Saturday, October 28th, 9:00 AM
Tired of pounding the pavement on the same ole 5K race course? Go-pher something different and enjoy 8 kilometers (4.9 miles) of natural trails through one of Tampa Bays 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 occur on Saturday, October 28th 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 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 preserves 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, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization that supports environmental preservation and education at the Weedon Island Preserve.
All registered runners/walkers will receive:
- Support of environmental preservation and education at Weedon Island Preserve;
- Technical Race T-shirt;
- Professional race timing and race results;
- Awards for each age group, 3-deep;
- Refreshments and aid stations; and
- Educational and cultural activities at the cultural center.
Thanks to our sponsors: Total Air, Scheda Ecological Associates, Fit2Run, Running for Brews, Noble Crust, Meze119, Ricky P's, Cycle Brewing, Derby Lane, Tampa Bay Association of Environmental Professionals, Rubin Chiropractic Health Center, GPI SE, Rubin Chiropractic Health, The Body Electric Yoga Company, Integrative Bodyworks, Periodontal Health Center, Trader Jesse's, Fresh Market, Trader Joe's, Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education, Sweetwater Kayaks, and Pinellas County.
Event details and schedule
(Option Packet Pick-up: Friday, October 27th 5:00-7:30 PM. Fit2Run St. Pete, 256 2nd St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701)
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Check in / Packet Pickup: 8:00 - 8:45 AM
Race Start: 9:00AM
Friends of Weedon Island, Inc.