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It's time for Tuesday (and Wednesday) Summer Beach Runs for kids, families

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beachrunstartkidsThe good news is that next week I’m heading to Oregon for a road trip that will include hiking at Crater Lake. The bad news is that I’m going to miss the first Summer Beach Run for kids on Siesta Key.
You’ll have to carry on without me. You’ll have to enjoy one of Sarasota’s great outdoor traditions.
You’ll have to savor yet another glorious Tuesday evening at an incomparable beach. As a sad empty nester, I was looking forward to seeing hundreds of children and families gathered at the shore. The best part is that keening sound all the kids make at the start of the 1-mile fun run. The next best part is seeing all the kids, fast and slow, struggle toward the finish line. The third best part is laughing at all of those kids slurping ice pops after the race. Do we adults enjoy anything in life as much as a kid enjoys a Popsicle?

Snow in June?
Crater Lake should be cool. Chilly, even, at 6,000 feet. Parts of the place will still be snow-bound.
As a sun-soaked Floridian, it never occurred to me that high mountain roads might not be open in June. So we won’t be able to circle Crater Lake, which is one of the deepest (and deepest blue) lakes in the world. And we won’t be able to visit Wizard Island, the picturesque little spot near the western shore. Ah, well.
We will be able to catch a play at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in nearby Ashland. “The Tempest” is not my favorite, but that could be a good thing. A brilliant production might open my eyes to all I’ve been missing.

beachrunsmileVenice runs, too
This is where I must mention that there are Wednesday Beach Runs in Venice, too. Super-psyched families can run at the beach twice a week, though that may be overdoing it. Lots of families hang around and swim or picnic after beach runs in Sarasota and Venice. That seems just about right. What’s nice is when parents and kids develop a routine and run week after week. Over the next 10 weeks, they can always take a break for a family vacation. I know I’ll be back at the beach after my trip to Crater Lake.

Interested?
Summer Beach Runs for kids begin at 6:30 p.m Tuesdays on Siesta Public Beach, 948 Road, Sarasota. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. The weekly races are sponsored by Sarasota County Parks and Recreation and New Balance Sarasota. Kids who complete four runs get a free T-shirt. There is a one-time fee of $1. parksonline.scgov.net; 861-5000. Venice Beach Runs are at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Brohard Beach, 1600 Harbor Dr.
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