Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Local road-running and walking season begins

Florida Weekly 'Outdoors' column, 9/26/18

It’s not exactly the crisp and cool autumn of up north but the fact is that fall began Sept. 21 everywhere in the northern hemisphere, climate regions notwithstanding. The local running and walking season has officially begun as well. Not that our summer was devoid of organized events — each year more and more take place during a time of year that used to be almost barren of anything other than a few 2-mile fun runs. But anyone who runs or walks on a regular basis can attest to the unmistakable difference once the heat and humidity get back to something less than sauna-like.

Many events for the upcoming season are confirmed, including some as far out as next spring. A few are part of larger happenings so you can make a day or night of it. Some of the events are:

Saturday, Sept. 29: Walk Like MADD and 5K DASH, JetBlue Park, Fort Myers, 8:30 a.m. start time. Family activities to follow run/walk.

Saturday, Oct. 6: Busey Bank Run for Prevention 5K, Centennial Park, Fort Myers, 6 p.m. start time.

Saturday, Oct. 6: Walk for Wishes, Florida Gulf Coast University, 8:30 a.m. start time. Family Fun Day begins at 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 13: Cops & Joggers 5K Run/Walk, Edwards & Hendry, Downtown Fort Myers, 7:45 p.m. start time.

Saturday, Oct. 20: St. Andrew Catholic School Run for the Stars 5K, 7:30 a.m. start time, Jim Jeffers Park, Cape Coral.

Saturday, Oct. 27: Race 4 F.I.S.H. 10K, 7:30 a.m. start time, Sanibel Community House, Sanibel.

Saturday, Oct. 27: Walk to End Alzheimer’s (2 miles), 9 a.m. start time, Centennial Park, Fort Myers.

Saturday, Oct. 27: Babcock Ranch Trick or Trot 5K, 8 a.m. start time, Babcock Ranch.

Saturday, Nov. 10: Achieva Credit Union’s Coconut Run 5K, 7:30 a.m. start time, Sun Splash Waterpark, Cape Coral.

Saturday, Nov. 10: Midpoint Madness 5K, 7 p.m. start time, Royal Palm Square, Fort Myers.

Thursday, Nov. 22: Turkey Trot 5K, 7:30 a.m. start time, Cape Coral Hospital, Cape Coral.

Thursday, Nov. 22: Thanksgiving Day 5K Walk/Run, 7 a.m. start time, Hertz Arena, Estero. ¦

- Dan Moser is a long-time bicycle/pedestrian advocate and traffic safety professional who cycles, runs and walks regularly for transportation, recreation and fitness. Contact him at and 334-6417. 

For Lee County cycling and tri events visit Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club (; Florida Mudcutters (; and SW Florida Biking Meetup Group ( The Florida Bicycle Association ( is your source for statewide happenings. BikeWalkLee’s blog site has all the information you’ll need to stay abreast of advocacy efforts in Southwest Florida as well as statewide and nationally.

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