Gopher Weedon Trail Run
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Weedon Island Preserve
1800 Weedon Island Dr NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Tired of pounding the pavement on the same ole’ 5K race course? Go-pher something different and enjoy 8 kilometers (~ 5 mile) of natural trails through one of Tampa Bay’s hidden gems!
The Gopher Weedon trail run will take runners and walkers along a journey through native Florida habitats, including gorgeous views of Tampa Bay.
This unique, professionally-timed race will take place at the Weedon Island Preserve - a 3,700 acre preserve nestled along Tampa Bay in northeast St. Petersburg.
The race course winds through mangroves, salt marsh and Florida scrub habitat along well-maintained dirt and boardwalk trails. Runners may catch a glimpse of wildlife, including egrets, herons, roseate spoonbills, and the slow-moving gopher tortoise (a threatened species for which the race was named), as well as relic Indian mounds and dune ridges left by the preserve’s earliest inhabitants.
After the race, enjoy refreshments before strolling through the Cultural and Natural History Center, where you can learn more about the prehistoric people and the natural environment.
All proceeds from the race will benefit the Friends of Weedon Island's mission to support environmental preservation and education at the Weedon Island Preserve.
All registered runners/walkers will receive:
• Technical Race T-shirt
• Professional race timing and race results
• Awards for each age group, 3-deep
• Refreshments and aid stations
• Opportunities to visit the Cultural and Natural History Center.
Spaces are limited for this unique event, so register today!
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