Randy Accetta and Tia Accetta
Randy started the Workout Group with co-founder Greg Wenneborg in 1997 and has been its fearless leader ever since. He takes comfort in knowing that people who move away from Tucson can always come back and find the Workout Group in its pursuit of leg speed at Reid Park on any given Tuesday and Thursday night. Randy ran for Wesleyan University, spent time running track professionally in Europe, wrote a bit for Runner’s World, was the Arizona coach for Team in Training, and was the Program Director at Craftsbury Running Camps. His PR’s include 4:08 in the mile, 9:03 in the steeplechase, 14:34 in the 5k, 30:34 in the 10k, 1:07:08 in the half-marathon, and 2:19:25 in the marathon (qualifer for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials). Randy has also raced high-altitude trail races and other events.
Currently, Randy is the Director of Coaching Education for the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), directing the national coaching certification program. Past-President of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, Randy is also the race director for some of Arizona’s most popular events: the TMC Saguaro Labor Day 8 Miler, TMC Get Moving Tucson Half Marathon & 5k, TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson, TMC Be Tucson Women’s 5k, and the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run. As co-founder of Meet Me Concepts, LLC, Randy can often be found at Meet Me at Maynard’s in downtown Tucson or at Meet Me in Downtown Phoenix. He loves throwing running parties (aka races) and meeting people through running almost as much as he loves heading out on a solitary trail run.
In his spare time, Randy is the Mentor in Residence, Communication at the renowned McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona. A two-time teacher of the year at the Eller College of Management and an award-winning scholar, Randy holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Arizona. Randy also takes his dad role pretty seriously these days, opting to play baseball with his son, Aric, or to out-jump his daughter, Anabelle, on the trampoline instead of going for a run. (Yes, jumping on the trampoline may indeed lead to sore achilles . . . )
Tia is the co-founder of Run Tucson, LLC and has been taking on more coaching responsibilities since becoming an RRCA certified coach and spending time with the folks in Boulder, CO at the Arthur Lydiard Foundation. Holding a Master’s degree in Education, Tia no longer teaches, but she does find time to volunteer as a cross-country and track coach at Sam Hughes Elemtary School, where Anabelle is in kindergarten and Aric is in 2nd grade. In between being a mom, a coach, and a business partner, Tia has been training to run a sub-2:43 marathon. She ran for the University of Idaho, and has 20 years of competitive running experience. She says that she didn’t start appreciating the marathon distance until her kids started preschool. She has run nine marathons: 3:10, 3:08, 2:58, 2:53, 2:50, 2:49, 2:48:54, 2:54 (2nd place at Go! St.Louis), and 2:48:05. She has competed as an “elite” athlete in the Chicago, Twin Cities, Cal International and Go! St. Louis marathon.
Other PR’s include:
Half Marathon: 1:18:16