Hello to our Run Tucson community.

We had a great time this past weekend with over 800 folks at the TMC Earth Day 5k at the Biosphere 2. You can see our post-race newsletters at www.runtucson.net for photos, results, award info, and more.

This email provides details on the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, with these primary topics

  • Details for the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown
  • Honoring Gabe Zimmerman
  • Raising funds for BEYOND-Tucson
  • Highlights for each of the Triple Crown events
  • "Thank you" discounted pricing information for the Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon and the 2025 TMC Earth Day event

OK -- if you have any questions, let us know. Thanks again for being part of our running and fitness communities.


Randy and Tia Accetta

randy@runtucson.net | tia@runtucson.net | www.runtucson.net

Sign up for the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown here!
Sign up for the Triple Crown here!

What you get when you register for the

2024 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown

  • Entry into the three unique events, with all race goodies including giveaways, age group awards, and more.

  • The vibrant 2024 "Run Tucson" Gabe Zimmerman souvenir shirt featured above, in both unisex and "ladies" sizing

  • The special Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown medal, a magnetic stained glass pie-shaped medallion featuring the colorful Tucson skyline, reminiscent of La Placita Village, original site of the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k.

  • The stained-glass TMC Tucson 10k/5k magnetic souvenir medal highlighting the Painted Hills of the Tucson Mountains.

  • The third piece of the souvenir set, the magnetic stained-glass medallion for the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon and 4-Miler, featuring the historic "A" on Sentinel Peak.

  • Collectively, these three magnetic pieces fit together to create a beautiful circle medallion, over 7" in diameter

  • $10 of each entry goes straight to BEYOND

  • Current Price: $139
  • Save over $70 on race day pricing for all three events
  • All online registrations will include standard third-party RunSignup fees
  • Mail-in forms here

Want to know more? Read the 2024 FAQ here.

Can't do each event in person? No worries, choose the Virtual option and we'll be in touch about getting your goodies to you!

Honoring Gabe Zimmerman

Gabe Zimmerman lost his life in the January 2011 shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords here in Tucson. 

Others killed by gun violence that day 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. 


Gabe's presence will forever be a part of our community, from the Gabe Zimmerman Davison Canyon Trailhead to the Gabe Zimmerman Meeting Room at the U.S. Capital to the January 8th memorial at the Old Pima County Courthouse.

Gabe's whole family has been devoted to fitness, running, and the Arizona outdoors, and we are honored to be able to celebrate the spirit of Gabe and highlight the possibilities for our community through the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.

We are grateful to Ross Zimmerman (standing with Gabe in the Mt Lemmon photo above) and Julia Strange at Tucson Medical Center for developing the concept of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.

Applications Open for the Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards

The Center for the Future of Arizona is currently accepting applications for the Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards through April 29, 2024.

Awarded in three categories (Community Builder, Emerging Leader, and Civic Leader), honorees exemplify the impact Gabe Zimmerman had in connecting communities and engaging Arizonans.

Any Arizona-based non-elected public servant can be nominated for the awards.

Click here for details.

Why We Raise Funds for BEYOND

Every registration for the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown raises $10 for BEYOND, a local non-profit with year-round health programming.

BEYOND was founded as an annual community-wide outdoor event that occurs the second week of every year to commemorate the anniversary of the January 8, 2011 shooting tragedy. It was initiated by members of Gabe Zimmerman’s family and is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our community by providing opportunities for people to come together, get outside, and learn to be healthier.

BEYOND became the home-base three years ago for a beloved community event, Meet Me at Maynard’s, and together we are thrilled to celebrate 15 years of building health and community this April 2024. To celebrate, we have kicked off a campaign “Give $15 for 15 years” to show this community’s support of the events, and our commitment to keep it going strong for years to come.

All events are free and open to everyone. No need to pre-register. Join us in giving back!

"These programs have allowed me to feel more connected to the Tucson community." This was one of many of the responses that were received on the annual survey about the impact that Meet Me has had on people’s lives.

Since their inception, these weekly events have been free, including incentive awards to and for those who attend regularly. Over 25,000 people have attended in those 15 years.

Jannie Cox, our good friend and beloved co-founder and now BEYOND Board Member, said: "Meet Me at Maynard’s has been one of the most joyful experiences of my life. I have so many cherished friends and beautiful memories. It’s all about getting out with friends and family, getting healthy exercise, and supporting our downtown. What a wonderful journey!"

The small staff at BEYOND and dozens of volunteers bring energy, experience, and a fierce commitment to healthy lifestyles. BEYOND continues to fulfill our Meet Me motto...building community through fitness, and to pursue our BEYOND mission of improving the health and wellness of our community.

BEYOND is made possible by countless volunteers, donors, and the support of local non-profits and businesses, including our major sponsors, Tucson Medical Center, Rio Nuevo, and Run Tucson, among others.

To donate to the campaign visit https://givebutter.com/MMM15 or learn more on our website: www.beyond-tucson.org.

You can also follow BEYOND on Facebook www.facebook.com/beyond.tucson.

The 3 Events of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown

June 1 TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run/Walk & Festival of Miles

TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run/Walk, & the Festival of Miles

Not yet ready for the full three-race series?

Join us at TMC Meet Me Downtown, a city-wide block party, featuring the Raising Cane's Festival of Miles, the FitKidz free children's race and children's activities, food trucks, beneficiary and vendor expo, live music from Legion of Mario, a free pour at the Pueblo Vida Beer Garden, and an awesome after-party at iconic Hotel Congress. 

Walk or run the 5k -- or if 3 miles isn't your thing, cruise the Open Mile!

Current Pricing: $40 for the 5k, $10 for the Mile (no shirt)

Reminder: if you register only for the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k, you will receive the blue race shirt, but not the Gabe Zimmerman medal.

This is the first leg of the 2024 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, so only GZTC registrants will receive this special souvenir medallion, enabling you to complete the unique three-part commemorative circle.


September 8, TMC Tucson 10k/5k

TMC Tucson 10k and companion 5k

Cruise the beautiful rolling hills in the Painted Hills 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.

Current Pricing: $40 for either the 10k or 5k

This is the second leg of the 2024 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.

Don't want to do the Triple Crown?


October 20, TMC A-Mountain Events

Choose from three events:

  • TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon
  • TMC A-Mountain 4-Miler
  • Cox Charities Mile and FitKidz Mile

The TMC A-Mountain Half Marathon is Tucson's most popular urban half-marathon with three events to choose from, plus live music, a vendor expo, children's activities, food trucks, after-party at the Mercado Annex, and more. 

Current Pricing: $70 for the Half-Marathon, $30 for the 4-Miler

This is the third leg of the 2024 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.


Sign up for the Triple Crown here!

Thanks to Tucson Medical Center for their ongoing support of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown

Who Sends These? Run Tucson (www.RunTucson.net) is the event production company for the largest run/walk events in Southern 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. 

In addition, we support worthy charities, raising over $350,000 for local non-profit organizations over the years.

Why Am I on This List? You've participated in one of the events we've produced, either one of our charity running events in Tucson, or as part of Meet Me at Maynard's, Meet Me Wednesday's, Meet Me Downtown PHX.

How Do I Get Off This List? You can hit the "unsubscribe" button below or you can email us at randy@runtucson.net.

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.
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