Thursday, January 27, 2022

BikeWalkLee: How to stay hot when it’s not

BikeWalkLee Column ‘Go Coastal’
The News-Press, January 27, 2022
by Ken Gooderham

Image: istock

Cold enough for you?

I know… some of you are nodding your heads while others are rolling your eyes. “Cold?” you’re thinking. “This isn’t cold, it’s merely brisk at best.”

Sorry, but for those of us built to survive Southwest Florida’s summers, this is cold.

The last two weeks of January are typically this region’s best chance for chill, as cold fronts of sufficient number and intensity can make it far enough south to send shivers through even the subtropics. It’s also the time of year when snowbirds are most likely to check out the temps back home and chortle to themselves about the wise choices they made in heading southward for the season.

Some think the chill is right for riding and running, finally make movement possible without creating puddles of perspiration. Others aver that anything below 60 degrees is grounds for breaking out the winter wear.

It’s the same divergence of degrees that gives us the iconic image of a vacationer relaxing on the January beach in shorts and flip flops next to the full-timer bundled up in sweats and jackets.

Whichever your temperature preference, cooler temperatures may mandate a few chances in your running or riding preparations, recognizing that being out in the wind – especially riding or running into it – makes it seem even cooler than it actually is.

Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to take a few simple steps to make the chilliness more manageable.

The most critical step is to dress for heat-management success, finding that balance between shivers and sweating to keep you more comfortable when riding or running.

The key is layers and the right materials. Layers so you can add or subtract as necessary to keep your body temperature in the comfort zone, and materials to help manage the heat your body generates against the cold of the outside air.

The fabric closest to your skin should be able to wick away perspiration – so, not cotton, but perhaps wool or the right synthetics. Next is a layer that will hold body heat without creating a sauna-like effect. Top it off with a more wind-resistant layer, but with a little venting if possible.

This is also a good time to dig out the long sleeves and long pants if possible, covering exposed skin as much as you can without impeding your ability to pedal or perambulate. Layering will also allow you to better adjust your temperatures based on effort, exposure and exertion… losing heat in the sun, keeping it in the wind and shade.

Don’t forget your head, hands and feet when you bike, of course. Having something on your head makes a huge difference in keeping warm, so find something thin that will hold heat and fit under your helmet (because you’re wearing a helmet, right?). Long-fingered bike gloves are a smart investment for winter riding, as well as being more protective if you’re hitting the trails (whatever the season). Your regular foot attire should be sufficient when it’s cooler, unless you get caught in the rain.

For runners, the same advice holds: Your head loses heat, so cover up; your extremities can feel colder if your body is working to keep the core warm, so gloves and another layer of socks might make a difference.

Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you don’t want bright, highly visible colors in your wardrobe. But it may also be a good time to mix in some darker shades that absorb more of the sun’s energy (assuming it’s out), to take advantage of the free solar energy.

If you’re a casual runner or rider, dig through your closest and drawers to put together a cool-weather outfit. If you’re more committed (or more likely to run or ride whatever the weather), investing in attire that’s specifically designed to let you laugh at the thermometer (at both extremes) is money well spent.

The other elements of keeping the cold at bay is when and where you ride or run. If you have the choice, wait until later in the day when temperatures are at their peak. Also, pay attention to wind direction – typically northwest to northeast after a cold front – and look for routes that might offer some shelter (in terms of trees and buildings) or variety (in terms of having to run or ride into the winds for long stretches).

Hydration is still important even if it’s cooler, but instead of cold water think about packing some warmer beverages (assuming you can keep them hot)… or plan on enjoying something warm once you get back home.

And it’s always a good rule of thumb that you should start your run or ride feeling a little chilly (rather than toasty from the start), since you’ll warm up fast once you start moving more.

It won’t stay cold long (thankfully) so “enjoy” it while you can. Soon enough, the thermometer will return to more moderate levels… the ones we all came (or are) here to enjoy.

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EVENTS
 

FORT MYERS TRACK CLUB (ftmyerstrackclub.com):

  • SYAL Run for the Youth 5K, Saturday, Jan. 29 (postponed from Jan. 8), downtown Fort Myers.
  • Strides for Education 5K, 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, Florida Southwest State College, Fort Myers.
  • Edison Festival of Light Junior Fun Run (distance varies by age), noon, Sunday, Feb. 13, downtown Fort Myers.
  • Edison Festival of Light 5K, Saturday, Feb. 19, 5:45 p.m., downtown Fort Myers.
  • Hooters River Roots & Ruts 10 Mile Trail Run, Sunday, March 6, Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Alva.
  • Scope for Hope 5K & 2 Mile Walk, Saturday, March 26, Jaycee Park, Cape Coral.

