Working Together to Protect Southwest Florida’s Most Vital Treasure: Water

Jan.23.2015

CHARLOTTE HARBOR – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s South District is partnering with the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center for the 7th annual Hands Across the Harbor Peace River Bridge Run, Ride or Roll. This event encourages residents to enjoy the natural beauty of the harbor while learning how to protect it.  

Hands Across the Harbor includes an 8k competitive run, 5k fun walk, 10-mile non-competitive bicycle ride, 20-mile non-competitive bicycle ride and 8k longboard race. The morning will kick-off with a yoga warm-up stretch by the Yoga Sanctuary. After the race, participants will enjoy a pancake breakfast served by the Charlotte County Fire/EMS staff. Awards and raffle prizes will follow.

The Charlotte Harbor Watershed spans from Venice in Sarasota County to San Carlos Bay in Lee County. Participants can visit the DEP booth to learn more about this estuary and how to protect Florida’s waterways and drinking water. Each attendee will receive a one-day pass to an award-winning Florida State Park.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the youth education programs at the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, Alligator Creek facility. Over 2,000 students per year have the opportunity to participate in the 4th-grade Field Studies and the 2nd-grade Seagrass Wading Adventures. Through these programs children explore the natural habitat in both classroom and field exercises.

Visit the Hands Across the Harbor event site to register.

WHAT:      7TH ANNUAL HANDS ACROSS THE HARBOR PEACE RIVER BRIDGE 

                  RUN, RIDE OR ROLL

WHEN:      Jan. 31, 2015

                  Registration: 6:45 a.m. 

                  Yoga Warm Up Stretch: 7:30 a.m.

                  Race Start Times: 7:55 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

                  Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

                  Awards Ceremony: 9:30 a.m.

 WHERE:   Bayshore Live Oak Park, Charlotte Harbor

                  23151 Bayshore Rd.

                  Charlotte Harbor, FL 33980

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