47th TMC Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler & 5k Walk/Run

Monday, September 5, 2016
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The total field is capped at 1300 and we currently have almost 1000 registrants, so hurry up and sign up to guarantee a spot!

Did you know that this year is the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service? We celebrate this in our new race logo!

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.

Race Awards

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 

5K Walk/Run
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.

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 LeighAnn at 520-731-5562.

Beneficiaries

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>.

Community Partners

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!!  

Contact

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

Race Fees

8-Miler

$40 by July 1, 2016

$45 by August 1

$50 after September 1

5k Run/Walk

$30 by July 1, 2016

$35 by August 1

$40 after September 1

SAR members receive a $5 discount through the end of June 2016.  Using online registration, please enter "SARMEMBER" and your SAR membership number.

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

Children 10-and-under are free in the 5k Run/Walk

Registration

  • Print Registration Form and mail it in. Registration by mail must be postmarked by Saturday, August 20, 2016.
  • Register online with a credit card at active.com.
  • Saturday, September 2 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 packet pick-up will be available at the park entrance 5:15 am-6:00am. Please arrive early enough to get your shirt and your race number on time!
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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: Stephanie Wessel 47:44 (1990)  

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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