Thank you to the 1,929 folks who've signed up early for the 18th Annual TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Raising Cane's Festival of Miles.


We're so delighted to have you all join us for this event -- thanks to you, this is far and away the largest locally-produced road race in the region and definitely the biggest running party in the state!


To help prepare for a happy and safe weekend, please take a moment to read through all the updated event information below, including these topics:

  • Friday and Saturday schedule, including packet pickup and race day schedule
  • Maps and staging area info
  • Downtown shopping, hotel discounts, downtown parties, and more
  • Details on parking, bathrooms, music, virtual results, where to pin your number, and more
  • Awards, results, and prize money


Randy and Tia at Run Tucson

randy@runtucson.net | tia@runtucson.net

PS: If you see any mistakes in the below information, please email Randy!

Volunteers from Salpointe Track getting ready at the finish line last year

But first, by the numbers . . .

Wanna' know who else is running? Click here for the Find a Participant search feature on the race registration page.


By the numbers, at this writing



101 Projected high temperature on Saturday, so stay hydrated, be smart, don't overdo it.


450 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown registrants


52 Raising Cane's Open Milers


57 Free Raising Cane's HS and Junior High Milers


146 Free FitKidz Milers


169 Approximate number of employees from Tucson Medical Center who will be wearing bowties during the event to honor the recent passing and memory of Dr. Sean Elliot, a long standing and influential member of the hospital and RUN TMC Team. If your life was touched by Dr. Elliott please consider wearing a bowtie during the event. 


20 States represented + 4 countries, 1 district, 1 commonwealth


500 or so first-timers


85 Age of oldest registrant


1 Water Stop on the race course, with volunteers including Dan Reavis and Workout Group/ComeRun friends raising funds for Gray in May through Brain Tumor Awareness.


1 Blog post about the origins of this event

Pre-Race Packet Pickup

Friday, May 31, In-person Registration and Packet Pickup:

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm, at The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell Ave


Step 1: Come to the tent outside the Running Shop and give your name to the volunteers.

Step 2: Our race timer (Roadrunner Race Timing) is using the new RunSignup tool of dynamic bib numbers, so when they get your name the volunteers will make a race number for you and do a quick check of your race info.


If you are doing the TMC 5k only, they will give you a TMC 5k number and send you inside to get the blue TMC 5k shirt.


If you are also part of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, they will also give you your souvenir medallion and your pink Triple Crown shirt, then you go inside to get your blue TMC shirt.


FITKIDZ: FitKidz registrants can pick up their numbers, but will pick up their other FitKidz goodies at the SAR FitKidz tent on Saturday night between 5:00-6:20pm


OPEN AND HIGH SCHOOL MILE: If you signed up for the Open Mile or High School Mile, you will get a Festival of Miles number, but no shirt. All Mile finishers will receive a Raising Cane's coupon cards at the finish line.


NOTES:

Yes: If you are going to have to miss the race, send someone to packet pickup and they can snag your items.

Yes: People can still register in-person, using cash, check, or online payment

Yes: T-shirt sizing first come, first served, so come early to get the size that fits

Yes: You can pick up items for friends -- please limit the number of packet pickups if it is crowded.

Yes: It may be crowded, so please be kind to the staff at the Running Shop and the volunteers.

Yes: You can shop at the Running Shop, so you should buy all sorts of running goodies for yourself and those you love!

We ordered 1400 soft technical shirts, then we realized that we needed more so we've ordered another 400 cotton shirts. We're getting 'em printed by our friend Steve King at Sunset Embroidery and Screenprinting and the cotton shirts will be available on Saturday.

Saturday, June 1 Race Night Schedule

Saturday, June 1, Race Night Schedule

4:00 pm Children's Museum

From 4-6 pm, the Children's Museum courtyard will be open for free to the public. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No adults without children.


