The Great Pumpkin Race – Come for the Race, Stay for the Pumpkins

Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 7:30am
WHAT:          The Great Pumpkin Race – Come for the Race, Stay for the Pumpkins
Benefits the Division of Neurosurgery in the University of Arizona Department of Surgery
TO REGISTER:        Online at or call (520) 326-9383.
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Run or walk through a haunted corn maze at the annual 5K Great Pumpkin Race at Buckelew Farm, 17000 W. Ajo Way, Sunday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 a.m. Featured in Women's Running magazine as one of the outstanding running events for families in the nation, the event also will include pumpkin picking, prizes and a Kids Fun Run. Wear a costume. Michael Lemole, MD, chief of the UA Division of Neurosurgery, will participate as one of the judges in the costume contest along with a member of Rep. Gabrielle Gifford’s staff.
Tom and Amanda Tronsdal started the Great Pumpkin Race three years ago to raise awareness and money to support brain research. Their 7-year-old son, Mac, was born with Hydrocephalus, an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the brain that can cause development delays or loss of brain function. The Tronsdals decided to make UA Division of Neurosurgery the beneficiary because of the excellent care and treatment Mac has received since he was born. Mac is considered a “miracle baby” by his doctors and part of that success is due to the emergency treatment from the staff at his birth.
Proceeds will be used to support neurological research in the UA Department of Surgery. More information on the event can be found at