BEYOND IS ABOUT MOVING FORWARD—AS INDIVIDUALS AND AS A COMMUNITY.
“What started out as a single day of commemoration has grown to a year-round commitment to public health.
Following the tragic shooting on the morning of January 8, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ “Congress On Your Corner,” the Southern Arizona community spontaneously came together to honor, remember, and show solidarity for those that were killed, injured, or traumatized by the event.
As the first anniversary of the tragic day approached, Family members of slain congressional aide Gabe Zimmerman saw an opportunity to not only pay tribute to their son and the other victims, but to provide meaningful activities for community members to reconnect with each other while participating in health-related outdoor activities.
In January of 2012, they launched the inaugural BEYOND event, which included as many as 36 individual events spread across the entire greater Pima County region on a single day—including hikes, fun runs, bike rides, scavenger hunts and outdoor dance opportunities. The annual tradition has continued each year thereafter.
Since that time, through the growing support and collaboration of its community partners, BEYOND has evolved—literally going “beyond” its initial mission—and has now formed into its own 501c3 organization whose mission is to promote the use of good science and rational analysis to improve individual and community health.
What is BEYOND?
“BEYOND is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our community.
BEYOND encourages community members to adopt a comprehensive approach to their physical and mental health through the BEYOND Rx Health Formula, grounded in four key principles: exploring nature; good nutrition; physical movement; and community connections.
BEYOND kicks off the New Year with a community-wide outdoor event that takes place in several spectacular locations across Pima County on the second Saturday of January.”
Join us in going BEYOND!
Saturday, January 13th 2018
A Commemorative Day of Unity!
Connect with your community, make nutritious food choices, move your body, and spend quality time outdoors!
Sign up today to reserve your spot at any of the 16 fantastic health and fitness events happening across Pima County on Saturday, Jan. 14th, 2017.
You can register here: www.beyond-tucson.org
Many events to choose from: http://www.beyond-tucson.org/events/. One of my favorites is the Together We Move main event downtown:
“Join us downtown at Armory Park and get your body moving for the New Year! The Children’s Museum – Tucson and Armory Park Senior Center have teamed up with a wide range of community health and fitness groups to host an event that promises to be the largest number of body moving options available in a single location! Whatever type of body movement inspires you, you are sure to find it here! There are fun activities planned for every age…”
Let us again move our bodies and spirits BEYOND the Tucson mass shooting of Jan. 8, 2011.
The tragic Tucson Tragedy happened 4 years ago on Saturday, January 8, 2011. Here are photos taken this afternoon by freelance photographer Jon Scanlon of the memorial plaque on the boulder in front of the Safeway supermarket at the SE corner of Oracle/Ina. Many people left lovely flowers today in remembrance of this mass shooting at this site.
Six people died that day on that sidewalk outside the supermarket. Let us not forget them:
Christina-Taylor Green, age 9,
Dorothy “Dot” Morris, age 76,
Judge John Roll, age 63,
Phyllis Schneck, age 79,
Dorwan Stoddard, age 76,
and Gabriel “Gabe” Zimmerman, age 30 (whom I knew).
A Prayer gathering was held today at the Northminster Presbyterian Church on Tucson Blvd/Ft. Lowell (where Phyllis’ funeral was held in 2011), and a Day of Kindness & Remembrance was scheduled at Tohono Chul Park. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild rang the fire bell at Tucson Fire Central on Cushing Street in downtown Tucson at 10:10 a.m. this morning, at the exact time of the shooting.
Two events tonight at 7 p.m. —
Memorial services at St. Philips in the Hills, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. and a Memorial poetry reading at the UA Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen St.
Former LD 2 Congressman Ron Barber who was shot twice on Jan. 8, 2011 will be reading at the latter event. Mayor Rothschild will be at the Memorial service.
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Schedule of all Beyond Tucson events: http://www.beyond-tucson.org/events/
BEYOND is an annual community-wide event that occurs on a Saturday in early January of every year to commemorate the anniversary of January 8.
The event is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our community and encourages Arizonans to come together, get outside and be physically active.
Carolyn’s Note: recently visited the stone monument in front of that Safeway store (SE Corner of Ina/Oracle) and remembered the fallen 6 who died on that sidewalk on January 8, 2011. May we move beyond that Tucson tragedy, and “commemorate, celebrate, commit” together.