NO: you cannot enter alone to use their restrooms; WasteManagement portojohns are on the north wall of the Children's Museum.
4:00 - starting at 4:00 and onward vendor and beneficiary expo, with ongoing activities

Cox Charities Jumping Castle near the Children's Museum
6th Annual Running Race Food Truck Roundup with some awesome food to purchase
Magic Mr. B the Magician will be roaming the race site
Stiltwalking friends from Cirque Roots. 
Vendor tables and expo booths with Tucson Medical Center, TopGolf, SunWest Credit Union, Radiology Ltd, ConnectCoworking, ProActive Physical Therapy, The Running Shop, Southern Arizona Roadrunners, EEf, GTL, Presidio de Tucson, Watershed Management, and BEYOND-Tucson.

5:50 Beneficiary Check Announcement: thanks to you and our sponsors TMC and Cox Communications, we are able to provide funding to the Children's Museum, Educational Enrichment Foundation, Greater Tucson Leadership, BEYOND-Tucson Foundation, Watershed Management, Presidio de Tucson, and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.
6:00 Beer Garden Opens - Beer Garden Rules: every 21+ runner receives one free AmstelXlight. Additional beers Amstel Xlight or Dos Equis Lager are $5 apiece.  Please bring cash or credit card.  For insurance and legal reasons, we reserve the right to refuse service to any runner.  You must be 21-or-over to enter the fenced Beer Garden.  Please bring ID in case we have to check your age.
Shrimp Chaperone at the Wanslee Triangle at Five Points, rockin' the runners on the course.
6:00 Open Men's and Women's Mile, for all ages and abilities - race or jog with tutus - either way, come out and have fun.
6:15 Battle of the Badges, for police, fire departments, border patrol, sheriff department and other civil service members  -- please be on hand to support our local first-responders
6:30 Free FitKidz Mile for all children 12-and-under, includes free FitKidz shirt. All children must register and sign waiver following standard SAR FitKidz rules and protocols.
6:30 or so -Tucson-roots rockers Santa Pachita takes the stage
7:00 National Anthem by Gregory School high school student NAME
7:05 TMC 5k Night Run starts: please line up following the flagging that indicates your minutes/mile time.  If you want to win, please start at the front.  If you cannot win, please start farther back, using the minutes-per-mile markers as a guide
Strollers: Strollers and wheelchairs are allowed in the race.  For safety's sake, allow plenty of room and be safe and courteous of others.
8:30 (approx):  Begin awards and raffles - thanks to The Running Shop for age-group awards, the RRCA for the RRCA Championship medals, and Hotel Congress for the team-gift cards
8:30 and onwards: Hotel Congress After-Party - once your race winds down, head on over to Hotel Congress for food and  drink discounts, music, and more


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.

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