Wild Florida 120

Take Note! You must complete 8 hours of volunteer work as a requirement. The volunteer hours must be submitted by January 20, 2020.

Enter hours HERE

When:

January 31, 2020 3:00 PM

Where:

Start at MICCO Landing Trailhead - 20684 US-98, Okeechobee, FL 34972 (GPS 27.383127, -81.041702)

Race Schedule & Information: Solo runners can park at the finish and ride the shuttle to the start. Shuttle is not mandatory. All runners riding the shuttle from the finish to the start line must meet at the finish by 11:00 A.M. to get your bib and board the shuttle. Note there are NO services or port-a-johns at the finish line. Bring your drop bags and all required gear to be checked prior to boarding the bus.

The address is  12476 E Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy St Cloud, FL 34773. (GPS 28.116090, -80.932650)

The shuttle will leave at 11:40 PM sharp! Keep in mind that the drive time from the finish to the start is approximately 2 hours! Prepare accordingly with fluids and food as necessary.

If your are not riding the shuttle, you can be dropped off directly a the start line, 20684 US-98, Okeechobee, FL 34972

Race starts at 3:00 PM 1/31/2020 with a 40 Hour total cut off. Race ends at 7:00 PM 2/2/2020.

Packet Pickup:

If you are riding the shuttle, packet pick-up will be at the finish from 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM. You will get your packet before boarding the bus. 

Packet pick-up for non-shuttle riders will be at the start from  2:00 PM to 2:40 PM at MICCO Landing Trail Head - 20684 US-98, Okeechobee, FL 34972  

Take Note!!

All runners must read and sign the Florida Wildlife Commission Release and Waiver in order to run the Wild Florida 120. If we do not have your signed release, you will not be allowed to participate in the race.

Click Here to access the Release and Waiver. Read it, print it, sign it, and bring the signed copy with you.

Bring all mandatory gear and drop bags to packet pickup!

 

Aid Stations

Aid stations will have water, Coke, Gatorade, peanut butter and jelly, salt, cookies etc. There will be hot food at every other aid station. Look for cheese tortillas, bacon, broth, hamburgers, and pizza slices.

If you will need ANYTHING besides water and Gatorade between aid stations, then grab it from the aid station, and put it in your pack. View Aid Station Matrix

Note: There will be one water stop where you can top off fluids if needed- Cowboy Crossing Mile 28 - there is a hand crank water pump to get drinkable water. Click HERE to see a photo of the water pump. Cowboy Crossing is located between AS#2 Tropical Trekkers Aid Station - Mile 21 and AS#3 Kissimmee Prairie Park Preserve - Mile 35

Course Markings

The course follows the Florida Trail. The Wild Florida 120 will use approximately 107 miles of the Florida Trail. The Florida Trail is well marked with VERTICAL ORANGE RECTANGLE blazes. When you are on the Florida Trail there will be NO additional flagging or markers. View Course Info

It is your responsibility to not get lost. The  Florida Trail sometimes takes random 90 and 180 degree turns. 

Check the Guthook Map App to verify you are on course. (See below on mandatory gear). The Florida Trail is infrequently traveled but is well maintained. You must navigate using the trail blazes and your Guthook Map App! The Guthook App is your friend. Look ahead on the map to see when a major turn is coming up.

There are two sections of the race where you will divert off the Florida Trail. On those sections we will have course markings, flagging, and signs. 

On Course Shuttles

There will be two points along the course, Mile 59.3 and 87.4 where you will be clocked out of the race and be shuttled to a point where you will be clocked back in by a volunteer, and then continue on the course. This is for your safety to keep runners off busy roadways, Hwy 60 and 441. 

Both shuttle pick up points are crew access aid stations. The shuttle rides are approximately 10 minutes each. A shuttle will be provided. The first shuttle is located at the Kicco AS. Your crew may take you to the drop of point. MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE GPS COORDINATES! IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO NOT GET LOST! You must be scanned out and scanned back in the race. The time between clock-out and clock-in will be removed from your total race time. The clock-out starts when you board the shuttle or crew vehicle. The clock-in is when you leave the shuttle to start running again. Volunteers will be scanning runners at both points. Make sure you get scanned!

