We're BACK!! The 2018 Azalea Races are a GGGOOOO!!
Local time: 2:50 AM
We are beyond excited to welcome you to our 4th annual event!
More news and updates will follow in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to our social media sites!
The Ravine State Gardens is a special window into the Florida’s natural history. Originally created by the St. Johns River and established and maintained as a state park since 1933, the ravines are the 146-acre home to dogwoods, azaleas, alligators, fox, otters, and numerous bird species. The 2 miles of paved road that follow the ravine’s natural descent are gorgeous and peaceful. During a cool night in November and December, there is no better place in the area to view the stars.
Race day set up:
Set up begins Saturday November 10th at 6am
Mandatory Prerace meeting starts at 7:30am for all races.
Race starts at 8am
Runners and crews have access to the park for length of race weekend to come and go as they please. If runners leave and come back they must turn in monitor and inform timer. Once back notify timer and continue. Vehicles cannot enter back into the park after hours. You must park outside of gate during this time
Course set up:
Tents and canopies are allowed to be set up race day only. (Court of States) Your area must stay clean and tidy during race weekend! Camp stoves are allowed. Please make sure your equipment is working properly. Spots will be at a first come first serve bases. Real bathrooms are available. Locations at parking lot and near amphitheater.
Staple foods will be in plenty
Vegan, vegetarian, and fruitarian options will be available upon request. Please send any specialty nutrition request to Race Director Winston Fletcher. We are happy to help accommodate.
We will also have hot items: soups, sandwiches, quesadillas, etc...
Order up and it will be ready on your next lap!!
Thank you Hammer Nutrition!!
Each runner's bottle will be given a marker to label their bottles. A table will be set up for you to easily grab your bottle from or drop off.
Local points of interest:
Palatka has a Super Wal-Mart 24/7. There are several local restaurants here: My favorite is Magnolia Cafe (food), Uncork and Unwind (craft beer/wine)
Fast food, convience stores, and a few grocery stores are within a short drive. Top pick is Publix.
We do encourage you to shop local.
It's dark at night! Personal lighting is mandatory, bring headlamps or handheld. We are up with you throughout the wee hours. You will not feel a lull in our energy during this time.
Mike Melton, owner of MCM Timing, will be your timing professional. Your data/tracking is backed up constantly and that information has back ups to back ups. Mike is the #1 race timer in the country you'll be in great hands!
Course is 2 miles certified via USATF