Race to Conserve 5K Run/1K Walk

Sat February 19, 2022 North Port, FL 34291 US Directions
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Race to Conserve - 5K Run (Timed) - Ages 8 and Up Only

$35 $20.22 8:00AM EST Registration ends February 19, 2022 at 7:30am EST

Race to Conserve - 1K Walk or 5K Walk - Ages 8 and Up (Not Timed)

$12 $10.11 8:15AM EST Registration ends February 19, 2022 at 7:30am EST

Race to Conserve - 1K Walk or 5K Walk - Ages 7 and Under - Free

$0 8:15AM EST Registration ends February 19, 2022 at 7:30am EST
Place
Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park
6968 Reisterstown Road
North Port, FL US 34291
Description

Welcome to The Environmental Conservancy of North Port And Surrounding Areas 5K Run/1K Walk at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port!

The Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park was acquired by the City of North Port in 1989 with two Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program grants. The name Myakkahatchee comes from the Seminole language: "miarca" meaning "big water" and "hatchee" alluding to "river".  A true “Blackwater Creek,” the water in the Creek is stained a brown color by the leaves, roots, and detritus decaying in and around it, making a transparent water that is darkly stained resembling black tea (aka tannin-stained).

The 5K run will take you through almost all of the trails in park (Yellow Trail, White Trail, Red Trail and one of the two Maintenance Trails); see the course map on this website for more details. The 1K walk is still in the planning stage; details to be announced soon. 

Stands of slash pine and sabal palm and an abundance of live oaks of varying size and age will keep you company and shaded as you travel through. Wild coffee with its brilliant red berries are abundant, as are saw palmetto that glow beautifully when the sun shines through their fronds. Airplants, moss and lichen of various sizes and types color the oak branches/trunks and palm trunks. Ferns glow almost a neon green along the Creek. Wading birds in the depression marsh area of the White Trail are likely; look for their white feathers through the vegetation as you go by. On the Maintenance Trail the wide open sky will likely be providing a beautiful cloud show while you run/walk. The Yellow Trail takes you right through a Creek arm in one place (with little to no water at this time of year and a high spot to travel over). BONUS: there are Bald Cypress in the park - let us know if you see them!  Also look for what we've named the "Tree of Life" - a massive live oak with its root system exposed along the Creek.

CAUTION: trails are maintained but preserved in their natural state.  You may find uneven surfaces, leaves, branches, roots and other elements typical of this type of environment. Please wear appropriate closed-toe footwear and exercise outdoor-activity caution.

We encourage you to stay post-race to visit both our 5K/1K Event Sponsors and a "Wellness Forest"  featuring The Caregiver Connection Coalition of Sarasota/Charlotte Counties whose members will be providing interactive activities and information about wellness and self-care (see the "Wellness Forest" section below for further details). We hope you always include the outdoors as a part of your "take care of you" regimen!

Runners/Walkers under age 8 can participate in the run/walk free of charge.  

Walk-In Same-Day Registrations will be available the day of the race/walk until 7:30 am.  We will have race QR codes posted for same day registrants who are paying with a credit card.  Please bring your Runsignup login and password if you have one for same day registration.

Leashed dogs are permitted in accordance with park rules.

One water station at the 1.5 mile mark of the 5K will be provided and will also be available at the Finish Line.  Walkers, please bring your own water to enjoy along your walk route.

Race Shirts are included with registration. IN-PERSON awards and post-race water/snacks will be given out (see the Race Shirts & Awards section below).

PACKET PICK-UP: Location/date to be announced soon.

CHECK IN ON RACE DAY: Please plan to check in for the 5K run by 7:30 am and for the 1K walk by 7:45 am.

DIRECTIONS: Take Exit 182 from I-75 and head East. Follow Sumter Blvd. to Tropicaire Blvd. Turn left on Tropicaire Blvd. and turn right on Reisterstown Road.  The park is at the curve of Reisterstown Road on the right.

PARKING: Parking is available within the park or along Reisterstown Road/Estates Drive. Please refrain from parking on the residential side of Reisterstown Road/Estates Drive.

All runners/walkers are encouraged to follow the most current COVID-19 CDC Guidelines that are in place on the day of the event.

We truly ARE in a race to conserve. More than 1,000 people are now moving to Florida each and every day and hundreds to thousands of acres of land are being completely cleared not just locally in our neighborhoods, but Statewide, to accommodate our growing population daily; this threatens the very being of our wildlife, endangered species, flora and trees at the same time.

All of the trees and plants you will see in the park are the same as those being removed in our neighborhoods daily to make way for development. Few to none are saved/protected or planted back.

We hope that in visiting this natural park you will be inspired to learn more about the natural environment in your neighborhood, plant back native trees and plants that once grew on your land, conserve native trees or plants if you are planning to build a home, and begin or continue to support our efforts to protect similar natural greenspace in our neighborhoods.

