Mattamy Homes will host its inaugural Tortoise Trot 5K at the Kiplinger Conservancy Trails in Newfield, Mattamy’s highly anticipated town in Martin County, on November 12. The race will include a dedication ceremony establishing KC Trails—Newfield’s vast network of hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails—as the native environment surrounding Martin County’s first-ever gopher tortoise recipient site and preserve.
The event, which will start two and a half miles past 2370 Southwest Citrus Boulevard in Palm City, will begin at 7:30 a.m. and conclude with a post-race celebration open to participants and their families, featuring food trucks, and more.
Gopher tortoises, which are a threatened species, must be relocated by developers to a safe environment when construction impacts their habitat. When Mattamy Homes realized there were no suitable options nearby—the closest location was approximately 100 miles north of Martin County—developers created a 30-acre gopher tortoise site, able to house 60 tortoises, within Newfield.
Tickets for the Tortoise Trot are $50. Every ticket includes a $5 donation to Treasure Coast Wildlife Association, and each participant will receive a medal and shirt. Tickets can be purchased online at Race Roster and the event will be capped at 100 participants. To register, visit raceroster.com.