The Tick

The Tick is a point to point 50 mile single track trail race with 7.41 bonus miles (*) thrown in for good measure that follows the Florida National Scenic Trail from Alexander Springs State Park to the far end of the Rodman Reservoir Dam.  * (bonus miles are not optional) 

There isn’t sufficient water supplies along the route to run this event unaided but there are ample places to meet your mandatory crews along the way. The longest distance between stops is around 10.5 miles

 

   This wilderness race will take you into the heart of the Ocala National Forest passing along many diverse ecosystems, running past  lakes, prairies and marshes as well as through tall growth pine and hardwood forests. It’s not uncommon to see Deer, Bobcats, Bears, Hawks, Eagles, Scrub Jays and other animals along the route  (other animals include squirrels turtles rabbits and nice just to name a few)(oh saw a few snakes too).

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Here is a link to my run of the route done May 5th of 2017 (also the unofficial record for this race, just saying)

you can sign up for the Tick here  or by clicking the registration button at the top right hand side of the page.  

 

 The Tick Route

 

                                                                                                                                      Distance        Total Distance

Alexander Springs to Fl Trail vis Connector trail (blue Blaze)                                                            .5                 .5

Connector trail to SR 19 (use trailhead parking lot)                                                                      3.5               4.0

SR19 to Farles Lake                                                                                                               4.8               8.8

Farles Lake to FR30 (rough road, lots of washouts, gate just before trai)                                           4.0              12.8

FR 30 to Juniper Springs (Do not stop on SR40)                                                                          5.6              18.4

Juniper Springs to Hopkins Prairie (do not meet on road, use parking lot)                                       10.4              28.8

Hopkins Prairie to 314                                                                                                        10.1              38.9

314 to 316                                                                                                                        4.4              43.3

316 to Lake Delancy Campground                                                                                          5.8              49.1

Lake Delancy CG to Rodman Reservoir (finish line is at North end of Dam                                       8.3              57.4

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