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The 8th Annual Bulow Woods Trail Race and Ultra Marathon will take place on Saturday, December 11th, 2021 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.
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 10th 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.
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.
We hope this year we can get back to our usual post race party with Rum Runners for our 21 and over crowd and homemade chili for all finishers, vegan and gluten free option available.
Awards will be given for Overall Male and Female, Masters Male and Female and top 10 Male and Female for each distance.
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 variety of pre-packaged snacks and food as well as water and Gatorade electrolyte drink. Each aid station will also have at least 1 porto john.
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 variety of pre-packaged 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 variety of pre-packaged 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 stocked with a variety of pre-packaged 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
Drop bags may be left at the start / finish line for all runners. We will have volunteers on hand to help you mark your bag and leave it in our drop bag area. 50K runners can access this bag at their half way point. In addition 50K runners only can leave a second course bag to be taken to the turn around point on the far end of the trail at Aid Station 3. Course bags must be left in the designated area 30 minutes prior to the start of your race. There will be two tarps laid out for drop bags. One will be labeled course bags and the other will be drop dags/ finish line. Please make sure you place your bag on the proper tarp. Volunteers will be present to help you mark you bag with tape and markers.
50K runners -- If you place a drop bag at the turn around point please be sure to let the aid station staff know when you have finished with your bag and wish to have it returned to the finish line. If you don't tell the aid station staff your bag will remain at the turn around point until the end of the event when all remaining bags will be returned to the finish line. It is your responsibility to tell the aid station volunteers that you are done with your bag. Drop bags that are not claimed at the end of the event will be donated to Goodwill or another local charity.
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.
*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!
*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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