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Gopher Tortoise Gallop 5K

Saturday March 23, 2024
Okeeheelee Park - West Palm Beach
Micanopy Pavilion

Do you know the official state tortoise of the Sunshine State?  If you said Gopher Tortoise, then you should shell-a-brate by participating in this 5K!  Although Gopher Tortoises are not known for their speed, they play an integral role in the ecosystem.  As a keystone species they create burrows that support the lives of over 360 different types of animals.  The Friends of Okeeheelee Nature Center is proud to host their inaugural Gopher Tortoise Gallop 5K and cordially invite you to join in the fun.  We look forward to you joining us Saturday, March 23, 2024 at Okeeheelee Park by running or walking as fast as you can....or at least as fast as a tortoise!

The 5K will run/walk through beautiful Okeeheelee Park, starting and finishing at Micanopy Pavilion.  The 5K is a chipped timed event and will provide awards to the top 3 overall (male and female) and top 3 in each age group.  Each participant will receive a personalized bib with RFID timing chip, event shirt, and beautiful finisher medal.

This is a family event and we encourage you to bring your family and friends.  Sign up early and save.

December 1, 2023 - January 31, 2024 - $35.00
February 1, 2024 - February 29, 2024 - $37.50
March 1, 2024 - March 22, 2024 - $39.50
March 23, 2024 - $45.00
**Please note, race day signup is not guaranteed an event shirt.

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Friday March 22, 2024
4:00pm - 6:30pm
Buffalo Wild Wings
2837 S. State Rd 7
Wellington, FL 33414
*you may pickup for friends and family as well.  You will need a digital copy of their I.D. as confirmation of their approval.

Saturday March 23, 2024
Okeeheelee Park
Micanopy Pavilion
7715 Forest Hill Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL  33413
*Micanopy Pavilion is on the west side of the park.  Arrive early for closer parking.

6:15am - Park gates open
Registration and Packet Pickup Open

6:30am - Music and entertainment begin

6:45am - Meet SPARKY - our race ambassador and OAKLY - Parks & Recreation Department mascot

7:10am - 5K Fitness Warmup

7:25am - Announcements and National Anthem

7:30am - Start of the Gopher Tortoise Gallop 5K

8:00am - Healthy snacks after you complete your 5K

8:25am - Dancing and Partying with DJ Petey

8:45am - Awards Ceremony

2024 Gopher Tortoise Gallop 5K - Finisher Medal

2024 Gopher Tortiose Gallop 5K_Medal and Neck Ribbon

The race is sponsored by the Friends of Okeeheelee Nature Center with all proceeds going to support Okeeheelee Nature Center.


  • Friends of Okeeheelee Nature Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides support to  Okeeheelee Nature Center, its staff, volunteers and animal ambassadors.  It accomplishes this by raising funds to enhance exhibits, trails, facilities and educational programs to provide an enriching experience for Nature Center visitors.
  • Okeeheelee Nature Center features 2.5 miles of hiking trails winding through 90 acres of flatwood forest and wetlands. It promotes an appreciation of our natural world and fosters a deeper understanding of Palm Beach County's ecosystems through hands-on-exhibits, animal encounters, educational programs and a nature themed gift shop.
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2024 Gopher Tortoise 5K - Course Map

Gopher Tortoise 5K Course Map