Beneficiaries Announced for RRCA West Regional One Mile Champs in Tucson, AZ

August 4, 2021

TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k & Festival of Miles expected to raise over $12,000 for Tucson-based organizations

The 15th Annual TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k & Festival of Miles takes place on Sunday morning, August 22nd.  As the first leg of the 2021 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown honoring the slain civil servant, Gabe Zimmerman, the event expects to raise over $12,000 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, $2,000 in combined prize money in the Mile and the 5k, and post-race activities designed to highlight a burgeoning Downtown Tucson.

“Due to COVID-caused limits on our participants, our registration numbers will be down this year,” says race director Randy Accetta.  “But our mission is to make Tucson better through running and we’re excited about providing funds to so many worthy local organizations.”

Supported by funding from Tucson Medical Center and Cox Communications, 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. 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.

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 is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and fitness in Tucson and Southern Arizona through running and walking.

About Run Tucson:

Run Tucson ( is a full-service event and coaching entity. With coaches certified by the Road Runners Club of America (, Run Tucson manages Arizona’s longest-running coached training group, the Workout Group.  Contact: Randy Accetta at

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.

Contact:Randy Accetta, 520-991-0733,