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Published: September 18, 2014 | Updated: September 19, 2014 at 05:11 PM
Girls Scouts running event

SAFETY HARBOR – On Sept. 27, Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (GSWCF) will host its second annual Thin Mint Sprint and Tagalong Trot in downtown Safety Harbor. This year’s event is expected to draw 1,000 participants from elite runners to walkers.

The Thin Mint Sprint, a 5K (3.1 mile) race, will begin at 8 a.m. The Tagalong Trot, a one-mile fun run/walk designed for younger racers or those who do not wish to participate in the 5K, will begin at 9 a.m.

Both will start in front of the Safety Harbor Marina (110 Veterans Memorial Lane).

Registration is available online at through Friday. Entry fees are $30 for the Thin Mint Sprint and $20 for the Tagalong Trot.

There will be an awards ceremony for the top three male and female finishers following the 5K race. The top 50 male and top 50 female 5K finishers will also receive a box of their favorite Girl Scout Cookies, compliments of FITniche. Every runner or walker who finishes their race event will receive a medal.

Post-race, all participants will have access to a celebration area complete with refreshments, music and Girl Scout Cookies.

For those unable to attend in person, there’s also the option to participate in spirit as a virtual runner. GSWCF will send a running bib and race shirt to all virtual runners so they can run or walk at their convenience. The cost to participate in the virtual race is $20 through Friday.

All proceeds from the event will support the nearly 21,000 girls and nearly 8,500 adult members served by GSWCF in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter counties.

For more information, contact Terri Costello, development manager at (813) 262-1688 or

Sport Shooting Festivals coming

TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s Sunshine State Games Sport Shooting Festivals return to the range in the fall and registration is now open for the three regional festivals, featuring 19 events, to be held at seven venues.

Not only is there a variety of events being held in September and October, they’re geographically spread out around the state.

The Gulf Coast Shooting Festival takes place Oct. 25-26, with six events to be held between Hernando Sportsman’s Club, as well as Sarasota Military Academy, and Skyway Trap and Skeet Club with United States Clay Target Academy in St. Petersburg.

Events of the Gulf Coast Shooting Festival will have lesser restrictions and rules than normal Olympic-style shooting events to encourage more participation and introduce athletes to an Olympic-style event.

All Florida residents who have lived in the state for at least 30 days prior to the date of competition are eligible if they meet the requirements specified by each sport. Non-resident guest athletes/teams may participate upon approval by the Florida Sports Foundation.

Age divisions, levels of expertise and types of qualification vary with each sport.

For the festival at the Hernando Sportsman’s Club, located at 16121 Commercial Way (U.S. Hwy 19), registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 8 a.m.

The festival will showcase the following competitions: international style pistol – standard pistol, air pistol, centerfire and sport pistol; smallbore rifle prone and 3-position – international style rifle and sporter rifle.

The smallbore rifle (3-position at 50 yards) competition will be limited to the first 80 entries.

The pistol completion will be limited to the first 40 entries.

To preregister, visit: Mail-in registration forms can be found at Deadline for mail-in registrations is Oct. 20. Fees are $25 for preregistration, $35 for on-site registration. Preregistration must be received by Oct. 20 or register online until Oct. 23.

For more information, visit:, or

For further information, contact Sarah Kirchberg at (727) 724-3082 or

Senior Games online registration open

TALLAHASSEE – Registration is now open for the 2014 Florida International Senior Games and State Championships, to be held Dec. 6-14 in Lee County and the City of Cape Coral.

Visit to register for the 23rd annual Olympic-style sports festival for athletes age 50 and over.

The 2014 Florida International Senior Games and State Championships is a qualifier for the 2015 National Senior Games, to be held, in Minneapolis/St. Paul/Bloomington, Minn. in the summer of 2015.

Entry fees begin at $11 per event and vary by sport. Sports with multiple events carry additional charges per event. Team sports have a team entry fee. The deadline for online registration is Nov. 21.

The Florida International Senior Games and State Championships feature 24 sports and events over nine days of competition. Some sports and events require a qualifying performance at a local Senior Games event to participate at the State Championships. Those sports include: 3-on-3 basketball, basketball shooting, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis, tennis, and track and field.

Sports that are open to all athletes without a qualifying performance at a local Senior Games include: archery, bag toss, billiards, bocce, croquet, fencing, powerlifting, power walk, race walk, racquetball, road race (5K and 10K) and volleyball.

The Pensacola Senior Games began on Sept. 8 and continue through Sunday.

Other remaining local Senior Games include: Tampa Bay Senior Games, Sept. 29-Oct. 17; Gainesville Senior Games, Oct. 3-12; Jacksonville Senior Games, Oct. 6-11; Ormond Beach Senior Games, Oct. 25-Nov. 1; Martin County Senior Games (Stuart), Nov. 1-10; and Golden Age Games (Sanford), Nov. 8-15.

For more information, visit or call toll-free 1-866-FLGAMES (354-2637).

4-H Benefit Trap Tournament

BROOKSVILLE – The Hernando Sportsman’s Club is hosting a 4-H Benefit Trap Tournament on Oct. 4, at the club’s trap range, located at 16121 Commercial Way (U.S. 19).

All proceeds are to benefit the youth of the Hernando Sportsman’s 4-H Club.

The trap tournament consists of four rounds of 25 shots each, for a total of 100 shots. Trophies will be awarded in three categories: youth, adult and senior. The winner is determined by most targets hit.

