2017-02-16 / Outdoors

GET OUT FOR A GOOD CAUSE

¦ Friends of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Collier County step out for the 15th annual Walk for NAMICollier on Saturday morning, Feb. 25, at Cambier Park. See story on page A29.

¦ The seventh annual Walk For Wishes 5K Walk/Run to benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Florida takes place Saturday, Feb. 25, on the recreation fields at Florida Gulf Coast University. The certified, timed 5K race sets out at 8:30 a.m. A day of family fun activities is include in registration, with food, bounce houses, a rock wall, balloon art, face painting and more starting at the conclusion of the race. The goal is to raise enough money to grant 23 local wishes for children with life-threatening conditions. Sign up as an individual or form a team. Registration is $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for ages 13 years and younger. Sign up at www.walkforwishessfla.net.

¦ Step out for the Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida Inc.’s 18th annual Heart and Sole Walk from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 25, starting at Centennial Bank, 3401 Tamiami Trail N. Participants can choose to do a 1-mile walk or an untimed 5K. Registration for $25 includes a continental breakfast, lunch, T-shirt and entertainment. Sign up online at www.pasfi.org or stop by PASFI headquarters at 5926 Premier Way, Naples.

¦ The Naples Coconut Run takes off at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Lowdermilk Park. Organized by Gulfcoast Runners, the 5K race and 1-mile fun run benefits the Naples High School Marching Band and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida. Registration is $35 for adults, $15 for students. For more information, visit www.naplescoconutrun.com.

¦ The inaugural Y Girls 5K takes sets out Saturday morning, March 4, at Miromar Outlets. Registration is $35 to benefit he Terry Simon Scholarship for business and hospitality students. Those who want to shorten their run can do so by purchasing a $10 “bail out” chip. For more information, email sstarner@miromar.com or visit www.miromaroutlets.com.

¦ The 11th annual Southwest Florida Komen Race for the Cure takes place Saturday, March 4, at Coconut Point in Estero to raise awareness about and funds to fight breast cancer. For registration details, visit www.komenswfl.org.

¦ Naples Pathways Coalition hosts the annual Naples Bike Brunch & Family Festival starting at 7 a.m. Sunday, March 5, at Lowdermilk Park. Cyclists can pedal routes varying in length from 10 to 100 miles, and everyone can enjoy outdoor fun that includes family activities, buffet lunch provided by Moe’s Southwest Grill, vendor expo and a power walk to Fifth Avenue South. Registration to ride is $45- $60. For more information or to register, call 777-7718 or visit www.naplespathways.org.

¦ FGCU’s Counseling and Psychological Services hosts its third annual Out of the Darkness campus walk starting at noon Saturday, March 18, at the university’s main campus to raise awareness about suicide prevention. Anyone can register as a walker, a virtual walker or a volunteer at the event’s website. Participants will fundraise on behalf of the organizers to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For more information or to register, email jrego@fgcu.edu or visit www.afsp.org/fgcu.

¦ The 2017 Gulf Coast Sailing Club Charity Regatta takes place Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19, off the Naples coastline. All classes of sailboats are welcome to participate and registration includes a regatta dinner on Sunday night at Naples Sailing and Yacht Club, which includes a presentation by Tucker Thompson. Registration starts at $125 and proceeds will benefit

Avow Hospice’s Children’s Bereavement Program, Freedom Waters and local sailing programs. For more information, visit www.gulfcoasatsailingclub.org.

¦ Runners of every level are invited to participate in the Marco Island Half- Marathon and 5K-Walk/Run on Sunday, March 19, starting at the Shops of Marco. The route heads east on San Marco Road, passes over the Goodland Bridge and winds through Key Marco before returning to the starting point. The ninth annual half-marathon starts at 7:30 a.m.; the fifth annual run/walk sets out at 7:45 a.m. More than 700 people participated in last year’s events.

The Marco Island Half-Marathon Inc. is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to bettering the island community. Proceeds from event sponsorships and registration have benefitted the island’s police and fire-rescue foundations, its charter school, the city’s parks and recreation department and the Greater Marco Island YMCA.

To sign up or for information about sponsorships, visit www.marcoislandhalfmarathon.com. For more information, call Craig Kelley at 961-7314 or email jckelley93@centurylink.net.

¦ Gulfcoast Runners and Artis—Naples present the annual Run for Music 10K at 7:30 a.m. Monday, March 27, at the performing arts center. A 1-mile fun run is also available. Musicians from the Naples Philharmonic will perform along the race route. Registration is $10-$45. For more information or to sign up, visit www.gcrunner.org.

¦ Naples Botanical Garden hosts The Garden Open golf tournament from noon to 8 p.m. Monday, April 17, at Windstar on Naples Bay. The scramble-style event includes cocktails, dinner and a live auction. Registration is $300 for golf and dinner, $80 for a dinner guest. For more information or to sign up, email azoller@naplesgarden.org.

¦ Redlands Christian Migrant Association holds the annual Lipman Golf Classic at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at Naples Heritage Golf Club. Registration is $225, with proceeds to benefit Immokalee migrant farm workers. For more information, call (800) 282-6540 or visit www.rcma.org. ¦

— Email news about charity sports events to Lindsey Nesmith at lnesmith@floridaweekly.com.

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