Proceeds from this event will be utilized toward future land acquisition purchases. If you'd like to provide the gift of a donation in support of our mission as well, please visit the Donate tab of this website.

The Environmental Conservancy of North Port, Inc. dba The Environmental Conservancy of North Port And Surrounding Areas is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation. To learn more about us visit our website www.ecnorthport.com find us on Instagram @northportconservancy or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ECnorthport.

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RACE SHIRT & AWARDS

Race shirt included with registration. Sponsors will be shown/listed on the back of the shirt.  FINAL T-SHIRT DESIGN COMING SOON.  SEE BELOW FOR DRAFT SAMPLE.

Land Conservation Team Member tokens to all Runners/Walkers at the finish line.

IN PERSON awards will also be presented to the 5k runners immediately following the race as follows:

Top Male/Female Finisher in the following categories:  Overall, Masters, Grand Masters, Senior Grand Master, Veterans.

Age Group Awards to the Top Three Male/Female Finishers in the following groups: 8-12, 13-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+.

Those taking part in the 1K Walk will not receive a bib and will not be timed.  

SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION AND FORMS

Land Conservation Sponsor: $1,000 (2 sponsor opportunities only)

Slash Pine Sponsor: $750

Live Oak Sponsor: $500

Sabal Palm Sponsor: $250

Scrub Oak Sponsor: $150

Native Plant Sponsor: $50

SEE SPONSORSHIP FORM BELOW FOR ALL SPONSORSHIP LEVEL AND SIGN-UP DETAILS.

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POST-RACE/WALK "WELLNESS FOREST" BY THE CAREGIVER CONNECTION COALITION OF SARASOTA/CHARLOTTE COUNTIES

The Wellness Forest will be a collaborative effort offered by The Caregiver Connection Coalition of Sarasota/Charlotte Counties seeking to bring awareness to our local natural parks as a place for area caregivers to enjoy the outdoors for relaxation, rejuvenation, and reflection. The Coalition consists of area businesses and non-profit organizations within Sarasota and Charlotte counties. Current organizations include Metamorphosis-3, Cocoa Yoga Cafe, Gendron Funeral Home and Crematory Services, Heartis, Tidewell Hospice, and Valerie’s House.  

All 5K/1K participants are invited to visit the Wellness Forest following the race/walk.

Start the Morning With Yoga in the Park

Beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Join Whitney from Cocoa Yoga Café as she guides you through gentle yoga and meditation surrounded by the picturesque park and nature.  Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.   Fresh air and exercise are great for relaxation and rejuvenation!  

Enchanted Wellness Forest

Immediately following Yoga, spend some time in the Enchanted Wellness Forest visiting with area caregiving-related nonprofits and vendors. Interactive activities and refreshments will be provided.  There will be some surprises, so be sure to come out for a relaxing morning.

Serenity Walk At Your Leisure

Experience Old Florida nature with winding rustic paths, footbridges, oak canopies and a beautiful creek.   Soak in the serenity and take some time to provide self-care and reflection.  You can choose to walk alone or ask a Companion to join you.  Companions will be past or present caregivers who volunteered to help at this event.     

Future Magical Mystery Walks

The Caregiver Connection Coalition plans to provide one Magical Mystery Walk to caregivers at a local natural park each quarter. Feel free to subscribe to their newsletter at www.metamorphosis-3.com to receive updates.       

 

5K COURSE PHOTOS

The 5K route will take you through almost all of the trails in park (Yellow Trail, White Trail, Red Trail and one of the two Maintenance Trails).  Click the link below to view the route:

https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/BMejHRhwIh

Stands of slash pine and sabal palm and an abundance of live oaks of varying size and age will keep you company and shaded as you travel through. Wild coffee with its brilliant red berries are abundant, as are saw palmetto that glow beautifully when the sun shines through their fronds. Airplants, moss and lichen of various sizes and types color the oak branches/trunks and palm trunks. Ferns glow almost a neon green along the Creek. Wading birds in the depression marsh area of the White Trail are likely; look for their white feathers through the vegetation as you go by. On the Maintenance Trail the wide open sky will likely be providing a beautiful cloud show while you run/walk. The Yellow Trail takes you right through a Creek arm in one place (with little to no water at this time of year and a high spot to travel over). BONUS: there are Bald Cypress in the park - let us know if you see them!  Also look for what we've named the "Tree of Life" - a massive live oak with its root system exposed along the Creek.

CAUTION: trails are maintained but preserved in their natural state.  You may find uneven surfaces, leaves, branches, roots and other elements typical of this type of environment. Please wear appropriate closed-toe footwear and exercise outdoor-activity caution.

PARK TRAILS MAP

Click below to view a PDF of the park map that depicts all trails in the park and their distances.

https://www.cityofnorthport.com/home/showpublisheddocument/6298/637672118116670000

 

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