For the second shuttle you must be driven by a race volunteer. There is limited parking at the drop off site. 

Mandatory Gear - Bring to Packet Pickup

Running pack with 2 Liter minimum water capacity

Space blanket

Headlamp with spare batteries

Smartphone and a power pack to recharge on the trail. 

The smartphone must have Guthook Trail Map application installed with the Central Florida section downloaded. The app is available for iOS and Android. Make sure you have the app open at the start of the race. You can then use airplane mode to save battery. The GPS in your smartphone (depending on model) should work even in airplane mode. 

Safety Runners

Safety runners will be allowed from mile 59.3 (KICCO AS) to the finish. Only one safety runner at a time. Safety runners must wear a safety bib which will be provided at packet pick up. Safety runners must have a working smartphone with the Guthook Map installed. Having this application will help the safety runner and the runner with navigation of the Florida Trail. Crews should also be good at using Google Maps. The GPS coordinates will get you right where you need to go. 

Safety runners can change at Crew Access points only!!

Bring cash to pay for parking at WMA's and State Parks. The pay stations are self service daily passes, with no change or credit card capabilities. Prices range from 3.00 to $4.00. Plan on 3-5 pay points along the course. There is a $4.00 dollar cash fee for entry to Kissimmee Prairie Park Preserve State Park. Parking passes will also be available at packet pick up on race day. Must have exact change. The fee at Prairie Lakes and Three Lakes is $3.

If you leave a car at a safety runner swap point, YOU must arrange your own transportation back to your vehicle. 

Crew Information

Crews can only visit runners at the following designated locations. Go to Crew Information for GPS coordinates, turn-by-turn directions and maps.

1. Oak Creek Trailhead - Mile  11.6 (Note: this is not a race aid station)

2. Kissimmee Prairie Park Preserve - Mile 35

3. KICCO Shuttle Pickup - Mile 59.3

4. Three Lakes WMA (Road 16) - Mile 69.5

5. Prairie Lakes WMA - Mile 76.5

6. Williams Rd - Mile 87.4

7. Billie Lake Rd - Mile 95.4

8. Bull Creek WMA - Mile 105.6

Drop Bags

If you are riding the shuttle, bring your drop bag to the shuttle, otherwise bring to the start.

YOU MUST clearly mark drop bags with your name, bib number, and the LOCATION(S) where you want your drop bags.

Drop bags will be delivered to the following Aid Stations. 

1. Kissimmee Prairie Park Preserve

2. Three Lakes WMA (Road 16)

3. Billie Lake Rd

We will do our best to get the drop bags back to the finish in time for you get your bag. In some cases the aid stations may not close before you finish. You may have to travel back to the aid station and pick up your drop bag.  We do not mail drop bags back to the owner! If you drop or miss a cut off, it is your responsibility to pick up your drop bag. Think about what you want in your drop bag. Keep it simple and necessary.

Event Rules

* No cutting the course 

* Obey all traffic laws, regulations, and parking rules at all times 

* Runners must stop to help any injured runner 

* No removing flagging, markers, or directional signs

* Runners may leave a bag at the finish line

* Runners will have an RFID tracking tag on the bib. Track your runner along the course. Visit livetrail.net

* If you drop from the race you must turn in your bib at the nearest aid station and notify the AS volunteers.

* All cut off times WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED to ensure the safety of all runners and race staff.

If you drop it may be a long wait to get you back to your vehicle. The priority at the aid station is to take care of active runners or anyone that has a life threatening condition or injury.   

Course is subject to change, as are cutoffs, or any and all details about the race.

No refunds, transfers, or deferments. If race is stopped or canceled for ANY reason there will be no refunds.

 

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