On September 3rd, Saguaro National Park hosted the 43rd annual Labor Day Run, organized by the Southern Arizona Road Runners.
The scenic eight mile and five kilometer courses that loop through the cactus forest into the foothills of the Rincon Mountains truly embrace the spirit of the old Southwest, and have made the Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run a regional favorite. This event has been featured in the past as a Runner’s World race of the month. Participants were challenged by typical hot early September weather and the hilly terrain.
This year’s event brought 1,125 runners and walkers from around Southern Arizona into the park to participate in a healthy activity located in their local national park. This event promotes “Call to Action” initiative number six, “Take a Hike and Call Me in the Morning. “
Saguaro utilized ICS to manage the event and appreciated the assistance from Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument rangers, Pima County transportation planners, Rural Metro Fire Department personnel, various park partners, local ham radio operators, NPS staff, and over 80 volunteers.