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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 Gaelic sport of hurling. And ... Read more »

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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 iPhone Photography Awards. “I don’t ... Read more »

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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 my advice. Before you set ... Read more »

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Sarasota Stand Up Paddleboard race series kicks off Saturday. Read more »

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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 is that I’m going to ... Read more »

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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 three people can ride side ... Read more »

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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 on Wheels, it’s called. The ... Read more »

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

Sharky's on the Pier hosts beach bike ride to support people affected by cancer. Read more »

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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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