Meet Me at Maynards Celebrates 7th Birthday with Walk/Run/Music/Party
Get Out! and head downtown to join in the celebrations for Meet Me at Maynards (MMM) 7th birthday party, Monday, April 11, sponsored by Tucson Medical Center.
The weekly free fitness and fun activity brought nearly 1,000 walkers and runners to last year’s party and an even larger event is planned for this year, said Jannie Cox, MMM co-founder. ‘Get Out!’ is the force behind this innovative program to help others enjoy the benefits of outdoor recreation in a community setting.
“Our birthday party includes a 3-mile walk/run with live bands and entertainment and a birthday game to play along the way. You’ll find free samples from many of our “Meet Me” restaurants,” she said. Then join us for the festivities at Hotel Congress…a Mexican food fiesta and a free raffle of numerous generous gift certificates from participating restaurants and businesses.”
Walkers and runners will be entertained by 20 local bands and musicians along the evening’s 3-mile route. Complete details about the event, including a map of the route and a listing of all band and their locations, can be found at www.meetmeatmaynards.com/mmm-birthday-april-11-2016.
When: Monday, April 11, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Start/Finish at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress/Courtyard Entrance
Who: Adults and families of all ages
Cost: Event is free
Since its inception, Meet Me at Maynards has brought a total attendance of more than 155,000 to downtown Tucson. MMM is the meeting place for active adults and families on Monday evenings, enjoying exercise, live music and discounts in 33 restaurants. MMM has a dual purpose of healthy exercise and exposing thousands of people to Tucson’s downtown.
MMM history and goals
Meet Me at Maynards (MMM) began April 13, 2009 and has become a tradition in downtown Tucson. In 2011, after outgrowing the patio space at Maynards Market and Kitchen, the event moved across the street to Hotel Congress…every Monday, rain, shine and holidays.
The MMM cheer is “GET OUT”, expressing the goals to get out for exercise, get out to spend time with family and friends, and get out to support our downtown. MMM offers incentive awards for attendance milestones – eight times earns a free MMM t-shirt, 10 a listing on the MMM website, 15 a MMM running cap and 50 a MMM pin. 100 times at MMM earns the much-coveted royal purple Century Club shirt. More than 7000 awards have been earned, including 236 Century Club shirts, 44 have earned double century status, and 7 have earned triple century status.
About “MMM athletes”
The “MMM athletes” and volunteers have a sense of community, pride and ownership regarding Tucson’s downtown. The weekly 2 to 4-mile walk/run route has shown them historic sites, beautiful architecture and residential neighborhoods. They have become local experts about where to park, eat, drink and be entertained. 33 local eateries welcome participants with Monday night discounts and most provide gift certificates for the free raffle at the conclusion of each event.
MMM is sponsored by:
- Tucson Medical Center
- Maynards Market and Kitchen
- The Running Shop
- The Arizona Daily Star
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
- Hager’s Journey
- Farmers Insurance
- BBVA Compass Bank
- Tucson Orthopaedic Institute
- Sinfonia Healthcare Inc.
- El Rio Community Health Center
- Southern Arizona Roadrunners
Meet Me Concepts
Meet Me at Maynards is one of several social and lifestyle programs developed and hosted by Meet Me Concepts, LLC, owned by Jannie Cox, her husband David Syverson and Randy and Tia Accetta. Expanding the idea of healthy communities is a goal shared by the owners and volunteers, and is a model for the United States Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities… http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calls/walking-and-walkable-communities/.
Meet Me Concepts has a second weekly event in Tucson held on Wednesdays, called Meet Me at La Encantada. They have expanded the Meet Me model of “Building Community thru Fitness” to Meet Me Monday in Boise, Idaho and most recently Meet Me Downtown in Phoenix.
GET OUT! http://www.meetmeatmaynards.com/
Contact Jannie Cox at 520-548-3741 with any questions.