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Triathletes race through transitions at Wilde Storm Challenge

Michele Schenk, a 60-year-old triathlete from Holmes Beach, let me pester her with questions before the Wilde Storm Challenge on Sunday. She doesn’t get nervous…. Read more »

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Ready for Bike To Work Day? Try these tips and avoid these mistakes

Last week, I did everything wrong on my practice ride, but now I can help you get everything right on Bike to Work Day. That’s… Read more »

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Boys of summer keep swinging in Manatee Adult Baseball League

The Manatee Adult Baseball League is a traditional game, a wooden bat game, but now most of the players use composite models that don’t break… Read more »

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Sarasota surfers honor 'Shark Lady' in ceremony on Turtle Beach

On Sunday evening, they gathered on Turtle Beach. Surfers in board shorts. Environmentalists in bright shirts. Old men in black shoes and socks. They hugged…. Read more »

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Best place to celebrate Earth Day? Sunday at Oscar Scherer State Park

Earth Day? Does anybody still care about Earth Day? And does everyone agree that the best place to celebrate this Sunday is Oscar Scherer State… Read more »

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Rediscovering the Robinson Preserve with a newcomer to the Bradenton park

Two weeks ago, I headed to the Robinson Preserve for a Twilight 5K, but it was raining in Bradenton, so I turned around and went… Read more »

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Beach tour starts at Siesta drum circle and ends at Anna Maria Island piers

We should have gone camping. We should have gone camping last weekend when my daughters came to visit. We should have gone camping when that… Read more »

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Gulf Coast surfers head for the beach when winter cold fronts reach Florida

Just after a cold front, when a stiff breeze has the rest of us zipping windbreakers, local surfers head for the shore. Have wet suit,… Read more »

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Sarasota cyclists take swing at bike polo on Thursday nights

  When John Burgess breaks loose, lifting his mallet for another shot on goal, James Mitchell hustles back on defense, pedaling furiously. He skids to… Read more »

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Skate night at Riverwalk

The boards are rolling from dusk till dawn at Bradenton’s Riverwalk Skate Park… Read more »

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Full Moon means music under the stars at Myakka River State Park

If you’re going to Friday’s Full Moon Concert at Myakka River State Park — and you should — make sure you arrive before dark. Then… Read more »

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Grand Canyon hikers share steep trails, sore calves and spectacular scenery

We started our hike in the cold and finished our hike in the snow. In between, there was the Grand Canyon — spectacular scenery going… Read more »

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Manatee Parks call on RIP Squad for Wednesday morning volunteer work

The Manatee County volunteers work their way through the Ungarelli Preserve, pulling shrubs, lopping branches and plucking trash from a salt marsh off Palma Sola… Read more »

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Corn field maze leads kids of all ages through Myakka's Dakin Dairy Farms

Am I the only grown-up who finds a corn field maze irresistible? Maybe it’s the fresh weather of fall. Maybe it’s the idea of wandering… Read more »

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Sarasota Taoist Tai Chi Society celebrates 20 years of mind and body

It looked like a church picnic — it was a church picnic, in a lots of ways — except for the groups of people practicing… Read more »

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Newcomers and experts vault into sport at Sarasota Parkour Facility

At the Sarasota Parkour Facility, Josh Hill teaches all kinds of moves. How to vault over an obstacle. How to swing from a bar. How… Read more »

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Sofa shopping becomes compromise biking along Turtle Beach on Siesta Key

When it comes to stamina — sheer mental and physical toughness — it seems like I just don’t have what it takes anymore. I’m talking,… Read more »

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Visiting Lakeland -- yes, Lakeland -- to compare great campus architecture

Another weekend, another road trip. Last Saturday, my wife and I traveled south to Pine Island. This Saturday, we headed over to Lakeland for an… Read more »

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Pine Island road trip discovers tropical fruit and Florida history

My wife’s favorite road trip is a drive down to Pine Island. It’s about two hours from Sarasota, but she goes every other weekend during… Read more »

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Sarasota swimmers enjoy homecoming at Arlington Park pool

Of all the swimmers who returned to Arlington Park this week, I must be the worst. My strokes were ragged and I veered back and… Read more »

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