5:00 pm Expo + Food Trucks

  • In Armory Park: visit the expo tents set up by SAR, Raising Cane's, Tucson Medical Center, the Running Shop, HOKA shoes, Yoga Pod Tucson, Jacuzzi Bath Remodel, StretchLab, Neutherapeutics, Natural Grocers, Skratch Labs, Old Tucson, and El Tour de Tucson, and more.
  • On the Children's Museum Lawn: check out race beneficiary BEYOND, visit the folks from Pima County Library and snag a free book, or play games with City of Tucson's READY, SET, REC


5:00 - 6:30 TMC 5k Registration and Packet Pickup, 200 South Sixth Avenue

Here's how it works:

  • We're setting up a chute-based system in front of the Children's Museum for those who pick up their race items on race day and for those who want to register in person on race day.
  • You'll enter from the north, then use the dynamic bib system to get assigned a race number, then get your blue TMC Meet Me Downtown shirt, if eligible. If you have not registered for the Triple Crown, you can then leave the chute.
  • If you have registered for the Triple Crown, continue along the chute to receive your souvenir desktop medallion and your coral GabeZ shirt from the BEYOND tent, then exit the chute system to the south.
  • Yes: T-shirt sizing first come, first served, with no guaranteed sizing
  • Yes: You can pick up items for friends
  • Yes: in person registration is available, online, cash or check.


6:00 pm Music starts, Pueblo Vida Beer Garden Opens

  • Your race number gives you a free sample with $5 additional pours (21-and-over, so bring ID as needed!)


6:00 pm Start Open Raising Cane's Mile Race and Raising Cane's High School/Junior High Mile

  • Prize money for top Open mile finishers; HOKA awards for top high school finishers, Raising Cane's gift card for all finishers
  • Please remember to use safety pins to wear your number low on the front of your shirt (or shorts)
  • Milers will start under the arch, facing south


6:30 pm Start SAR FitKidz Mile

  • Pick up your FitKidz number at the registration tables near the Children's Museum beginning at 5:00 pm, but after you get your number, swing by the SAR FitKidz tent for additional FitKidz goodies
  • Raising Cane's Achievement Award gift card and SAR FitKidz finisher ribbons for all FitKidz finishers
  • Please remember to use safety pins to wear your number on the front of your shirt
  • Milers will start under the arch, facing south


7:00 pm Start TMC 5k Run/Walk

  • Please remember to use safety pins to wear your number low on the front of your body
  • Runners will line up facing south on either side of 6th Avenue
  • Please line up by estimated finish time, with 5-minute milers at the front.
  • All 5k runners and walkers can start on both sides of the planters in the middle of Sixth Avenue facing south
  • If you're going to stroll and enjoy your trip through scenic Armory Park, please let the speedsters get out of the way first!
  • The race is chip-timed so your starting time begins when you cross the start line mats -- and your finish time ends when you cross the finish line mats. If you don't cross the mats your time will not register.
  • All 5k runners and walkers will finish going north under the large blue arch on the east side of the road (see image from 2024 below)

Ongoing: live results can be found at www.roadrunnerracetiming.com


8:30 or so Awards Announced at Run Tucson and Running Shop Tents, in Armory Park

  • 5k Age Group awards for top men and women, courtesy of The Running Shop and HOKA
  • Prize Money for top men and women courtesy of TMC and Run Tucson
  • There is a non-binary category, but due to limited participation there are no awards in 2024
  • All prize money will be based on gun-time, all age-group awards will be chip-time.
  • See all prize money and award rules and details here.


Post-Race at Pueblo Vida

  • Thanks to Pueblo Vida for providing the beer for the Beer Garden -- be sure to stop by their Brewing Company at 115 East Broadway.


Post-Race After-Party at Hotel Congress

  • Bring your race number to Hotel Congress after the event and enjoy live music and special post-race discounts by our friends at Hotel Congress at 311 East Congress.


Post-race through June. Shirts and medals of registrants who cannot make race weekend will be available at The Running Shop, 3055 North Campbell through the end of June. T-shirt sizing first come, first served. We will donate all remaining souvenirs on July 1st, so please be sure to pick up your items or send someone to pick them up before July 1st. We're super grateful to Lucas Tyler and the whole crew at The Running Shop for all the help with this event.

Parking and Weather

Parking: There is plenty of Downtown street parking and City lot parking. 


See Park Tucson's website here for details on Downtown parking. 


Do not block driveways, do not park in red zones, do not park in permitted spots, and be mindful of all traffic and parking laws -- we don't want you to get in the way of the neighbors and we don't want you to get a ticket!


Weather: It will be hot, so please be prepared for high heat, with plenty of hydrating beverages (including water, sports drinks, fruit drinks and other beverages with salt/electrolytes) and perhaps a hat and sunscreen for the afternoon activities.

