Skunk Ape’s Revenge 60k/30k!
Welcome back to the SECOND EVER Skunk Ape’s Revenge! Well, since so many people made it out of the Skunk Ape Night Run in July…. Now the Skunk Ape needs REVENGE. So here we are!!!
Distance: 60k OR a 30k Race, this is very much so an old school race.
Start Time: 8am!! For both distances.
Aid Stations: Will be every 4 to 6 miles. Aid Station Three (before and after the Berm) will be manned, with AS1, AS2, and AS4 all unmanned. James Mathis said he’s stoked to come out for another year!
Aid Stations will be stocked with Soda, Pickles, Gummy Bears or Worm..idk one of those, Chips, M & Ms, PB & J,, Cookies, Produce, some brand of powder electro's. We will also provide band-aids and women hygiene products in a plastic box at all the Aid Stations.
Finish Line: We will have burgers, brownies, snacky snacks, and hot dogs! Potluck is totally optional at this one!
Drop Bags: There will be one drop bag zone at Aid Station Three!
Overall: We will be working with Wicked Skins for the Top Four men and women for both the 30k and 60k races!!
Finishers: HATS!!!!!! This year we’ve got Skunk Ape’s Revenge Hats!!!! Also! We’ll once again have those magnets AND a bunch of those fun stickers!!
We will have Pink Flagging and “turn here” signs that will have self-correcting info on it in case you're concerned. I know we all love an adventure, but, maybe not an unplanned one. My phone number will also be on all the race bibs! :)
Camping is FREE in the Green Swamp.
Sites have picnic tables, fire rings and/or grills.
A free reservation is required and must be displayed or available at campground.
The Ashley Campground or Cumpressco Campground would be the way to go.
Youll need to create a login at the Southwest Florida Water Management District website;
Sponsors - Give Away!
Roll Recovery is giving away some socks and a R3 foot rollers! The R3 Orthopedic Foot Roller is designed to target specific areas of the foot to stretch the plantar fascia and intrinsic foot muscles to reduce soreness from tired feet. But it can also be used on your Glutes, Hip Flexor, Thighs, Calves.
PICKLE POPS!!! This year Pickle Pops will at the HUB and Fire Berm Aid Station. Pickle juice is always the way to go and Pickle Pop’s are the best solution.
The Florida Trail Runners Podcast is one of our race sponsors, this is new podcast for our community. Its mission is to represent and promote trail and ultra-running here in the state of Florida! Explore the state, talk to the people, and learn the history! You can find it on Spotify, Apple, iHeartRadio, Amazon Music, Audible, and on so many more!
Skunk Ape Trail Series
The Skunk Ape Trail Series connects all of the Skunk Ape Events races together into one challenge. This includes the Skunk Ape’s Revenge, Skunk Ape Night Run, and the Wild Boar Night Run!
Everyone who completes the Skunk Ape Trail Series will be given a personalized 2023 Jacket! And there will be trophies for the Top Three Male & Female competitor!
In each category, the winner of any given race will be awarded 1000 points. All other runners in that category will receive a percentage of 1000 equal to the ratio of the winner's time to their time. For example, if the winner finishes in 4:00 and you finish in 6:37, you will receive (240 minutes/397 minutes) * 1000 = 603 points (points will be rounded to the nearest whole number).
Although running a single race will enter you into the point series, running the 3 races will provide a competitive score.
Cindy's Pets Pet Food Drive
PET FOOD DRIVE the Skunk Ape’s Revenge 60k 30k! Hey y’all, you know I love my three dogs. So one of my favorite local charities here in Pasco County is called Cindy's Pets.
They pack and deliver pet food for the pets of Senior Citizens who participate in the Meals on Wheels program, thereby assuring that both the Seniors and their pets have plenty to eat.
The volunteers deliver 2,000 pounds of cat, dog, and bird food to over 400 pets each month.
So if you’re coming out on race day and think, I’d love to help out, hey bring some dog food, cat food, treats and toys. It definitely means a lot to all the lives it touches!
