Turtle Trot 5K coming to Lovers Key
Friends of Lovers Key are setting the pace for the Turtle Trot 5K coming up Saturday, April 30. Runners and walkers trek over a hard-packed shell path along the Black Island Trail, climb a 38-foot-high Calusa Indian mound and cross two bridges as they race toward the finish line at the beach. Breakfast and awards are presented at the Lovers Key pavilion.
Registration is $25 by April 23 and $30 thereafter. Sponsors include Whole Foods, Angel Animal Hospital and Sweet Tomatoes. Register online at www.FriendsOfLoversKey.com.
For more information, call 463-4588. ¦
Make a run for the Tropicool 5K
Gulf Coast Runners host the 2011 Tropicool 5K race beginning at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, May 8. The race starts at the corner of Third Street and Broad Avenue South in old Naples. Overall and masters male and female awards will be presented.
Registration is $10 for ages 18 and younger, $15 for adults by April 30, $20 between May 1-7, and $25 on race day. Race packets will be available the day before the race at Naples On The Run, 2116 Ninth Ave. N.
For more information and registration, visit www.gcrunner.org. ¦
Hop aboard a paddleboard for Special Olympics
The second annual Stand-Up Paddleboard Luau Races to benefit Special Olympics Collier County takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Bayfront marketplace and marina.
Five SUP division races will take place along the picturesque waterfront as follows: 10 a.m., boys ages 10-16; 11 a.m., girls ages 10-16; noon, women’s open; 1 p.m., men’s open; and 3 p.m., Special Olympics Athletes Race, in which the top 10 finishers will compete with a Special Olympics athlete atop their board.
Participants can sign up on race day or in advance at title sponsor Noodles Italian Café and Sushi Bar. Other sponsors include: 21st Century Oncology, Avantgarde Hair Salon, Agro Surf Shop, attorney Mark Shapiro, Bayfront Inn, Bayfront Marketplace, BCBEngle Construction Corp., Crossfit Gym, First National Bank of the Gulfcoast, Gates Construction, Germain Toyota, Goldman Chiropractic, Gulfcoast Inn, King Richard’s Fun Park, Lutgert Insurance, Lux Boutique, Naples Bay Resort, Naples Kiteboarding, Naples Pools, Naples Soap Company, New Image Fitness, PT Gator/Our Town magazine, Rumbatime Watches, Soiltech, Stofft- Cooney Architects, Tavern on the Bay, The Spot and True Blue Water Sports.
The $25 registration fee will go to Special Olympics Collier County. For more information, call 370-6577 or visit www.noodlescafe.com. ¦