January 11th, 2020 | Amelia Island, FL

January 11th, 2020 | Amelia Island, FL
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Race Distances and Awards

The Fort Clinch Trail Race will feature three different distances: 10k, 30k, and 50k. All participants will receive a finisher’s award at the end of their race. Special awards will be given to the top male and female in each distance, as well as the top masters (40+ year old) male and female in each distance.

Runners are only eligible for rewards in the distance they start.

Start Times and Time Limits

In order to limit congestion on the course, start times for each race will be staggered. The 50k will start at 8 AM, the 30k will start at 1 PM, and the 10k will start at 3 PM. All participants must complete their race by 7PM.

Aid Stations and Pacers

There will be two aid stations along the course. The primary aid station will be at the start/finish, where runners may also leave a drop bag or cooler for personal use between loops. The second aid station will be approximately 2.5 miles into the 6 mile loop. Both aid stations will provide hydration (water and electrolyte drink) as well as minimal food. At the request of the park, there will be bathrooms at both aid stations.

Pacers are NOT allowed on the course.

Timing and Results

This event will be chip timed. Live results and timing will be provided by the amazing Mike Melton of MCM Timing.

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The Course

All distances will follow the same course, a 10k (6.2 mile) loop that begins and ends at the Fort Clinch visitor center parking lot. One lap for the 10k, three for the 30k and five for the 50k. The course consists primarily of mixed-use singletrack that follows the natural undulation of the coastal terrain. There are a large number of short, sometimes steep climbs that vary from sand to well-packed dirt. As the race series name indicates, roots are plentiful, so keep your eyes open!

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Aid Stations and Pacers

There will be 2 aid stations along the course. The first will be at the start/finish, and the second will be approximately 2.5 miles into the 6 mile loop. Aid stations will provide both hydration (water and electrolyte drink) as well as minimal food. There will be bathrooms at both aid stations.

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Camping

Fort Clinch has been kind enough to allow us to reserve a block of tent camping sites within the Group Camp area at the park. These are available for both Friday and Saturday nights. There is limited space, but if you would like to reserve a spot we have made the option available when you Sign Up for the race.

The group camp area has restrooms, one shower, and drinkable water. There is no per-site power. Parking space is limited so please do not bring extra vehicles to the camping area.

Hotels

Amelia Island has many hotels to choose from. The closest to Fort Clinch is the Comfort Suites Oceanview, however there are many within a 10-15 minute drive. You can view a full list of hotels here.

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Race Sponsors

The sponsors below have all helped us bring this race from a "what if" to a reality. Without their help we would not be able to host this race or provide such an awesome experience for our runners. Please support our sponsors!

About Fort Clinch

History meets nature at Fort Clinch State Park. Whether you’re a history buff, nature lover or a bit of both, enjoy exploring the unique natural and historic resources of this pristine park.

A row of cannons staring across the St. Mary’s River into Georgia are silent testimony to the strategic importance of Fort Clinch during the Civil War. Visitors can explore the fort’s many rooms, galleries and grounds and experience unparalleled living history programs as they learn about the life of a Union soldier. Make plans to visit on the first weekend of every month, a soldier garrison fires cannons and demonstrates other battlefield skills.

The historic fort is only one aspect of this diverse 1,400-acre park. Maritime hammocks with massive arching live oaks provide a striking backdrop for hiking and biking on the park’s many trails. The park is known for its gopher tortoises, painting buntings and several other species of wildlife. Camping, fishing, shelling and shark-tooth hunting are also popular activities.

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