“A great run or walk through the scenic Seminole State Forest.”
— Georgeann Venis
Race - Feb 3, 2019
Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Wildlife
There is construction on HWY 46 near Bear Pond Trailhead entrance (near the race start).
This route is run on singletrack trails through forested and scrub areas.
Need to Know
PACKET PICK UP
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
10AM TO 7 PM
Although normally sandy, there may be muddy spots, depending on the weather prior to the race.
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 are 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.
FAQs may be found 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.