A late wintertime run through Arizona's Sonoran desert

Saguaro Half Marathon

Tucson, Ariz. | Saturday, February 19, 2022

A late winter road-and-trail race from Vacation Races, the folks who organize a series of running events in and around national parks across the U.S., this half unfolds through the 20,000-acre Tucson Mountain Park, a desert park filled with dozens of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails as well as the signature saguaro cactus for which this area is so well-known. You’ll run a combination of roads and trails, and cross the finish line at the Old Tucson Movie Studio, where everything from TV shows like “Bonanza” and “Little House on the Prairie” to movies like “Rio Bravo” and “Three Amigos” were filmed.

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Words to run by

“Don't aim at success — the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run — in the long run, I say — success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.”

Viktor Frankl