On September 6th, Saguaro National Park hosted the 41st annual Labor Day Run, organized by the Southern Arizona Road Runners and Saguaro National Park.
This scenic course and the post-race festivities truly embrace the spirit of the old Southwest, making the run a regional favorite. The rolling eight-mile and five-kilometer courses loop through a cactus forest in the foothills of the scenic Rincon Mountains. This event has been featured as a Runner’s World Race of the Month.
Participants were challenged by typical hot early September weather, with the temperature approaching 90 degrees at the race’s 6:30 a.m. start, and the hilly terrain.
Congratulations to the nearly 1,000 finishers and over 80 volunteers and staff who helped make the event a success. The event was managed under an ICS organization, with District Ranger Paul Austin serving as incident commander. Assisting agencies included the Pima County Sherriff Department, Rural-Metro Fire Department, various other NPS partners, and local ham radio operators. The winning times were 44:54 by Ian Johnson (Tucson) and Tia Acetta (Tucson) in 51:30.