51st Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler

3693 S. Old Spanish Trail Rd
Tucson, AZ 85730

Running > 5k

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Event Description

Early registration is open for Tucson's iconic running race.   We're capping the total amount of runners at 750, so grab your spot.  

This scenic course and the post-race festivities truly embrace the spirit of the old Southwest, making the 51st Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run a regional favorite.  

Our rolling 8-mile and 5k courses loop through a cactus forest in the foothills of the scenic Rincon Mountains at Saguaro National Park East. Race morning promises to be hot, so bring water and sunscreen.

The oldest race of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, this event has been featured as a Runner’s World Race of the Month.

Capped at 750 participants combined in both 8-miler and 5k

Incentive-based Prize Money in 8-miler

Age Group Awards from Running Shop, top three in 5-year categories in 8-miler and top three in 10-year categories in 5k Run/Walk

Chip-Timing, with start/finish line chip timing by Roadrunner Race Timing

Technical running shirt with unique race artwork

The 8-miler is part of SAR's Running Shop Grand Prix. 

Water at 3, 5, and 7 mile marks (at 1 and 2 mile marks for 5k)



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

Gift certificates and other prizes for overall and age-group winners, plus $250 to fastest man and woman who break the current course records:

  • Nicholas Hilton 41:33, 2018
  • Katie James 46:39, 2016

Race Director Challenge: The first man who breaks race director Randy Accetta'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.  

* Unofficial training runs at Saguaro, every Sunday morning in August, at 6:00 am. All ages and abilities welcome—just come and run or walk on your own! Bring your own water, car-pool if you can, park legally, and bring the Park fee!




Event details and schedule

5:15-6:00am Packet pick-up

5:30am Trickle Start in the 8-miler

6:30am 5k Start

8:45am or so Awards

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