$4,000 at stake in TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run and Festival of Miles
With over $4,000 in prize money at stake in multiple races on June 2nd, the TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run has become a popular race among athletes from around the country. Runners from over 19 states (plus France, Mexico, and the District of Columbia) will join the Arizona field, including handfuls of regional elite athletes taking aim at course records, time incentives, and team bonuses.
“It’ll be on hot on race night, but part of the excitement is having national class runners duke it out in the Tucson heat,” says race director Randy Accetta. “We’ve got some great racers coming to try to take prize money from local runners, so it’ll be pretty fast up front.”
The Road Runners Club of America 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.
Accetta continues: “We love what Bring Back the Mile has done for national running, and we’re excited about having such a competitive field up front,” says race director Randy Accetta. “We’re proud to be a local race supporting top running. We’ve put up an additional $800 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.”
The RRCA Arizona State 5k Championship will be contested as well, with standout runners seeking to break the course records of14:25, set by Jordan Chipengama (2014) and 17:23, set by Maggie Callahan (2013).
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.
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 on behalf of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners (www.azroadrunners.org) and funded by 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.