Each fall Friends’ sponsors the Gopher Weedon Trail Run, an 8 kilometers (4.9 miles) professionally timed run. Held on the Preserve’s trails and boardwalks, the run flows through mangroves, salt marsh and Florida scrub habitat. Often the participants will see wildlife along the trail, including egrets, herons, roseate spoonbills, and the slow-moving gopher tortoise (a threatened species for which the race was named). Indian mounds and dune ridges make the trail especially unique.
After the race, refreshments, and awards ceremony and lunch complete the event. Before leaving, a visit to the Center’s exhibit hall and 1,000+ year old canoe completes the morning event.
At a December 7th evening event, the Friends of Weedon Island unveiled a bronze sculpture of Gopher Weedon for display in the Preserve Center's lobby. The sculpture honors the federally endangered gopher tortoise that is frequently [...]
The 7th Annual Gopher Weedon Trail Run, sponsored by Friends of Weedon Island, is now in the books. Congratulations to the 200 participants who made the 8K event go by, quite literally, so fast! Once [...]
REGISTER NOW--This event sells out early each year! Tired of pounding the pavement on the same ole 5K race course? Gopher something different and enjoy 8 kilometers (4.9 miles) of natural trails through one of Tampa [...]