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 11, 2007 at 5:30 a.m.,” stated Acting Superintendent Joe Escoto. 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 and mailing it to:
The registration fee is $15 up to July 31, 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?
Standing on the edge of a vast badlands landscape, a Spanish explorer is rumored to have named the area "El Desierto Pintado" (The Painted Desert) because the hills looked like they were painted with the colors of the sunset.