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2nd Annual Gopher Tortoise Virtual Run - 

3 Miler for Conservation

January 2021

Join us for an exciting virtual run for the Oakland Nature Preserve. Run, walk, paddle, stroll, or swim; anything that keeps you moving forward. The ONP mission is to promote an understanding of the fragile balance between mankind and the environment by EDUCATING present and future generations about the natural ecosystems and cultural history of the Lake Apopka Basin, and by RESTORING and CONSERVING the lands within the Preserve. All proceeds will help support this important work.

How does it work?

  1. Register for virtual run. 
  2. Complete your 3 miles for conservation any time during the month of January. 
  3. Finally, and this is optional, post a fun picture on our Facebook page when you have run your race.

Medals are limited to 75 participants and can be picked up January 30th at the ONP Open House, the remainder will be mailed early February. Don't care about a medal? You can register at a discounted rate!

Register now!

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Virtual Run FAQ

How does a virtual race work?

A virtual race can be done at any venue that you wish.  You can walk, jog, skip or run the distance of your choice. You can complete your race at the gym on a treadmill, a practice run in town, a stroll in the park, or another local racing event. ONP believes in the honor system so no proof is required for your race, but it would be awesome if you could upload pictures and tell us about your experience on our Facebook page.  The first 100 race participants will be mailed a finisher’s medal.  

Why should I do a virtual race?

The short answer would be because they are cool. The more detailed top 3 reasons would include:

  1. The chance to add a really cool medal (also known as "Bling") to your collection.
  2. Complete control over your schedule. Complete the race on your own time. No travel expenses, no hassle with parking and no long lines waiting at the potty.
  3. An opportunity to support a great cause. Proceeds from the Gopher Tortoise Run will be used to continue the ONP mission of restoration, conservation, and education.

Who can participate?

Everybody and anybody!  There is no age limit and there are no restrictions.  So run, jog, walk, crawl, run alone, run in a group, run with your pet, bike, hike,  it doesn't matter. Just get out there and get moving!  

Do I have to complete the distance all at one time or can I break it up into different days?

No you are not required to run your distance all at one time. Feel free to break it up into several runs if you need to.  


I don't live in the United States, can I still participate?

Absolutely!!! Sign up today.  

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