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Seminole State Forest - Run for the Woods: Half Marathon

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14.0 mile 22.6 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 171' 52 m
Descent: -172' -53 m
High: 60' 18 m
Low: 10' 3 m

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Max Grade: 2% (1°)

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Trail shared by Georgeann Venis

5K, 12K (7.14 miles) and half marathon trail race through some of central Florida's most beautiful and pristine forests.

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Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

None on course. However, there is road construction near the Bear Pond Trailhead entrance (race start).

Overview

Register atrunforthewoods.org
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Need to Know

No parking fees. Restrooms provided.
All FAQs can be seen at:runforthewoods.org

Packet pick-up at:
FRONT RUNNING SPORTS
1061 S. SUN DRIVE, UNIT 1097
LAKE MARY, 32746
Phone: 407- 322-1211
Pick up dates: Friday January 31, 2020 (10-7 PM) AND Saturday February 1, 2020 (10-5 PM)
or
AT REGISTRATION DESK/CHECK IN PRIOR TO THE RUN

Runner Notes

Sandy trails. There may be a few muddy spots, depending on weather prior to the race.

Description

The countdown is on, and the February 2 SSF Run for the Woods awaits you! Run along the scenic trails of the Seminole State Forest, some of the most ecologically diverse woods Central Florida has to offer, including sand pine scrub, a rapidly disappearing ecosystem.

The 5K, 12K, and half-marathon courses utilize part of the Florida National Scenic Trail and the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Participants receive medals and t-shirts, and top finishers will be awarded arts and crafts donated by Central FL artisans.

Non-participants can enjoy nature walks, fishing, photography, Smokey the Bear, and interactive activities at the Bear Pond Trailhead. Some primitive campsites are available with reservations. Register atrunforthewoods.org

Flora & Fauna

The forest contains approximately 4,300 acres of sand pine scrub, a rapidly disappearing biological community found predominately in Florida. The scrub provides important habitat for many rare and threatened species, such as the Florida black bear and scrub-jay. Other important species include the eastern indigo snake, hooded pitcher plant (Sarracenia minor), scrub bay (Persea humilis) and scrub holly (Ilex opaca var. arenicola).

History & Background

Seminole State Forest is one of many public properties in the scenic Wekiva River Basin. These properties were acquired under the Conservation and Recreation Lands (CARL), Save Our Rivers (SOR), Preservation 2000 (P2000), and Florida Forever programs to protect significant habitat for endangered species.

Since 1990, Seminole State Forest has been managed by the Florida Forest Service, with the goal of protecting and maintaining the forest's native biological diversity while integrating public use of the resources. Multiple-use management promotes recreation, timber, wildlife, endangered species, environmental education and many other values that benefit Florida's citizens and visitors.

You can directly support the Seminole State Forest by registering for the trail run today. Because the Run is sponsored by the Friends of Seminole State Forest, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, your registration fees are tax deductible, to the extent allowed by law. Thank you!

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Open views along the trail
Jan 2, 2018 near Heathrow, FL
Black Water Camp
Jan 29, 2018 near Mount P…, FL
Typical trail in the Seminole State Forest.
Jan 23, 2019 near Heathrow, FL
Trail with the Seminole State Forest.
Jan 23, 2019 near Heathrow, FL
Run start for the 5K, 12K, and half-marathon trails.  Seminole State Forest Run for the Woods.
Jan 23, 2019 near Heathrow, FL

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