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We welcome all runners & walkers to our first annual Trek for CHEC event on Saturday, January 25, 2020. This event will feature competitive runs and fun walks for people of all ages. There will be food trucks, a band, special activities such as “how to fish” lessons for younger children, a Fabulous Door Prize raffle, a 25/25-50 raffle, and more! Our 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 for younger children. The first event begins at 7:45 a.m. Several (trail) routes will be used simultaneously and at staggered times – see our trail maps for details.
SORRY - No Refunds or Rain Date!
Arrival / Parking: Participants will arrive/park at the Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park at 12301 Burnt Store Road in Punta Gorda, approximately 1.3 miles south of CHEC, and be shuttled to CHEC. Signs will be posted to direct you. Allow approximately twenty minutes to accommodate shuttle run times from the State Park to CHEC and back. Participants should plan to be at the CHEC location at least twenty minutes before their event begins.
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 will be posted on the trails to assist you.
Additional Event Details: -- Performance T-shirts guaranteed for all 10K and 5K run/walk participants registered prior to December 20, 2019. -- Male/female Master, Grand Master, Senior Grand Master and Veteran trophies for competitive run placements & ribbons for the 1 mile fun walkers. -- Food trucks on site. ------- Enter to win the Fabulous Door Prize raffle and a 25/25-50 raffle with two lucky winners! -- Last-minute registration for these events available on-site, day-of, at this location.
See trail map marked 10K for run route. BLACK ARROWS show the START ROUTE. RED ARROWS show the RETURN ROUTE.
See trail map marked 5K for run route. BLACK ARROWS show the START and RETURN ROUTE (two times around the Pine Flatwoods Trail).
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.
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