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Gasparilla Island  5 and 10K

The 13th Annual
River, Roots & Ruts Trail Run
Caloosahatchee Regional Park
Alva, Florida

Sunday, January 10, 2016
Half Marathon and Relay 8:00 am
5K Fun Run 8:15 am

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The 13th annual River, Roots & Ruts Trail Run will be held on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at the Caloosahatchee Regional Park.

For those of us living up north, we can't help but notice the seasons are changing. Leaves are turning, sweaters and long sleeve shirts find their way out of the closet. In SW Florida the changes are more subtle, the afternoon thunderstorms don't come everyday, the trails begin to dry, and there's hope that air conditioners will soon get a rest.

Shirts: New design, same high quality, performance shirts. They are made from a lightweight 100% recycled polyester mesh fabric that wicks moisture and dries quickly. Depending on size, each shirt can keep 5-10 plastic bottles out of the landfills. These shirts are made in the USA and printed with non-toxic ink.

Half and Relay runners will receive a long sleeve performance shirt. Fun Runners will receive a short sleeve shirt of the same material.

After the race, you can exchange a LS for SS, no charge, or upgrade from a SS to a LS for $2. This is of course limited to what is available.

I've touted the quality of these shirts for the past few years. I find myself grabbing them for my runs often, and not just to promote the race! They really are a comfortable performance shirt. They retail for $35 LS and $30 SS, and that's without our startled hog!

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Mission Statement

1. Provide a quality event for all involved: runners, volunteers, staff and sponsors.
2. Promote trail running and the sustainable use of the Caloosahatchee Regional Park
3. Donate proceeds to the not-for-profit organizations that help with the event

Start of the 2013 RRR

Green is in!
(Read about our efforts to minimize the environmental impacts of the event.)
Baby Hog on path
Life imitating art? A startled baby hog on the trail as the lead 5k runner rounds the bend in the 2008 RRR!

The River, Roots & Ruts is a great opportunity to experience Florida trail running at its finest. It is suited for experienced trail runners and novices.

While not a course for a PR, it will go down in your log book as a special run. The main event is a 13.1 mile half marathon utilizing both sides of the park: the wide nature trails on the south side and the single lane mountain bike trails on the north side.

For those in training for a race or just off one, or for those that may want to experience a little less nature we have a 2 person half marathon relay, over the same course. And for those that feel that 3.2 miles is just the right amount of nature we offer a 5K Fun Run along the wide nature trails on the south side of the park.

If you are looking for a flat, perfectly marked course with crowds, plenty of hoopla, thousands of other runners and a big mouse, you should consider running at Disney Cool running in 2006!World. If however you want to experience a beautiful and challenging trail with only a few hundred fellow dirt enthusiasts, have the chance to win an unique award and more door prizes than you could shake a root at, sign up for the RRR. Don't take our word on it, see what other runners have said about previous RRR's.

The RRR is sanctioned by the Fort Myers Track Club. Proceeds from this event help support the educational programs of Riverwatch (Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association,) Audubon of Southwest Florida, Southwest Florida Watershed Council, CREW Land and Water Trust, Friends of the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves and trail maintenance by the Mudcutters Bicycle Club and the Caloosa Saddle Club.

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