MHC FAT ASS 50K TRAIL RUN

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 7:00 AM
ROSS PRAIRIE STATE PARK, DUNNELLON, FLORIDA
Check in - 7:00 AM

This run will be a 'real' fat ass ultra - no wimps, no whiners, no aid, no awards, no course markings. I just want to kick-off a New Year and share a beautiful trail.
The course will be an out-and-back on the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, starting at the Ross Prairie Trailhead, following the blue-blazed connector trail to the orange-blazed Florida trail, going east for 10.5 miles to the Land Bridge Trailhead, where there is water and restrooms. About a mile before you reach the turn-around, you will cross the famous land bridge over I-75. At the trailhead park, you will be able to refill your water, then head back to Ross Prairie, retracing your steps, leaving the orange-blazed trail onto the blue-blazed connector trail, which will return you to Ross Prairie Park, water, restrooms and your car, where you can then restock on food and drink.
From the park, take the blue-blazed connector trail in the other direction toward the Pruitt Trailhead. A short distance after crossing Highway 200, you will again join the orange-blazed Florida Trail and follow it for approximately 6 miles to Pruitt Trailhead, turn-around and head back to Ross Prairie. There is no water here and if you go all the way to the trailhead, you will have a total of at least 33 miles. However, about one mile before the trailhead, the single-track trail merges into a dirt road. Turn-around here and you will have a 50K.
Ross Prairie State Park is located on FL Highway 200 between Hernando and Ocala. The physical address is: 10660 SW Highway 200, Dunnellon, FL 34431. There is no entrance fee and no parking fee, a nice picnic area, restrooms and even hot showers. There is also a campground.
There is no advance registration for this run. Just show-up that morning, sign-in on the clipboard with your name, age, state, and e-mail address. You must keep your own time and when you finish, record your finishing time on the clipboard. I will compile results, post them here on the website and also submit them to Ultrarunning Magazine. It is important to let me know that you have finished. Although I most likely will be the last finisher, for your safety and my peace of mind, I can't go home until I know that everyone who started has returned to Ross Prairie. Even though the entire trail is blazed, plus there are signposts at junctions, there are other trails and unless you sometimes stop and read the signs, and look for the blazes, you most likely will get off-course. Also, as you will be crossing several highways, CR 484 and FL 200, be cautious, the cars exceed the speed limit. Now, I would be happy for you to e-mail in advance and let me know you are coming, but you are welcome to just show-up and run.
Any questions, please e-mail and ask.
Terri Hayes - ultraterri@bellsouth.net

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