As of August 25th, we still have a few slots available, so sign up here to ensure your entry at this Tucson tradition!
Click here for an early look at race weekend event details.
This scenic course and the post-race festivities truly embrace the spirit of the old Southwest, making the 45th Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run a regional favorite. Our rolling 8-mile and 5k courses loop through a 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. Prize money, age group awards, and nifty super-cool t-shirt.
The 8-miler is the RRCA Arizona State Championship and is part of The Running Shop Grand Prix, produced by SAR.
Produced by the Southern Arizona Roadrunners with help from more than 100 volunteers, the 2014 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 2014 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). To register for the Triple Crown, visit the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown page. 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.
Full results can be seen here:
1. Craig Curley (25) 41:43
2. Trent Binford-Walsh (24) 43:59
3. Stephen Schaefer (22) 46:08
4. Damon Vasiliw (25) 46:18
5. Kurt Michels (29) 47:50
1. Amy Cole (29) 53:25
2. Aleta Jokisch (23) 54:18
3. Margaret Smith (33) 56:46
4. Anne Neuenschwander (40) 56:54
5. Stephanie Wenneborg (40) 57:15
Arizona 8-Mile State Age Group Records
Samantha Andrade (F16)
Debra Lazar-Pearl (F54)
Nancy Fuller (F63)
Craig Curley (M25)
Richard Kutzner (M70)
Paul Robillia (M76)
Leonard Moore (M78)
Event Weekend Schedule
Saturday, August 30
10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Packet pick-up at The Running Shop (3055 North Campbell Avenue). Note, while we promise shirts to every registrant, we advise you to arrive early and ensure that you receive the size you want. We cannot guarantee the perfectly fitted shirt.
Race Day Monday
• 5:00-6:00 am Registration at Saguaro EAST
• 6:20 Announce winner of the 2014 Spirit of Rob Bell Award
• 6:23 National Anthem
• 6:27 5k start
• 6:30 8-miler start
• 8:30 Kid's Race
• 8:45 Begin Spirit of Rob Bell Award, Raffle Prizes, and Awards*
The race starting area will be crowded, so please line up according to expected pace per mile, with 5-minute milers at the front of the line.
No dogs are allowed, so please don't bring the pooch! For safety sake, strollers are OK in the 5k, but not the 8-miler. Wheelchair athletes are welcome -- but please no bikes, roller blades or anything else with wheels. Headphones are discouraged - if you must wear them, please leave one ear free for safety. Culligan has donated plenty of refreshing water, with aid stations at approximately 2, 4, 6, and 7 miles. Thanks to Sahuaro High School for handling 2, 4, and 6, and the Tucson Tri-Girls for handling the 7-mile mark and the 5k turn-around. St. Augustine High School Cross Country team will also be on the course, and we'll also have the Ham Radio Society of Tucson on course, plus a dedicated ambulance from Rural Metro at the finish line. Thanks to Waste Management, we have more port-o-johns than ever before, including one around the 4 mile mark. Please do not use the desert to relieve yourself: the Park Service may fine you - and a snake may bite you!!
After the race, grab a free massage from the massage therapists at the Cortiva Institute, and visit with The Running Shop, the National Park Service, Friends of Saguaro National Park, and other event partners. In particular, please be sure to visit the Tucson Medical Center tent and snag some give-away plunder - TMC has become a leading sponsor of SAR events and their commitment to the health and wellness of our region is to be commended.
The Park Service will also have two areas to visit, so check them out - cool skulls, skins and other fun things. . . .
Interested in being a sponsor? We’re looking for course sponsors, t-shirt sponsors, and post-event sponsors. Join the healthiest community in Arizona!
Questions? Email or call Randy Accetta, SAR race director at 520-991-0733
Race Start: 6:30 a.m.
The Saguaro National Park 8-miler is the RRCA State 8-Mile Championship and part of SAR's 2014 Running Shop Desert Grand Prix.