There's a Savage Race video of the best obstacles at the bottom of this post, but first, let's chat about the venue ...
Last Saturday, I ran my 5th Savage Race at the Little Everglades Ranch near Dade City.
Every time I run a Rugged Maniac obstacle course race (OCR) or a Savage Race OCR at Little Everglades Ranch, I come away in awe of this beautiful piece of real Florida.
Often an OCR is run in an old quarry site or a motocross venue, and the scenery is not all that memorable.
At Little Everglades, the scenery is pure Florida, with forests,swamps, lakes, pastures, hills, ... just a little bit of everything inland Florida has to offer.
Jogging along the Savage Race course, over an elevated causeway along a lake, I spotted a gator, egrets, ibis, and heard, but did not see, sandhill cranes.
Today, out of curiosity, I went to the Little Everglades Ranch website to learn more about this place.
Result: Just more to love...
- They raise a heritage breed of cattle, the Belted Galloway, a favorite of mine. I had always wondered if a Scottish breed like the BG would thrive in Florida, and now I know they can.
- From their website: "Over 1800 acres of the Little Everglades Ranch is in conservation with the Southwest Water Management District. This conservation easement means that the ranch will never be developed for housing or business centers, but will remain as it is today for generations to come."
- In addition, they are a real working, multitasking ranch, along with hosting two of my favorite OCR's.
And Savage Race, from registration to the finish line, you run one hell of a smooth operation. The obstacles are challenging and fun, and the staff, (paid and volunteers), are excellent.
Below: A couple of hours of fun condensed into about 12 minutes.