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For the coolest time at the beach, follow an afternoon thundershower

Instead of whining about the weather, which I do all the time, let me suggest one way you might beat the heat. No, it’s not… Read more »

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Ancient sport of hurling takes hold in Lakewood Ranch

At Lakewood Ranch High School, Austin Rushnell was a skateboarder. Now, as a history student at the University of South Florida, he’s embraced the ancient… Read more »

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Lakewood Ranch artist/adventurer wins iPhone Photography Contest

Where to start with Julio Lucas? He’s a 32-year-old illustrator, web designer and Ringling School of Art graduate who won first place in the 2014… Read more »

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Saturday afternoons offer a sneak peek at 21,000 acres of Duette Preserve

The Duette Preserve is so big — some 21,000 acres — that it’s hard to take a bite out of the darn thing. So here’s… Read more »

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

The 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… Read more »

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Bikers, joggers and strollers join rowers and crew teams at Benderson Park

For Mother’s Day, we started with a crawfish omelette and finished with a family bike ride around the rowing lake at Benderson Park. Two or… Read more »

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Women on Wheels cycling event will roll through Lakewood Ranch May 17

Next Saturday, more than 50 women (and no men) will take a 60-mile ride (not a race) out of Village Bikes in Lakewood Ranch. Women… Read more »

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Birds rule at new Scherer Thaxton Preserve

Bald eagles, scrub jays and ospreys are known to frequent Sarasota County’s newest park,… Read more »

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Summer season sets low rates for tennis at Payne Park and private clubs

Attention, tennis players and bargain hunters: Payne Park summer memberships – five months for $150 – start today. That seems like a pretty good deal,… Read more »

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Time to Ride the Beaches

Sunday event in Venice offers food, exercise and more…. Read more »

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Uninhibited runners will lace sneakers, lose clothes for Caliente Bare Dare 5K

Running can get boring, so race directors try all kinds of bits to keep things interesting. Glow runs. Mud races. Costume contests. Obstacle courses. Color… Read more »

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Hydrophobic runners and cyclists say 'Those who can't tri, du'

Add Philip Jones of Lakewood Ranch to a long list of triathletes who became duathletes. “I just didn’t want to put time into training for… Read more »

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Just how peaceful is the camping at Arcadia's Peace River Campground?

For years I’ve been raving about the Peace River Campground, but some of my friends think the place has been overrun by noisy four-wheelers. Last… Read more »

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Pickle ball neighbors rally on cul-de-sac court in Sarasota

On a quiet street near the Stickney Point Bridge, a group of Sarasota neighbors meet twice a week for boisterous games of pickle ball. There’s… Read more »

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Women runners of all ages race into First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon

Did you know that nearly two-thirds of the runners in the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon will be women? Here are a few of them…. Read more »

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Free lessons hit the target for Lekatchka Archery Club in Venice

Lekatchka has 65 beautiful acres of land east of I-75 in Venice. Oaks, pines and palms shade paths that lead to a series of targets…. Read more »

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On Casey Key, a sunset bike ride turns into a foggy wonder

There was even less traffic than usual, so we got to ride side by side most of the way. We talked and listened to the waves crashing on a beach that we could barely see, even though it was just a few feet away…. Read more »

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Swamp tours offer a chance to get wet in the Big Cypress Preserve

The water was cool on our legs and the sun was warm on our backs. Our tour guide, a naturalist named John Kalafarski, had a nice turn of phrase…. Read more »

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Track club president runs from Miami Marathon to Manasota Ultra-Marathon

“A few years ago,” says Dave Siegwald, “it hadn’t rained in the park for months and months, but on race day it rained 4 inches. There were parts of the trail where the water was a foot deep. But you know what? People were having a blast. They were laughing their heads off.”… Read more »

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Cape Haze trail leads to Gasparilla Island and Boca Grande Bike Path

Last week, Charlotte County had a press conference to remind knuckle-heads like me about the Cape Haze Pioneer Trail. Good call. I wrote about the… Read more »

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