Rave Run - Titusville
Titusville has many beautiful places
to run. One of them is The Enchanted
Forest, a nature preserve containing miles of unspoiled trails through a
forest, which offers terrain from high and dry to swampy areas where you cross
bridges to stay out of the water. The first
photo shown here was taken during the Ancient Oaks
100 trail race. That race runs 29
laps though the park. The runners shown
here smiling were already a few hours into that effort.
Enchanted Forest is part of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program and is
maintained by the county and local forestry service. It contains several miles of hiking / running
trails, but is never very crowded. It
offers beautiful scenery and a softer surface to protect your body. I have had 2 stress fractures from pounding
out 60 - 70 miles per week on sidewalks and roads. I now am trying to minimize the pounding on
concrete and get some of my miles in the Forest. I find it a wonderful and refreshing
experience. Stu Gleeman, founder of the
Ancient Oaks 100 (who I ran with in the Forest this morning) claims that
running in the Forest gives you energy and feeds you with life. I don't know if it is actually nothing more
than the elevated oxygen environment of a dense forest, combined with the quiet
and beauty of getting back to nature, but I have to agree with his
observation. I always feel recharged by
a run there, especially on a cool Spring morning.
Another choice for a place to run in
Titusville is the Chain of Lakes Park.
It is also a county park with several miles of mostly open trails,
bridges, and bike paths surrounding a very long twisting lake. It is more of a golf course feel than a
forest, but still quite beautiful. The
photo taken was shortly after the start of the Chain of
Lakes Cross Country 5K. It is also
the setting for FL Runners' weekend of racing each Fall, featuring top high
school and collegiate runners, as well as open races for those brave enough to
jump into a mostly elite field, as well as one or more high school cross
country meets each year.
pictured, but another beautiful location is the River Road, with its view of the
VAB and Shuttle Launch Pads across the Indian River. A sunrise or sunset here can make for a
memorable run. For those familiar with
the race, this is the location of the Space Walk of Fame
by Frank Norris, Founder of Florida East Runners, a resident of Titusville, a
sponsor or at least volunteer at these and many other local races.