Saguaro Half Marathon

Saguaro Half Marathon

tucson, az

tucson, az

ROTATING EVENT

This rotating event is now in the vault. We do not have future dates planned.

Click here for info on deferrals and more.

This rotating event is now in the vault. Click here for info on deferrals and more.

  • Quick Info

  • Travel & Lodging

  • Explore The Area

Run through the Sonoran desert on this beautiful trail outside of western Tucson. This course is a hybrid between road and trail, taking you through the secluded Tucson Mountain Park, just below the Saguaro NP West. You'll head down Kinney Rd before you hop on the Golden Gate Trail through lush desert landscape. 

Plus, we'll celebrate a true photo finish at Old Tucson Movie Studio where dozens of classic westerns were filmed.

Get to Know Your Course

  • Race Start: 7:00am MT (4 hour time limit)
  • Weather: 78°/49°F

Mixed Terrain Loop

  • Not Accessible: Strollers, wheelchairs, or dogs.

Course Map & Elevation

Course Description & Notes

This race is 60/40 on roads and trails. The section on road is an open course, so there will be cars on the road as well as runners. At certain crossings police will be stopping traffic. If they have to stop runner traffic you must comply.

The course will be well marked. Practice good etiquette on the trails and pass carefully. The course will be well coned, but be mindful if cars are present. DO NOT step off the course into traffic, you will be disqualified. The future of our event depends on your cooperation. We want you to stay safe, and ask that you be courteous.

Course Difficulty

  • 4/5 Difficulty
Current Progress
Current Progress
Current Progress
Current Progress

Factors:
Rough dirt trail and dry heat. Be sure to hydrate well!


Training: 

We recommend training on dirt trails with uneven ground.

Aid Stations (Bring your own cup!)

image of a blue foldable cup with the Nathan brand name on it

All aid stations are cup-free so remember to bring your own hydration solution or request a FREE Nathan reusable cup when you register.

Expect about 5 aid stations on the course near mile 2, 5, 7, 9, and 11 (Exact locations vary).A medic will be stationed typically at the aid station at or near mile 9. Aid stations include toilets, water, Gnarly Hydrate, Honey Stinger gels, basic first aid supplies, and sometimes more. 

Cups are not provided on course to help reduce waste.

Additional Details

Terrain at Saguaro

Paved road

Pavement

You'll be on a wide paved road to start the course

rocky Saguaro landscape

Technical Dirt Trail

This terrain will have packed dirt, loose rocks, and uneven ground. Pay special attention to avoid falls while on course!

two runners on single track trail

Single Track

Passing will be tricky while on trail. Please be mindful of others and let them know when you need to pass.

Cholla cacti at Saguaro National Park

Cacti: Our Prickly Friends!

We're running through a cactus forest here, so stay cautious as you navigate the course. Give cholla cacti (pictured left) some extra distance, as their spines are difficult to remove.

Saguaro Race Details

Come here for the nitty-gritty info of race weekend! 

Race Expo & Bib Pickup

Bib Pickup Options

Choose your preference during registration:

  • Pickup at Race Expo: Recommended! Expos are always the Friday before the race.
  • Pickup on Race Morning: Please avoid. Typically available at the shuttle site or start line.
  • Shipped to your house: $30 fee applies. Available as an add-on in Runsignup until 1 month before the event. 

Race Expo Details

  • Recommended
  • When: TBD
  • Where: TBD
  • Bring Your Own Bag: We do not provide bags at the expo. Help us reduce waste and bring your own bag!
  • Expo Amenities: Official merchandise, vendors, and race info tent available! 
Parking & Drop-off

Parking 

Lot opens: 4:00 am

Please use AJO towards Kinney Rd. to avoid road closures. Do not use Gates Pass.


We will have plenty of parking to accommodate all of our runners! Parking for both spectators and runners will be located near the start/finish line at Old Tucson, AZ (201 Kinney Rd). Please follow signs for the entrance to the overflow lot.

Runner Drop-off

Runners can be dropped off at Old Tucson in the event parking lot. 

There will be signs marked for dropping-off runners. Please follow these directions, drop off your runner swiftly, and follow signs to exit the lot.

Map of Kinney Road showing that southbound Kinney will be closed on race morning.
Road Closure (Saturday Morning)

When: 5:45am - ~9:00am on race morning

Where: southbound traffic on Kinney Rd. towards Tucson will be closed past the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Runners should arrive at Old Tucson via AJO to Northbound Kinney Rd to avoid this road closure.


If you depart Old Tucson before 10:00am, expect to drive northbound to Tucson via Gates Pass.


Spectators

We expect to welcome spectators at the Saguaro Half Marathon this year! Due to the prickly nature of the cactus forest, watching your runner along the course is not possible. 

Some Spectator Etiquette:

- Only park in designated areas

- Please do not eat the runners' food or beverage

- Please remain outside of the runner recovery area (finish line) while waiting for your runner

- Give our runners your best cheers as they cross the finish line! They deserve it!


Please check back for more details as the race approaches.

Race Results and Photos

Past Results

Visit RunSignup for race results. Runner times are available ~20 minutes after you finish the race. Results are not official until all runners have crossed the finish line, and have been reviewed by the event director. Because our age group winners are based on chip time, it is possible to cross the finish line before someone else in your age group while still finishing with a slower time than them. 

Top Finisher but missed the awards ceremony? You can request to have your place medal shipped to you!

Got questions about your placement? please email timing@runsum.com.

Course Record Holders

Our course record holders receive a FREE RACE ENTRY every year that their time remains the course record!

2021-2022 Course:

Male Overall: Darren Burr (1:24:45.64) 
Female Overall: Amy Haas (1:36:52.65)

Male Masters: 
Adrian Herrera (1:33:07.99)
Female Masters: 
Caroline Sekaquaptewa (1:51:03.63)

2023-2024 Course:

Male Overall: Brand TerLouw (1:28:51)
Female Overall: Rebecca Denise (1:26:49)

Non-binary Overall: Christianna Silva (2:57:32)


Male Masters: Ricky Armenta (1:42:21)
Female Masters: 
Jennifer McDougal (1:55:13)

Non-binary Masters: no record set

Photos

Race Photos
Race photos are offered FREE to our runners courtesy of MarathonFoto. We will send out an email to runners as soon as photos are available the week after the event.

Share your experiences with us! 
Be sure to use #SaguaroHalf in any photos you post from the race or your adventures exploring the park so we can share in the fun with you!

Race Merchandise

Race merchandise is always available online following a race if supplies allow!

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