TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Walk expected to raise over $20,000 for Tucson-based organizations
The 13th Annual TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run & Festival of Miles is Arizona’s largest local 5k, with over 3,000 participants expected. As the first leg of the 2019 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown honoring the slain civil servant, Gabe Zimmerman, the event raises over $20,000 for local organizations.
The Festival of Miles has been named the RRCA West Regional One Mile Championship by the Road Runners Club of America. Produced by Run Tucson in partnership with the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, the TMC Meet Me Downtown events include a free “FitKidz” Mile for children, a free Battle of the Badges Mile for First Responders, $3,000 in combined prize money in the Mile and the 5k, and post-race activities designed to highlight a burgeoning Downtown Tucson.
Supported in part by funding from Tucson Medical Center, Cox Communications, and Rio Nuevo, the events provide funding for the following organizations:
BEYOND 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. Ten dollars from each Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown entry goes to the BEYOND Foundation, offering a unique Rx health formula emphasizing four key pillars that supports optimum physical and mental health:
EXPLORE: Getting outdoors and spending time in nature;
MOVE: Engaging in regular physical activity;
NOURISH: Eating healthy foods; and
CONNECT: Connecting with one another as a community.
These four key pillars support the basis of BEYOND’s mission. 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 why these four pillars are critical 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.
Educational Enrichment Foundation actively provides enhanced and enriched learning resources for TUSD students, teachers, and schools, advocates for educational excellence for all children, and ensures access to educational enrichment opportunities within TUSD for financially in-need students.
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 produces running events to help local charities raise funds while promoting a healthy community by facilitating and supporting competitive and social running and walking events; by promoting running and fitness for all ages; by providing educational and social information about our sport; and by promoting our sport through public relations and civic involvement.
About Run Tucson: Run Tucson (www.runtucson.net) is a full service event and coaching entity producing running events on behalf of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners (www.azroadrunners.org). With coaches certified by the Road Runners Club of America (www.rrca.org), Run Tucson manages Arizona’s longest-running coached training group, the Workout Group. Contact: Randy Accetta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the RRCA National Championship Series: Since 1958, the RRCA has awarded championship events through a competitive bidding process at the National, Regional, and State level to RRCA member clubs and events to promote the sport of distance running. The goal of the RRCA Championship Event Series is to shine a spotlight on well-run events and to award top performing runners in the open, masters (40+), grand masters (50+), and senior grand masters (60+) categories for both men and women.