Wednesday, November 7, 2018

So many weekends, so many events

Florida Weekly 'Outdoors' column, 11/07/18

The local running and walking season is underway, and there are numerous events in Southwest Florida. Here’s a list of events in coming months.

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.

Saturday, Dec. 1: 40th annual River Run 10K and 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk, 8 a.m. start time; downtown Fort Myers. This classic running event, which traverses two bridges over the Caloosahatchee River, is our area’s longest continuously running road race. Its original name was Lee Memorial Hospital Run. Although Lee Health (formally known as Lee Memorial) is a sponsor of a number of local running events it is no longer involved in this one, something that is difficult to understand. Word is that unless it or another sponsor steps up this may be the last year for this event.

Saturday, Dec. 15: City Gate Ministries Downtown Christmas Run 5K and 1 Mile Walk, City Gate Ministries, downtown Fort Myers, 6 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 6: Hooters River Roots & Ruts Trail Half Marathon & 5K, 8 and 8:15 a.m. start times, Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Alva. Although both the original River Roots, & Ruts and Hooter’s Half Marathons are no more, the RRR was resurrected by Hooters this past March — but goes back to the original RRR January date in 2019.

Saturday, Jan. 19: Run to Home Base 5K & 10K, 8 a.m. start time, JetBlue Park, Fort Myers.

Saturday, Jan. 26: Bug Chase 5K Run/ Walk, 7:30 a.m. start time, Calusa Nature Center, Fort Myers.

Saturday, Feb. 2: Strides for Education 5K Run/Walk, details upcoming.

Sunday, Feb. 3: Publix Run to the Arts 5K, 8:15 a.m. start time, Riverfront, downtown Fort Myers. It’s on the final day of the weekend-long Art Fest, our area’s premier outdoor art festival.

Sunday, Feb. 10: Edison Junior Parade Races, various morning start times, downtown Fort Myers. Lots of family activities as part of the Junior Parade day.

Saturday, Feb. 16: Edison Fest 5K Run/Walk, 5:45 p.m. start time, downtown Fort Myers. One of the country’s largest night parades immediately follows the race.

This list as well as many other active events throughout Southwest Florida are always available on this blog.¦

- 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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