GC RUNNERS (gcrunner.org):

  • Run for the Paws 5K (dogs welcomed), Saturday, Jan. 29, Civil Air Patrol, Naples.
  • Picayune 10 Miler, Saturday, Feb. 12, Sabal Palm Hiking Trail, Naples.
  • Naples Golden Eagle 5K, Saturday, Feb. 19, Lowdermilk Park, Naples

ELITE EVENTS (runeliteevents.com):

  • Venice Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday, Feb. 19, 6:30 a.m., Maxine Barritt Park, Venice.
  • Fort Myers City of Palms Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday March 5, 6:30 a.m., FGCU campus.
  • Punta Gorda Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday, March 12, 6:30 a.m., Lashley Park.
  • Paradise Coast Half Marathon, Sunday, April 24, North Collier Regional Park, Naples.

OTHER RUNS

  • Publix Run To The Arts 5K Fun Run, Walk, Roll, or Stroll, Sunday, Feb. 6, 8 a.m., downtown Fort Myers (runsignup.com)
  • I Love The 80s 5K, Sunday, Feb. 6, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • Yo! Taco Shrimp 5K Run, Saturday, March 12, presented by Cypress Lake Athletics, Doc Fords, Fort Myers Beach (active.com).
  • 70s Disco 5K, Saturday, March 5, North Collier Regional Park, Naples (active.com).
  • Average Joe 5K Run (you finish in the middle of the pack to win it), Sunday, April 10, North Collier Regional Park, Naples (active.com).

OTHER RIDES

  • Royal Palm Challenge, Saturday, March 12, from the Collaboratory, downtown Fort Myers. Registration and more information coming soon.
  • Broken 100 ride, Sunday, March 27, from Winn Dixie at Colonial Blvd. and Treeline Ave., Fort Myers.


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 (caloosariders.org) 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 (www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/) 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.

TRIATHLONS

  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon (St. Petersburg) has been rescheduled again, now to May 1, 2022, Olympic and sprint (https://satriathlon.com/).

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RIDE

Have a favorite route you like to bike, or a unique walk you’d like to share with others? Tell us about it at info@bikewalklee.org, and maybe we can feature it in an upcoming column.

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Ken Gooderham writes this on behalf of BikeWalkLee, a community coalition raising public awareness and advocating for complete streets in Lee County — streets that are designed, built, operated and maintained for safe and convenient travel for all users: pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Information, statistics and background online at bikewalklee.blogspot.com.



Monday, January 24, 2022

January 24: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling events

Upcoming events

Your weekly upcoming events update, with - among others - a couple of running opportunities this weekend, as well as the cheerful CM bicycle ride in Cape Coral, welcoming all riders. Check event times and latest updates using the organizer websites. Links are provided below.


FORT MYERS TRACK CLUB (ftmyerstrackclub.com):

  • SYAL Run for the Youth 5K, Saturday, Jan. 29 (postponed from Jan. 8), downtown Fort Myers.
  • Strides for Education 5K, 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, Florida Southwest State College, Fort Myers.
  • Edison Festival of Light Junior Fun Run (distance varies by age), noon, Sunday, Feb. 13, downtown Fort Myers.
  • Edison Festival of Light 5K, Saturday, Feb. 19, 5:45 p.m., downtown Fort Myers.
  • Hooters River Roots & Ruts 10 Mile Trail Run, Sunday, March 6, Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Alva.
  • Scope for Hope 5K & 2 Mile Walk, Saturday, March 26, Jaycee Park, Cape Coral.

GC RUNNERS (gcrunner.org):

  • Run for the Paws 5K (dogs welcomed), Saturday, Jan. 29, Civil Air Patrol, Naples.
  • Picayune 10 Miler, Saturday, Feb. 12, Sabal Palm Hiking Trail, Naples.
  • Naples Golden Eagle 5K, Saturday, Feb. 19, Lowdermilk Park, Naples

ELITE EVENTS (runeliteevents.com):

  • Venice Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday, Feb. 19, 6:30 a.m., Maxine Barritt Park, Venice.
  • Fort Myers City of Palms Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday March 5, 6:30 a.m., FGCU campus.
  • Punta Gorda Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday, March 12, 6:30 a.m., Lashley Park.

