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$6,806 for Tucson’s 5k Night Run & RRCA National One Mile Champs

04/04/2017

Prize Money Announced for May 26th Friday Night Festival of Miles and
May 27th TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k in Tucson, Arizona

Run Tucson and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners are pleased to announce the prize purse for the 11th Anniversary of Tucson’s most popular race, the TMC Meet Me Downtown Night Run Weekend, held on Memorial Day weekend.

The May 27th TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run has $3,650 in prize money for top finishers, masters, team awards, and course record bonuses. Past champions include former British Olympian Andrew Lemoncello, Craig Curley, and Ian Burrell who twice ran exactly 14:37.9, and Jordan Chipengama, the course record holder in 14:25. On the women’s side, the course record of 17:06 is held by Maggie Callahan, former University of Arizona standout now running for Hudson Elite.

“We’re committed to providing money to top runners from the region,” says race director Randy Accetta. “We can’t compete with the big national-level races, but we provide incentive-based awards for open and masters-age athletes who care about performance.”

On Friday, May 26th, the 2nd Annual Friday Night Festival of Miles includes the RRCA National One Mile Road Championships, with $3,156 up for grabs in prize money.

Featuring seven separate divisions of one-mile events, the Festival of Miles has been named a “Featured Event” in the acclaimed “Bring Back the Mile” series, founded by Ryan Lamppa. Showcasing America’s best Mile events, the Bring Back the Mile series aims to create a national movement highlighting the Mile distance.  In 2016, Wes Strum ran a 4:10 gun time to take first place, while Amy Cole ran 5:15 to set the pace for the women.

Among the more than $3,000 available in incentive-based prize money for overall and age group winners, is the “Race Director Challenge.”  The top finisher who beats the race director’s personal best in the mile of 4:08.9 will earn $408.90.

“It’s a bit of a Glory Days publicity stunt,” says race director Accetta, “but it’s also our way of drawing a straight line between generations. We’ve adjusted the women’s time to 4:48.9, following the Mercier Score Calculator. In addition to the fun side of things, we want to support those who train for speed.”

The RRCA awards special medallions to Open, Master’s (40+), Grand Masters (50+), and Super-Grand Masters (60+).

Elite Athlete Coordinator Tia Accetta (herself a past race winner) can be contacted at tia@runtucson.net.

Additional festivities on both nights include live music on the course; stilt walkers, fire show and family activities including a free entry to the Children’s Museum; the fifth annual “Food Truck Running Race Round-Up”; Amstel X-Light Beer Garden; and the 11th annual after-party at the historic Hotel Congress.  Hotel discounts will be available at nearby Tucson resorts and nearby hotels and motels.

About Run Tucson:

Founded by Randy and Tia Accetta, Run Tucson (www.runtucson.net) is a full service event and coaching entity producing running events in partnership with the Southern Arizona Roadrunners. With coaches certified by the Road Runners Club of America (www.rrca.org), Run Tucson manages Arizona’s longest-running coached training group, the Workout Group, founded in 1997. 

About the Southern Arizona Roadrunners: 

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

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