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.
How to enter the Everglades Ultras
- Run 50mi
- Run 50km
- Run 25km
Everglades Ultras routes
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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