Thank you again for being part of our running and walking community -- events like the TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run/Walk are what make our home an RRCA designated Runner Friendly Community.

When we sent our first race report Sunday night, we promised a more detailed race report, so here it is. Grab a cold one, snag a comfy chair, and take a few minutes to read this exciting after-action race report and view some more photos from the race.

Here's the race report table of contents with photos throughout:

  • Post-race survey link
  • Souvenir pickup details + info on late Triple Crown registration
  • Why was everyone wearing bow-ties?
  • Speedster race report, awards, & virtual results
  • Thank you to volunteers
  • Thank you to band, vendors, sponsors, and the City of Tucson
  • Thank you and list of donors to beneficiaries
  • Thank you to you, with coupon code for two future Run Tucson events

If we missed anything or if you have any questions after reading through everything, please contact Randy. Otherwise, please accept our best wishes for a healthy and enjoyable summer!

Randy and Tia Accetta, and the crew at Run Tucson |

Post-Race Survey

Would you please take about 60 seconds to complete an event survey?

As you may know, Run Tucson's mission is to use running to make our hometown a better place to live. Our charity running and walking events bring people to visit our hometown and celebrate what makes our Southern Arizona community such a spectacular place. To help us to a better job, please complete this survey and tell us a bit about your event experience.

Souvenir Pickup and Joining the Triple Crown

1) If you have not yet picked up your race goodies, all 5k and Triple Crown participants can pick up their souvenirs at The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell starting on June 3rd. At this writing, you can choose a technical shirt or cotton shirt, with first-come, first-served in terms of size, style, and texture. After the pickup deadline of July 1, 2024, we will donate all leftover race shirts.

2) If you have not yet joined the Triple Crown, there are a limited supply of medals and pink Triple Crown shirts. You can join the 2024 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown by registering here.

NOTES: At this point, all registrants to the Triple Crown receive:

  • Registration and all the race goodies for the September 8th TMC Tucson 10k/5k, staged at Pima Community College West, nestled in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains
  • Registration and all the race goodies for the October 20th TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon and Four Miler, staged at the Mercado San Agustin Annex at the base of A-Mountain
  • The first medal in the unique 2024 "Gabe Zimmerman Meet Me Downtown" interlocking three-piece souvenir medallion
  • Souvenir 2024 "Run Tucson" pink shirt, sizing on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The deadline for joining the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown is July 31, 2024
  • Pricing is $99 (excluding RunSignup fees and taxes)
  • About 25 spots remain at this writing

We received this delightful photo and email:

Thank you for a wonderful race! We’re from Dublin Ireland, members of the Sportsworld Running Club, and we’re on 3 weeks vacation travelling on the Subset through the southern states. We loved the event.

Bow-Ties for TMC's Dr. Sean Elliot

Our condolences for the recent losses at TMC. Indeed, you probably saw all the bow-ties on the course. They were worn by TMC employees and friends of Dr. Sean Elliott, who recently passed away. Here's a social media post from former TMC'er Angela Pittenger, whose husband Clint was the race DJ.

Racing: Race Report for Speedsters

TMC 5k winner Tai Smith taking the turn at the 15th Street Water Stop.

Race Results and Awards

Check here for updated race results and finisher videos for all finishers in the Open Mile, the High School Mile, the FitKidz Mile, and the TMC 5k. Links are to overall and age group, and include a video clip of every finisher.

Open Mile: Defending Champion Mile Dunbar took first place overall in a time of 4:28, which is super-fast for a hot Saturday night (but not quite as fast as the 4:21 he ran last year when the temps were cooler). Second male was Armondo Ruedo in 4:31, while third place was Tai Smith, from Las Cruces, NM in 4:36. Jose Delgado running for Run Tucson Northwest was first male over 40, in a speedy 4:38, not bad a 40-year-old under those conditions.

First place woman was UA grad and mom of 2 youngsters, Whitney Penny in 5:12. Whitney was followed to the line by her Run Tucson Northwest teammates, Jori Galles in 5:23 and Nicole Pearce in 5:29.

The female Master's winner was 56-year-old Sharon Silvas running for Team 520 in 5:59, also an awesome time.

These four women have been crushing it in local races all year -- congratulations to each of you for the great running!

Top three and master's runners received cash awards, plus prizes from HOKA Shoes.

High School Mile: Winning for the second time in three years, Salpointe standout Aric Accetta took first place in 4:49, with teammate Nate Dizzles crossing the line 5:01 and Diego Gutierrez snagging third in 5:09.

