Meet Me Downtown 5K Night Race Kicks Off

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucsonans took to the streets in downtown for what's being called the biggest race in Tucson.

Meet Me Downtown 5K Night Run goes to help child and family resources in honor of Jan. 8th victim, Gabe Zimmerman. Ross Zimmerman says Gabe used to love family events like this.

On Saturday night, they had record breaking attendance, as 2,500 people participated. Among those who came out, was our mayor who took on a new challenge.

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild kicked off a new health initiative called "Tucson Moves A Million Miles." After tonight, he has 7,500 miles under his belt.

People of all ages took part in tonight's race, even youngsters. This is the only night run in Tucson and it's the first of three races for the 2013 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.

Zimmerman's father Ross says he's happy his son's memory can live on.

"You know, none of this is going to change what happened and we'd do anything to have Gabe back," said Ross. "But you can't change the past. All you can do is try to make a better future."

The next race will take place around Labor Day at Saguaro National Park.

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