RUN WILD IN THE EVERGLADES!
Mark your Calendars:
February 20, 2016!!
EARLY REGISTRATION EXTENDED THRU 11/30
We'll all be back at the
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
EXCITEMENT and SENSORY LOAD. NOTHING LIKE IT!!
Are you an ultra-runner? A half-marathoner? Looking for a great trail race in South Florida? EVERGLADES ULTRAS has a place saved just for you! Join us in Copeland, FL, near Everglades City, for the fifth annual EVERGLADES ULTRAS trail races at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve. This is the Real Deal, Folks! We guaranty you've never run anything like it. But register early: the overall runner limit for 2016 will be 300.
The race venue--the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park--is a Florida treasure. It is a beautiful and diverse wilderness located between "Alligator Alley" and Tamiami Trail in the Florida Everglades. It is the largest state park in Florida covering 80,000 acres, and features a wide variety of Everglades habitats—bald cypress swamp lowlands, grassland prairie, tropical hardwood hammocks and pine rock lands. This preserve is protected with great care and attention to detail. The Fakahatchee features the largest selection of species of orchids and bromeliads on the continent. Living here are Florida panther, black bear, deer, alligator, bobcat, Everglades mink, diamondback terrapin and water fowl and migratory birds too numerous to count. Its groves of native royal palms are the largest in the state and the only place in the world where bald cypress and royal palm share the forest canopy.
Runners may see it all, traveling along old logging "trams"--raised trails preserved and maintained for access to various sections of the park. Fully provisioned aid stations will be carefully placed along the route, which has been designed to include views of the great diversity of the Fakahatchee. Lots of activities are available on race day for runners' guests.
Here's what Val Wright, Jupiter FL, had to say about her 2013 race experience: "This was my first trail run and I didn't know what to expect... It was exciting and different running that terrain and not knowing what lurked around the corner. I was in sensory overload because I wanted to look around and enjoy the incredible and lush scenery, but I also needed to look down so I could keep upright. And secretly, I wanted to spot something a little more treacherous than happy runners and dirt so I could brag of my exploits running through trails and fighting off danger like Indiana Jones. Alas, I arrived safely at the finish line to enjoy my beer and burgers with nary a scratch. I can't wait for next year. I am coming back with experience and some more friends, who may be with me [running in the Everglades,] willingly, or not."
The 2016 EVERGLADES ULTRAS:
What: Three distinct trail races of 50 miles and 50 kilometers (31 miles) and 25 kilometers (15.6 miles). The races are fully aid-station supported. Note: The Fakahatchee is a wilderness area and nature preserve. Nearly seventy miles of trails are cleared for race day. Overgrown portions of some trails are literally re-opened by hand just a few days before the race.
Where: The entrance to Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is located in Copeland, FL on State Route 29, fifteen miles south of Exit 80 on Interstate 75 ("Alligator Alley"), and 2.5 miles north of US 41, "Tamiami Trail". Everglades City is five miles south of the park entrance on Route 29. "Fakahatchee Strand" is approximately 1 1/2-1 ¾ hour's drive from downtown Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
When: Saturday, February 20, 2016. The 50 mile race start is at 6:00am; cut-off is 8:30pm. The 50 kilometer race begins at 7:30am, with cut-off at 5:00pm. The 25 kilometer race begins at 9:00am with a 3:00pm finish cut-off time. A required orientation will be presented before each race at the starting line, with optional packet pick-up and orientation with the park manager on Friday at 5:00pm.
Support/Food: Full aid stations throughout the course. Burgers and beverages and more under the big tent at the race finish! Runner drop bags allowed at strategic locations.
Facilities/camping: Primitive tent or RV camping will be allowed the night before and night after the race next to Lake Harmon at the race headquarters area for a small fee. In addition, motels, cottages, B&B's and formal campgrounds are located in Everglades City and surrounding areas. (Official "Race Hotel" is Ivy House, 239-695-3299) Same for restaurants and convenience stores. See the "Hotels" page for further suggestions.
EVERGLADES ULTRAS—COURSE RECORDS