December 12 - 13, 2020

Blaze Pioneer Trail Run

1337 Long Horn Rd

Middleburg, FL 50K, 30K, 15K

Registration closes: Wed, Dec 9 @ 11:59PM

Wanna Be NUMBER 1 to Conquer and Blaze Pioneer?

If you thought that running trails in North East Florida meant that you’d be racing on flat, sandy courses, you’ve never run Pioneer Trail in Jennings State Forest!

This year, you’ve got the once in a lifetime chance to run the inaugural race on one of the most challenging trails in Florida in the Blaze Pioneer 15/30/50k Trail Run through scenic ravines along North Fork Black Creek less than 45 minutes from downtown Jacksonville.

The Pioneer Trail is new to the scene, with the first three sections of the trail established in 2019 by a pair of seasoned Appalachian Trail hikers who saw the awesome potential of a landscape featuring constant elevation changes, beautiful bluffs above Black Creek, hollows, three waterfalls, and much more that make a course that will challenge runners of all abilities. The course is primarily single track plotting you through the slope forests, flatwoods, seepage slopes, dome swamps, blackwater and seepage streams, and you’ll never forget the first time you climb Mt. Reagan. Pioneer Trail is primarily covered offering about 90% shade along the length of the trail.

Course Description

15k Course Description – ~ 800 ft of elevation gain and loss.
Participants will start at the Dunn’s Farm trailhead and follow the shared portion of the Pioneer/Dunn’s Farm loop before proceeding on the Pioneer past the Ellis Ford Landing trailhead. The first aid station participants reach, at a bench overlooking the Black Creek, will be their turnaround point. Participants will backtrack to the Dunn’s Farm trailhead to the finish.

15k Aid stations
Location Distance from last station (miles) Total distance (Miles)
Ellis Overlook 4.7 miles 4.7 miles
Finish 4.7 miles 9.5 miles

30k Course Description - ~ 1500ft of elevation gain and loss.
30k Participants will start out the same as the 15k participants, but upon reaching the overlook aid station they will continue onwards to Knights Ford Landing and beyond to the southern terminus of the Pioneer trail at Indian Ford Landing Rec Area. Indian Ford will have an aid station to refuel before participants reverse course up the full length of the Pioneer to Dunn’s Farm trailhead to the finish.

Location Distance from last station (Miles) Total Distance (Miles)
Ellis Overlook 4.7 miles 4.7 miles
Indian Ford 4.5 miles 9.2 miles
Ellis Overlook 4.5 miles 13.7 miles
Finish 4.7 miles 18.4 miles

50k Course Description - ~2500ft of elevation gain and loss.
50k Participants get a little something extra at the start and midpoint of their course. Less than a mile after the start, prior to hitting the Dunns/Pioneer shared loop, 50k Participants will turn left and proceed down Powell Ford Road to a light aid station at the northern end of the newest section of the Pioneer “Section 4”. This challenging 2.5-mile section will bring participants back to the shared Dunn’s Pioneer loop where participants will continue to the Indian Ford Rec Area as described in the 30k route. From Indian Ford, 50k participants will complete a 5-mile loop consisting of a 2.5-mile section of fast service road and a repeat of the Knights Landing to Indian Ford Pioneer section. After the second visit to Indian Ford participants will proceed back the full length of the Pioneer including section 4. After the final light aid station participants have just over 2 miles of fast course before the Dunn’s Farm Trailhead finish.

Location Distance from last station (Miles) Total Distance (Miles)
Powell Ford 2.1 2.1
Ellis Overlook 6.5 8.6
Indian Ford 4.5 13.1
Indian Ford (After loop) 5 18.1
Ellis Overlook 4.5 22.6
Powell Ford 6.5 29.1
Finish 2.1 31.1

COVID-19 Precautions

We've partnered with Clay Tourism to provide PPE at our aid stations including gloves, masks and hand sanitizer. Runners are asked to wear face coverings and observe appropriate social distancing at the start/finish area and at aid stations when not eating/drinking

Cup-Free Race

In order to keep the Jennings State Forest clean, this will be a cup-free race. Runners will need a hand bottle or hydration vest/pack with collapsible bottles or bladder or a collapsible cup for aid stations.

Water and Tailwind will be provided at aid stations.

What about the Swag?

All runners will receive a super soft and comfortable tri-blend race shirt and a finishers medal.

Drop Bags - 30 and 50k

30 and 50k runners can drop a single gallon sized ziplock back that they will have access to at the aid station at mile 9.5 for 30k runners and at mile ~13 and ~18 for the 50K runners. Runners should plan on these bags being thrown away after they leave the aid station.

Hotel Deal

If you're coming in from out of town, the Hampton Inn in Middleburg is our official hotel. They are offering a $109/night rate for Blaze Pioneer Trail Run participants. To access the deal, please call 904-406-6424 and let them know you're with the Blaze Pioneer Trail Run

Local time: 9:41 PM
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