Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach
Club 4360, District 6970

Ultra-Marathon Runner and Founder of the Fort Clinch 50 and 100 Mile Endurance Runs, Caleb Wilson, Stops By

 
 

The Fernandina Beach Rotary Club recently enjoyed a presentation by Caleb Wilson, an ultra-marathon runner and founder of the Fort Clinch 50 and 100 Mile Endurance Runs. Wilson said he became interested in ultra-running after reading the book, “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall in which the author describes his experiences with the long-distance runners of the Tara Mara Indian tribe of Mexico’s Copper Canyon. The book sparked Wilson’s interest in ultra-running and his desire to bring an ultra-marathon to Northeast Florida – his home. In 2011, the Fort Clinch 50 Mile Endurance Run was born. Some 40 ultra-runners raced over trails, roads and beaches throughout Fort Clinch attempting to complete a 50-mile or 100-mile run within 24 hours. Since its inception, the race has grown each year, Wilson said. The 2014 race, which was held in April, reached its cap of 100 runners. In the future, Wilson added, he plans to expand the race to a 50 to 100 kilometer run incorporating loops that include Big Talbot Island and other areas on Amelia Island. His goal is not only to grow ultra-racing locally, but to make the Fort Clinch race a destination event highlighting the history and natural beauty of the area, promoting local businesses and tourism.