Staging Area Plan + Map of Nearby Parking

200 South Stone, Downtown Tucson

Virtual Results, Missing The Race, and Still Getting Your Swag

If you have to miss the actual race in-person, you can have someone pick up your race items at any of the packet pickup times or go to the Running Shop at any time in June to pick up any remaining items.


We will NOT mail race items.


If you have to miss race night, you can post your VIRTUAL RACE INFO here.

Bathrooms, pets, headphones and others items to help you have a safe and enjoyable experience

PortoJohns: This year, ACE Portables has provided portojohns along the north wall of the Children's Museum facing towards 15th Street. We find it faster to make a line for every two stalls, with the line starting near to the front door.


Downtown Partnership: For more information on parking or other things to do Downtown, please visit the Downtown Partnership website here.


Strollers: Yes, you can absolutely run or walk with a stroller. Be mindful of potholes and the dark streets.


Chair Friendly: Yes, this course is suitable for chair athletes. Be mindful of potholes and the dark streets.


Water on the Route: For public health reasons, it is best if every runner brings their own water for their run. There will be a water stop at approximately the 1.5 mile mark, near 6th Avenue and 15th Street. Volunteers from The Workout Group and ComeRun will set out water cups for participants to snag.


Pets: Unfortunately, pets are not allowed in the race itself. Following all City of Tucson regulations, pets are allowed at Armory Park and on the nearby city streets, but participants are not allowed to run or walk with their pets on the race course.


Headphones: We know that people like having music, but for personal and communal safety we recommend not wearing headphones. If you're interested in the prize money events, please read the headphone policies posted.


Social Media: Please tag @runtucson and @runsar and @rrca with any instagram posts -- you can use hashtags #meetmedown5k or #tmcmeetmedowntown or #gabezimmermantriplecrown or anything else you want . . .


Post-race photos: We'll send a link after the race to the various photos from Damion Alexander, John Harris, and others.


Finish Area Food and Drink:

  • Volunteers from Greater Tucson Leadership volunteers will manage the water station at the start/finish line
  • Skratch Labs will provide hydration and other Skratch samples
  • Natural Grocers will be on hand with samples, drinks and other goodies!
  • The Pueblo Vida Beer Garden will be on the west side of the staging area, near the Children's Museum. Free taste pour for all 21+ with additional $5 pours. All proceeds to SDMB.
  • Food Trucks: Bring some cash (or a card) so you can purchase additional items from the Food Truck Round-Up.

Visit Tucson, A Runner-Friendly Community

Tucson/Pima County: RRCA Runner-Friendly Community

Race Hotel: Wanna' visit Tucson or enjoy a staycation? Check out the discounted pricing for the Hampton Inn, 141 North Stone, in Downtown Tucson, steps from the starting line. Queen or King beds, suite or single room, as you wish. Here are the booking links:

Hampton Inn or Home 2Suites


La Estrella Bakery: Visit our friends at La Estrella, the new bakery at the hotel and snag some delightful sweets and hot coffee!

Petrogylphs: Our friends at Petroglyphs, a Tucson shopping emporium, are offering $10 off any item in their store throughout June. Bring your race number to their store at The Mercado, 160 South Avenida Del Convento.


Studio 307: Yesterday, we received a phone call from the folks at Studio 307, located right near the starting line. They'll be holding an open house exactly during our event and we'll be blocking all vehicle traffic, so we told them we'd post a note about their Studio. Here's what they wrote:


STOP BY STUDIO 307 from 5pm-8pm for a fun open house featuring the work of 3 local female artists! Shop natural handmade soap and herbalist-formulated skincare, artisan clothing and textiles, and beautiful one-of-a-kind jewelry. 307 S 6th Ave just south of Armory Park between 13th St & 14th St.

Hotel Congress After-Party

HOTEL CONGRESS

Hotel Congress has been a big part of this event ever since we started 18 years ago, when they offered free shrimp ceviche.


This year they are offering discounts to all registrants. Bring your race number for free entry and exclusive drink specials!


311 E Congress Avenue, Downtown

Beer Garden

PUEBLO VIDA

Thanks to local brewing company, Pueblo Vida for providing the cold beverages for race night! Every registrant 21+ receives a free beer sample. Additional pours are $5-7. 


No one under 21 is allowed into the Beer Garden. Bring ID. All pours at discretion of Pueblo Vida, who reserves the right to refuse service.