OTHER RUNS

  • I Love The 80s 5K, Sunday, Feb. 6, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • Yo! Taco Shrimp 5K Run, Saturday, March 12, presented by Cypress Lake Athletics, Doc Fords, Fort Myers Beach (active.com).
  • 70s Disco 5K, Saturday, March 5, North Collier Regional Park, Naples (active.com).
  • Average Joe 5K Run (you finish in the middle of the pack to win it), Sunday, April 10, North Collier Regional Park, Naples (active.com).

OTHER RIDES

  • Royal Palm Challenge, Saturday, March 12, from the Collaboratory, downtown Fort Myers. Registration and more information coming soon.
  • Broken 100 ride, Sunday, March 27, from Winn Dixie at Colonial Blvd. and Treeline Ave., Fort Myers.


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 (caloosariders.org) 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 (www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/) 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.

TRIATHLONS

St. Anthony’s Triathlon (St. Petersburg) has been rescheduled again, now to May 1, 2022, Olympic and sprint (https://satriathlon.com/).

 

For the very latest, go to Fort Myers Track Club (ftmyerstrackclub.com), Gulf Coast Runners (gcrunner.org), Caloosa Riders (caloosariders.org), and South West Florida Critical Mass (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL

 

 

Monday, January 17, 2022

January 17: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling events

Upcoming events

Your weekly upcoming events update, with the upcoming weekend featuring Tour de Cape and Kiwanis BUG Chase 5K. Details below.


FORT MYERS TRACK CLUB (ftmyerstrackclub.com):

  • Metro-McGregor Kiwanis BUG Chase 5K, Saturday, Jan. 22, Calusa Nature Center, Fort Myers.
  • SYAL Run for the Youth 5K, Saturday, Jan. 29 (postponed from Jan. 8), downtown Fort Myers.
  • Strides for Education 5K, 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, Florida Southwest State College, Fort Myers.
  • Edison Festival of Light Junior Fun Run (distance varies by age), noon, Sunday, Feb. 13, downtown Fort Myers.
  • Edison Festival of Light 5K, Saturday, Feb. 19, 5:45 p.m., downtown Fort Myers.
  • Hooters River Roots & Ruts 10 Mile Trail Run, Sunday, March 6, Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Alva.
  • Scope for Hope 5K & 2 Mile Walk, Saturday, March 26, Jaycee Park, Cape Coral.

GC RUNNERS (gcrunner.org):

  • Run for the Paws 5K (dogs welcomed), Saturday, Jan. 29, Civil Air Patrol, Naples.
  • Picayune 10 Miler, Saturday, Feb. 12, Sabal Palm Hiking Trail, Naples.
  • Naples Golden Eagle 5K, Saturday, Feb. 19, Lowdermilk Park, Naples

ELITE EVENTS (runeliteevents.com):

  • Venice Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday, Feb. 19, 6:30 a.m., Maxine Barritt Park, Venice.
  • Fort Myers City of Palms Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday March 5, 6:30 a.m., FGCU campus.
  • Punta Gorda Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday, March 12, 6:30 a.m., Lashley Park.

OTHER RUNS

  • Tour de Cape 5K Run/Walk, Saturday, Jan. 22, Cape Coral (tourdecape.net).
  • I Love The 80s 5K, Sunday, Feb. 6, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • Yo! Taco Shrimp 5K Run, Saturday, March 12, presented by Cypress Lake Athletics, Doc Fords, Fort Myers Beach (active.com).
  • 70s Disco 5K, Saturday, March 5, North Collier Regional Park, Naples (active.com).
  • Average Joe 5K Run (you finish in the middle of the pack to win it), Sunday, April 10, North Collier Regional Park, Naples (active.com).

OTHER RIDES

  • Tour de Cape, Sunday, Jan. 23, rides of 15, 30, 62 and 100 miles, starting from Cape Harbour (tourdecape.net)
  • Royal Palm Challenge, Saturday, March 12, from the Collaboratory, downtown Fort Myers. Registration and more information coming soon.
  • Broken 100 ride, Sunday, March 27, from Winn Dixie at Colonial Blvd. and Treeline Ave., Fort Myers.


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 (caloosariders.org) 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 (www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/) 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.

TRIATHLONS

St. Anthony’s Triathlon (St. Petersburg) has been rescheduled again, now to May 1, 2022, Olympic and sprint (https://satriathlon.com/).

