Sunday, February 21, 2016

Feb. 22nd: Upcoming running/walking/biking events

It's peak season and there are lots of events to choose from. Don't forget Friday's (2/28) Cape Coral Critical Mass ride. ...and make sure you've registered for the Royal Palm Classic ride on 3/13! Thanks to SWFL Critical Mass and organizer Rob Seibert for being such great ambassadors to the community about the family-friendly joy of biking.

Upcoming events
SWFL Critical Mass rides Edison Parade of Lights
·         Saturday, Feb. 27: Swamp Stomp 5K, to benefit the Caloosa Humane Society. Starts at 7:30 a.m. at Grandeur Oaks Town Center, LaBelle. (
·         Saturday, Feb 27: TALC Scholarship Fund Run 5K. Benefits go to scholarships to local high school seniors. Rotary Park, Cape Coral. (
·         Sunday, Feb. 28: Naples Coconut 5K. Benefits a number of youth groups. Starts at 7:30 a.m. at Lowdermilk Park, Naples. (
·         Sunday, March 6: Hooters Half Marathon and 2-Person Relay. Starts and finishes at Hooters in Fort Myers. Benefits Barbara’s Friend and Moffitt Cancer Center. 7 a.m. start. (
·         Thursday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day 5K Fun Run. Starts at 6:15 p.m. from Rip Tide Brewing Company in Naples (
·         Saturday, March 19: Pelican Pride 5K Run/Walk. Supports Pelican Elementary (which is also where it starts and finishes) 7:30 start. (
·         Saturday, March 26: Eggs & Ears 5K and Fun Run. Starts at 8 a.m. at Lakes Park, Fort Myers. (
Edison Parade of Lights--thanks SWFL Critical Mass!

Friday, Feb. 26: Cape Coral Critical Mass ride. Gather beginning at 6:45 p.m. for a 7:15 roll-out for a family-friendly ride through the Cape. Lights required, helmets recommended.
·         Saturday, Feb. 28: SW Florida Critical Mass will offer a starter/sightseeing ride on Saturday; gather at 9 a.m., roll at 9:15 a.m. from 2160 McGregor Blvd. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction.
·         Friday, March 4: SW Florida Critical Mass ride. Greet the New Year and join a family-friendly slow ride through Fort Myers. Front and rear bike lights required. Grab your helmet, bring all your friends and meet in the open field next to Publix (beginning at 6:45 p.m. for a 7:15 p.m. roll-out) at First Street Village, 2160 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers. (
·         Sunday, March 6: 5th annual Cycling for Fallen Heroes, Power breakfast, lunch, fully supported SAG stops; 62, 42, 28 and 10 mile rides. All proceeds benefit the Brotherhood Ride. Starts from Trek Bicycle Store of Estero, 8001 Plaza del Lago Drive. (
·         Saturday, March 12: 8th annual Miracle Limbs Courage in Motion Benefit Bike Ride, Registration includes breakfast, lunch, many raffle items (tickets available for purchase), silent auction, fully supported SAG stops; 62, 42, 28, 10 mile rides. All proceeds benefit Miracle Limbs-Courage in Motion. North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road North, Naples. (
·         Sunday, March 13: 18th annual Royal Palm Classic. Join the Caloosa Riders for an early Saint Patrick’s Day riding of the green! Starting from Fort Myers Brewing Company, 12811 Commerce Lakes Drive, Fort Myers, at 8 a.m. Ride distances of 15, 40, 62 and 80 miles. Full rest stops and SAG support included. (
·         Sunday, March 13: Annual Everglades Ride: 16 or 62 miles if you stay on the pavement, 27 miles if you don’t (options to adjust distance with all choices).Started from McLeod Park in Everglades City, benefits Friends of River of Grass Greenway and Friends of Fakahatchee. (
·         Saturday, April 2: Pedal and Play in Paradise, offering ride distances of 62, 30, 15 and a mystery ride (all supported), plus free events Friday afternoon if yu register for the Saturday ridge. It al starts in historic Punta Gorda. (

·         None scheduled locally, check or for events statewide.

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