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Hello to the Run Tucson community -- Below are updated details about the TMC Earth Day 5k on Saturday, April 23rd plus four hill running tips from RRCA-certified run coach Tia Accetta.

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See you at the races,

Randy, Tia, and the crew

TMC Earth Day 5k at the Biosphere 2
Saturday, April 23rd
First 400 Registrants Receive the Souvenir Coaster Medallion
(as of this email, 39 slots remain!)
Join us in cruising the hidden backroads of world-famous Biosphere 2, nestled at the base of the majestic Catalina Mountains, about 20 miles north of Tucson -- and a quick dash down Highway 79 from the Phoenix area. 

The rolling 3.1 mile course offers gorgeous desert and mountain views, with start and finish on the Biosphere 2 Lawn. All participants receive free entry into the Biosphere 2, so don't miss this chance to visit the earth's entire ecosystem under one roof while celebrating Earth Day.

The first 400 registrants are guaranteed a commemorative coaster race medallion, highlighting the honeycomb architecture of the Biosphere 2. As of this writing, there are 39 available medals. Registrants can pick up their medals on Friday, April 22nd from 3-6 pm at The Running Shop in Tucson or on race morning before the race.

Even if you miss out on the medal, we've got you covered! Unlike the medals, we're able to order last-minute shirts, so it looks like we'll have 500 souvenir race shirts available, in both "women's cut" and "unisex" styling.

After the race, remaining medals will be available to late registrants.

All race participants also receive:
  • free entry to the world-famous Biosphere 2
  • discounted entry to spectators, plus free entry for children
  • post-race snacks and goodies
  • official finisher's time with chip timing

Age-group and overall awards announced soon.

Current Pricing: $40 through race day.
Souvenir lightweight technical shirt produced in the US by Leslie Jordan Designs in Oregon
V-neck Cut
Friday, April 22nd
3:00 - 6:00 pm Packet pickup for medal, shirt, and race number at The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell. Registered but can't make it? Send someone to snag your stuff!

Saturday, April 23rd Updated Schedule
6:30-7:15 am Race day registration and packet pick up
7:30 Start time for TMC Earth Day 5k Run/Walk
8:45 Free Kids Dash
9:15 or so: Awards and remaining race medals available for late registrants.
Ongoing: All registrants can visit Biosphere2 on their own -- no need for a formal tour!

All non-running guests can purchase Biosphere 2 admission for the discounted rate of $11 (before 8:30 am) and all children under 12 are free.

Bring the Kids! Strollers are allowed at this child-friendly event, with a free Kid's Dash & Kid's Zone. Children 12 and under are free between the hours of 6am and 10am.

Do Good! This inaugural event raises funds for the world-renowned Biosphere 2's Ocean Reef Lab. 

Terrain: mostly pavement, with a brief dirt section ... and, well, it's hilly in some sections...

Weather: 50's - 70's

Discounted Visitor Pricing: All runners receive free entry to the Biosphere 2, while all all Earth Run spectators 13 years and older receive the reduced general admission fee of only $10 per person. Children 12 and under are free between the hours of 6am and 10am. Your admission not only gets you access to the grounds but is also good for the Biosphere 2 Experience. 

The Biosphere 2 Experience app helps guides you around and through Biosphere 2 and includes never before seen photos and videos that visualize the science and 30-year history. Through science stories and interviews you'll have the opportunity to learn more about our amazing, world-class research as you traverse a safe (socially distanced) one-way path around the exterior and through the human habitat and wilderness areas of Biosphere 2. Your admission fee helps to support Biosphere 2’s education and research initiatives.

Accessibility: While the race course is accessible to all, please be mindful of hills and varied terrain. Much of the Biosphere 2 campus is wheelchair accessible, though certain areas of the property are not accessible due the steep terrain and the presence of stairs. The majority of the biomes, including the desert, savanna, ocean and rain forest, are all accessible by wheelchair or scooter.

Pets and Service Animals: While pets are not allowed inside Biosphere 2 or on the grounds, service animals that are trained to do a specific task are welcome. Please do not leave pets unattended in vehicles.

Want Training Advice? Contact RRCA-certified running coach Tia Accetta at tia@runtucson.net. 

This event is a partnership between Run Tucson and the University of Arizona's Biosphere 2.
4 Hill Running Tips from Coach Tia
Practice your hill form with these 4 tips
No matter which hill strategy you use, be mindful of your hill running or walking form. Running form isn’t only about what you look like from the outside, it’s also about what’s going on inside you. So, while you’re doing your hill workouts, be sure to practice attacking the hills with a positive mindset as well as a powerful posture.

And while we love the enthusiasm in this photo snapped by Damion Alexander, we're not convinced it's especially efficient form . . . .
1) Before the hill: When you approach a hill, let your gaze briefly scan all the way up to the top. This will automatically raise your chin, open your chest, and elongate your spine. Go into every hill with this tall and expansive body posture and the positive mindset that you are ready to tackle this challenge.  

2) During: Once you start your climb, rest your eyes a couple feet up the hill so that your chin is in a neutral and relaxed position. Maintain your power posture (tall spine & open chest) so that you can take in oxygen easily. Shorten your stride, as if you’re running up a staircase, thinking about efficiency rather than speed. Finally, find a steady rhythm and let your mouth form a little smile (it helps).
3) At the top: As soon as you reach the top of the hill, take a deep breath and shake out your hands to reset after your hill accomplishment. Then build back up to your steady race pace. 

4) Downhill: Sometimes running down a hill is harder than running up, especially if you tend to put on the heel brakes and fight gravity. Your downhill running form is very similar to your uphill running form, with the ultimate goal of maintaining an open chest and tall spine. You can do this by keeping your eyes focused a few feet in front of you rather than straight down at your feet. Just like you pictured yourself running up the stairs, visualize yourself running down a set of stairs, efficiently pushing off each step right underneath your center of gravity. This requires a shorter and quicker stride.  
Speaking of hill form: if you're pushing a running stroller like our friends at Team Hoyt, you can mimic this excellent running form: forward lean, driving off your big toe, with arms extended to provide both support and forward momentum.
We are beyond grateful to Tucson Medical Center for joining as the title sponsor for this unique event.

Check out TMC locations throughout Southern Arizona, including a TMC One office on La Canada and Lambert for those in the Oro Valley/Catalina area. See https://www.tmcaz.com/locations/ for a location near you.
TMC Meet Me Downtown 5K
Saturday night, June 4, 2022
The TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run and Festival of Miles is fun way to kick off hot summer running in Tucson! The downtown vibe comes alive especially when combined with running endorphins, bands, a beer garden, and, we hope, free ice cream!
Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, presented by TMC
This is a 3 race series starting with the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5K on June 4, the TMC Tucson 10K/5K on September 19, and the TMC Get Moving Tucson Half Marathon/5K on October 23.

The Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown raises funds for the BEYOND-Tucson Foundation.
Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon, Saturday, November 4th
Our fourth annual Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon and 5k will take place in the scenic Kaibab Plateau, steps from the glorious South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park.

All registrants receive a souvenir race medal and commemorative long-sleeve technical shirt.

Run Tucson is a proud to be a new member of the Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce
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.
Who Send These?
Run Tucson (www.RunTucson.net) is a local event production company for running/walking events in Arizona. 

To promote our mission of making Tucson better through running, Run Tucson advocates for health & fitness, enhancing community engagement, and promoting the local economy. We make significant contributions to worthy charities, providing over $300,000 to local organizations over the years.

Our partners include the non-profit Southern Arizona Roadrunners, the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce, Tucson Medical Center and a host of local sponsors.

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