February 16

2023 Saguaro Race Guide

If you're a fan of running and adventure, the Saguaro Half Marathon is one race that you won't want to miss! This race is widely considered one of the best half marathons in the US, and it's easy to see why. With its stunning desert scenery, challenging terrain, and exciting finish line at the Old Tucson Movie Studio, it's a race that truly has it all.

But the Saguaro Half Marathon is just one of many amazing Vacation Races national park half marathons that you can explore across the country. From the Rocky Mountains to the sweeping vistas of Grand Teton, there's no shortage of beautiful and challenging courses to choose from. And if you're constantly searching “half marathons near me,” we think you’ll find something in our lineup that tickles your fancy. 

So why not lace up your shoes and hit the trail? Whether you're a seasoned marathoner or just looking for a new challenge, there's nothing quite like the thrill of running through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. And with races like the Saguaro Half Marathon waiting for you, there's never been a better time to start exploring.

To get prepared for this race, please read our race guide and listen to the audio version of the guide. Both resources provide a comprehensive overview of what to expect from this event. 

When you read the Race Guide, please pay special attention to the following pages:

  • Page 2-3: Race Expo + Bib Pick-up

  • Page 4-5: Half Marathon Race Details

  • Page 5: Half Marathon Map + Elevation

  • Page 6: Half Marathon Parking + Spectator Info

  • Page 7: Cup-free Policy

Toward the end of the guide, we share how you can participate in the Explorer Club to get suggestions on what to see and do while you're in the area. When you complete the Explorer Club challenge you earn a special badge (in addition to your race medal) for completing it! Learn more here.


Tucson was first visited by the Paleo Indians who farmed and hunted along the Santa Cruz River. It was later inhabited by the Hohokam people. According to archaeologists, evidence found throughout the park likely shows that the Tucson Basin is the oldest continuously inhabited area in the United States. The name Tucson derives from that given to Sentinel Mountain by the Tohono O’odham Indians, Ts-iuk-shan, referring to the base of the mountain being darker than its summit. Spanish pronunciation yielded Tuqui Son or the current Tucson.

Fun Facts

  • 14% of you are running your first half marathon
  • For 58% of you, this is your first time visiting Saguaro National Park
  • We have runners from 47 states and 3 countries


Half Marathons, Race Guide, Saguaro

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