UPDATE: The event scheduled for March 24th 2018 has been canceled.
The 2018 Fort Clinch 100 and 50 Mile Endurance Run is a true destination event. The race takes place entirely inside Fort Clinch State Park on the north end of Amelia Island.
With it’s rich, diverse history, opportunities for a wide range of outdoor recreation, shopping, dining, gorgeous Atlantic ocean sunrises, and stunning sunsets over the Amelia River, the island is an absolute gem tucked away in the very north east corner Florida. Having been occupied by 8 different forces over the past several hundred years, its also known as the Isle of Eight Flags, and was once a haven for pirates.
The Fort Clinch 100 is the first race in what will eventually become the Isle of Eight Flags Ultra Series. The 2018 race will include the FC100 and the FC50 Mile. The series now includes the Bronze Man 12hr; and eventually the 100k road race.
A part of the park system since 1935, Fort Clinch is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country. Although no battles were fought here, it was garrisoned during both the Civil and Spanish-American wars. During the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps began preserving and rebuilding many of the structures of the abandoned fort.
The Fort Clinch 100 is a challenging, but runable, multi-surface 10ish mile loop that will test both road and trail runners alike. It is a mix between roughly 6 miles of continually undulating, twisting, mostly shaded oak hammock single track trail; over 3 miles of paved road; about .5 miles of semi-packed sandy beach. The trail runs through forest that grew on top of ancient sand dunes, so the hills are very short but steep and tend to come one right after another. The road sections tend to be false flats. The sand sections add to the challenge but are still runable if you do it right (the secret is not pushing of to hard when you run). Added up over 100 miles the cumulative gain is somewhere around 7000′-8000′. It is can be a technically difficult course and will wear you out before you realize it is happening if you do not respect it. It is NOT as flat as it appears.
You are likely to see plenty of wild life on the trail: bobcats, alligators, raccoons, armadillos, white-tailed deer, fireflies, horseshoe crabs and various species of shorebirds. If you’re lucky, while running on the beach section of the course, looking north across Cumberland Sound, you may see wild horses on the beach at the south end of Cumberland Island National Seashore or bottle nosed dolphins swimming through the inlet.
The 2018 FC100 is set for the weekend of March 24th.