Mountains Meet the Desert
Go if you want to run in a desert surrounded with views of the Tucson, Santa Catalina, Rincon, Tortolita and Santa Rita ...
Photos by Peter Noebels
GO IF YOU WANT TO RUN in a desert surrounded with views of the Tucson, Santa Catalina, Rincon, Tortolita and Santa Rita mountains, or run through the mountains overlooking the desert and lively city of Tucson, situated at 2389 feet. "Running past rock features and desert cacti, you feel like a cowboy in the Wild West," says Randy Accetta, president of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.
A dusty Spanish frontier settlement founded in 1775, Tucson is now a college town with one million people. Despite the city's metropolitan feel, the surrounding desert environment can be dangerous. Beware sun-baking rattlesnakes or prickly cacti. And unless you thrive in scorching sunshine like local Pam Reed—former women's course-record holder at the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley—run early and enjoy the city's good eats and sights the remainder of the day.