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Run Tucson Hosts August 22nd RRCA West Regional One Mile Road Championship

July 28, 2021

$2,000 at stake in TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k and Festival of Miles

With over $2,000 in prize money at stake in multiple races on Sunday morning, August 22nd, the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k has become a popular race among athletes from around the country.  Runners from over 25 states have signed up to join the Arizona field, including handfuls of regional elite athletes taking aim at course records, time incentives, and team bonuses.

The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) West Regional One Mile Championship will confer special Championship status for men and women in Open, Over 40, Over 50 and Over 60 age divisions.

A total of $1,600 in prize will go to the first three men and women and top master’s in both the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k and the One Mile.

“We’re honored to host the RRCA West Regional Championships,” says race director Randy Accetta. “We’re proud to be a local race supporting top running.  On top of the standard top three prize money, we’re putting up almost in $1,000 in prize money in the Race Director Challenge – the fastest runner who beats my glory-days best time of 4:08.9 will win $408.90 – with an equivalent time for women.”

In addition to the Open Mile, the Festival of Miles includes the Southern Arizona Roadrunners “FitKidz Mile” and a “Battle of the Badges” for first-responders and civil servants.

“Our local non-profit running club, the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, has developed a FitKidz series of races for children under 12.  In the past we’ve had over 500 kids and parents run and walk the mile.”

Contact: Randy Accetta, 520-991-0733, randy@runtucson.net

About TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k: This year’s edition is the first morning event for this popular “Night Run.”  Due to public health concerns, the event will be held in the morning with a cap of only 1000 runners and walkers and a diminished post-race party atmosphere.

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, 40+, 50+, 60+ categories for both men and women.

About Run Tucson: Owned by Randy and Tia Accetta, Run Tucson (www.runtucson.net) is a full service event production and coaching entity producing running events in partnership with the Southern Arizona Roadrunners (www.azroadrunners.org) and title sponsor Tucson Medical Center (www.tmcaz.com).  With coaches certified by the Road Runners Club of America (www.rrca.org), Run Tucson owns Arizona’s longest-running coached training group, the Workout Group.

About the Southern Arizona Roadrunners: Arizona’s largest running club, SAR (www.azroadrunners.org) is a member of the Road Runners Club of America.  The Southern Arizona Roadrunners is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and fitness in Tucson and Southern Arizona through running and walking.