Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Friends could not host the Gopher Weedon Trail Run in 2020 and 2021. The goal is to bring back the event in 2022 pending Pinellas County approval. If approved, Friends members and previous participants will be notified via the email address we have on file. The event will also be posted on appropriate event calendars.
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.
Refreshments and an awards ceremony complete the event. This race is very popular, and because it is limited to 200 participants, sells out each year.