Restrooms and Water
ADA accessible portable toilets available at campgrounds.
We will have water on site. Nonpotable water available at River Road entrance and equestrian and primitive campgrounds.
We will have two Port-o-Potties on site!
If you've done the Skunk Ape Night Run, it's the same course, only this time... you get to do it during the day! Woohoo!!
What else should I say? This is a classic Florida race that covers almost all of the terrains Florida has to offer. From pasture lanes, mug, dirt roads, single track trails on the Florida Trail, some hills, to sugar sand, fire berms, and more!
You’ll be listening to the drone of frogs from all over, hoots from the owls, calls from birds, buzzing of bugs, and the yips of coyotes in the distance. Part of that sound and also silence, will make you wonder if “just that sound” was from something else... perhaps, the Skunk Ape.
The Start will be between Ranch and Cumpressco Road. You will take off down Cumpressco Road, which will turn right onto a lane between two pastures that turns into a dirt road called Rangers Landing Road. You will follow this road for a few miles until you reach the Big Foot BSA campsite (just under 3 miles). Once reaching that point you will follow the loop and come back the way you came until you are directing to turn right onto the Florida Trail. There are two Florida Trail entrances, you will taking the second one that you will come across on the way back from the loop. (Both will be marked to not enter or enter).
Once on the Florida Trail you will follow the course markers (flagging, glow sticks, and tape). Watch out for the Skunk Ape, according to research it is “highly likely” that he roams the land.
This will then bring you across the Cumpressco Road and then over a small bridge, still remaining on the Florida Trail.
Nearing mile 8 you will cross Ranch Road and follow the markers turning onto the dirt road called Cedar Pocket Road.
Following that road for around half a mile you will then turn onto a pasture lane. This is where you follow the fire berm for mile 9 to 11. There used to be a ranch located here in the 1940's and is now long gone.
Then turning right back onto Cedar Pocket Road you will follow the road until meeting back up with the Florida Trail. You will again turn right and follow the Florida Trail until roughly mile 14 when you'll turn left back onto Cedar Pocket Road.
Following Cedar Pocket Road you will follow it as it goes from gravel and grass going straight. Then around mile Mile 17 you will turn right onto a grass horse trail and follow it for the last mile and a half of the course.
As you leave the grassy horse trail, you will be directed by tall flagging for the final turns and loop in the open fields until going back onto Ranch Road to the finish line.
Did You Know....
Did you know? Skunk Ape sightings date back hundreds of years, including during the Seminole Wars. During the Seminole Wars, people ran into Skunk Apes in their battles near the Miami River and Big Cypress. The same goes for the Green Swamp - West Tract near Dade City, Florida.
Local time: 6:48 PM
Reports of the skunk ape were particularly common in the 1960s and 1970s. Since then, there have still been many sightings of a large, foul-smelling, hairy, ape-like creature, which ran upright on two legs in the Green Swamp area near Dade City, Florida.
The evidence comes in form of photos, audio responses from wood knocking, and also some other sounds that many Paranormal Investigators and Professional Bigfoot Hunting Teams believe, could be the Skunk Ape. They have also found what appear to be nests of some kind, made by a large animal in Pasco County’s deep woods... bears can also be seen, but rarely inside of Pasco County. How the Skunk Ape interacts with local wildlife is unknown.
Tracks were also observed as well. At the current time the creature in the Green swamp is still active according to researchers and locals there. Footprints of the Pasco County Skunk Ape have measured 17 inches in length and their depth implied a creature of tremendous weight, perhaps in excess of 600 pounds. There are other reported foot prints which claimed to be as large as 24 inches long and 8 inches wide.
The Green Swamp WMA has long been known to be home to the Florida Bigfoot, or Skunk Ape. Several investigations in many specific areas inside of the Green Swamp, have concluded that several investigators are “pretty sure” and are “very certain” that this creature does dwell inside the Green Swamp WMA, and has for a very long time.