2017-04-20 / Outdoors

GET OUT FOR A GOOD CAUSE


A record crowd of more than 175 cyclists took part in the 10th annual Everglades Bike Ride to benefit Friends of the River of Grass Greenway. Seventy cyclists pedaled the 62- mile route, 50 took up the off-road challenge through the Fakahatchee Strand (pictured here), and 57 recreational cyclists toured Everglades City, Chokoloskee and Plantation Island. Everyone returned to McLeod Park for a seafood lunch catered by Triad Seafood Cafe and homemade calamondin cake. For information about the River of Grass Greenway, visit www.evergladesrogg.org. 
COURTESY PHOTO A record crowd of more than 175 cyclists took part in the 10th annual Everglades Bike Ride to benefit Friends of the River of Grass Greenway. Seventy cyclists pedaled the 62- mile route, 50 took up the off-road challenge through the Fakahatchee Strand (pictured here), and 57 recreational cyclists toured Everglades City, Chokoloskee and Plantation Island. Everyone returned to McLeod Park for a seafood lunch catered by Triad Seafood Cafe and homemade calamondin cake. For information about the River of Grass Greenway, visit www.evergladesrogg.org. COURTESY PHOTO ¦ Friends of Foster Children Forever invites people of all ages and abilities to take part in the first-ever Sunshine 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 22, at Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Blvd. W. Registration starts at 7 a.m. and the walk steps out at 7:30 a.m. Family fun and entertainment will go on from 9-11 a.m. Registration for the 5K, which is organized by Gulf Coast Runners, is $35 by April 21, $45 on the day of the event; registration to run/walk a 1-mile route is $10. To sign up or for more information, visit www.friendsoffosterchildren.net.

¦ Lipman Family Farms hosts the Run for Backpacks 5K & Junior Fun Run at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Immokalee High School. Proceeds will provide backpacks filled with school supplies for local children. Participants will receive a bag full of Immokalee produce after the 8 a.m. 5K and 9 a.m. junior race. Registration is $25 for adults, $15 for children before the event, $30 on race day. For more information, call 657-4421 or visit www.lipmanfamilyfarms.com.

¦ The seventh annual Shark Frenzy golf tournament to benefit Gulf Coast High School starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Vineyards Golf Club. Registration for $110 includes a barbecue lunch, goodie bag and coupons to play area courses. For more information or to register, call 353-0505.

¦ South Florida Canoe Kayak Club and College of Life Foundation host the second annual Calusa Palooza with kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboard races starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Koreshan State Historic Site. Participants can compete 4- and 8-mile races (1-mile courses for ages 10 and younger). Registration in advance is required. Call 992-2184 or visit www.collegeoflifefoundation.org.

¦ The Stroke Recovery Foundation holds its inaugural Stroke Victor golf scramble Saturday, April 22, at Quail Village Golf Club. Registration starts at noon and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Registration is limited to 100 golfers and includes dinner and an awards ceremony. Sign up for $80 per golfer (dinner for non-golfers is $30). To register or for more information, call 598-2815 or email membership@ QuailVillageGolfClub.org.

¦ Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida hosts its Breaking Par charity golf tournament starting at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, April 23, at The Club at Grandezza. The day includes a full game, lunch and awards ceremony. Registration is $175. To sign up or for more information, call 225-2565 or visit www.jaswfl.org.

¦ The Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida Inc. holds its Augusta on the Gulf golf tournament Monday, April 24, at Vineyards Country Club. Registration is $250. To sign up or for more information, call 417-3465 or email office@pasfi.org.

¦ The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce holds its annual golf tournament at 1 p.m. Friday, April 28, at Quail Creek Country Club. The event includes a pre-game lunch, a hole-in-one contest with a $10,000 cash prize and an awards dinner. Registration is $175. To sign up or for more information, visit www.napleschamber.org.

¦ Great Strides Naples/Fort Myers chapter hosts a 5K walk to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation stepping out at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at Estero Community Park. Participants can register as individuals or teams to fundraise prior to the event. To sign up or for more information, call (813) 374-9041 or visit www.fightcf.cff.org.

¦ The 12th annual Royal Palm Academy Golf Classic takes place Saturday, April 29, at Vineyards Country Club. Golfers will enjoy breakfast, lunch and an award presentation. Registration is $200. To sign up or for more information, call 594-9888 or email lgirouard@royalpalmacademy.com.

¦ The 14th annual EWGA Ladies Charity Pro-Am tournament takes place Sunday, April 30, at Wyndemere Golf Club to benefit PACE Center for Girls. The event is preceded by a dinner at the club on Friday, April 29. Registration is $185 for amateurs, $85 for pros and $640 for teams. To sign up or for more information, call 304-0579 or email loridrumm@hotmail.com.

¦ Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs hosts a golf tournament starting with a continental breakfast Thursday, May 5, at Spring Run Golf Club. Tee-off is at 9 a.m. An awards luncheon wraps up the day. Registration is $100 and benefits the organization’s programs for at-risk youth. For more information or to register, call 495- 8989 or visit www.artcenterbonita.org. ¦

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

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