Sahuarita, AZ, Nov. 3, 2023– Since 2008, Farmers Investment Co (FICO) has proudly hosted an annual series of running events that have guided families, runners, and walkers of all ages through the orchard during the vibrant seasons of spring, summer, and fall. These beloved events include the Nut Run in spring, Breeze in the Trees during summer, and the Pecan Classic in the autumn. The coordination of these runs has been entrusted to Steve Taggart, the driving force behind Tagg Running Events.

After years of dedicated service, Steve Taggart has announced his retirement as the Event Director. In recognition of his outstanding contributions, FICO will now take on the coordination and hosting of these cherished events, with the goal of honoring Taggart’s legacy, supporting the local community of athletes, and continuing to raise funds for deserving local clubs and non-profit organizations.

“We firmly believe in the positive impact of fostering these activities, which align with our core objectives of promoting physical and mental well-being, providing vital support to local organizations, fostering a stronger sense of community, and sharing our journey and stories with our neighbors,” said Paula Beemer, event coordinator.

Over the years, FICO’s annual running events have made a significant impact on the community. These events have raised more than $20,000 in total donations, benefitting a variety of local organizations, including The Continental School Foundation, The Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber Foundation, the Sahuaro City Music Theater, and the Green Valley Firefighters Charities, to name just a few. The funds raised through these events have directly contributed to the growth and success of these vital community organizations.

The upcoming runs for 2024 are scheduled as follows:

  • Nut Run – April 13, 2024
  • Breeze in the Trees – Aug. 17, 2024
  • Pecan Classic – Nov. 9, 2024

FICO will provide all relevant event information, including registration details and the announcement of the beneficiary for each run, on its website.


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