Monday, July 19, 2021

July 19: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling events

Upcoming events

Summertime has shut down most local running and biking events, with Labor Day (maybe) the next opportunity for an organized event.  

Of course, every day is a good day for a solo run or ride. Just be safe. Avoid thunderstorms, be visible in traffic, keep your eyes and ears open, and obey the rules of the road.



  • Cops & Joggers 5K, Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:45 p.m., downtown Fort Myers
  • 10K Race for F.I.S.H., Saturday, Oct. 23, Sanibel Island. In-person and virtual.


  • Friends of Foster Children Forever Labor Day 5K, Monday, Sept. 6, 7:30 a.m. Lowdermilk Park, Naples and virtual.
  • 2021 GCR Thanksgiving 5K, Thursday, Nov. 25, 7:30 a.m. Cambier Park, Naples and virtual.


  • Venice Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday, Oct. 9, 6:30 a.m., Maxine Barritt Park, Venice.
  • Naples Rocktoberfest 10K & 5K, October (date TBD), North Collier Regional Park, Naples.
  • Fort Myers City of Palms Half Marathon & 5K, date TBD, FGCU.
  • Naples Distance Classic Half Marathon, 18K & 5K, date TBD, Eagle Lakes Park, Naples.
  • Thanksgiving Day 5K (two races), Thursday, Oct. 25, Hertz Arena in Estero and The Village Shops on Venetian Bay, Naples. 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. respectively.



The Caloosa Riders are offering member rides, but some are open to non-members (and it wouldn’t hurt you to join the club); check their ride calendar ( for a description of the distance and speed, and to see if the ride is open to all.

SW Florida Critical Mass is offering their usual slate of family-friendly rides. Check out their line-up online ( for details and times (and to make sure the ride is still rolling).

  • SW Florida Critical Mass ride, first Friday of the month. A family-friendly slow night ride through Fort Myers. Front and rear bike lights required. Helmet and lights required, meet in the parking lot at 2180 West First Street, Fort Myers. 
  • Sanibel Critical Mass night ride, second Saturday of the month. Gathers at Jerry’s Shopping Center, 1700 Periwinkle Way, on Sanibel. Lights required, helmets recommended.
  • NE Lee Critical Mass ride, third Friday of the month. Gather in the Winn Dixie parking lot on Palm Beach Blvd. about five miles east of the Interstate; gather at 7 p.m. and roll at 7:30 p.m. for a slow ride through Fort Myers Shores.
  • Cape Coral Critical Mass ride, fourth Friday of the month. Gather at the Southwest Florida Military Museum parking lot at 4820 Leonard Street for a family-friendly night ride through the Cape; helmets and lights required.
  • Saturday Morning Slow Roll, fourth Saturday of the month. Meet-up at 2160 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Recommended for inexperienced/young riders. Distance is 6 miles, includes group ride instruction.

If racing is not your thing but you’d like to support their return nonetheless, consider volunteering to help out at the few in-person offerings ahead. With Covid concerns still confining some of the usual volunteers, a few new helping hand would certainly be welcomed.


  • Siesta Sprint Triathlon, Aug. 1, Siesta Key
  • Fort Desoto Triathlon, Aug. 14, Fort Desoto (St. Petersburg), sprint and Olympic
  • Fort Desoto Triathlon, Sept. 11, Fort Desoto (St. Petersburg), sprint and Olympic
  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon (St. Petersburg) rescheduled to Oct. 1-3, 2021
  • City Island Triathlon, Oct. 10, Sarasota

For the very latest, go to Fort Myers Track Club (, Gulf Coast Runners (, Caloosa Riders (, and South West Florida Critical Mass ( 

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