For the women's division, Christie LePeau snagged top honors in 5:37, while Carmen Machado and Gizelle Paredes took second and third respectively, in 7:00 and 7:14.

TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k: After his speedy second place finish in the mile, Glendale's Tai Smith got some water, went for a jog, then jumped into the 5k, easily cruising to victory in 15:24.

Armando Ruedo from Las Cruces held on for second in 16:05, while Giancarlo Baez Mercado from Tucson rolled to a third place finish in 16:18. Jose Delgado completed a master's sweep, doubling back with a 16:37 overall, good for 7th overall and 1st 40-and-over.

In the Women's race, the top two finishers reversed their Mile results, with Run Tucson Northwest's Jori Galles took top honors in 18:28, followed by Whitney Penny in second in 18:42. Whitney was followed closely to the line by The Workout Group's Marikate Murphy, in 18:43.

Speaking of sweeping, Jose Delgado completed the male master's sweep, doubling back with a 16:37 overall, good for 7th overall and 1st 40-and-over. Sharon Silvas completed the female sweep, taking first master in 21:11, yet another outstanding time on a hot night.

Speedy women runners Whitney (left), Jory (center) and Marikate (right)

Running Shop 5k Awards: In the TMC 5k, the top three male and female in 5 year age groups 14-and-under through 80+ earn gift cards from The Running Shop and HOKA goodies. If you earned an age-group gift card, you can pick it up at The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell Ave) through the end of June.

FITKIDZ Mile: The overall winner of the FitKidz race was Jace Chavez in 6:19, followed by Niko Green and James Kirk. For the ladies, Finley Johnson was first to the line in 6:52, followed by Tatiana Taub and Delilah Madrigal. We think the last official FitKidz finisher was Luca Gerkin, all of 2 years old!

Last Place in the 5k: The last finishers in the 5k were the team of visually impaired athlete Jay Rasmusson and Chris Ralyea his volunteer guide from "Achille'sTrack Club" in 1:42:50.

Team Division: The Workout Group Men's Team and the Workout Group Women's Team both took top place in the men's and women's team race.

Virtual Results:

If you missed the race, you can post your virtual results here. Here's what some of the Virtual finishers have posted about their run:

  • Juris: It's beautiful in the forest...
  • Claudia: The treadmill was a good workout, but I still prefer being out and about with everyone.
  • Anita: I wore my Downtown 5K shirt and enjoyed the cool morning. Not as much fun as running through Downtown Tucson!
  • Mason: I did it with my run buddy on the loop!
  • Zoila: Ran early morning, as sun was rising.
  • Margarer: Ran in North Carolina
  • Shavonne: First time running in another country..Cabo! Humid, hilly, but worth it.
  • Rich: Ran it on the Kim Williams Trail in Missoula Montana.

A note on timing: The cash awards were based on so-called "gun-time," when the starter's pistol was fired and the race began. Age-group awards were based on so-called "chip-time," which is the elapsed time from when the athlete crosses the starting line to when they crossed the finish line.

Thanks to Roadrunner Race Timing for all the hard work managing the 2000+ registrations and finishers. You can email here with any corrections.

Thank you volunteers!

The Support Squad Water Stop volunteers were raising funds for Dan Reavis (middle) through a Brain Tumor Awareness campaign. Over $800 has been raised so far -- you can see fundraising details here.

Special thanks to all those who helped produce this event. I'm sure there's more, and I'm sorry for an incomplete list, but here's a start of folks who deserve much appreciation:

  • Agata Orlinksi, Ryan Clausen for all the work all day -- plus Agata for the two days at the Running Shop
  • Kevin Bond for three days of heavy labor, name tags, and super-nice kindness
  • Doreen Davis, Kara Rubelt, Linda Lee Scheu, and Michelle Hawk for all the event day troubleshooting, tent support, course support, loading and unloading and more!
  • Greater Tucson Leadership staff and Class of 2024 for handing out water at the finish line
  • Salpointe and Mica Mountain High School track and cross country runners: Aric, Nate, Conner, Brady, Jackson, Savannah, Colt
  • John Ward for all the hauling, loading, and general pitching-in where needed

And we are so appreciative for a whole host of others who put in the time to make the whole thing happen -- if you see names more than once it's 'cuz they signed up for multiple volunteer positions:

