If you’re tired of pounding the pavement on the same ole 5K race course, Go-pher something different and enjoy 8 kilometers (4.9 miles) of natural trails through one of Tampa Bays hidden gems!Celebrating its 9th year, the 2019 Gopher Weedon Trail Run is scheduled for Saturday, October 26th at 9:00 AM.

To register, click on https://www.active.com/st-petersburg-fl/running/distance-running-races/gopher-weedon-2019?int= .

The Gopher Weedon takes runners and walkers along a journey through native Florida habitats, including gorgeous views of Tampa Bay. This unique, professionally-timed race is held at the Weedon Island Preserve – a 3,700 acre preserve nestled along Tampa Bay in northeast St. Petersburg. 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 super refreshments, then stroll  through the Preserve’s Cultural and Natural History Center and learn about the prehistoric people who populated our area and the natural environment they, and you, enjoy.

The Friends of Weedon Island is a 501(c)3 charitable organization supporting environmental protection, preservation, and education at the Weedon Island Preserve.

Registered runners/walkers receive:

  • Technical Race T-shirt;
  • Professional race timing and race results;
  • Coupons from sponsors;
  • Awards for each age group, 3-deep;
  • Super refreshments and aid stations; and
  • Friends of Weedon Island Membership.

To register, click on https://www.active.com/st-petersburg-fl/running/distance-running-races/gopher-weedon-2019?int= .

Optional Packet Pick-up: Friday, October 25th 5:00-7:30 PM. at Fit2Run St. Pete, 256 2nd St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Race day is Saturday, October 26, 2019

Parking is tight in the main education center parking lot – PLEASE CARPOOL.

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

Race Start: 9:00AM