Whispering Pines Park is a lovely spot in the heart of Inverness with miles of well-maintained, wooded trails winding through and around it. The course will follow a 4.8 mile trail loop beginning and ending at the Pavilion by Parking Lot B and the playground. There is parking and restrooms near the Pavilion and additional parking nearby. From the Pavilion, runners will take a short out-and-back that connects to the Yellow Trail and the start of the loop. Participants will run and/or walk the loop as many times as they want during the 12 hours or 6 hours.
The course will be marked with directional arrows at the turns and orange flagging ribbon. There are many trails in the park, so it is important to pay attention to the course markings.
Check-in for the 12 Hour will start at 7 AM and check-in for the 6 Hour will begin at 9 AM. At the completion of each loop, participants return to the pavilion and cross the timing mat. An aid station will be set up at the Start/Finish line. Due to COVID Safety Guidelines, the aid stations will still have snacks and fluids, but you should also plan to bring nutrition with you, as it will not be the same fare as in the past.
This event is ideal for all ages and all abilities of runners and walkers, as you choose how long or how far you want to go and you get credit for whatever distance you complete. Any participant completing two or more loops will receive a finisher's medal. Runners can take a break at any time, leave the course, return and run some more, just let the race timer know what you are doing.
There is no entry fee, but donations are appreciated to cover expenses of food, user fees, finisher's awards, etc. Any monies left after expenses are met will be donated to the park.
12 Hour Race Start Time: 8:00am
6 Hour Race Start: 10:00am
Directions to start: Follow Highway 44 West/ West Main Street, through Inverness. At the intersection of Highway 44 and Forest Drive/Pleasant Grove Road/ CR 581, turn right on Forest Drive and drive about 1/4 mile to park entrance. At the stop sign, turn left and follow the road to the sign for Parking Lot B.
+ The race will be limited to 150 runners.
+ All runners and volunteers will be required to wear a buff/face covering during registration, at the race start, and as they enter the aid stations. Volunteers will wear face coverings and gloves during the duration of their shifts.
+ Due to COVID and CDC restrictions there will NOT be a water stop on the course. All participants should plan to carry fluids with them - via handheld bottle, hydration belt, or vest.
Inverness has few motels. There is the Central Motel about 3 miles from the start. There is also a Holiday Inn Express 4 miles from the start on Highway 44 West. Camping is available at Holder Mine Campground in the Withlacoochee State Forest, about 4 miles from the start.
Local time: 5:12 AM