“5K, 12K (7.14 miles) and half marathon trail race through some of central Florida's most beautiful and pristine forests.”
— Georgeann Venis
Race - Feb 3, 2019
Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife
None on course. However, there is road construction near the Bear Pond Trailhead entrance (race start).
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: Thursday January 31,2019 Friday February 1, 2019
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sandy trails. There may be a few muddy spots, depending on weather prior to the race.
The countdown is on, and the February 3 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.