 

For the very latest, go to Fort Myers Track Club (ftmyerstrackclub.com), Gulf Coast Runners (gcrunner.org), Caloosa Riders (caloosariders.org), and South West Florida Critical Mass (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL

 

 

Thursday, January 13, 2022

BikeWalkLee: 5 ways to be a better bicyclist

BikeWalkLee Column ‘Go Coastal’
The News-Press, January 13, 2022
by Ken Gooderham

If I had the power to change some bad habits exhibited by area cyclists, these are the top five I’d choose (though there are so many bad habits and so little time!):

● Wear a helmet. Has to be top of the list, as it’s the easiest step you can take as a cyclist to stay safe(r). First, it protects your head and brain in a crash, dramatically reducing your chances of injuring a body part that doesn’t take well to damage. Second, it sets a good example for other cyclists – especially kids, who are required by law to wear one. Third, it makes you a little more visible if you pick one in a color that stands out and includes reflectors. Finally, it gives your head some coverage from the elements, rain or shine.

Granted, other countries don’t have the helmet habit you (hopefully) see in the U.S. They also have better bike infrastructure and drivers who are more attentive to sharing the road with riders. In case you haven’t noticed, we have neither of those here in Southwest Florida… although we have seen some progress over the years.

There are riders who argue that helmets can cause more harm than help, encouraging both drivers and riders to make riskier decisions under the false safety of a helmeted cyclist. They also claim helmet design can exacerbate some injuries, and will discourage cycling overall if it is viewed as dangerous.

They’re entitled to that opinion – and to ride sans helmet if they wish. But these arguments strike me as more rationale than rational… people make bad decisions with and without helmets, they just might survive the consequences a little better with one.

● Pay attention when you ride.
Just as we discourage distracted driving, so should we frown on distracted cycling. When you’re talking on the phone while biking, you’re not watching the road – and cycling while holding a phone to your ear is even more dangerous, since both hands should be on the handlebars. Earphones and headphones are no better, depriving you of a critical sense (hearing) that could let you know something bad is about to happen.

Pretty much any kind of distraction can make cycling more dangerous, particularly in the presence of other road or lane users. So when you’re biking, the only thing you should be doing is biking.

● Know the rules of the road – particularly when you’re on the road.
Riding in traffic? You’re supposed to act like a vehicle, per common sense and state law. But if you don’t know what rules apply to you (and why they are a good idea), you’re just increasing your chances for harm when the other (bigger) vehicles are expecting you to behave in a certain way.

Never go on the road? Still need to know the rules, since how you pass other cyclists and pedestrians matters for safety. Simply put, you need to know where and how you should ride (and where you should stop) wherever you bike.

If you always ride by yourself, with no other cyclists, pedestrians or motorists around, you can flaunt the rules all you want. But the minute you add other road (or path or lane) users into the mix, everyone needs to know what’s expected of them in order for everyone to be safer.

● Work harder at being visible and predictable. This is particularly problematic this time of year, with more cyclists (and motorists) and less daylight.

Visibility matters simply as a way for others to see you as you ride, rather than looking past you or (worse) acting like you’re not there at all. Bright colors and bright lights help you stand out from the scenery in the daylight – and help you stand out period in the dusk or dark.

Predictability is taking your obligation as a road user seriously, as well as making it easier for other road users to interact safely with you. Riding in a straight line, stopping when required (not just desired), signaling your intentions (instead of just leaving them guessing) and all the other rules just make it easier for everyone to get on with their day in safety.

Preventive maintenance is your friend. There are a few basic steps you can take before every (or almost every) ride that help to improve your chances of making back without incident… yet too many riders ignore them in the belief that bikes will naturally heal themselves. (They won’t.)

You check the air pressure and tread on your tires to avoid a flat, unless you really like doing roadside repairs. You check the brakes to ensure they’ll stop you as expected. You lube the chain (and anything else that’s squeaking) so it will continue to operate as planned. If you use lights (and you should), you make sure they are working and are charged up enough.

Every now and again (annually is nice), have someone else check out your ride for the things you don’t know to look at (or don’t know how to fix). Cycling is way more fun when you spend more time riding than repairing.

If you’re still planning to ride at night, in dark attire, without lights and helmet, on a poorly lit road shoulder heading into (rather than with) traffic, so be it. Maybe you’ll forget to check your tires and end up with a flat before anything really bad happens to you.

