RUN WILD IN THE EVERGLADES!
6th Annual EVERGLADES ULTRAS: February 18, 2017
NEW FOR 2017:
EXTENDED CUT-OFF TIMES FOR 50km and 25km RACES!
Run a Different Route Every Year in the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve,
Florida's Largest State Park, as We Explore It's Great Size & Diversity.
90 Minutes from Miami and Fort Lauderdale
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 sixth 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 2017 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, 90 minutes from Miami and Fort Lauderdale. 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. The Fakahatchee features the largest selection of species of orchids and bromeliads in North America. 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 are carefully placed along the race routes, which include views of the great diversity of the Fakahatchee. Weather conditions and rainfall can vary greatly in the Everglades. Specific race routes are designed each year to take advantage of these differences.
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."
The 2017 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. Many miles of trails are cleared in advance of race day. Overgrown portions of some trails are literally re-opened by hand just a few days before the race. Routes are subject to change from year-to-year due to weather-related park conditions.
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 hour's drive from downtown Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
When: Saturday, February 18, 2017. 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 7:30pm. The 25 kilometer race begins at 9:00am with a 7:00pm finish cut-off time. A required orientation will be presented before each race at the starting line, with optional packet pick-up, orientation and park history with the Fakahatchee 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/finish line 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) Restaurants and convenience stores are also available in REverglades City. See the "Hotels" page for further suggestions.
See you on February 18, 2017 at the
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park!
EVERGLADES ULTRAS—ORIGINAL COURSE RECORDS