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Greetings Critter Trail Enthusiasts!
It’s been quite a ride so far this year and we’re not done yet!
Silver Springs State Park is open, with CDC guidelines being followed. In the interest of the safety of our guests, volunteers, park staff and timers, we are not going to hold a Critter Trail 5K in 2020. We made this decision after much consideration, debate and deliberation. No one knows what the immediate future holds and we chose to protect everyone by postponing our race until it’s safe for groups of people to gather.
We are considering a partnership 5K with another non-profit organization in May, 2021. There is much to be worked out as you can well imagine and nothing has been decided as of this date. We love having all of you enjoy the park on the trails and hope that you will make a trip to the park, even if you’re not racing. The trails are open, Glass Bottom Boats are running with reduced capacity, kayak and canoe rentals are open with proper distancing and safety procedures. We hope you’ll come visit.
We want you to know that we greatly appreciate your support over these past 6 years. You have helped the park in many ways and we imagine the park has helped you with it’s accessibility, experiences and natural beauty.
If you would like to donate to the Friends efforts to continue to protect and preserve our beautiful state park, you can do so here, on our website https://www.thefriendsofsilversprings.org/Donate. You could even become a member of the Friends of Silver Springs State Park to get all of the latest news. A Friends membership also includes 12 free admissions to the park. You can run or walk whenever you like! We are continuing to work on projects from afar, lots of Zoom meetings and discussions on how to fund park projects and encourage visitors from all over to enjoy the benefits of a truly natural setting in our jewel of Florida, Silver Springs State Park.
Come get some park on ya!
The Critter Trail Team
Andy, Marianne, Andrea, Jane
SILVER SPRINGS STATE PARK - This 5K race is being held at the beautiful Silver Springs State Park. You may choose to run, walk or stroll the marked trails that guide you through the woods to the finish line. There's special pricing for children 6 - 12 years of age. This 7th Annual Race is a fundraiser for the Park, all race Fee Donations stay local and will be used to help enhance and improve the visitor's experience. We give out t-shirts, winner awards 3 deep, door prizes, gift bags and snacks. Sponsored by the Friends of Silver Springs State Park. Race fees are suggested donation amounts. Join us for a 9:30 start at Silver Springs State Park off of Silver Springs Blvd (S.R. 40) and east of S.R. 35. For information about the Friends group and what we do, please go to: www.TheFriendsofSilverSprings.org For more info. on the Park and the Race, please visit www.FloridaStateParks.org/SilverSprings and like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/thefriendsofsilverriverstatepark/
Additional race information can be found at http://www.TheFriendsofSilverSprings.org.
If this race should be cancelled due to hazardous weather conditions, such as lightening or wind, the race will not be rescheduled nor will refunds be issued.
The park admission fee is included for all registered participants. Please bring your registration form or bib to show at the toll booth. The fee waiver only applies to registered runners, anyone else who is not a registered runner must pay $2 per person for park admission. Race fees are suggested donation amounts.
The race will be chip timed. Chips will be embedded in the race bib. To be timed, All runners must cross the mat at the finish line.
Awards and Age Categories
Awards go to the overall top three women and overall top three men, along with the top three men and top three women runners in each of the following age categories: 0-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and older.
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