Variant variables

As events (particularly running) are ramping up, so too is the next Covid wave. Aside from whatever precautions you feel necessary to take to protect (or not) your health, make sure to confirm that any races on your schedule are actually being held on the day planned – particularly in January and February, when Omicron is likely to peak in our area. With more racers (and, more critically volunteers) at risk of catching the next iteration, race organizers may need to make some last-minute decisions to ensure their events can go off as planned.

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EVENTS
 

FORT MYERS TRACK CLUB (ftmyerstrackclub.com):

  • Metro-McGregor Kiwanis BUG Chase 5K, Saturday, Jan. 22, Calusa Nature Center, Fort Myers.
  • SYAL Run for the Youth 5K, Saturday, Jan. 29 (postponed from Jan. 8), downtown Fort Myers.
  • Strides for Education 5K, 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, Florida Southwest State College, Fort Myers.
  • Edison Festival of Light Junior Fun Run (distance varies by age), noon, Sunday, Feb. 13, downtown Fort Myers.
  • Edison Festival of Light 5K, Saturday, Feb. 19, 5:45 p.m., downtown Fort Myers.
  • Hooters River Roots & Ruts 10 Mile Trail Run, Sunday, March 6, Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Alva.
  • Scope for Hope 5K & 2 Mile Walk, Saturday, March 26, Jaycee Park, Cape Coral.

GC RUNNERS (gcrunner.org):

  • Naples Daily News Half Marathon, 7 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 16, downtown Naples.
  • Run for the Paws 5K (dogs welcomed), Saturday, Jan. 29, Civil Air Patrol, Naples.
  • Picayune 10 Miler, Saturday, Feb. 12, Sabal Palm Hiking Trail, Naples.
  • Naples Golden Eagle 5K, Saturday, Feb. 19, Lowdermilk Park, Naples

ELITE EVENTS (runeliteevents.com):

  • Venice Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday, Feb. 19, 6:30 a.m., Maxine Barritt Park, Venice.
  • Fort Myers City of Palms Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday March 5, 6:30 a.m., FGCU campus.
  • Punta Gorda Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday, March 12, 6:30 a.m., Lashley Park.

OTHER RUNS

  • Tour de Cape 5K Run/Walk, Saturday, Jan. 22, Cape Coral (tourdecape.net).
  • I Love The 80s 5K, Sunday, Feb. 6, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).
  • Yo! Taco Shrimp 5K Run, Saturday, March 12, presented by Cypress Lake Athletics, Doc Fords, Fort Myers Beach (active.com).
  • 70s Disco 5K, Saturday, March 5, North Collier Regional Park, Naples (active.com).
  • Average Joe 5K Run (you finish in the middle of the pack to win it), Sunday, April 10, North Collier Regional Park, Naples (active.com).

OTHER RIDES

  • Tour de Cape, Sunday, Jan. 23, rides of 15, 30, 62 and 100 miles, starting from Cape Harbour (tourdecape.net)
  • Royal Palm Challenge, Saturday, March 12, from the Collaboratory, downtown Fort Myers. Registration and more information coming soon.
  • Broken 100 ride, Sunday, March 27, from Winn Dixie at Colonial Blvd. and Treeline Ave., Fort Myers.


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 (caloosariders.org) 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 (www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/) 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.

TRIATHLONS

  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon (St. Petersburg) has been rescheduled again, now to May 1, 2022, Olympic and sprint (https://satriathlon.com/).

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RIDE

Have a favorite route you like to bike, or a unique walk you’d like to share with others? Tell us about it at info@bikewalklee.org, and maybe we can feature it in an upcoming column.

# # #

Ken Gooderham writes this on behalf of BikeWalkLee, a community coalition raising public awareness and advocating for complete streets in Lee County — streets that are designed, built, operated and maintained for safe and convenient travel for all users: pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Information, statistics and background online at bikewalklee.blogspot.com.




 

Monday, January 10, 2022

January 10: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling events

Upcoming events

Your upcoming events update for January 10, 2022.


FORT MYERS TRACK CLUB (ftmyerstrackclub.com):
  • Metro-McGregor Kiwanis BUG Chase 5K, Saturday, Jan. 22, Calusa Nature Center, Fort Myers.
  • Strides for Education 5K, 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, Florida Southwest State College, Fort Myers.
  • Edison Festival of Light Junior Fun Run (distance varies by age), noon, Sunday, Feb. 13, downtown Fort Myers.
  • Edison Festival of Light 5K, Saturday, Feb. 19, 5:45 p.m., downtown Fort Myers.
  • Hooters River Roots & Ruts 10 Mile Trail Run, Sunday, March 6, Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Alva.
  • Scope for Hope 5K & 2 Mile Walk, Saturday, March 26, Jaycee Park, Cape Coral.

