Sunrise Run-Walk 2008
Contact: Amber Bryant, (928) 524-6228 ext. 231
Sunrise Run-Walk to be Held at Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest, AZ – “Petrified Forest National Park is hosting a 5K/10K Sunrise Run/Walk on August 16, 2008 at 5:30 a.m.,” stated Superintendent Cliff Spencer. Petrified Forest Museum Association will again be sponsoring the event.
This event will offer participants a rare opportunity to enjoy the park at sunrise, before the regular opening hours of the park. The run will follow the section of park road that passes by the Painted Desert. The beautiful colors of the Painted Desert come alive in the early morning hours and temperatures are cooler at that time.
Participants may register in advance by downloading and printing out the registration form found at www.nps.gov/pefo/planyourvisit/sunrise-fun-run.htm and mailing the form to
Petrified Forest Museum Association
The registration fee is $15 up to August 2, 2008 and $20 after that. Registration includes a t-shirt, and a ticket for a drawing for items donated by Petrified Forest Museum Association, including a Petrified Forest National Park serigraph.
Only registered participants of the Sunrise Run/Walk will be permitted into the park before regular business hours. Late registration and sign-in will begin at 4:30 a.m. at the entrance gate to the park at I-40 exit 311. The run/walk will start at 5:30 a.m.
The event is a collaborative effort by Petrified Forest Museum Association, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona Department of Public Safety, and Puerco Valley Fire and EMS.
For information call (928) 524-6228 weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time; or write to the Superintendent, Petrified Forest National Park, P.O. Box 2217, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028; or e-mail the park.
Did You Know?
Petrified wood was so abundant when the ancestral Puebloan people were living in the area that they used it not only for stone tools but also as building material, such as the "brick" used in Agate House at Petrified Forest National Park.