Register Now! Guano Happens 5K Trail Run & Kids Fun Run on October 8 at Kartchner Caverns State Park

September 13, 2016

PHOENIX - Experience the 3rd Annual Guano Happens 5K Trail Run & Kids Fun Run at Kartchner Caverns State Park on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Bring the whole family out for a great run, then stay to learn about local outdoor recreation opportunities, explore the Discovery Center and the fascinating underground world of bats. This event is sponsored by the Arizona State Parks Foundation.

The 5K Trail Run is a unique course that will travel through the rugged desert terrain of the Sonoran/Chihuahuan Deserts. The run includes multiple sets of stairs and allows participants to run along areas that are normally closed to the public. Runners will enjoy majestic views of the entire San Pedro River Valley and beautiful mountain ranges that surround the park. The entire course is above ground.

The Kids Fun Run is free to kids aged 12 and younger. Registration for the Kids Run will be on the day of the event only. Parents must sign a waiver for kids to participate. There will also be a post-race festival complete with awards ceremony and lots of fun activities for the entire family. 

Register online at for $35 until October 1. After that, register on the day of the race for $40. A t-shirt is included with registration regardless of when you register. For more information visit or call (520) 586-2283. 

WHAT: Guano Happens 5K Trail Run & Kids Fun Run - Register Now! - Participants and spectators should expect to pay the $7 per vehicle park entrance fee, carpooling is recommended. Guided cave tours and camping will also be available but should be reserved in advance for an additional cost.

WHERE: Kartchner Caverns State Park - Located on Highway 90, nine miles south of I-10 near Benson. 

WHEN: Saturday, October 8, 2016 - Register Now! at; Registration starts at 7 a.m., 5K starts at 8 a.m. and Fun Run starts at 9 a.m.

For information about Arizona State Parks and the many recreational, historical and cultural programs call 1-877-MY-PARKS or visit


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