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

Monday, September 3, 2018
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March 1 Update: online registration for SAR's Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run is now open for the 8-miler! 

The Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler was the first race ever put on by SAR, coming on 49 years ago.  This scenic course and the post-race festivities truly embrace the spirit of the old Southwest, making the 48th Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run a regional favorite. 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. 

Registration for the 8-miler is open now, with 5k Run/Walk registration opening on June 1st.

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

8-Mile Awards

Gift certificates and other prizes for overall winner and 5-year age-group winners (U20 - 75+), plus $250 to fastest man and woman who break the current course records:

Craig Curley 41:39, 2007
Katie James 46:39, 2016

Race Director 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 an age-graded equivalent of 47:48 will receive $474.80 in cash on the barrelhead.

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

5k Awards

Gift certificates and other prizes for overall winner and 10-year age groups U20 - 70+)

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.

Race Hotels

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 them at 520-731-5562.

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: Thanks toCox Charities, 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

8-Mile Run - registration opens March 1

$45 until June 30th, 2018 

$50 starting July, 2018

5k Run/Walk - registration opens on June 1

$35 AFTER June 1, 2017

$40 AFTER July 1, if spaces are still open

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

SAR Members: please check your emails for the SAR-member 10% discount!

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 .
  • Register online with a credit card at active.com.
  • Saturday, September 1 at The Running Shop 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • 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! There is no race day registration.
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, Santa Rita High School, and Rincon High School 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: Craig Curley 41:39 (2008) 

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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