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Sharky’s on the Pier hosts beach bike ride to support people affected by cancer…. 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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This year, running the Ringling Bridge instead of writing about it

After people cross the finish line, they rave about the views of Sarasota Bay, along with the treat of crossing the Ringling Causeway just as the sun rises over downtown…. Read more »

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Sarasota Saracens Rugby Club reaches for new level of state competition

The Saracens won the Florida Cup last fall. They expect to win a state championship in their division this year…. Read more »

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An accidental swimmer takes the plunge into daily workouts at Arlington Park

When I go to the Arlington Park pool, little kids are faster than me. Little old ladies are faster than me. Everybody is faster than me…. Read more »

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For a looong paddle to lunch in Venice, try Myakka River to Snook Haven

For a lunch or dinner paddle, there’s Linger Lodge on the Braden River in Manatee County. Also the Nav-A-Gator on the Peace River in Charlotte County. We chose the Myakka River and Snook Haven, which was taken over by Sarasota County last year… Read more »

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