GC RUNNERS (gcrunner.org):

  • Naples Daily News Half Marathon, 7 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 16, downtown Naples.
  • Run for the Paws 5K (dogs welcomed), Saturday, Jan. 29, Civil Air Patrol, Naples.
  • Picayune 10 Miler, Saturday, Feb. 12, Sabal Palm Hiking Trail, Naples.

ELITE EVENTS (runeliteevents.com):

  • Venice Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday, Feb. 19, 6:30 a.m., Maxine Barritt Park, Venice.
  • Fort Myers City of Palms Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday March 5, 6:30 a.m., FGCU campus.
  • Punta Gorda Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday, March 12, 6:30 a.m., Lashley Park.

OTHER RUNS

  • Tour de Cape 5K Run/Walk, Saturday, Jan. 22, Cape Coral (tourdecape.net
  • I Love The 80s 5K, Sunday, Feb. 6, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).

OTHER RIDES 

Tour de Cape Bike Rides, with distances of 15, 30, 62, and 100 miles will take place on Sunday, Jan. 23, Cape Harbour, Cape Coral, from 8:00 a.m. (tourdecape.net/)

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 (caloosariders.org) 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 (www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/) 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.

TRIATHLONS

  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon (St. Petersburg) has been rescheduled again, now to May 1, 2022, Olympic and sprint (https://satriathlon.com/).

 

For the very latest, go to Fort Myers Track Club (ftmyerstrackclub.com), Gulf Coast Runners (gcrunner.org), Caloosa Riders (caloosariders.org), and South West Florida Critical Mass (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL

 

 

Monday, January 3, 2022

January 3: Upcoming running/walking/bicycling events

Upcoming events

The year 2022, after a quiet start, gets going with several running and cycling events in the region, beginning this weekend. All of our readers a happy, healthy and safe New Year.


FORT MYERS TRACK CLUB (ftmyerstrackclub.com):
  • SYAL Run for the Youth 5K, Saturday, Jan. 8, downtown Fort Myers.
  • Metro-McGregor Kiwanis BUG Chase 5K, Saturday, Jan. 22, Calusa Nature Center, Fort Myers.
  • Strides for Education 5K, 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, Florida Southwest State College, Fort Myers.
  • Edison Festival of Light Junior Fun Run (distance varies by age), noon, Sunday, Feb. 13, downtown Fort Myers.
  • Edison Festival of Light 5K, Saturday, Feb. 19, 5:45 p.m., downtown Fort Myers.
  • Hooters River Roots & Ruts 10 Mile Trail Run, Sunday, March 6, Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Alva.
  • Scope for Hope 5K & 2 Mile Walk, Saturday, March 26, Jaycee Park, Cape Coral.

GC RUNNERS (gcrunner.org):

  • Naples Daily News Half Marathon, 7 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 16, downtown Naples.
  • Run for the Paws 5K (dogs welcomed), Saturday, Jan. 29, Civil Air Patrol, Naples.
  • Picayune 10 Miler, Saturday, Feb. 12, Sabal Palm Hiking Trail, Naples.

ELITE EVENTS (runeliteevents.com):

  • Venice Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday, Feb. 19, 6:30 a.m., Maxine Barritt Park, Venice.
  • Fort Myers City of Palms Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday March 5, 6:30 a.m., FGCU campus.
  • Punta Gorda Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday, March 12, 6:30 a.m., Lashley Park.

OTHER RUNS

  • Tour de Cape 5K Run/Walk, Saturday, Jan. 22, Cape Coral (tourdecape.net
  • I Love The 80s 5K, Sunday, Feb. 6, North Collier Regional Park (active.com).

OTHER RIDES

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 (caloosariders.org) 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 (www.meetup.com/Biking-SWFL/events/) 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.

TRIATHLONS

  • 2022 Alpha Win Sarasota Triathlon, half-Ironman, Olympic and sprint triathlon, Saturday, Jan. 9, Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota (https://alpha.win/event/sarasota-fl/).
  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon (St. Petersburg) has been rescheduled again, now to May 1, 2022, Olympic and sprint (https://satriathlon.com/).

 

For the very latest, go to Fort Myers Track Club (ftmyerstrackclub.com), Gulf Coast Runners (gcrunner.org), Caloosa Riders (caloosariders.org), and South West Florida Critical Mass (meetup.com/Biking-SWFL