TMC Meet Me Downtown, May 26 – 27

May 25, 2017

Organizers of the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5K Night Run and Walk hope to raise $30,000 for charity. (Photo/Kerry Whelan/Daily Star)

Saturday, May 27 — Run like the wind

In the past six years, Randy Accetta and a group of supporters have transformed the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown into a trifecta for Tucson.

“I am a fan of Aristotle, who believed that healthy minds and healthy bodies create healthy citizenry. If I can do my part to make people healthier through fitness and raise funds in support of cultural, educational and social organizations, then I think I am making our city better,” said Accetta, director of the three-race event that will kick off with the 11th Annual TMC Meet Me Downtown 5K Night Run and Walk this Saturday at the Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave.

Created to commemorate native Tucsonan Gabe Zimmerman, a lifelong runner and avid outdoorsman who was killed in the shooting of then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in January 2011, the races have raised more than $150,000 for Child and Family Resources and other local charities.

Proceeds from the 2017 event will benefit the Children’s Museum Tucson, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Educational Enrichment Foundation, Living Streets Alliance, Greater Tucson Leadership, Southern Arizona Roadrunners, Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists and Beyond-Tucson Foundation, which was founded by Zimmerman’s father, Ross, as a single day of health-related outdoor activities designed to help the community move forward and heal after the shooting. That day has expanded into a year-round, commitment to individual and community wellness through the foundation and a coalition of partners including hospitals, health organizations, environmental advocacy groups and others.

To read the full story by Loni Nannini published by the Arizona Daily Star, click here.

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