Read below or click here for the TMC Get Moving Tucson race report by race directors Randy and Tia Accetta
We at Run Tucson had a great time at the October 27th TMC Get Moving Tucson events. (Sorry for the delay in sending this race report — we had to make a quick trip to the Grand Canyon to put on a Half Marathon up there last weekend!!) Thanks to all 2,000 of you for registering and volunteering! Below are some race photos and a lot of information on awards, where to find photos, the beneficiaries from the event, the virtual Crown, sponsors, volunteers, and the race itself!
Results, Awards, and Shirts: Check out the results page at http://www.azroadrunners.org/results/detail/gmt-half-marathon-results-2019. If you earned an age group or open award and did not receive it, please visit The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell) by the end of November to pick up your gift certificate.
If you have not picked up your race shirt yet, please go to The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell) by the end of November to pick up your medallion and a shirt. We have a lot of shirts left over. . . (All Out-of-Town Crown shirts have been mailed!)
Please note that race award pint glasses and race shirts must be picked up by the end of November.
Race Photos: for some of the coolest running pics around, check out the great photo albums put together by our friends Kerry Whelan and Damion Alexander
1) Damion Alexander rode his bike all over the race course – see what he saw here.
2) Kerry Whelan, aka GoatOGRAPHER spent his whole morning taking candid photos around town. You can find his wonderful work here.
Beneficiaries : TMC Get Moving Tucson was the third and final leg of the 2019 Gabe ZImmerman Triple Crown, enabling us provide almost $10,000 to the BEYOND-Foundation. Special thanks to Michelle, Diego, Ross, and the whole crew at BEYOND for being such a big part of the event. Special thanks to all of you for helping us raise over $18,000 for these organizations:
Team Hoyt Arizona – $3,000
Southern Arizona Roadrunners – $5,000
National Federation of the Blind – $600
BEYOND-Tucson Foundation — almost $10,000 as part of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown!
Special thanks to sponsors Tucson Medical Center and Cox Communications for helping make all this fundraising possible
Fourth, here’s what happened:
TMC A-Mountain Half Marathon:
The TMC A-Mountain Half Marathoners took over the streets of Downtown Tucson just as the sun was coming up before heading west to A Mountain. At the 3-mile mark, Harry Mulenga and Randy Arriola were leading the way, with first female Brittney Feivor trailing by just a bit.
When the leaders came back into view at mile 12.6, Harry Mulenga was leading the charge. Mulenga got the overall win with a time of 1:11:00 (that’s 5:25/mile pace) and Randy Arriola (son of the Running Shop’s Sharon Bart) came in a close second in 1:11:41. Both men took home cash prizes for covering the half marathon distance in under 1:13. Brian Leroy was the first master’s finisher with a time of 1:22:23.
Phoenix-based runner, Brittney Feivor, set a new course record for the women with a time of 1:17:18 (5:54/mile pace). She was awarded a total of $800 for her speedy effort. Second place went to Tucson’s Caroline Mosely of The Workout Group, in 1:29:13, while third place was Claire Hans, also from The Workout Group in 1:34:03.
Leroy and Mosley were each awarded $100 for being the fastest SAR members on the day. Sharon Silvas was the first master’s woman across the finish line with a time of 1:36:01.
The Tucson Lifestyle 5K:
The Tucson Lifestyle 5k runners and walkers followed the same urban route as the half marathon, staying in the downtown area. (Thanks to TPD for holding back impatient drivers!) Nicole Pearce led the whole race and cruised through the finish not only as first woman, but first overall, with a time of 18:24 (5:55/mile pace). She was followed by Ky Mickelsen in 19:03 and Hayden Nobis, 19:33. Master’s runners Erik Sanders (20:03) and Tia Accetta (20:22) placed 5th and 6th overall.
Cox Charities Family Mile and SAR FitKidz One Mile:
Over 300 registered for this fun dash through Downtown streets. Congratulations to Jackson Gant-Golston and Nicole Brousard for leading the way in the boys and girls divisions. Special thanks to Diane Manzini from SAR for managing all the race day tasks, including picking up the tasty eegees! Thanks to Greg Wenneborg for donating his timing services.
Tucson Medical Center is the title sponsor of the TMC Get Moving Tucson events and the main donor to the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown — we cannot overstate how helpful TMC has been to our region’s health and wellness community. For food and snacks, TMC donated oranges and all sorts of snack food.
Special thanks to long-time title sponsor for the 5k, Tucson Lifestyle Magazine.
Cox Communications has been a steady sponsor of our original Free Family Mile, now partnered on race with the SAR FitKidz series.
The Downtown Tucson Partnership has done a great job of making Downtown Tucson a destination for all things fitness – special thanks to DTP for their race day help!
As always, we are grateful toThe Running Shop is: hosting packet pickup, hosting post-race shirt/medal pickup, providing awards, and overall ensuring that we have a healthy and fit community.
Thanks to SAR’s Diane Manzini and the whole crew of FitKidz volunteers for helping over 300 FitKidz runners and walkers complete the Cox Charities Family Mile!
Congratulations to 2019 Champion Harry Mulenga!
We can’t thank these people enough for waking up early and showing up to support these races. Without them, events like this would not function nearly as smoothly. Our registration and set-up volunteers from the SAR community started their morning at 4:45 AM, helping others before hurrying off to race. Our staging area water volunteers from SWET showed up at 0’dark-thirty to cut oranges and help set up before running as well.
Out on the half marathon course we were fortunate to have a rockstar crew from the National Federation of the Blind at all three hydration tables.
And, for the third year in a row, the howling Sam Hughes Huskies elementary school cross country team managed the 5K water table at Catalina Park.
We hope the race participants enjoyed the music on A Mountain brought to you by the gang from Rayleigh Taylor Instability. Special thanks to the course monitors who helped direct runners all morning — standing for a few hours is almost as physically challenging as moving forward for 13 miles…
There were some rocking tunes heard at the staging area thanks to DJ Rich and MaxxStaxx and the Mighty X.
The officers from Tucson Police Department were on hand to ensure road safety again this year, while AMR was once again ensuring medical care at the finish line.
Special thanks to the Workout Group and Run Tucson running communities for all the pre- and post-race help.
The Southern Arizona Roadrunners have been a great partner for this event — thanks to Sheryl Felde for managing the volunteers at registration and for all the cleanup. Thanks to the SAR Board members who helped out on race day: Amye Chaparro, Lauren Erdelyi, Caroline Gardner, Heather Hopkins, Doreen Davis, Denise Gizinski, Diane Manzini, Steve Felde, and Sheryl Felde.
Thanks to Greg Wenneborg from Roadrunner Race Timing for handling all the timing duties.
Additional special thanks to Michelle Hawk and Don Taylor for driving around in a rental truck all morning managing the race day course.
Josh — whose last name I still don’t know!!
Autumn and Brandon Ball and the whole gang from Southwest Endurance (SWET) did yeoman’s work at the finish line water station and orange-cutting station.
Debra and Bob Schilling