Midge Ochart

Kevin Bond

Cynthia Feaman

Agata Orlinski


Mary Black

Agata Orlinski

Kevin Bond


Kathy Barlow

Alan Germany

Janet Holland

Connie Lopez

Ashley Levy

Melissa Donovan

Agata Orlinski

Ryan Clausen

Lauren Ovsevitz

Maureen Cunningham

Kevin Bond

Craig Mills

Tara Bruce

Dan Reavis

Noemi Mills

Brian Leroy

James Hollister

Alan Germany

Greater Tucson Leadership

Craig McCarthy

Michael Van

Daniel Hofstadter

Natalia Leakos

Agata Orlinski

Ryan Clausen

Cornelia Nestler

Peter Nestler

Petra Gronenberg

Daniela from BEYOND and Ignacio & the El Grupo lead bike riders

Special Thanks to Southern Arizona Roadrunners

This Run Tucson event is partnered with our friends at the Southern Arizona Roadrunners. The 5k is part of SAR's Running Shop Grand Prix, and the Free FitKidz event is part of SAR's commitment to youth running.

Check out membership information at

Special volunteer thanks to the Board of Directors, including Caroline (pictured here), Dave (pictured here), Mohammed, Craig, Donna, Kris, Mackenzie, Amairani, Ashley, Wayne, Agata, Layra, Robert, Elle, and Greg. Our local running community is the better for this strong collection of Board volunteers.

Please Support Our Sponsors and Partners

City of Tucson: Thanks to everyone at the City of Tucson who helped make this happen. You may not realize this, but it took the combined efforts of Parks and Recreation, Special Events, Tucson Police, Tucson Fire, Department of Transportation, Sun Trans, and more to help us with this run.

A La Carte Party Rentals provided the staging and ped-rails, while Desert Barricades provided the road closure materials and person-power. AMR was on hand to provide medical support. The folks at Armory Park Neighborhood Association rallied the neighborhood to support the event.

Thanks, too, to vendors and others who came out: Pima County Library; City of Tucson Ready, Set, Rec; Stretch Lab; Jacuzzi Bath Remodel; Natural Grocers; and our friends at Old Tucson Entertainment, site of February's TMC Old Tucson Trail Run.

We also enjoyed seeing the running community come out in force, including groups from Southwest Endurance Training, 520 Running and Riding, and ParkRun.

SAR's Running Shop Grand Prix: Check out updates at for the 2024 Running Shop Grand Prix.

Beverages After the Race: Thanks to Skratch Labs for all the cold drinks and post-race treats -- and thanks to CELCIUS for handing out cold bottles of tasty Celcius beverages after the race. We hope to have more in future races.

Food Trucks: We hope you enjoyed the food truck roundup with local vendors.

El Tour de Tucson: We at Run Tucson are thrilled to partner with El Tour de Tucson on the November 23rd El Tour 5k, so we were delighted to have El Tour on hand.

Post-Race Party at Hotel Congress: Our volunteers reported a crowded post-race environment at Hotel Congress -- we hope you had enjoyed post-race socializing!

Thanks to Photographer John Harris for the race photos that you can find on the race registration page here.

Don't forget: if you tried on a pair of HOKA running shoes, swing by The Running Shop for a discounted purchase!

Thanks to Raising Cane's for all the great Achievement Award gift cards for the FitKidz race and the Raising Cane's Mile Races!

Use this QR code to sign up for the steep discount of classes at race sponsor Yoga Pod Tucson!

Check 'em out at St. Phillip's Plaza, with the best instructors in town!

Thanks to our Downtown leadership: Downtown Tucson Partnership for all their work making Downtown a fun place to be -- and for helping with clean-up! Thanks to Rio Nuevo Improvement District for recognizing the value special events in the heart of our region.

Legion of Mario rocked all night -- check 'em out at

Special thanks to Tim Bentley, in blue on the right with the microphone. Tim is wearing a yellow hat in this photo, but in reality he wears many hats: for this race he represented the Road Runners Club of America as Arizona State Rep and Western Region Board Member -- and he represented Tucson Medical Center where he works -- and he was the race announcer all night! Thanks to Tim for all the help with this and many other Arizona running events

Access care anywhere, any place, any time.

Thanks to TMC, Cox Charities, and you for helping raise of $12,000 to these local organizations

As the first leg of the 2024 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown honoring the slain civil servant, Gabe Zimmerman, the event has raised over $12,000 in total for local organizations.

