Test early spring fitness or go for a personal best time at the flat and fast Pecan Du and Nut Run 5K on Saturday, March 2, in Sahuarita. Why drive two hours for a race when 30 minutes is all it takes to race in a brand new duathlon in southern Arizona.
The Du and the Nut Run start at the Green Valley Pecan Store, 1625 E. Sahuarita Road. The Pecan Duathlon (3-mile run,10.5-mile bike, 3-mile run) is certified by USA Triathlon in its first year!
The race is put on by the duo of Anderson Racing Adventures and Tagg Running. Tagg Running has promoted runs in the pecan groves with events like the Breeze in the Trees 5K scheduled for July 27, and the Pecan Classic and Family Fun Run on November 9. The November event is part of the Pecan Festival.
"The closer you are to where you race, the more fun it is," says race promoter Kate Anderson. She doesn't like getting up early to drive somewhere to race, so she started organizing more local races in the Tucson and Sahaurita areas. "I also like doing unique races, and the pecan groves provide a great 'nut' theme for this venue."
Steve Tagg agrees: "Running in the groves is a great way to experience the seasons in Arizona. You'll experience rebirth of the trees on March 2, and there may be some irrigating going on at the time."
The 5K is a run or walk event, and participants will race on farm roads and through rows of pecan trees about to burst with buds.
To register for either event, go to: http://taggrun.com/pecan-du/
Read the top 5 reasons to race in the Pecan Du or Nut Run 5K on March 2.