Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown
The three-race series commemorates Gabe Zimmerman, a Tucson native who lost his life in the January 2011 shooting here in Tucson. As we all know, running shows us the power within ourselves. If we can walk or run three miles in a hot summer night, the ups and downs of daily life are certainly manageable. If we can climb A-Mountain, we can rise to our other challenges. Our goal is to celebrate Gabe and motivate the community to aspire to individual and collective greatness – to work alone and work with others towards those goals we find valuable. To celebrate living, community, and good will. To live with love, to live with passion to chase dreams.
About Gabe Zimmerman
Each year from 2011-2016, $10 from each Triple Crown entry was donated to Gabe’s favorite non-profit, Child and Family Resources. Additional Tucson-based organizations also received a portion of the proceeds from the individual events. All total, over $100,000 has been donated due to your efforts.
Since 2017, the Triple Crown has donated $10 from each entry 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.
Words from Ross Zimmerman
When Randy Accetta of SAR and Julia Strange of TMC approached us with the idea of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, we were touched and appreciative. This is the sixth year, time for some reflection. Like Beyond, I’d like to see the GZ Triple take on a life of it’s own, not just exist as an echo of loss.
I’m sure there are various reasons why people sign up for the GZ Triple. Some of us knew and loved Gabe. Many perhaps because it’s a good deal for three excellent races, the party-run Downtown 5K, the iconic Saguaro Loop 8 miler, and the heart-of-the-Old-Pueblo Get Moving Half Marathon. The longer runs have 5K options to help more of us participate, not just the lean and hungry front runners. Regardless of your motivation, it’s a good focus and supports the good works of the prevention oriented Child and Family Resources social service agency.
I hope the GZ Triple Crown continues indefinitely. I hope you’ll take a few minutes, whether you knew Gabe or not, to reflect on the loved ones around you. Some still present, some only living on in memories. You’re lucky to be here in an extraordinary place, moving forward together. Thank you for coming out.