Saturday, November 4, 2023 • Sierra Vista, AZ • Course Map
Set for its 11th annual running this fall under the wide-open skies of southern Arizona’s high desert country, the Sunrise Rotary Rising Sun Run takes runners on an out-and-back route that leads them on a — as the name suggests — rising run from the starting line to the half-way point, at the Ramsey Canyon Preserve.
Organized and hosted by the Sierra Vista Sunrise Rotary club, the race begins along South Saint Andrews Drive, between Huachuca Mountain Elementary School and Sierra Vista United Methodist Church. From there, you’ll head south along South Saint Andrews for the first mile of the race, until you hit Kachina Trail.
After you make the right turn onto Kachina, you’ll make your way past local parks, residential neighborhoods and a wildlife refuge, as you wind your way south along South Calle Encina, East Yaqui Street and South Nez Perce Avenue.
The turn onto East Pawnee Drive will bring you past a wildlife refuge as you keep heading south toward Ramsey Canyon Road, the stretch that will bring you to the half-way turnaround point of the race, just as you’re approaching the Ramsey Canyon Preserve.
Once there, you’ll make the turn around East Calle Coro, Arrowhead Lane and East Calle Mano before heading back onto Ramsey Canyon Road to begin the second half of the race back to where you began, at Huachuca Mountain Elementary School.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled among the high desert of southern Arizona, just miles from the Mexican border and roughly 75 miles southeast of Tucson, Sierra Vista typically sees some of its mildest weather of the year in November, when temperatures average between the low 70s and the mid-40s.
Day of race (Nov. 4)
- Average high: 70ºF
- Average low: 49ºF
- 7:30 AM – half marathon
- 8:00 AM – 5K
Course Time Limit
- $65 and up – half marathon
- $30 and up – 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2023 running of Sierra Vista’s Rising Sun Run Half Marathon or 5K race, register online here:Register online at RunSignUp
Official Race Website
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