Tamiami Trail "Triathlon"
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.
Remember, the triathlon challenge will be available for visitors to take part in on their own at any time of the year.
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.
When the Tamiami Trail was completed in 1928, it was the first east/west route ever created across the Everglades of south Florida. As the first cars rumbled across the peninsula from Everglades City to Miami they would travel at the break neck speed of 35 mph. Today, people are traveling much faster, and seldom take the time to get far from their car or the road.
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 from the road.
The triathlon is something that anyone can take part in at any time of the year. Annually, Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve will work cooperatively to conduct an event to highlight the triathlon challenge. On January 19, 2013, Big Cypress and Everglades will kick-off the triathlon with informational booths at each of the event venues.
Participants in the triathlon will receive an informational 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."
Good luck - get outside - enjoy yourself.
Tamiami Trail "Triathlon" Site Specific Details
CANOE OR KAYAK
General Safety Considerations
Click here for a guide to "Playing it Safe" while exploring in backcountry areas of south Florida. Be sure to check weather conditions before going into the woods and be sure to dress appropriately. Each participant should be prepared with plenty of water, sunscreen and snacks. Bringing a hat and mosquito repellent are a good idea as well, though you may not encounter bugs during certain times of the year.
Cell phone coverage is spotty, and you should not rely on them alone. Be sure to let a family member or friend know where you are going and when you are expected to return. Advise them that if they do not hear from you within a reasonable time from your pre-arranged plans to contact Park Dispatch at - 800-788-0511.
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Did You Know?
Around 200 VIPs (Volunteers-in-Parks) assist Everglades National Park each year through hours of hard work and dedication.