You are also able to purchase beer to take home with you! Swing by Pueblo Vida at 115 E Broadway after the race and enjoy the evening!

Music: Legion of Mario + DJ Clint

LEGION OF MARIO

Announcing Legion of Mario as the Main Stage band!



Thanks to Clint Pittenger for taking over the DJ duties this year! Check out www.starlightdeejays.com!

Downtown Neighborhoods, Children's Museum, Shopping Discounts, & more

The Children's Museum: From 4-6 pm, the Children's Museum courtyard will be open for free to the public. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No adults without children. Bring your number in June for free entry to the Museum!


Downtown Partnership: For more information on parking and other things to do Downtown, please visit the Downtown Partnership website here.


Downtown Route Safety: The course map is below. This is an urban course, so be mindful of potential hazards that are common to urban running, such as vehicles, potholes, speedbumps, and the like.


Armory Park, Barrio Viejo, and Barrio Santa Rosa: You'll be running through three Downtown neighborhoods. Many folks will be out cheering for you, so enjoy your sightseeing trip through these unique Tucson neighborhoods! We recommend that you refrain from taking offered drinks from spectators or other well-meaning bystanders. (Some day we'll tell you the story of our friend running a half marathon who took a gulp of water only to find it was actually tequila . . .)

Southern Arizona Roadrunners

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


If you would like to support SAR’s FitKidz and Children’s Fitness Fund programs, head over to the SAR tent and purchase Jim Click Millions for Tucson Raffle Tickets. If you purchase 5 tickets at the race site you will also

get a free one year membership to SAR. Tickets are $25 for one ticket or 5 tickets for $100. Buy your tickets today and help SAR raise funds for these important programs.


Questions? Email info@runsar.org. Membership information at www.runsar.org.

Race Route + USATF certification measurements

Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown FAQ

Q: What goodies to the GGZTC registrants receive?

A: The first 450 GZTC participants will receive the TMC Meet Me Downtown souvenir race shirt and the special souvenir medal and Gabe Zimmerman t-shirt.


Q: Do I get the medal if I have signed up for the TMC Meet Me Downtown?

A: No. The souvenir medal is only for those who have registered for the Triple Crown.


Q: If I signed up for the TMC 5k, can I still sign up for the Triple Crown?

A: Yes, we have about 30 slots still available. If you've signed up for the 5k but want to switch to the Triple Crown, follow this link for directions on how to modify your registration.


Q: What if I can't be in Tucson for all of the Triple Crown races? 

A: You can do one, two, or all of the races Virtually and still receive all the great Triple Crown stuff. Send a friend to any of the three packet pickup times or wait until after the race. All souvenirs are given first-come, first-served.

Click here to submit your 5k results if you have to do this event virtually.


Q: Do I have to run, or can I walk?

A: You can run or walk and you can hike, race or stroll, the goal is simply to be outside and be moving!


Q: Back up please. I'm new to this sort of thing. What is the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown?  

A: GZTC is a charity-based, three-event run/walk series that includes running and walking events in three unique Tucson locations. The goal is to honor the late Gabe Zimmerman by promoting year-round fitness, enabling people to train for and complete by walking or running events that include 1 mile, 5k, 10k, and half-marathon.


Q: What is the beneficiary for the Triple Crown?

A: Thanks to your entries and support from Tucson Medical Center, $10 from each race entry goes directly to BEYOND-Tucson.


Q: Can you tell us more about Gabe Zimmerman?

A: The 3-race series is named for Gabe Zimmerman, pictured above with his dad, Ross.

 

A Tucson native, Gabe lost his life in the January 2011 shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords here in Tucson. Others murdered include Christina Taylor Green, Dorothy "Dot" Morris, Judge John Roll, Phyllis Scheck, and Dorwin Stoddard. Gabe was killed doing what he was best at: supporting his community, trying to make it a better place for everyone, regardless of their politics or their backgrounds. 

 

From the Gabe Zimmerman Davison Canyon Trailhead to the Gabe Zimmerman Meeting Room at the U.S. Capital, Gabe's presence will forever be a part of our community. We are grateful to Ross Zimmerman and Julia Strange at Tucson Medical Center for developing the concept of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown. Gabe's whole family has been devoted to fitness, running, and the Arizona outdoors - thus, we are honored to be able to celebrate the spirit of Gabe and highlight the possibilities for Tucson through the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.

