Tallahassee Ultra Distance Classic
Tallahassee Ultra Distance Classic. Date: December 13, 2014. Location: Wakulla Springs State Park. If plans move forward as currently scheduled, 2014 will be the year to say good bye to an old friend. Gary and Peg Griffin have brought their own special love of Ultra events to this Classic which includes both a 50K and a 50 Mile race. The First Family of Ultra Running (Gary has now run more than 100 ultras and Peg has attended almost as many) took over direction of the race in 2006 and have maintained a great experience for participants. Despite the threat of stormy weather the 2013 edition of the Ultra produced 80 finishers (66 in thr 50K and 14 in the 50M). After many years of a slightly longer than 2-mile loop, a new 10K loop course was used in 2012. The course leaves the beautiful grounds of Wakulla Springs State Park and includes a section along Highway 61, The Wakulla Springs Road. 2013 saw the greatest number of finishers in the event's history with a total of 84. And 2014 will mark the end of an era as Gary and Peg turn the event over to Jeff and Jo Lina. Their plan is to move the event to the also beautiful grounds of the Apalachee Regional Park and use a smaller (just over 2 mile loop) again. The duo has a lot of wonderful Ultra experience and no doubt they will produce a great event. The event was first run in 1980 and was directed by a committee of volunteers. Don’t let the distances scare you, this is a very doable event and a great experience! The web page with more detail is www.tallahasseeultra.com/.