Four New Events!

Inaugural Event on January 5th, 2020
Fox Lake Sanctuary in Titusville, Florida

Calling All Runners

Let’s run some trails in the Space Coast and have a FUN PARTY afterwards!!

Actually… run, walk, hike, skip, whatever you want to do and bring all your besties!

Just get out here with us under the thousand year old canopied oak hammocks, among the towering pines, between the bellowing palmetto bushes, with the palm trees swaying and a possible rocket launch in the back ground….. All by way of beautiful, mostly single track courses!

AVTEC HOMES and RUNNING ZONE presents the SPACE COAST TRAIL RACE SERIES, benefiting “For the Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc” nonprofit 501(c)3.

Here’s the deal….

There are 4 single track trail courses:

  1. Fox Lake, City of Titusville, Sunday morning Jan 5th, 2020.
  2. Malabar Scrubs, Town of Malabar, Sunday morning Jan 19th, 2020.
  3. Wickham Park, City of Melbourne, Sunday morning Feb 23rd, 2020.
  4. Forever Florida, Town of Kenansville, Saturday evening Mar 21st, 2020, followed by the “End of Series Party”. Bring your inner party animal, we’ll have food, beer, music, awards, and fun… WHOOP, WHOOP!

Fox Lake

City of Titusville

Sunday morning Jan 5th, 2020

Malabar Scrubs

Town of Malabar

Sunday morning, Jan 19th, 2020

Wickham Park

City of Melbourne

 Sunday morning Feb 23rd, 2020

Forever Florida

Town of Kenansville

Saturday evening Mar 21st, 2020

Details:

Choose the 6k or 12k distance you would like to complete.

Run 1, 2 or 3 races individually and change the distance with each race if you want…

-OR- RUN ALL 4 RACES (yeah that’s the way cooler option!!!), you must choose the same distance for each race, complete all 4 courses and you qualify for the SPACE COAST TRAIL RACE SERIES OVERALL awards!

Every participant that completes a course will get great finisher swag and a t-shirt for each race completed. If you complete the series, you will get an additional series completion award at the “End of Series Party” and qualify for the SPACE COAST TRAIL RACE SERIES OVERALL awards!

At each race:

Besides the finisher swag….

There will be awards for the TOP 10 places for each race, each distance, male and female.

Top 10 males for the 6k

Top 10 females for the 6k

Top 10 males for the 12k

Top 10 females for the 12k

For the SERIES:

There will be TOP 3 places for SPACE COAST TRAIL RACE SERIES OVERALL awards for each distance, male & female.

Top 3 males for the 6k Series

Top 3 females for the 6k Series

Top 3 males for the 12k Series

Top 3 females for the 12k Series

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Trail Running Is Fun

The Charity

For the Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. 501(c)3.

We are a nonprofit organization focused on supporting men and women affected by pelvic floor dysfunction and/or breast cancer to live life to their healthiest potential.  We fund physical therapy, occupational therapy and lymphedema preventative compression garments patients otherwise would not be able to afford.
When you register for our races, you will help us fund our mission “Supporting a Healthy and Active Lifestyle”! Your donation will provide a local patient with a scholarship, paying for their pelvic floor physical therapy, breast cancer occupational/physical therapy or lymphedema preventative compression garment needed in order to return to a healthy and active lifestyle.

The Events

Race #1 Jan 5th, the Red Fox will be the “mascot”.

Fox Lake Sanctuary 4.5/5 star reviews on Tripadvisor & Yelp

Protecting more than 2,500 acres along the western edge of Titusville, Fox Lake Sanctuary offers an immense landscape for exploration, with more than 7 miles of marked, interconnecting trails for hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and equestrian use. Pets not permitted. Bring your kayaks or canoes for an after run paddle: a boat ramp (with access to South Lake from Fox Lake, and numerous channels to explore by canoe/kayak).

Listed in State of Florida Great Florida Birding Trail – Water and Wading Birds (Coot, Snowy Egret, Green Heron, Anhingas), Migratory Songbirds. Occasionally: Swallow-tailed Kites, Limpkin, Roseate Spoonbill, Sandhill Crane.

Amenities: ADA Access Parking, Restrooms, Pavilion, Playground

Address: 4400 Fox Lake Rd, Titusville, FL 32796-4025

Race #2 Jan 19th, Florida Panther will be the “mascot”.

Malabar Scrubs Sanctuary, 4/5 star review on Alltrails

Town of Malabar: The variety of habitats found on the 395-acre Malabar Scrub Sanctuary make it an ideal place for visitors to learn how wetland and upland communities interact.

The sanctuary’s protected habitats include xeric (dry) hammock, scrub, scrubby flatwoods, pine flatwoods, sand pine scrub, ponds, sloughs, and depression marshes. Trails weave through many of these natural communities, including several areas recently treated with prescribed fires- Fire is a natural factor in many of Florida’s ecosystems, and hikers will be amazed at the lush, green regrowth in areas that were burned only a short time ago.

