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The 7th Annual Bulow Woods Trail Race and Ultra Marathon will take place on Saturday, December 12th, 2020 in Ormond Beach, Florida. Do you love trail running? Do you love the Tomoka Loop? Experience the best of both worlds! This race will take you into the old growth forests, oak hammocks and along the salt marshes of the Tomoka Basin State Parks and allow you to experience "the Real Florida" as it looked when the Seminole Indians lived here. Bulow offers 3 different events -- something for every ability level. There will be a 50K Ultra Marathon, a 1/2 Marathon and a 4+ Mile Run / Walk. All events are on the Bulow Woods Trail which is a mixture of single and double track trails and old plantation roads which follow Bulow Creek through one of the best remaining stands of live oak along Florida's east coast. All Events will start and end at the foot of the incredible 400 year old Fairchild Oak. The 1/2 marathon and 50K will follow the trail (along a more technical section through lobloly pine and magnolias) all the way to the northern trailhead at Bulow Plantation Ruins State Park where the ruins of the sugar mill and springhouse from the 1800's remain today
A portion of the race proceeds will go to the Friends of Tomoka Basin State Parks to help maintain the trails and promote the Bulow Woods heritage.
Run? I thought they said Rum! Well, you are right, we did say Rum. Finishers of all events will receive a custom long sleeve race shirt as well as a commemorative glass -- which we will gladly fill with a tasty beverage, our own special mix of "Rum Runner", at our post race party! In addition all finishers will receive custom finisher's medals. The post race party will offer complimentary food, drinks and music for all to enjoy. Camping is available at Tomoka State Park by joining other race participants in the Group Camping Area, or by reserving your private spot through reserveamerica.com.
Packet Pickup will be hosted at the Recreation Center of Tomoka State Park, 2099 North Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL 32174 on Friday, December 6th from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm and
Race Day at the start / finish line of Fairchild Oak, 3351 Old Dixie Highway, Ormond Beach, Florida 32174, starting at 6:00 AM.
Please note that there is NO RUNNERS PARKING at the start/finish area. See the Parking section above for details. All runners may leave a drop bag at the start/finish area.
Parking for this event will be at Tomoka State Park, 2099 North Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL 32174. Runners will be shuttled from the parking area to the start line of the event and back again upon completion of their race. The shuttles will start running at 5:45 AM and continue until the last runners finish the event. Please plan to arrive at least 45 minutes early to ensure you have time to get on the shuttle to the start line. The shuttle will make continuous trips approximately every 15-20 minutes. Please allow plenty of time to arrive for your event.
If you wish to drop your runner off, you can drop them off at the entrance to the Bulow Creek and Fairchild Oak Park, 3351 Old Dixie Highway, Ormond Beach, Florida 32174. This is only for runner drop off and pick up. There will be no parking available at this location.
All runners may leave drop bag at the start/finish area.
The post race party and awards ceremony will be held at the start / finish line area. There you will receive your custom commemorative glass and free drinks and food. Join us for the post race party, celebrate with your fellow runners and cheer on the other runners as they finish their race.
Awards will be given for Overall Male and Female, Masters Male and Female and top 10 Male and Female for each distance.
4.25 Mile Trail Run Awards Ceremony will be held at approximately 9:00 AM
1/2 Marathon Awards Ceremony will be held at 11:00 AM
50K Awards Ceremony will be held at 1:00 PM
Times for the awards ceremonies are approximate and dependant on the number of finishers for each event.
The 50K course will consist of two laps on the out and back course. Each lap is just over 15 miles. There will be 3 aid stations along the route that you will pass multiple times. Each aid station will have a wide variety of snacks and food as well as water and Gatorade electrolyte drink. Each aid station will also have at least 1 porto john.
You will have the option to have a drop bag taken out to the turn around point of the course and you may also leave a bag at the start/finish area which is your half way point.
The Half Marathon course will consist of one lap on the out and back course. The course is approximately 13.6 miles, so you get about a half mile bonus. There will be 3 aid stations along the route that you will pass multiple times. Each aid station will have a wide variety of snacks and food as well as water and Gatorade electrolyte drink. Each aid station will also have at least 1 porto john.
The 4.25 mile trail run course will consist of one lap on the out and back course around the red loop of the Bulow Creek Trail. This lap is approximately 4.25 miles long. There will be 1 aid stations along the route that you will pass twice. The aid station will have a wide variety of snacks and food as well as water and Gatorade electrolyte drink, and 1 porto john.
There will be 3 aid stations out on the course. Each aid station will be well stocked with a wide variety of snacks as well as with water and Gatorade electrolyte drink. Runners must bring their own cup/reusable bottle or hydration system. Depending on which distance you are running you will pass the aid stations multiple times. Aid stations are located every 1.1 - 3 miles apart.
Aid Station #1 is located at approximately miles 1.5, 2.6, 11.7, 13.1 and 28.2
Aid Station #2 is located at approximately miles 4.2, 10.5, 19.3 and 25.6
Aid Station #3 is located at approximately miles 7.3 and 22.4
All runners may leave a drop bag at the start/finish area. 50K runners may access this bag at the half way point of their race.
50K runners may also have a drop bag taken out onto the course for access during the race. These will be placed at the Turn Around point/ Aide Station 3 which is at approximately mile 7 of the out and back course. 50K runners will pass this point twice.
Bags must be delivered to the drop bag area by 7:00. If you have a bag taken to the turn around point, you will be responsible for telling the aid station staff when you are done with your bag and ready for it to be returned to the start / finish line. We will do our best to return bags in a timely manner, but please be patient. No drop bag returns are guaranteed until the end of the event.
This YouTube video shows a preview of the Bulow Woods Trail.
Here are some of the steps we have taken to reduce our impact on the beautiful areas covered by our courses:
*ALL event shirts and volunteer shirt are made by @recoverbrands from recycled plastic bottles and up cycled cotton.
*Runners must bring your own reusable cup, water bottle or hydration system. It can be filled quickly and easily at aid stations during your race.
*There will be no individual plastic water bottles provided at the finish line. Cold water and Gatorade will be available to runners as you complete the race
*Recycle bins will be provided at the finish line for anyone who brings their own cans or bottles. Please look for them and use them only for can and bottles!
*We will provide sturdy compostable paper plates and compostable utensils for all post race food
*Re-useable custom glass mason jars are provided for post race rum runners and drinks
*All packaging material from race supplies will be reused or recycled
We thank you for your support of these efforts and welcome your suggestions on how we can do even more!
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