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May 2nd, 2020 Update!
The Palm Bluff Trail Race is still on hold due to the coronavirus situation. All permits are still being held by the St. John's River Water Management District, and we cannot reschedule the event until they are granting permits again. We have requested an update from the District and if they have a timeline yet on when we could possibly hold the event. They have still not responded as of today. With the state slowly reopening we are hopeful that we will be able to hold the event in late June or July. We will keep everyone posted as we hear news.
To be clear, we are not cancelling the event. We are postponing it until the park is reopened and we will be allowed to have the event.
All online registrations have been halted at this point. We will reopen it when we have a new date for the event.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all struggle with the developing coronavirus situation.
The Runner's High Team
Come join us for the 8th Annual Palm Bluff "Margaritas & Manure" Trail Race and Ultra. This race takes place along the beautiful trails in the Palm Bluff Conservation Area near Osteen Florida. The trails are a mixture of single and double track trails through mostly old growth forest and pine areas. There is one short section along power lines and some small sections of soft sand. The course follows two loop trails through the park. Aid stations will be available every 2 - 4 miles, and the longer distance races will do the loops multiple times. This event will be timed but will be a fun and low key just to get out and enjoy the trails. This is a great event for new and first time ultra runners. If you are planning on doing the Keys 100 this could be a great training run for you.
We will be hosting three different events on race day to offer something for everyone. The day will start with a 50K Ultra at 7:00AM followed by a 1/2 Marathon at 8:00AM and two waves of the 12K Race. The first wave of the 12K will be a competitive wave and the second wave will be a Fun Run and Walk.
Each participant will receive a custom commemorative glass with the race logo etched on it and a race t-shirt. We will have a new logo this year with new glasses. All participants will also receive finisher's medals.
You will be greeted at the finish line with a post race "Cinco De Mayo" themed party where you can enjoy having your glass filled with a celebratory margarita.
This race is a Bring Your Own Bottle (BYOB) event. Please help us keep the conservation area clean by bringing your own water bottles, hydration vests, or other hydration systems as needed. All aid stations will be well stocked with water, sports drinks, and an assortment of food and snacks.
The course does have a time limit this year of 8 hours for the 50K event. All runners will need to start their last lap no later than 1:30 PM and be off the course by 3:00 PM.
Please note that all race distances are approximate. This is a trail race and not a certified course. If you are worried about qualifying for Boston or get bent out of shape if your GPS doesn't exactly match the advertised distance then please don't sign up for this race. We are here for fun and to enjoy some great trails.
Location of the Event
Google Map link to Palm Bluff Location
Packet Pickup will be held on Saturday, May 2nd, at the Palm Bluff Conservation Area from 3-6PM.
Race Day registration and packet pickup will begin at 6AM and continue until 15 minutes before the start of the last 12K wave
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
50K Runners may place drop bags at the first aid station. You will pass this spot every 6 - 8 miles depending on what loop you are doing. Drop bags will be collected at the start line 30 minutes before the start of the 50K race and returned to the finish line as early as possible after you finish your event. You must let the aid station know you are finishing and need your drop bag returned. Please mark your drop bag clearly and make sure it is protected against the weather as they will not be covered.
If you are interested in camping out at the park the night before or the night after please email me directly for more information, Don. We have reserved the group campground at the start/finish line for Saturday and Sunday nights. We are limited to 24 people at the campsite and space is on a first come, first serve basis. But be warned, it you are staying with us we might put you to work before or after the race.
There are two local hotels that are within 10 miles of the start line. These are the Holiday Inn Express in Orange City, FL and the Hampton Inn in DeBary, FL. Contact information is below. Holiday Inn Express 1330 Saxon Blvd Orange City, Florida 32763 Hampton Inn 308 Sunrise Blvd. Debary, Florida, 32713
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