Everglades Ultras

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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 seventh 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 2019 will be 300.
50 Kilometer Ultra, 25 Kilometer Run, and 50 Mile Ultra
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Sat, Mar 9, 2019
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Copeland, United States
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Where and when
Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, 137 Coast Line Dr, Copeland, FL 34137, USA
Start times
Sat, Mar 9, 2019
50 Mile Ultra:
6:00am |
50 Kilometer Ultra:
7:30am |
25 Kilometer Run:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Everglades Ultras
50 Mile Ultra
50 Kilometer Ultra
25 Kilometer Run
Route information
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.
The three race routes may include swampy areas, grassland prairie and wooded uplands. Most swamp trails were originally old logging “trams”—i.e., raised road-beds—used to haul logs out of these areas. Certain of the trams have been maintained by Fakahatchee staff and volunteers for access to various sections of the park, but remember that these are rugged areas. Many will be uneven and are likely to have plant growth on them. In some areas of the course, the running surface will be grass or other trimmed plant material, rocky ground, dirt or mud, and there are areas with cypress roots, or “knees”, extending above the ground.  These create very real tripping hazards, which can cause injury.  If there is standing water in any area, work-arounds will be created if at all possible so no one is trudging through water on race day. The last few miles of each race will be run along “Jane’s Scenic Drive”, a gravel and dirt road that is open to automobiles which can kick-up dust.  You might consider bringing a bandana or buff to cover mouth and nose if this condition exists those final few miles.
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What's included
Included with your entry fee:
  • Medals for each individual finisher, all races.
  • Official race shirt and runner bag for each athlete.
  • Goodies raffle.
Unique awards, reminding you of your experience in the Fakahatchee, will be presented to winners in all categories listed below. Every year is different. Awards for 2019 will be announced well in advance. You will definitely want to run your best on race day to take home one of these special EVERGLADES ULTRAS awards!
How to get there
Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, 137 Coast Line Dr, Copeland, FL 34137, USA
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The race venue, the “Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park”, is located off State Route 29 in Copeland, FL. The park entrance is about 1 1/2 hours from downtown Fort Lauderdale and Miami, and a half hour from Naples. From “Alligator Alley” (Interstate 75), take Exit 80 (State Route 29) South for 15 miles, and make a Right turn at Janes Scenic Drive (County Road 837) to approach the park entrance. From “Tamiami Trail”, U.S. 41, drive to the traffic light at State Route 29, and turn North. Drive approximately 2.5 miles to Janes Scenic Drive and turn Left to the park entrance. Follow the sketch below to reach Race Headquarters, which is also where the finish line, camping and parking areas are located.
Event day logistics
Saturday, March 9, 2019. 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.
Drop Bags (Personal Items)
Specific aid stations are designated sites for drop bags.  For 2019, these are Gate 19, Wellgrade Road, Mocassin Corner and Gate 7.  In addition, Gate 12 will be a drop-off site for 50-milers headlamps or other items**.  The aid station at Gate 7 is a good location for 50-mile competitors to leave headlamps or flashlights in a drop bag in the event they will be on the course after nightfall.  (After dark, you will be off the trails and on Janes Scenic Drive, but it is virtually impossible to see after dark without a light.)  **Headlamps or extra clothing used by 50-mile runners at the start of their race may be left at the Gate 12 aid station so they don’t have to be carried all day. Place them in ziploc bags available at the aid station; write runner’s name. These will be returned to the finish line for retrieval after the race. In general, runners may choose to leave food, drink mixes, changes of clothing, foul weather gear or other items at any of the designated drop-bag sites.  On Friday afternoon at the orientation session, or on Saturday morning before each race, runners will be able to place drop bags into specially designated containers for delivery to the aid station.  All bags must show clearly the runner’s name, race number AND aid station name. Bags will be delivered to each station indicated and handed to the runner when he/she arrives at that checkpoint. After the race, all bags will be returned to the finish line for runners to retrieve. Note that the race organization, officials and volunteers will do their best to safeguard these items and get them to the finish line before each runner completes the course.  However, due to the sometimes primitive conditions and distances, their return or condition cannot be guaranteed, either en route or at the conclusion of the race. It will be the runner’s responsibility to retrieve his/her drop bags prior to leaving the park.
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