BRONZE MAN- 12 HOURS OF FORT CLINCH
2016 RESULTS. Race date for 2017 TBD. Stay tuned.
A new race inside of Fort Clinch State Park! Date is September 24th, 2016. Start time is Sundown at 7:18 PM. This is a 12 hour night run. End time is 7:18 AM, Sunrise, on the 25th. The course is a 1 mile loop and will be run washing machine style (switch directions at the end of every lap). The loop is a mix of pavement (.25), hard packed dirt/gravel and semi packed sand beach around the fort (.5), and a short section of trail (.25). With the exception of the trail, the course is relative flat.
This will be professionally scored and chip timed by Mike Melton at MCMTiming.
Registration is CLOSED. Entry fee is $100. Runner limit is capped at 100 participants. If the race sells out a wait-list will be opened.
There are 3 tiers to sponsorship for this event. Because the Bronze Man is intended as a fundraiser towards the purchase of a specific item, cash sponsorship is the most helpful. Product donation may be welcome under some circumstances.
Silver– $100: Business name/logo printed on the back of race shirt (approx. 2×2 inches). Any business literature, pamphlets, coupons, sample product, etc. that you provide will be included in the race packet. Logo and link to your website posted here on the Bronze Man event page under “Sponsors.” Logo on race banner.
Gold-$300: Business name and logo printed on the back of the race shirt (approx. 4×4 inches). Any business literature, pamphlets, coupons, sample product, etc. that you provide will be included in the race packet. Logo and link to your website posted here on the Bronze Man event page under “Sponsors.” Custom blog post featuring your business and/or product, that will then be shared across various social media platforms. Logo printed on this years race banner that will hang at the start/finish area (size will depend on the number of Gold sponsors). One comp entry into the race to give away to whomever you choose, as long as person has experience running marathon distance or longer.
Platinum (Presenting)– $1500 CASH ONLY, no in kind or mix: Business name/logo printed on the FRONT of the race shirt, specifically named as the presenting sponsor. Any business literature, pamphlets, coupons, sample product, etc. that you provide will be included in the race packet. Logo and link to your website posted here on the Bronze Man event page at the top under “Sponsors” as well as the logo being incorporated into the banner photo for the race page. Featured blog post discussing your business and/or product, that will then be shared across various social media platforms at the top of this page. Logo printed on this years race banner that will hang at the start/finish area (size will depend on the number of Gold sponsors). Any stickers you provide featuring your company’s logo will be applied to all course markings (stickers must be smaller than 4×6). Company logo printed on all race bibs. If your company has its own banner, this will be displayed at the start/finish area. Specific mention as the presenting sponsor in any media or advertising. Two comp entries into the race to give away to whomever you choose as long as persons have experience running marathon distance or longer.
The event is meant to be a fundraiser for the 501(c)3 Friends of Fort Clinch, towards their goal of purchasing a 6′ tall, bronze statue as a memorial to the Civilian Conservation Corps workers who restored the fort in the 1930’s. The CCC is pretty much directly responsible for the establishment of Florida’s state park and thus many of the trails we enjoy running and hiking on.
FDR’s New Deal and the Civilian Conservation Corp
Developed under the New Deal Era of President Franklin D Roosevelt. The CCC was designed to provide jobs for young men in relief of families who had difficulty finding employment during the Great Depression (1933-1943). This program implemented one of the largest natural and cultural resource conservation efforts in US history.
During its nine year existence 2.5 million young men participated in the CCC program, which provided them with shelter, clothing, and food, together with a small wage of $30.00 a month ($25.00 of this was sent home to their families).
During the time of the CCC, volunteers planted nearly 3 billion trees to help reforest America, constructed more than 800 parks nationwide and upgraded many other state parks, updated forest fire fighting methods, and built a network of service buildings and public roadways in remote areas.
The CCC Role in Florida State Parks
Although the Florida legislature authorized creation of a state park system in 1925, it took the Depression of the 1930s and the development of federal New Deal programs to create the impetus for the formation of the Florida State Park system.
9 of Florida’s First State Parks were developed by the hard work of the CCC including: Florida Caverns, Fort Clinch, Highlands Hammock, Hillsborough River, Mike Roess Gold Head Branch, Myakka River, O’leno, Ravine Gardens & Torreya State Parks.
By 1941, 99 buildings had been constructed in the nine parks. By 1942, all of the CCC camps in Florida were closed because of World War II. State park development came to a halt and did not advance for another decade
CCC Company 1420 worked at Fort Clinch State Park constructing the museum, campground and park roads as well as beginning the restoration of historic Fort Clinch by removing more than 10,000 cubic yards of sand and debris from the Fort. Imagine removing this much sand by shovel and wheelbarrow as the men of the CCC did!
Continuing where the CCC ended, The Florida Park Service has managed Fort Clinch State Park, working to restore several historic structures inside the fort, stabilizing masonry and steel components, and interpreting the facility as an important Civil War Site. Additionally the Florida Park Service has made numerous upgrades to the park including expanded camping facilities, a beach use area and fishing pier, group camping facilities and more.
Friends of Fort Clinch, inc.
The Friends of Fort Clinch State Park‘s mission is the preserving of natural & cultural resources, and providing recreational & educational opportunities. Any and all money raised by The Friends of Fort Clinch goes directly to fund needs for Fort Clinch State Park and needed projects which would not be funded by the State of Florida.
All gate receipts, etc which are paid to the park is divided up between State Parks which are not operating on the plus side of the economic scale. The money raised by The Friends of Fort Clinch goes entirely to the park for projects not funded by the State Park. This year it was used to help pay for period costumes worn by the Park Rangers in their presentations at the Fort. The funds went to replacing windows and doors with authentic reproductions in the Fort, purchases of Sea Turtle Vehicles, offered several free events to the public like The Holiday Candlelight Tour of the Fort.
Through fund raising and grant acquisitions, the Friends enable restoration projects, support special events and educational programming, provide tools and equipment to assist park rangers, and expand and improve the park’s renowned Living History Program. The Friends of Fort Clinch work closely with the local community and proudly endeavor to be an integral part of Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach and Nassau County.
Fort Clinch State Park preserves, protects and showcases natural and historical resources.
The Friends of Fort Clinch is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible.