The Genius Preserve is a slice of historic old school Florida, located on the eastern shore of Lake Virginia from Rollins College.
Owned and maintained by the Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation of Winter Park (Website), the property has been closed to the public for years; ever since someone killed one of the resident peacocks with a crossbow.
Yet despite the shutdown, the property has been opening their doors for spectators once a year for the annual Run for the Trees event.
The Run for the Trees Jeannette Genius McKean Memorial 5K will take place on Saturday, April 27 between the hours of 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. The fun starts at Ward Park but the last mile of the race will take runners along the beautifully canopied dirt roads of the preserve.
It costs $33-40 to run and all funds raised from the event will support the Winter Park Tree Replacement Fund and every runner that finishes will receive a tree sapling and a commemorative t-shirt.
Runners will be shuttled back to Showalter Field by bus.
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