the osprey trail run is the first in a series of trail races taking place at various st. lucie county preserves. proceeds from the race directly benefit the oxbow eco-center’s earth day festival.

the osprey trail run is the first in a series of trail races taking place at various st. lucie county preserves. proceeds from the race directly benefit the oxbow eco-center’s earth day festival.

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8k+25k trail Race

may 11,2019

the osprey trail Run offers a unique experience inside the 94-acre george lestrange preserve in fort pierce, florida.  the race gets its name from birds of prey known as ospreys which are commonly seen in the preserve.

This loop-based race takes runners around a beautiful lake, along Ten Mile Creek, and through various terrain that includes technical single track winding trails, hard packed gravel, beautiful oak lined hammocks, oxbows, hills and low lying flatlands.  
Are you a trail novice? This is your chance to get your shoes a little dirty while experiencing one of St. Lucie County’s best kept secrets.

Run for the

All proceeds from the run support the annual earth day festival at the oxbow eco-center.

The Earth day celebration is designed to bring the community together to increase and reinforce awareness, knowledge and stewardship of our natural resources, inspire individual and community commitment to conservation, highlight organizations and businesses committed to sustainability, and lastly but most importantly TO HAVE FUN and CELEBRATE OUR EARTH.

Race details

8k option
$38 until 3/13 then $39 after 4/1 $42

The 8k (approximately 5 miles) race distance will consist of 2 loops around the course.

kids’ run (aka the chicken hawk challenge)

The event will include a FREE Kids’ Run!  Bring the little ones and introduce them to the joys of running, walking, and soaking up nature.  The Kids’ Run will consist of one loop around the lake…approximately 1 mile. We do ask that you register for this so that we can determine how many kids will be attending.

25k option
$50 until 2/21 then $55 after 3/11 $60  

The 25k (approximately 15 miles) race distance consists of 6 loops around the course.  If you consider yourself a trail veteran or love the longer distances, then this is your race.

Note: The 8k and 25k race distances will be timed. There will be at least two aid stations on the course: one manned aid station and one unmanned water station.  There will be swag, including a goody bag, t-shirt and finisher medal. Top finishers will also get awards. 


Drag the slider back and forth to see the Standard and Ultimate Edition of the shirt.  Click the dots to switch from F to M.

2 t-shirt options
for you to choose from

standard edition or the ultimate edition with your oWn message!

There are Men’s and Women’s shirts with 2 options:
  • Option 1: The standard shirt that is displayed on the left is included in your race registration fee.
  • Option 2: Limited Time Offer – Upgrade for $15 more for the ULTIMATE EDITION Wrap-around tech shirt design that will feature the race name  on the back and NOW your own custom slogan (space permitting).  Offer available until 4/11/2019. 
 NOTE: Only 1 shirt Option per entry. Both shirts will include sponsor logos on the back. Shirt design is subject to minor changes. Actual shirt may differ from photo. If you order the ULTIMATE EDITION we’ll send an email requesting your custom slogan when the shirts are produced. 


race medal & awards

we are keeping a few things up our sleeves in the race bling department

Rest assured that the bling will be unique. Stay tuned for  updates. There will be finisher’s medals and top finisher’s awards. 

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where to stay and what to do in the area

George LeStrange Preserve is around 5 minutes from I-95 and 10 minutes from the Ft. Pierce Turnpike exit. 

There are a number of hotels in the area including beachfront hotels on Hutchinson Island.

Navy Seal Museum
The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum houses exhibits to inform and educate on the role of Navy Underwater Demolition Teams and Sea, Air, Land teams. The museum also preserves the history of the SEALs with and outdoor obstacle course as well.
Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit The Smithsonian’s unique exhibit contain model ecosystems. View the thriving underwater worlds of the Indian River Lagoon and Atlantic Ocean, visit the touch tank, and enjoy hands-on interactive activities! Nice little spot for kids to explore.

Downtown Ft. Pierce
Downtown Ft. Pierce has a number of restaurants, some on the waterfront, shops, the pier, breweries, and it’s home to the Sunrise Theater.

St. Lucie County Florida Logo
Environmental Resource Department Logo
Oxbow Eco Center Logo

St. Lucie County’s Environmental Resources Department mission:   to preserve, protect and enhance St. Lucie County’s environmental resources through sustainable land management practices, regulations, public education and outreach.

Race faq

You sure can. We are in the process of clearing some of the sections of the course. We will be hosting some practice runs as soon as the trail has been cleared. Stay tuned for more details.

Feel free to contact us about volunteering at the race. We have set up a volunteer registration form.

We will be providing environmentally friendly offerings like peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, bananas, oranges, etc. All food scraps, including peels and rinds should be deposited in garbage cans and NOT thrown into the preserve.

Absolutely. We are working on some really cool ideas for race medals, trophies and shirts. Stay tuned for updates.

The preserve includes parking lot that can accommodate around 60 spaces. Overflow parking will be arranged if necessary. 

To minimize waste, this is a BYOWB (Bring your own water bottle) event.  All runners and onlookers should bring a reusable water bottle.  There will be plenty of water available for refills.  We encourage all runners to stay hydrated!  Please bring whatever type of water bottle or pack you deem necessary. 

Yes the course will be thoroughly marked for the race.

Lucky – – and observant – – runners may see ducks, wading birds, osprey or otter in or near the lake.  In other parts of the preserve, runners may observe gopher tortoises, rabbits, and a variety of birds.

No. The distances will be approximate. We are in the process of GPS mapping the course.  We will keep you updated. 

Headphones are allowed, but we’ll be in a natural area, so we encourage runners to take in the sounds of nature.  However, if using headphones, we recommend using something like a bone conduction style, so you can hear what’s happening around you, and stay situationally aware at all times. 

Sorry, furry friends are asked to stay home for the event.  This is for the safety and comfort of all – – runners, wildlife, and your furry friend.

Highly doubtful. There would have to be a major weather occurrence to cancel because of weather. This is a beautiful time of year for a race.

Yes, this is a timed race. You will be assigned a racing bib which will be used to track your loops during the race.

You betcha. This is a great opportunity to get a taste of running on trails. Since it is a looped course runners are never far away from an aid station.

Yes. There will be waiver on the registration signup page.

Yes we will but we encourage you to sign up ahead of time so that we can guarantee you get your t-shirt and schwag. 

Yes, the packet pickup will be on May 10th at Fleet Feet in Stuart. Stay tuned for times. Packets can also be picked up on the morning of race day. 

The 25k starts promptly at 7:30 am and the 8k promptly starts at 7:45 am. 

Yes. There will be portable toilets near the start/finish line area. Because this is a trail race, there will not be bathrooms available on the course.

No.  Those entering into the start/finish area or intentionally jumping into the race just after the start, using the marked course, racing against other runners, etc. are essentially freeloading off of the race and the other runners, regardless of whether they take aid station supplies, medals or other race supplies. 

  • Race t-shirt
  • Race medal for finishers
  • Swag / Goody Bag
  • Support by awesome volunteers
  • That good feeling that comes from supporting your community 
  • Race insurance
  • Aid station fueling and water
  • After party entry (details coming soon)
  • Awards for top finishers
  • Your name listed on

No, the race course is not safe for wheelchair users.  ADA parking will be available, and an area near the start/finish will be wheelchair accessible.

Sorry, no. This is a trail race, Your baby jogger isn’t designed for this type of offroading. 

Currently there is a 4-5  hour cut off limit  assigned for the both distances which roughly works out to be a 16-18 minute per mile  pace, however we will  look at individual runners on a case by basis if they approach this limit.  We put a limit on time for the safety of the runners and as a courtesy to volunteers. 

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