 

Our goal is to celebrate Gabe and motivate the community to aspire to individual and collective greatness - to work alone and work with others towards those goals we find valuable. To celebrate living, community, and good will. To live with love, to live with passion, to chase dreams. As we all know, running shows us the power within ourselves. If we can go three miles in a hot summer night or slog our way up and down the hills of the Tucson mountains, the ups and downs of daily life are certainly manageable and we can rise to our other challenges. 

 

Special thanks to the thanks to the 6,500+ registrations that have been part of the Triple Crown these past few years!

Please Support Our Sponsors and Partners

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Thank You for Supporting Our Local Beneficiaries

As the first leg of the 2024 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown honoring the slain civil servant, Gabe Zimmerman, the event expects to raise over $12,000 for local organizations.

Supported by funding from Tucson Medical Center, Cox Communications, and participants, the events provide funding for the following organizations:


BEYOND Tucson Foundation: Following the tragic shooting on the morning of January 8, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ “Congress On Your Corner,” the Southern Arizona community spontaneously came together to honor, remember, and show solidarity for those that were killed, injured, or traumatized by the event. Along with its partners, BEYOND provides year-round opportunities for the public to participate in a series of healthy activities and to learn more about the scientific research that shows methods for optimal physical and mental health.


Children’s Museum, Tucson: Children’s Museum Tucson offers adventure learning, interactive exhibits and daily programming.


Cox Charities is the fundraising and grantmaking arm of Cox Communications raising funds for local charities.


Greater Tucson Leadership is a non-profit, non-partisan leadership organization dedicated to providing leadership education, community development and civic engagement for the overall care of and commitment to our Tucson community.


Southern Arizona Roadrunners is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and fitness in Tucson and Southern Arizona through running and walking. Thanks to SAR for being our long-time partners on this event.


Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists is a not-for-profit organization devoted to mountain biking, trail development, and creating environmentally and socially-responsible fitness opportunities. Thanks to SDMB for handling all the beer garden management!

Awards: Prize Money, Running Shop Gift Certificates, & more

All prize money awards will be based on rules described here.


Festival of Miles Open Mile 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 

1st $50


  • Prize Money double-dipping is allowed but all prize money winners are taken out of age group gift certificate awards.
  • Thanks to the Running Shop for age group gift cards
  • Thanks to HOKA for additional awards
  • All Age Group awards based on Chip Timing
  • USATF Course Sanction #: AZ16012JOE

TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Awards and Prize Money

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, $20 for 2nd, and $10 for third.


  • Prize Money double-dipping is allowed but all prize money winners are taken out of age group gift certificate awards.
  • Thanks to the Running Shop for age group gift cards
  • Thanks to HOKA for additional awards
  • All Age Group awards based on Chip Timing
  • The TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k is part of the Running Shop SAR Grand Prix


Male and Female 5k Prize Money 

1st $200

2nd $100

3rd $50

Master's Prize Money (40-and-over) Male and Female 

1st $50 


NOTE: Prize Money double-dipping is allowed (for example, a runner may receive both overall and masters money and team money)

Course Records TMC 5k Night Run

  • 14:30: Male, Ian Burrell, Tucson, 27 (2012)
  • 17:06: Female, Maggie Callahan, Boulder, 26 (2015)


Course Records Mile

  • 4:11 Weston Strum, 24 (2016)
  • 4:53 Courtney Barnes 24, Flagstaff (2019)


Course Records High School Mile

  • 4:44: Male, Crew Resendez, Gilbert (2023)
  • 6:36: Female, Olivia Cornelius, Tucson (2023)


TEAM AWARDS

Team prize money: $300 for each winning team of 5, men's and women's division, following cross country scoring. Teams can be as many people as desired, but all members must be registered in completion by May 23 at midnight, Arizona time. The top five in each team will score and first place will be awarded following the standard cross country scoring format. 


NOTE: all teams must be formally registered as a team by midnight May 26. There is NO race week team registration and no in-person team registration.

Who Sends These?
Run Tucson (www.RunTucson.net) 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 24th season of coaching runners in Tucson and around the nation.

Over the years, Run Tucson has raised over $300,000 for organizations such as BEYOND-Tucson, Cox Charities, the Children's Museum Tucson, Educational Enrichment Foundation, Greater Tucson Leadership, the Humane Society, Team Hoyt, the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, and more.
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