Did you know that this year is the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service? We're happy to announce that registration for the 2016 TMC Saguaro National Park Labor Day Race is now open!
The total field is capped at 1300 and we currently have over 800 registrants through the 2016 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown, so hurry up and sign up to guarantee a spot!
This scenic course and the post-race festivities truly embrace the spirit of the old Southwest, making the 47th Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run a regional favorite. Our rolling 8-mile and 5k courses loop through the rugged cactus forest in the foothills of the scenic Rincon Mountains at Saguaro National Park East. This event has been featured as a Runner’s World Race of the Month and is currently featured in Runner's World online as one of the few races to take place on National Park Land. We are very appreciative of the Saguaro National Park staff for allowing us to run at the park. Prize money, gift certificates, age group awards, and nifty super-cool t-shirt -- plus bragging rights for doing all those hills . . .
Produced by the Southern Arizona Roadrunners with help from more than 100 volunteers, the 2016 TMC Saguaro Labor Day will raise over $10,000 for local organizations, including Saguaro National Park, Friends of Saguaro National Park, and Child and Family Resources.
Saguaro is the second race in the 2016 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown (including June's TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run/Walk and October's TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon and 5k). Please note, $10 from each Triple Crown entry will be donated to Gabe’s favorite non-profit, Child and Family Resources. Additional Tucson-based organizations will receive a portion of the proceeds from the individual events. To donate directly to Child and Family Resources, click here. To donate directly to the Gabe Zimmerman Memorial Fund established by Child and Family Resources, click here to go to their PayPal site
Questions? Email or call Randy Accetta, SAR race director at 520-991-0733
Date and Time
Race Start: 5k at 6:20 am, 8 mile at 6:30 a.m.
The TMC Saguaro National Park 8-miler is part of SAR's 2016 Running Shop Desert Grand Prix. Thanks to The Running Shop for all the award gift certificates.
Here are the 2015 Awards -- 2016 will be announced soon . . .
$50 Cash - Given to the fastest male and female who equals or betters their age in time in the 8-mile run (+10 minutes for women).
$200 for first man and first woman who sets a new course record in the 8-mile.
Women's Course Record: Stephanie Wessel 47:44 (1990)
Men's Course Record: Craig Curley 41:39 (2008)
8 Mile Run
Overall 1, 2, 3 Male/Female: Running Shop Gift Certificates $60, $50, $40
Masters 1st Male/Female: $50 Running Shop Gift Certificate
Age group U20 through 75+, Male and Female
AG 1st place, $30 Running Shop Gift Certificate
AG 2nd place, $20 Running Shop Gift Certificate
AG 3rd place $10 Running Shop Gift Certificate
Overall 1, 2, 3 Male/Female: Running Shop Gift Certificates $40, $30, $20
Masters 1 Male/Female: GC Running Shop Gift Certificate $30
AG first place finisher in 10-year increments (U-20 through 70+) Running Shop Gift Certificate $15
ALSO: Overall Male/Female in both the 8-Mile Run and the 5k Walk/Run will receive free massage coupons from Stephanie Wenneborg
In this race, there is no double-dipping. Overall top three and first place masters will be taken out of the Age Group awards.
Parking: Park safely along Old Spanish Trail, Freeman Road, and Escalante. Please don’t block driveways or bike paths. Carpooling is strongly recommended. The earlier you arrive, the shorter your warm-up jog!
Park Fee: The National Park Service has been gracious about allowing us access to the beautiful park. The Park Service asks that all participants pay the standard $5 entry fee to the park. This amount will go directly to the National Parks Service. If you buy an annual pass to the national parks (or are under 16 years of age), this fee will be waived if you provide your permit number on your entry form. For information on an annual park pass, see visit this page, or visit any national park and inquire at entry. Race entry fees also include labor cost of additional park rangers required for the event.
Tanque Verde Guest Ranch Looking for a place to spend Sunday night? Award-winning guest ranch, Tanque Verde Ranch, is offering all Saguaro participants a discounted week-end, single-night, or all-inclusive package. Contact LeighAnn at 520-731-5562.
In 2016, we're partnering with Cox Charities to provide funds to the great folks at Friends of Saguaro National Par through Cox Charities. Friends of Saguaro will receive a portion of race proceeds to help continue their great work of ensuring a healthy and spectacular National Park.
Other beneficiaries include the cross country programs of Sahuaro High School, Catalina High School, and St. Augustine High School, as well as the SAR Children's Fitness Fund.
This is the second race in the 2016 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown (including the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run/Walk and the October 29/30 TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon Event, including the A-Mountain Half-Marathon, the Tucson Lifestyle 5k and the Cox Charities One-Mile). Please note, $10 from each Triple Crown entry will be donated to Gabe’s favorite non-profit, Child and Family Resources. Additional Tucson-based organizations will receive a portion of the proceeds from the individual events.
To donate directly to Child and Family Resources, <a href="http://www.childfamilyresources.org/" title="click here">click here</a>. To donate directly to the Gabe Zimmerman Memorial Fund established by Child and Family Resources, click here to go to <a href="https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=W6utGQ_zIe-FrjokQIAXpYROj7o4Qmk2CFQXv5wrk4Yb-vTL87MTyUp2bXK&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d5863a909c4bb5aeebb52c6e1151bdaa9" title="their PayPal site">their PayPal site</a>.
Title Sponsor: Tucson Medical Center. A special thanks to Tucson Medical Center for all their support of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners and the local health and fitness community. Due to TMC’s financial contribution, we’re able to have technical shirts for participants and we’re able to donate more funds to SAR’s Children’s Fitness Fund and other beneficiaries of this race. Thanks TMC!!