Come join us for the 2nd Annual Palm Bluff "Margaritas & Manure" Trail Race and Ultra. This year we will also be adding a 50 mile event to the race. 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 four different events on race day to offer something for everyone. The day will start with a 50 Mile Ultra at 6:00 AM and will be followed closely by the 50K Ultra. Later in the morning there will be a 1/2 Marathon and two waves of the12K 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 an updated logo this year with new glasses. 50M and 50K finishers will also receive a custom finishers medal.
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.
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.
12K Fun Run and Walk Wave (7.4 miles) Start time: 9:00AM
Where:Palm Bluff Conservation Area
The entrance road to the property is on the east side of CR 415, approximately 3.5 miles north of the town of Osteen and 9.5 miles south of the CR 415–State Road 44 intersection. Continue down the entrance road approximately 1,000 feet — the parking area is on the right.
Palm Bluff Conservation Area
May 3rd, 2:00PM - 6:00PM
Race Morning starting at 5:00AM
Drop bags may be placed 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 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.
Camping at the Park
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 the night of the 4th and 5th. 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.