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We welcome all runners & walkers to our second annual Trek for CHEC event on Saturday, January 23, 2021. This event will feature competitive runs and fun walks for people of all ages. There will be a Fabulous Door Prize raffle and more! CHEC's mission is to build awareness and encourage conservation of our area’s rich natural resources while protecting the environment. Proceeds will help further environmental educational programs for children and adults. We hope to see you there!
The first event is a 10K competitive run. The second event is a dual 5K competitive run and 5K fun walk for adults and young adults. The third event is a 1 mile fun walk for all ages; children under 6 walk free accompanied by a paid adult. The first event begins at 8:00 a.m. Note that each event's start time has been extended to include a 1 hour window. You may start your event at any time during that 1 hour window. In this way, social distancing and safety protocols can be maintained. Several (trail) routes will be used at staggered times – see our trail maps for details.
COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS: For everyone's safety, we ask that all attendees maintain proper social distancing protocols while on the premises. Please wear masks outside when in close proximity to others not in your immediate group, and inside at all times. Masks may be removed immediately before beginning an event. Out of an abundance of caution, there will be two water stations only - one at the start location and one halfway down the 10K trail route. We encourage everyone to bring their own water bottles if feasible, and to fill them before starting their event. Please click here for additional COVID-19 information.
We have added a Virtual option. With the virtual option you can run anytime from now until noon on 1/23/2021. With this option you also receive a T-shirt. The overall Male and Female in the 5K and the 10K will receive a gift card, as long as there are 20 overall runners in the combined virtual races. You will be able to pick up your shirts after the race on 1/23/2021 at Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. 10941 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33955. To enter your time click the results tab and select the "Submit Virtual Results" button to enter your time.
SORRY - No Refunds or Rain Date!
Arrival / Parking: Participants will park at the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC) at 10941 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33955. At the corner of US-41 South and Burnt Store Road, bear right onto Burnt Store Road. Travel approximately 1-1/4 miles to CHEC, on your right. There is no right-turn lane; you will make a sharp right directly from Burnt Store Road into CHEC. Pass through the open gates. Drive down the driveway. You will be directed to park by a volunteer.
Running/Walking Conditions: CHEC is a nature park located on a State Buffer Preserve. It has hiking trails in natural surroundings that offer a view of the native Florida habitat. The Caniff Center overlooks an upland ecosystem, including a pond that is home to alligators, soft-shelled turtles, and fish. The trails are maintained but preserved in their natural state. You may find uneven surfaces, grass, leaves, branches, roots, wet spots and other elements typical of this type of environment. Recent rains and other naturally-occurring phenomena may render portions of the trails wet and muddy. We highly encourage appropriate footwear and safety awareness.
For Your Convenience - at the site and on the trails: Water stations will be available. Recycle bins and trash bins will be strategically placed. We encourage everyone to use these. Please do not drop trash on the trails. Signs and volunteers will be available on the trails to assist you. Trail signs are color-coded to reduce confusion.
Additional Event Details: -- Performance T-shirts guaranteed for all 10K and 5K run/walk participants registered prior to January 10, 2021. -- Male/female Master, Grand Master, Senior Grand Master and Veteran trophies for competitive run placements & ribbons for the 1 mile fun walkers. -- Enter to win the Fabulous Door Prize raffle. -- Last-minute registration for these events is available on-site, day-of, at this location. -- No refunds! No rain date!
There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available for this event. Simply view the attached document, choose a tier level (only one sponsor will be accepted for each "exclusive" and "fabulous door prize" category; multiples for remaining categories), mail us a check and email us your high-resolution logo, if applicable. That's all there is to it!
Each level has benefits, which will be made available to you even if you are not able to participate on-site, the day of the race. We thank you for your consideration and hope to see you at Trek for CHEC!
See trail map marked 10K for run route.
See trail map marked 5K for run route.
The 1 Mile walk route begins at the boardwalk entrance off the parking lot and follows the Eagle Point Trail (at the top of the map) all the way around and back to the boardwalk entrance, to completion.
Trophies, male and female, for 10K and 5K Overall through Veterans race categories. 10K and 5K 1st, 2nd and 3rd place placement medals, male and female, in age group race categories (beginning with age group category 15 - 19 years) from 15 years through 75+. Ribbons for every 1 mile fun walk finisher. T-shirts for all 10K and 5K competitive racers registered by COB January 10, 2021. Additional t-shirts may be available, but are not guaranteed.
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