On January 19th, Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park and South Florida National Parks Trust partnered to create a new activity called the Tamiami Trail "Triathlon."
The event, which is done at the visitor’s own pace, encourages individuals and families to get out of their cars and explore areas within easy access of the trail.
Originally the idea of Joe Sterchele, a park ranger at Everglades National Park, participants bike the 15 mile loop road from the Shark Valley Visitor Center, hike a 3 mile loop trail from the Oasis Visitor Center, and canoe or kayak a 3.5 mile route from the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City.
During the inaugural kickoff, there were informational booths about the challenge at each of the visitor centers and there were park rangers leading all three legs of the "triathlon."
Participants in the triathlon will receive a guide that will provide details to look for while taking part in each activity. After completing each activity, participants will have to answer a question related to observations made along the way. Once all three triathlon events are completed participants will receive a prize for the completion of the entire "triathlon."
By taking part in the Tamiami Trail "Triathlon" participants will have the opportunity to explore the mysteries of the Everglades/Big Cypress region of southwest Florida. Many will be surprised to find how quickly you can leave the hustle and bustle of our daily lives behind just a few yards away from the road.
For more information on the Tamiami Trail "Triathlon," click on the link below.