Get ready for a tropical race unlike any other! The Everglades are one of the most unique ecosystems in the world. Its health is critical to the environmental well-being of many species and it is the only place in the world where both crocodiles and alligators cohabitate. This slow-moving moving river spans 1.5 million acres and is classified as a subtropical wetland. It serves as critical habitat for many species of birds, flora, fish, reptiles, and mammals.
To get prepared for this race, please read our race guide and listen to the audio version of the guide. Both resources provide a comprehensive overview of what to expect for this event.
When you read the Race Guide, please pay special attention to the following pages:
- Pages 2-3 - Race Expo + Bib Pickup
- Pages 4-5 - Half Marathon Race Details
- Page 5 - Half Marathon Map + Elevation
- Page 6 - Half Marathon Parking + Spectator Info
- Page 7 - 5k Race Info
- Page 9 - Cup Free Policy
Toward the end of the guide, we share how you can participate in the Explorer Club to get suggestions on what to see and do while you're in the area. When you complete the Explorer Club challenge you earn a special badge (in addition to your race medal) for completing it! Learn more here.
CALUSA & SEMINOLES IN THE EVERGLADES
Prior to the arrival of Spanish colonialists, the Everglades were full of life. Though five main tribes existed in Florida, the Calusa held political dominance throughout the Southwestern zone. This fishing community lived among the mangroves on the shoreline and used shells widely in their tools, jewelry, and decoration. When the first Spanish arrived, there were an estimated 20,000 local residents already in southern Florida. However, by 1763 the English pushed out not only the Spanish but many of the still
remaining Calusa into nearby Cuba. As the English expanded, the Seminole Wars of the 1800s saw Creek peoples from northern Florida pushed farther south. They used the Everglades as their base to fight back against removal. We believe it’s important to understand the history of the land we inhabit and the people who shaped it. We hope these stories can teach us more about our shared histories.
- 15% of you are running your first half marathon
- For 60% of you, this is your first time visiting the Everglades
- We have runners from 47 states and 2 countries