Runners follow an out-and-back course for both the full marathon and the half marathon at the X-Country races, which start inside the park just off South County Road 39 near Lithia, which lies just a short drive from nearby Tampa. Those running the 13.1-mile course make a single loop for the race, which will feature different terrains and surfaces, from brief stretches along paved roads to natural dirt trails along the long stretches that wind through the forest areas and the many ponds and lakes scattered throughout the park.
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Note: The course map above provides the approximate route for the race. Though every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy, changes are sometimes made to race routes due to weather conditions, road closures or other circumstances that can require a course to be changed. If you see an error above, email us here.