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Saguaro Hosts Annual Labor Day Run

Saguaro National Park

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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. 

For more race information visit http://www.azroadrunners.org/races/detail/saguaro/ or contact District Ranger Austin.



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