49th Annual Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler & 5k Walk/Run

Monday, September 2, 2019
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Souvenir Saguaro Medal Announced. The race is capped at 750 people, so sign up now for the 8-miler or 5k.  All runners receive a free soft-cotton race t-shirt and a special 49th Anniversary Medallion. 

Join us at this iconic Tucson event -- our paved 8 mile loop will challenge you as you race among the rolling hills of the Saguaro Cactus Forest in the foothills of the Rincon Mountains.  The 5k Fun Run and Walk is an easier out-and-back, with the same gorgeous scenery  Old-timers will remember when this race was the Saguaro National Monument Run, and we're proud to be part of the National Park Service, an American treasure celebrating its 103rd anniversary this year.  

We offer special thanks to our friends at Saguaro for allowing us to be one of the few races produced on National Park lands.  Park Ranger Steve Bolyard and Saguaro Chief Ranger Ray O’Neill have all provided above-and-beyond support for this race over the years. 

Questions?  Email or call Randy Accetta, SAR race director at 520-991-0733

Date and Time

Race Start: 8 mile at 6:25 am, while the 5k starts at 6:30.

Race Awards

Race Director Prize Money Challenge: The first man who breaks race director Randy's course PR of 42:48 will receive $424.80 in cash on the barrelhead.  The first woman who breaks a gender-graded equivalent of 47:48 will receive $474.80 in cash on the barrelhead.

Nicholas Hilton 41:33, 2018

Katie James 46:39, 2016

The 8 Miler is part of SAR's Running Shop Desert Grand Prix

2019 Awards 

Special thanks to The Running Shop, long-time sponsor of SAR and the Saguaro Labor Day Run!

8 Miler. Overall top three and Age groups: 15-19, 20-24, etc to 80 & over 

Overall 1, 2, 3 $40, $30, $20 + bottle opener
Masters 1 $20 + bottle opener
AG 1 $15 + bottle opener, 2 $10 + bottle opener, 3 bottle opener
 

5K: Top three men and women, plus first place in age groups in 10-year categories: 0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 + 
5K (AG 0-19, 20-29, 10 year thru 69, 70 & over = 14 age groups)
Overall 1, 2, 3 $25, $20, $15 + bottle opener
Masters 1 $15 + bottle opener
AG 1 bottle opener

In these races, there is no double-dipping.  Overall winner will be taken out of all Age Group awards.

Additional Details

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.

Beneficiaries

SAGUARO BENEFICIARIES

The National Park Service: 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 hard-copy entry form or your online registration. 

Friends of Saguaro: This year's event will donate funds to the Friends of Saguaro.  Friends of Saguaro National Park: Our mission is to help the public discover Saguaro, protect Saguaro, and support Saguaro.    

Southern Arizona Roadrunners: This event raises operating funds for SAR and income for the Children's Fitness Fund, an award-based program supporting youth fitness in and around Tucson.

Contact

Call Race Director Randy Accetta 520-991-0733 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Registration

Race Fees

Cap at  750 participants

8-Mile Run - registration opens November 12, 2018

$45 until January 1, 2018

$50 after January 1, 2019

5k Run/Walk - registration opens November 12, 2018

$35 until January 1, 2018

$40 after January 1, 2019

National Park Service members receive a $5 discount.  Using online registration, please enter "NPS" and your Park Service membership number.

SAR Members: please note that the SAR member discount deadline has passed.

Please remember that all registrations are final, with no refunds or transfers to other races.  The race will take place rain or shine.

Registration

  • Print Registration Form and mail it in. Registration by mail must be postmarked by Thursday, August 15, 2019.
  • Register online
  • Saturday, August 31 at The Running Shop 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Visit The Running Shop at 3055 North Campbell Avenue and pick up your number and your shirt. Please note that there is no race weekend registration.
  • Race day packet pick-up will be available at the park entrance 5:30 am - 6:15am. Please arrive early enough to get your shirt and your race number on time! NEW LOCATION: We will hold packet pickup in the front parking lot of the Saguaro National Park, across from the Visitor Center.
News Course Info

Race Distances and Courses

8 miler and 5k family walk and run at Saguaro National Park East at 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail Rd.  The course is a challenging 8 mile loop with lots of rolling hills (see course profile in photo to right). Aid stations at approximately 2, 4, 6, and 7 miles provide plenty of relief with Culligan water.  Thanks to the Tri-Girls and Sahuaro High School Cross Country for helping with the aid stations!

A family-friendly 5k, on an out-and-back rolling course is also available.  Strollers are allowed in the Fun Run/Walk only, but please, no bicycles, wheelchairs, skateboards, strollers, roller-skates, or pets allowed in the 8-miler. The 8M course closes at 9:00 a.m.

IMPORTANT: Saguaro is known for its hilly course and hot temperatures—please prepare accordingly: practice hills, acclimate to the heat, bring water, wear cool clothing, and adjust your pace to account for the demands of the race.

Women's Course Record: Katie James 46:39 (2016)

Men's Course Record: Nicholas Hilton 41:33 (2018)

Can you handle the hills?

Location

Saguaro National Park East at 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail Rd.  Please note: The race is at Saguaro National Park EAST!

Race Weather

Race conditions at start are typically 75 degrees or higher, humid, clear skies, and no wind.It gets hotter later in the day . . . check out Tucson’s current conditions and forecast so you’ll be prepared!

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