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The Tallahassee Ultra Distance Classic is a road race being held at beautiful Wakulla Springs State Park, situated just 15 miles south of Tallahassee, Florida’s capital city. A throwback to “the old Florida,” Wakulla Springs State Park is home to the world’s largest freshwater spring and the historic Wakulla Springs … MORE
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    wortholomew REPEAT RUNNER '18

    In the recent past, the Tallahassee Ultra Distance Classic has offered a 50-miler and a 50K (jokingly called the fun run). This year, directors added a marathon to cover the … MORE

    In the recent past, the Tallahassee Ultra Distance Classic has offered a 50-miler and a 50K (jokingly called the fun run). This year, directors added a marathon to cover the fun and expand the options. I ran the 50K.

    This was my second attempt at the distance, having ran this race in 2015 more or less on a whim. I thought of taking it on last year after my marathon, but it didn’t work out. I got to thinking about it again this year, and I took the bait.

    The races run a series of loops in and around Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. All races started at 7 a.m.; the 50K and marathon started together while the 50-miler started at a different location within the park. From there, 50-milers ran 8 loops, 50K runners ran 5, and marathon runners ran a loop in the park and then 4 regular course loops along park roads and a neighboring road. I’m sure that reads in a complicated fashion, but organizers and volunteers made sure everything went off smoothly.

    Along the course, there were two aid stations — one with food and drinks and the other with water — with volunteers to record bib numbers and make sure everyone finished the appropriate number of loops. There was also a big aid station at the start/finish that had a variety of food and drinks. Both food stations had candies, chips, potatoes, soda, water, sports drink, and more.

    As I’ve said in an earlier review, loop races get to me sometimes. One thing I like about this course is that you’re never really alone to let those doubts or concerns creep in. The way the 10K loop works is this: go out of the park to the left and out the road about 2.7 miles, where you turn around and go back a bit north of the park to turn around and reenter the park to complete the loop. As such, you’re always running with someone or meeting someone — and everyone (runners, volunteers, etc.) was incredibly encouraging.

    After the race, I made my way to my car to change shoes and then to the cold water of Wakulla Springs to soak my feet and legs a bit. Then, I enjoyed some rices and beans near the start/finish area (this is also where the bathrooms were located — not relevant to this context but an important detail nonetheless.

    The directors are stepping down after this race, so it will be interesting to see what happens to the race going forward. Still, if you’re looking to push yourself either to the marathon distance, a little bit beyond it, or all the way to 50 miles, this well-supported, relatively flat race is a great place to do it.

    Bonus fun fact: The “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (and sequels) were filmed in part at Wakulla Springs.

    * There is a 10-hour cutoff for all races. That probably applies the most to the 50-miler.

    * After the race, take the time to enjoy the cold water in the springs. It’s a great relief after beating up your legs and feet.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    bioprofsd FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race started at the historic Wakulla Resort in Wakulla State Park and consisted of five 10K loops for the 50K. After starting in the park, we exited the park … MORE

    This race started at the historic Wakulla Resort in Wakulla State Park and consisted of five 10K loops for the 50K. After starting in the park, we exited the park and ran an out and back in opposite directions on a straight stretch of closed road before returning to the start. There wasn’t much to see along the highway except for the runners going in the opposite directions. There was also a ruck division this year, so it was fun to see all of the members of the armed service carrying their packs. There were aid stations spaced about 3 miles which was nice as I didn’t even have to carry a hydration bottle. The highlight of this race for me was walking down to the springs after the race and seeing the manatees as I had never seen them before. The springs were crystal clear and it looked like you could see 20-25 feet down. We were given a nice 3/4 sleeve shirt at the packet pickup and a medal at the finish. I enjoyed the race as it was a unique ecosystem for me, but it would have been nicer if it had been a longer loop or if it had made use of more of the trails in the park.

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