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Tamiami Trail "Triathlon" Challenge


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Date: January 9, 2013
Contact: Susan Reece, 239-695-3311
Contact: Andrew Webb, 239-695-3311
Contact: Christopher Derman, 239-695-1165

Get out and explore YOUR national park and preserve! The Tamiami Trail "Triathlon" encourages individuals and families to get out of their cars and explore areas within easy access of the Tamiami Trail. 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.

Join us for the inaugural "kick-off" of the event on Saturday January 19, when there will be informational booths about the challenge at each of the event venues.There will also be a park ranger leading all three legs of the "triathlon" that day. 

  • For the bicycle tour at 9 am, please call Shark Valley, Everglades National Park - 305-221-8776 for reservations.
  • For the canoe trip to Sandfly Island starting at 10 am, please call Gulf Coast Visitor Center, Everglades National Park - 239-695-3311 for reservations.
  • For the hike portion, beginning at 9 am, please call Oasis Visitor Center, Big Cypress National Preserve - 239-695-1201 for reservations.

You may find further information on the Tamiami Trail "Triathlon" at - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/ planyourvisit/tamiami-trail- triathlon.htm or contact one of the visitor centers listed above.

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."

The Tamiami Trail "Triathlon" is a cooperative program between Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve, and generously supported through support by the South Florida National Parks Trust.

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.

Good luck - get outside - enjoy yourself.

Did You Know?

Alligator in the swamp.

Feeding alligators creates nuisance alligators. Every year alligators that have been fed by visitors begin to lose their fear of humans. If these animals become aggresive they are killed to ensure visitor safety. To avoid this tragic end for these unique animals DO NOT FEED THEM.