Safari Wilderness

Safari Wilderness 5K(ish)

Feb 17, 2018
6:30 am - 9:30 am

A rare and unique experience, Safari Wilderness Ranch is a world away from the hustle and bustle of civilization. Here you feel the silence, enveloped by an open vista of grazing animals surrounded by cypress domes and bay trees. Safari Wilderness Ranch is not a zoo or theme park.

The race will be close to five kilometers.  Runners will cover the course on grass, dirt, gravel, and sand.  Much of the course is not groomed, but will be mowed as low as possible.  If there is rain there will be spots of mud and puddles.  Given the nature of the course, exact measuring will be a challenge.  

The race will be chip timed. Refreshments and awards will be presented after the race.  Everyone participating will receive a unique Safari Wilderness medal.  

Safari Wilderness Ranch is conveniently located six miles north of I-4 between Orlando and Tampa, surrounded by Florida’s Green Swamp, in an expansive and exclusive wilderness area. It is a family-owned, licensed working game ranch, specializing in wetland exotic species, African Watusi and Irish Dexter cattle (heritage breeds), and Austrian Haflinger horses.

The dramatic landscape is surrounded by an 870 square mile pristine watershed (The Green Swamp) that is the source of four of Florida’s finest rivers. Visitors are strictly limited in number, reflecting the sensitivity of the area. Now you can participate for an exclusive, run and see amazing animals that are endangered or extinct in the wild.

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Pre-Race Packet Pickup & Registration 

  • 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 16
  • FITniche Lakeland, 1523 Town Center Dr, Lakeland, FL 33803
  • You may have a friend or family member pickup your packet.

Race Day Packet Pickup & Registration 

  • 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Saturday, February 17
  • Safari Wilderness Ranch, 10850 Moore Rd, Lakeland, FL 33809
  • Shirt size not guaranteed if registering on race day.

Participant Shirt

  • Shirt size not guaranteed at race day packet pickup, pre-race packet pickup available on Thursday & Friday.  Technical Shirt, Unisex Sizing
  • Youth- M, L
  • Unisex- XS, S, M, L, XL,
  • Switching shirt sizes may only be done after the race as supplies last.

Finisher Items

Finisher medal to all participants.

Age Group Awards

Awards will be presented to the overall male and female using gun time. Chip time will be used for Overall Masters (40 and over), Grand Masters (50 and over) and top 3 finishers male and female in each age group. Divisions begin with 10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80 and over.  No duplicate awards.

Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the race when results are completed.