Southern Arizona Roadrunners Spring Cross-Country Classic 5K

This past Saturday, I ran a little trail race in Tucson, Arizona. The Spring Cross-Country Classic 5K was hosted by the Southern Arizona Roadrunners. I was passing through Tucson on my way back from Horst Engineering’s operations in Guaymas, Sonora.

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My flight wasn’t until noon, so it made sense to squeeze in this fun little race. I didn’t have good legs, but it was a blast to run through the desert of Lincoln Park. 108 men and 119 women ran in separate races.

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It was an early 7:30 A.M. start, which was perfect for me.  I went early and ran a lap of the course before the race. Then, I ran a lap of the course after the race. I even had time to wash up, visit the Pima Air & Space Museum and still catch my flight.

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I got a kick out of this twisty course; there was even a cactus right in the middle of the trail, encircled with chalk. Look out! The views of the Rincon Mountains were fantastic and the sun was shining brightly. The temperature started out cool, but the sun warmed things up and I was able to run without a shirt, but I was also the guy from Connecticut. The locals weren’t as brave.

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The Lincoln Park course was a bit hard to follow as it wound its way through Attrubury Bird & Animal Sanctuary, so I’m glad I did a loop beforehand. I went out way to hard, but that has been my mode lately. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to hold the pace and lost quite a bit of ground by the finish. It was another good test.

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I was a bit spooked when another runner wiped out hard on a sharp right hand turn into a set of wooden steps. He got up and was covered in blood after scraping his hands, arms, legs, and face across the loose stones. I hope he is alright.

Thanks to SAR and the volunteers who put on a fun run.

Race Results

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