Bring your light saber to Mill Ave. on Friday

Is the Force with you? Want to be a movie star?

Star Wars, Star Trek and sci fi lovers are encouraged to show up in costume this Friday at 3 p.m. at the Starbucks patio on Fifth St. and Mill Avenue to help the City of Tempe film a promotional video for Geeks Night Out, our celebration of all things science, sci-fi and technology.

Mayor Hugh Hallman, dressed in Darth Vader gear, will lead everyone along Mill Avenue to MADCAP Theater, where Geeks Night Out will be hosted.

Want to find out more about Geeks Night Out? It happens on Feb. 16, part of the Arizona SciTech Festival and the Downtown Tempe Community’s Third Thursday series. Find out all the details at

Have questions about the video? Call Kris Baxter-Ging at 480 250-5198 or call Amanda Nelson at 480 350-2707.


Live long and prosper.


Sweaty mayor to raise $1 million for Tempe charities

It’s a very sweaty million dollars that Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman has almost raised. 

This is the fifth year of the Mayor’s Run for Wellness, part of the P.F. Chang’s Rock n Roll Marathon.


Hallman, who turns 50 just two days before this year’s race, is marking the anniversary of his birth by running his first marathon (he’s already done more than a dozen half marathons) with 500 people who have raised money for Tempe charities. By race day, he will likely surpass the million dollar mark for Tempe non-profit organizations.



According to Dan Cruz at Competitor Group, the company that organizes the Rock n Roll Marathon nationally, Hallman is the single largest fundraiser the race has had by far. And that is saying a lot, considering the tens of thousands who run at the more than two dozen races around the world.


A live morning show opportunity will be available on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 5-9 a.m. at Tempe Beach Park. Hallman and his runners will be present along with representatives of the PF Chang’s Rock n Roll Marathon and Tempe charities. They will be doing practice runs, stretches and giving tips on running not only this race but running for overall good health.


Hallman, hundreds of runners and corporate sponsors such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tempe Marketplace, American Outdoor and many others, have distributed about $800,000 to charities in the last four years. This year, 19 charities will benefit from the Mayor’s pounding on the pavement. You can see the list of sponsors and charities at You can also still sign up to run the marathon or half marathon, or, if you’re feeling a little less ambitious, you can make a donation to the cause online.


Squeezing training runs in between his job at Tempe Preparatory Academy and council duties, Hallman plans to do something fairly outrageous this year: he’s going to run the brand new half marathon route twice. The first time he’ll do the 13.1 mile course backwards, without water stations or marathon staff, starting at 5 a.m. He’ll finish the half in about 2:15, just in time to start the half all over again – this time running the course with everyone else in the right direction.


“I wanted to challenge myself. I really didn’t start running as an adult until we decided to have the Mayor’s Run,” Hallman said. “I’ve seen people change their lives and their health for the better through training for this race, and we’ve helped a lot of organizations maintain and improve their services to the community. If I can do this, so can other people my age and older. Exercise is an extremely important component of healthy living, especially as we age.”


While wanting to run the marathon, Hallman also wanted to run the new, beautiful half-marathon course, with both a start and finish in downtown Tempe.


“The new course is gorgeous,” Hallman said. “What could be better than running from downtown Tempe into Scottsdale, through Phoenix’s portion of Papago Park, over the Mill Avenue Bridge and into Sun Devil Stadium?”


The last practice run for the Mayor’s Run team happens this Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the Tempe Family YMCA, 7070 S. Rural Road. Anyone who wants to run with the team is welcome.

Race with the Mayor for charity

Tempe, Arizona – For the eighth time, Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman is challenging Valley media representatives to a mini-triathlon on Thursday, Nov. 17, in celebration of Ironman Arizona. So far, 14 reporters, producers and other journalists have signed up to take him on.

The Ironman Arizona Mayor’s Media Challenge involves a 24-yard swim in Tempe Town Lake, a 1.12-mile bike ride and .26-mile run. The race is affectionately known as the “Tin Man” because it is a very scaled-down version of the real Ironman Arizona, which takes place in and around Tempe on Sunday, Nov. 20.

The challenge happens at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Tempe Beach Park, Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway. Members of the public are welcome to watch. This year, in honor of Mayor Hallman’s last challenge, Ironman has doubled the prize and will donate $2,000 to the winner’s charity of choice.

Hallman has released a couple of videos on YouTube to taunt his media rivals. They are available at and at

For the second year, Vice Mayor Joel Navarro also will compete in the race. Past media winners have included the East Valley Tribune, CBS 5 and College Times. Bikes for the event are being loaned by Landis Cyclery, which has two Tempe locations. Visit

For more information on Ironman Arizona, visit For Tempe traffic closures and restrictions during Ironman Arizona, visit

Read and watch the 2011 Tempe State of the City Address online

Read and watch the 2011 Tempe State of the City Address online

Tempe’s State of the City Address featuring Mayor Hugh Hallman looked “Beyond the Horizon” this morning, toward ways that the City of Tempe could ensure a bright future.

The speech explored concepts of leadership and critical, future-oriented thinking while revealing a new potential corridor for the streetcar. It introduced the potential impact of the new ASU Athletic Facilities District, the largest development of its kind in the world and continued support for development densities in the downtown and Town Lake area.

You may read the speech,,) which contains links to YouTube videos created for specifically for this event.

There are two streetcar videos that simulate routes. The first video shows the route that Tempe is currently seeking federal funding to accomplish. The second is a route that Hallman, in his speech, suggested would be beneficial to Tempe in addition to the initial route, as it goes past Tempe Marketplace and the proposed ASU Athletics District to the soon to be built Cubs Spring Training facility.

The PowerPoint presentation shown during the speech is available for viewing and downloading at:

While the links to the videos are embedded within the speech, should you care to view them independently, here is a list:

Streetcar: Proposed Rio Salado Route with ASU Athletic Facilities District and Cubs Stadium:

Streetcar: Mill Avenue Route:

Pedestrian Bridge:

West 6th:

The speech, hosted by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce at The Buttes, 2000 West Westcourt Way, was attended by 250-300 people.

The video of Mayor Hallman giving the speech will air on Tempe 11 and on in coming days.