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  • Upcoming special events offer chances to run, walk, bike on The Loop

    More and more of us are getting back to in-person events. For Pima County’s Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department, that means walking tours, running races, and bike events on The Chuck Huckelberry Loop.

    Parks and Recreation hosts a guided Santa Cruz River Walk in Marana on Sunday, July 25. Take a guided stroll on The Loop along the flowing Santa Cruz River to discover the effects of water on desert habitats. The walk is entirely on a level, paved surface. This walk for all ages meets in front of Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Branch Library at 8 a.m., and ends at 9:30 a.m. Registration is only $5 per person. 

    Pre-registration is required, no walk-ins will be accepted. Register here.

    Do you want to test your fitness this August on The Loop? On Saturday, Aug. 7, Brandi Fenton Memorial Park and The Loop host the final Arizona Sunrise Series 5K event. Runners begin at the park and run on The Loop west toward the Country Club Bridge where they turn around and race back to the park.  

    RunnersTwo options for early risers who love to race: Open start time of 5:30 – 6:15 a.m., meaning runners start whenever they want, or join the 6:30 a.m. traditional mass start. Hydration on even short desert runs is critical, so the race provides three water stops along the course, one for every mile. 
    Register here

     On Sunday, Sept. 26, Pima County El Tour Loop de Loop bicycle event returns. This free bicycling celebration kicks off the official El Tour de Tucson season. Loop de Loop gives cyclists the opportunity to ride from station to station meeting El Tour charitable beneficiaries and sponsors. 
    The ride starts at the Mercado Annex with free coffee, 6:30 – 8 a.m. The Annex is located at 267 South Avenida del Convento, one block from The Loop Congress Street exit. You don’t have to come for free coffee, riders may start anywhere along The Loop. 

    Bicyclists can learn more about El Tour’s partnering non-profit organizations at the Annex and at Rillito Race Track. Come back to the Mercado Annex for the after party, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., for live music, food, drinks and raffle prizes. Learn more.

    Want to run instead of bike? Also on Sunday, Sept. 26, the Girls Scouts host the Thin Mint Spring 5K and 1 Mile Do-Si-Do Dash at Brand Fenton Memorial Park. Girl Scouts know it’s still hot in September, so their family-friendly event begins at 7 a.m. In addition, runners have the option to race virtually. Like the August 5K race, the route begins at the park and continues in an out-and-back course on The Loop.  
    Register here.

    The Loop will be open to the public during these organized events. Event participants and other Loop users should be aware of everyone enjoying The Loop—walking, skating, running, bicycling, or any other non-motorized way you are outside enjoying the coolest part of the day. 
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