Florida Weekly 'Outdoors' column, 1/16/2019
|One of many electric bikes on display at last year’s Tour de Cape. DAN MOSER / FLORIDA WEEKLY|
One with the most potential is this year’s Million Mile Movement, a daily activity challenge facilitated by Healthy Lee that started on Jan. 15 and wraps up April 15. In past years it ran from Jan. 1 through March 31. But initiating something like this in the first days of January when many of us are still dealing with holiday eating, drinking, watching bowl games and generally trying to get back to a normal schedule (including getting visitors out of the house) seemed to set up even the most motivated of us for failure. These new dates should perhaps eliminate that problem. Don’t worry that you’re reading this at least a day after it started — you can jump in any time.
Another great opportunity is the 26th annual Tour de Cape, Jan. 19-20. The 5K run/walk is Saturday and bike rides of distances from 15 miles to a 100-mile century happen on Sunday. The Cape Harbor venue is perfect for these events and it’s hoped that the weather will be equally so. This is a very well organized and supported event, thanks to Cape Coral Parks & Recreation Department’s experience and hard work.
Logging miles to train for the first Lazy Flamingo Half-Marathon and relay would be another terrific way to add significantly to a million mile challenge. This run takes place on the first Sunday in March, the same as Hooters Half-Marathon’s old date. (Hooters now sponsors a trail half-marathon and 5K at Caloosahatchee Regional Park that took place earlier this month on the date previously used by River, Roots, and Ruts.) The course for Lazy Flamingo will begin at its location just south of College Parkway and will traverse College Parkway, Whiskey Creek and McGregor Boulevard, turning around between Fort Myers Country Club and the Edison-Ford Estates, which is also the relay handoff point. Volunteers are needed. Email email@example.com if you want to know more.
Finally, on Saturday, April 27, the annual Fight for Air Climb challenge takes place at Oasis Tower along the Caloosahatchee River near downtown Fort Myers. The venue will be open for training on each of the Saturday mornings in April prior to the event. Firefighters and SWAT members usually climb in full gear in less than seven minutes so most mere mortals should be able to make the ascent in less than 10 minutes.¦
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and 334-6417.
For Lee County cycling and tri events visit Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club (caloosariders.org); Florida Mudcutters (mudcutters.org); and SW Florida Biking Meetup Group (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL). The Florida Bicycle Association (floridabicycle.org) 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.