Saturday, October 29th, 9:00 AM

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 Bays hidden gems!

The Gopher Weedon trail run takes runners and walkers along a journey through native Florida habitats, including gorgeous views of Tampa Bay. The race course winds through mangroves, salt marsh and Florida scrub habitat along well-maintained dirt and boardwalk trails. Runners may catch a glimpse of wildlife, including the slow-moving gopher tortoise (a threatened species for which the race was named), as well as relic Indian mounds and dune ridges left by the preserves earliest inhabitants.

After the race, enjoy refreshments then stroll through the Cultural and Natural History Center, where you can learn more about the Preserve’s prehistoric people and the natural environment.

All proceeds from the race benefit the Friends of Weedon Island, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization that supports environmental preservation and education at the Weedon Island Preserve.

All registered runners/walkers receive:

  • Support of environmental preservation and education at Weedon Island Preserve;
  • Technical Race T-shirt;
  • Professional race timing and race results;
  • Awards for each age group, 3-deep;
  • Refreshments and aid stations; and
  • Educational and cultural activities at the cultural center.
  • A one-year membership in Friends of Weedon Island

Thanks to our sponsors: Fit2Run, Running for Brews, Meze119, Ricky P’s, Cycle Brewing, Derby Lane, Scheda Ecological Associates, Tampa Bay Association of Environmental Professionals, Rubin Chiropractic Health Center, GPI SE, Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education, Sweetwater Kayaks, and Pinellas County.


Event details and schedule

(Option Packet Pick-up: Friday, October 28th 5:00-7:30 PM. Fit2Run St. Pete, 256 2nd St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701)

Saturday, October 29, 2015

Check in / Packet Pickup: 8:00 – 8:45 AM

Race Start: 9:00AM