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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 runs. If you’ve tried all ... Read more »

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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 the swim anymore,” he says. ... Read more »

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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 weekend, I dropped by ... Read more »

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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 a court painted right on ... Read more »

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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. Sarasota’s Carol Westerman, 75, has ... Read more »

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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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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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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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“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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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 bike trail when the first ... Read more »

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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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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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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 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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The ecotourism pioneer, who grew up on Boca Grande, is closing the business in Placida on Saturday after 26 years. Read more »
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