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September 06, 2021

50th Saguaro Labor Day Run

Saguaro National Park East • 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail Rd TucsonAZ  85730 Organized by Southern Arizona Roadrunners

About this event

JUNE UPDATE: Registration remains open for Tucson's iconic running race, the Saguaro Labor Day 8-Miler. Saguaro National Park has raised the cap to 500, so grab your spot. Better yet -- we're planning a souvenir medallion for the 50th anniversary race! For now, we are not allowed to hold the 5k, so we're only registering for the 8-miler.

See www.azroadrunners.org for more details.

This scenic course and the post-race festivities truly embrace the spirit of the old Southwest, making the 50th Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run a regional favorite.

Our rolling 8-mile course loops through the beautiful 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. Wave starts, with limited pre-race and post-race activities.

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

Incentive-based Prize Money in 8-miler

Age Group Awards from Running Shop, top three in 5-year categories in 8-miler. Chip-Timing, with start/finish line chip timing by Roadrunner Race Timing

Technical running shirt with unique race artwork

50th Anniversary Commemorative Medallion to all finishers

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

Water at 2, 4, 6, and 7 mile marks


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

5-6 Packet pick-up

6:25 8-miler

6:30 5k

9:00 Awards


Saguaro National Park East

3693 S. Old Spanish Trail Rd TucsonAZ  85730

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