The sanctuary is a refuge for the Florida scrub-jay, gopher tortoise, and Eastern indigo snake.

Amenities: ADA Access Parking, Restrooms, Pavilion, Playground

Address: 1501 Malabar Road Malabar, FL 32950

From Exit 70 on I-95, head east on State Road 514 (Malabar Road) for about 3.1 miles. Turn left on Malabar Woods Blvd. Trailhead is located at the end of the road.

Race #3 Feb 23rd, Wolf will be the “mascot”.

Wickham Park, 4.5/5 star reviews on Tripadvisor & Yelp.

Wickam Park is a popular 391 acre park with camping, miles & miles of narrow running trails that meander through oak hammocks, scrub, pine flatwoods, and along marshy streams, a paved walking trail, two large ponds, and several more small ponds, equestrian facilities, and a dog park. Some of the species sighted here include Brownheaded Nuthatch, Bobwhite, Painted Bunting, Chuck-will’s-widow, Raptor, Killdeer, Migratory Songbirds.

Amenities: ADA Access Parking, Restrooms, Pavilion, Playground

Address: 2500 Parkway Dr, Melbourne, FL 32935-2335

Race #4 Mar 21st, Bear will be the “mascot”

Forever Florida, 4.5/5 star reviews on Tripadvisor & Yelp.

Forever Florida whisks visitors over untouched Florida terrain, experiencing nature like never before. Journey deep into Forever Florida, a 4700 acre ECO-ranch & wildlife conservation area. Nature tours, horseback riding, zip lining…& so much more to offer. During your trail race through Forever Florida, come prepared to encounter native Florida wildlife, amazing scenery, and an adventure of a lifetime.

Amenities: ADA Access Parking, Restrooms, Showers, Pavilion

Directions/address: 4755 N. Kenansville Road, St. Cloud, Florida 34773

The Sponsors

AvtecHomes

The Sietsma family has been building homes for six generations. In 2004, Avtec Homes founder, Larry Sietsma set his sights on creating affordable, energy-efficient homes for the people of Brevard County, Florida.

The Environmentally Endangered Lands

The Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program was established in 1990 to protect the natural habitats of Brevard County by acquiring environmentally sensitive lands for conservation, passive recreation, and environmental education.

The Cost

6k $35 each race or $120 for the 4 Race Series
12k $55 for each race or $200 for the 4 Race Series

 

Registration Form (PDF)

2020 Flyer

Contact Us

Running Space Coast Trails

801 East Hibiscus Boulevard, Suite 1

Melbourne, FL 32901

(321) 652-2675

ftgnonprofit@yahoo.com

Running Your First Race

Running Your First Trail Race?

If you’ve never run a trail race before here are some helpful things to consider. 

Be Careful and Watch Your Step
The trail includes some technical areas that have roots and uneven ground. If you are not accustomed to running this type of terrain you may want to walk these sections for your safety.  The are also some areas where you may need to duck down to avoid hitting your head. 

Stay Hydrated but Not Overhydrated
Remember to drink fluids with electrolytes. Do not consume too much water without taking in enough sodium.or you could suffer from hyponatremia (low sodium in your blood).  Every runner sweats differently, Your body reacts to heat and humidity differently, and reacts to the stress of a race or training differently.

Leave No Trace
There’s a saying “Leave No Trace” that trail runner’s adhere to, which is to leave the trail like you’ve never ran on it. So please throw away any trash in the designated trash bags along the course and carry any  empty wrappers in your pockets or running packs. Please stay on designated trails to minimize your impact.

Yield to Faster Runners
Some people at the race will be running competitively. When you hear a runner come up behind you during the race please try to step aside to let them pass. Even if you are in a narrow section of the trail try to find an area where you can step aside to let runners pass.

Be Courteous
If you are a faster runner please be conscientious about your fellow runners, give them time to get out of the way. One way to do this is to politely say “How it going?” or just a “Hi”  As a last resort you can say: On your left.” so you can pass to the left of the person. For many runners this will be their first trail race so let’s encourage each other to finish the race and have a good time.

Headphones
If you would like to use headphones please be cognizant of your surroundings and other runners especially if they are trying to pass you. If you must use headphones consider bone conduction headphone so you are not blocking out the outside sounds.

For 12ker’s…. Running a Loop Based Race for the First Time?
The benefits of a loop based race include:

  • Proximity to the aid stations
  • Ability to place your own drop bag with your gear and supplies near the start/finish line if needed
  • Gain familiarity with the course during the first loop and you’ll know it well for the second loop
  • Each loop will be recorded as you tag/cross the start/finish time.