Come join us for the 3rd Annual Palm Bluff "Margaritas & Manure" Trail Race and Ultra presented by Halifax Health, and a part of the Live Your Life Well Race Series. 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 at 7:00AM. Later in the morning there will be a 1/2 Marathon at 8:00AM and two waves of the 12K 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 a new 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.
The course does have a time limit this year of 13 hours for the 50 mile event. All runners will need to be off the course by 7:00 PM.
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.
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 start of the 50 Mile and 50K 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.
Holiday Inn Express
1330 Saxon Blvd
Orange City, Florida 32763
308 Sunrise Blvd.
Debary, Florida, 32713
Local time: 3:55 PM