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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 with the runners out front and the walkers following immediately behind. The third event is a 1 mile fun walk. The first event begins at 8:00 a.m. Several (trail) routes will be used at staggered times – see our trail maps for details.
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. All participants should plan to be at the CHEC location no later than 7:45 a.m. to allow for parking and uninterrupted/seamless event starts.
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.
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!
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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