Wow, that was fast -- within 6 hours 27 SAR members had already claimed their spot at the September 4 TMC Saguaro Labor Day Run!
Check your email for the news on this year's race. Here's part of what we sent out:
HELLO TO THE SAR EMAIL COMMUNITY: Randy Accetta here, long-time race director for SAR's TMC Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run, writing to give you an update on some of the issues facing the Saguaro Run this year.
The Saguaro race was the first race ever put on by SAR, 48 years ago. This scenic course and the post-race festivities truly embrace the spirit of the old Southwest, making the upcoming 48th Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run a regional favorite. Indeed, up until a decade ago, about 600 runners completed the race every year. But last year, over 1,400 registered overall.
Here's the problem: the surrounding roads have gotten more and more crowded and the National Park itself has gotten more and more popular. Thus, for 2017, we've been asked by the National Park Service and Pima Department of Transportation to put a hard cap of 750 on the event.
Thus, here are the Three Big Changes for 2017
1) Cap of 750, registration for the public opens on April 1: There will now be a hard cap of only 750 total participants. We will open registration on April 1st. (Current SAR members have already received an email with directions to early registration and the SAR member discount. You can join SAR here.)
2) 8-Mile only, for now: To honor Tucson's running history and to enable those who are competing in SAR's Running Shop Grand Prix, we are opening registration only for the 8-miler.
Registration will open on April 1st and will be open solely for the 8-miler until June 30th.
Starting July 1st, any of the 750 slots left open will be allotted to the 5k Run/Walk. If there are no spaces available, then there will be no 5k -- just the 8-miler and a free kid's dash.
3) This race is NOT part of the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown: we know the Saguaro race is popular and we don't think it is fair that you would have to pay for three races just to do one race. So, as part of the Triple Crown honoring Gabe Zimmerman, we're developing a brand new 10k, currently scheduled for Sunday, September 17th, staged at Pima Community College West, looping the beautiful cactus forests of the Tucson Mountains. This "Tucson 10k" event will have a 5k, a 10k, and a children's dash, too. Details on this race are here.
Well, I hope this helps clarify some of the things you may have heard through the grapevine, but if you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 520-991-0733.
See you at the races! Next up: Marana 5000 and FitKidz Family Mile!
-- Randy Accetta, SAR Race Director and Past President