BEYOND Tucson Foundation: 

Fred Ahrens

Cliff Anderson

Bob Arendt

Amy Barker

Dennan Boscarino

Annissa Cornman

Joan D'Alonzo

Jose Delgado

Matt Dickey

Sean Doyle

Coriana Eastman

Amber Findysz

Georgia Fitzsimmons

Dale Flannery

Tyler Foutch

Maria Frontain

Juris Gaidelis

Todd Glick


Jessica Good

Joel Hauff

Brandon Hensley

Beck Hensley

Christopher Jansmann

Margaret Kish

Franziska Kuehner

Shayna Larson

Gloria Lebario

Celesta Lewis

Constance J. Lopez

Vicente Lopez

Constance J. Lopez

Andrea Marafino

Mark Mayfield

Corey McDaniel

David McWilliams

Jennifer Moher

Michael Moynihan

Michael Moynihan

Joe Nordlie

Jan Nordmeyer

Molly Norman

Jon Papic

Amy Pugliese

Dominic Rhodes

Angelica Robison

Charles Sejalbo`

Tai Smith

Maricris Socito

Julia Strange

Susy Torgerson

David Turner

Andrew Varela

Glenna Walker

Ni Wati

Susan White

Mike Wilke

Danny Wilson

Stephanie Wolters

Greater Tucson Leadership:

Ann Amico Moran

Eileen Bushway

Songsiri Chanvitayapongs

Karla Corrales

Holly Crawford

Daniel Evans

Genesis Frazier

Lizette Herrera


Marla Lowell

Justin Lukasewicz

Roxie Moser

Kristen Orr

Akiko Senda

Eva Suazo

Marcus Sydow

Sherri Tometczak

Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists:

Brenda Andreasen

Caroline Bartelme

Alison Boser

Craig Civitella

Kristi Davidsen


Catherine Gioannetti

Joel Hernandez

Jeremy Johnson

Bryan Krause

Angharad Laetsch

Stephen Marquez

Samantha Meakin

Mary Pentland

Diana Schroeder

Robin Shaw

Soniran Soyannwo

Robert Stafford

Joaquin Yslas

Children’s Museum, Tucson: 

Hugo E. Aceves

Riva Alfred

Patrick Allen

Tom Allison

Martin Arvizu

Diego Bermudez

Karin Bivens

Larry Burnett

Danielle Burroughs

Caroline Butler

Dimitria Clayton

Jimmy Tom Cole

Claudia Collins

Daniela Corella-Ortega

Lily Cummins

Judi Dauman

Julie Delfs

Connie DeRango

Jonathan Digan

Thomas Driscoll

Andrew Edwards

Rachel Flowers

Leslie Garnsey

Leslie Garnsey

Mark Gaspers

Michael Goodgame

Maliyah Harper

Sally Hellewell

Mark Henn

Junie Hostetler

Erika Huston

Roberta Krakauer

Leila Lindeman

Gerard Longoria

Kerri Lopez-Howell

Marjanne Magana

Marco Martinez Jimenez

Robert McCright

Hannah Meriwether

Cynthia Miller

Cisco Molina

Jessica Monroe

Maria Monteros

Luke Moran

Blaine Morgan

Antuan Nguyen

Kelly Nieto

Diana Nirvana

Gabi Ochoa

Guadalupe Ortega

Theodore Osborn

Brian Pasero

Brian Pasero

Luis Paz

David Pearson

Joy Phoenix

Sue Prinkey

Koren Razo

Aubree Rebenar

Anita Redford

Paige Reid

Pete Robles

Jessica Sainz

Margaret Schaefer

Lindsey Serfine

Chad Simpson

Kate Sommerville

Debra Sullivan

Nadia Toledo

Nadia Toledo

Megan Trefz

Travis Vanover

Steve Wagner

Ni Wati

Brenton Watkins

Amos Webb

Kristen Wendler

Caroline Wesnitzer

Jesse-John Witkowski

National Brain Tumor Awareness:

Frank Blechschmidt

Jennifer Johnson

Ben Litmanovich

Zsavanni Ware

Southern Arizona Roadrunners:

Alba Ortiz

If we missed anyone in these lists, please forgive any omissions.

Thanks from Tia and Randy at Run Tucson

Run Tucson ( produces dynamic running and walking events in Arizona. We partner with Tucson Medical Center, the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, the Running Shop, the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, the KGUN Morning Blend, Cox Communications, Downtown Tucson Partnership, Rio Nuevo, Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce, and more. 

Run Tucson is proud to coach The Workout Group, now in its 26th season of coaching runners in Tucson and around the nation.

If you're interested in learning about our discount programs for clubs, tribal runners, and others, please reach out.

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