We’ll have a more-detailed race report at a later date, but here’s the quick version:
Over 1400 runners participated in the TMC Get Moving Tucson event, the third event in the 2013 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown produced by the Southern Arizona Roadrunners. Over $13,000 was raised for local non-profits, including Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Tucson and Child and Family Resources. To see some of the many beautiful race photos, please go to facebook.com/Southern.Arizona.Roadrunners/photos_albums. We will also have a link for race photos for each person to purchase pretty soon. . . .Thanks to Kerry Whelan and Scott Cnockaert for the great photos . . .
Over 200 children ran the Cox Charities Mile, a Southern Arizona Roadrunner”FitKidz” free one mile promoting health and wellness. All race results can be found here (with final results to be posted over the coming days)—all age group awards can be picked up at The Running Shop through November 1st.
In terms of the fast running, a handful of Olympic hopefuls took to the city streets on Sunday morning, trying to win some prize money in the TMC Get Moving Tucson A-Mountain Half-Marathon. Prize money was based on times not overall placing, with over $4,000 possible. In the men’s race, former Pima Community College standout Craig Curley out-dueled University of Arizona law school graduate Ian Burrell to take first place overall in a time of 1:08:03. Burrell finished in 1:09:14, with UofA graduate student Kirk Michels in third in 1:09:58. Two weeks after finishing in 5th place at the US National Marathon Championships, Curley won $200 for being the first runner to the “A” on top of Sentinel Peak.
The women’s race saw a duel between two Olympic hopefuls, marathoner Ariana Hilborn and former University of Arizona steeplechaser Maggie Callahan.
Hilborn (33) from Heber, Arizona, was the first woman across the line in 1:21:17, to set a new course record on the Downtown-area course. Hilborn won $900 for being the first to the top of the A-Mountain and setting the new course record. Hilborn was challenged to the top of A-Mountain by Callahan (25), running her first half-marathon. Now living in Boulder, but still a member of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, Callahan took second place, breaking the old course record and also winning $200. In third place was Alita Jokesch, a UofA graduate student running for the Workout Group.
Event History: The TMC Get Moving Tucson is in its 31st year, though this is just the third time as a half-marathon in Downtown Tucson. Previously, the event has been a 10-mile run, staged from 2006-2010 in Downtown Tucson, but before that staged for over 25 years in the northeast of Tucson, at Sabino High School.
About the Southern Arizona Roadrunners: Founded in 1972, 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. SAR is one of the largest non-profit running clubs in the nation.