First off, I'm a huge fan of adventure runs. Give it a name like "The Claw", and I'm totally sold. To make things even sweeter, the race takes place at Alafia River State Park in Lithia. Go ahead, Tampa Races and just take my money.
Seriously, this is where you want to be on Sunday, April 28. It's a race designed for most trail runners, with 5 and 10-mile courses to choose from. For those interested in the 10-mile run, the course is not just a double loop of the 5-mile course. That's cool.
If you haven't experienced the unique terrain at Alafia River State Park before, you are in for a treat. Runners will cross streams and climb small rugged hills. Water stops will be available along the race route.
The park will open early (6:45 a.m.) on Sunday for race registration and packet pickup. For more information, check out www.clawrun.com. Have fun!