Cost is $40 per trap shooter, $35 if preregistered by Sept. 27. Lunch is provided to all participants.

To preregister, mail in this registration form to the club: .

Registration for shooters begin at 8 a.m. Shooting will start at 9 a.m. Please bring your own shotgun, ammo and lawn chair.

For more information, contact Ken at (352) 797-0409.

Wounded Warriors event

BROOKSVILLE – A Wounded Warriors Project event will be held at the Hernando Sportsman’s Club, located at 16121 Commercial Way (U.S. 19) on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is being held for local veterans to shoot various kinds of firearms for free, from pistols, to rifles, to full auto-style heavy firearms.

All the firearms and ammo have been donated for use that day for vets and their families. A bounce house will be on site for kids.

Texas Roadhouse and Golden Corral will both donate lunch for the veterans and their families. The public is welcome to attend as spectators for free.

Any veterans who wish to participate should contact Rick Cicero at (434) 294-5883 or

For more information, visit

Running series coming to Florida

Texas 10 Race Management, LLC, in conjunction with WinWin Events, will launch an all-new 10-mile running series in Florida on the heels of the already successful Texas 10 Series.

Event management is offering runners a primary 10-mile race in addition to companion five-mile and kid’s one-mile events.

The 2014 Florida 10 Series will kick off in Lakeland on Oct. 19 and be followed with an event in Sarasota on Dec. 7.

The inaugural Florida10 Lakeland event will take place in northern Lakeland near Florida Polytechnic University.

All 10-mile finishers earn points to be eligible for up to $7,800 prize money in the Ponce De Leon Cup competition, which will be divided among the male and female age groups. Additionally, clubs can earn up to $2,600 in the Everglade Cup Competition, which is based on the finishers in all three Florida 10 Series distances.

The Susan G. Komen Florida Suncoast Chapter has been selected as the highlight charity of the Florida 10 Charity Challenge powered by Reason2Race.

With this program, athletes may race for and in honor of the highlight charity or any other 501 (c)(3) charity.

Event management will provide a $1,000 prize purse for the top fundraisers’ charities at each Florida 10 Series race.

The top overall fundraiser wins a $500 donation with the second-place fundraiser’s charity receiving a $200 donation. The third- through fifth-place fundraisers will receive $100 contributions toward their charities.

As with any active lifestyle event, volunteers are a must and a Florida 10 event – where approximately 100 volunteers will be needed — is no different. Volunteer groups or organizations may receive donations for serving with as few as 15 volunteers.

Online registration for all future events and details of the Florida 10 Charity Challenge and the Ponce De Leon and Everglade Club Cup competitions is available at

Kiwanis Club golf tournament

SPRING HILL – The Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill is holding its 10th annual Children’s Charity Golf Invitational on Sept. 26 at Silverthorn Country Club.

The club, which is partnering with the City of Brooksville and The 1st Tee of Brooksville, is seeking corporate sponsors as well as players/teams.

For more information, visit

Grass volleyball series coming

TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s Sunshine State Games begins a new Grass Volleyball Series, in partnership with the Florida Region of USA Volleyball, with a series of events for volleyball enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.

Two local events each in September and October lead up to a State Championships in November.

Divisions are available for Recreational Adult Coed 6’s, Competitive Adult Coed 4’s and Junior 6’s (girls/boys age 16 and up only). The Junior 6 division will not be available at all locations.

Dates and locations include: Saturday, Estero Recreation Center in Fort Myers; Oct. 11, 17th Street Park in Sarasota; Oct. 25, Holiday Inn Sports Complex in Fort Lauderdale; and State Championships, Nov. 8, Hickory Point Recreation Park in Tavares.

Registration fee for the Competitive Adult Coed 4’s division teams is $100, Recreational Adult Coed 6’s is $150 and Junior 6’s (girls age 16-18) is $100.

Team VIP fees are also available for an additional cost. The VIP fees include lunch, water during the event, and access to the VIP area. Each of the six stops will benefit a local charity.

All teams participating in one of the six Florida stops are eligible to compete in the State Championships.

Registration and competition information is currently available at

Firearms safety classes

BROOKSVILLE – The Hernando Sportsman’s Club is offering several firearms safety classes over the next few months.

The class dates are Oct. 1, Oct. 18, Nov. 5, Nov. 15, and Dec. 3. A special “ladies only” firearms safety course will be held on Sept. 20 and Dec. 20.

All classes are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hernando Sportsman’s Club, 16121 Commercial Way.

This is an introductory “First Steps” orientation class for new shooters. The courses cover lessons about the basics of firearms safety around the home; intro to pistol safety, parts and operation; intro to ammo and the fundamentals of pistol shooting; intro to pistol shooting from the seated and standing position; and intro to pistol cleaning and storage.

The classes include instruction, live-fire training on the range and a lunch break. All materials and equipment needed for the class and live-fire training is provided to students, including the use of a .22-caliber firearm, ammo, earplugs and eye protection.

The cost is $60. Successful completion of this class also provides required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit if desired.

Pre-registration is required. Please call (352) 597-9931 to preregister.

For information on the club, visit

Ride to Defeat ALS

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – The ALS Association Florida Chapter is pleased to announce that UnitedHealthcare is once again sponsoring its annual Ride to Defeat ALS, a one-day cycling event that raises funds to fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

The event takes place Nov. 8 at The Holiday Inn Harbourside Hotel, located at 401 2nd St. in Indian Rocks Beach. The event kicks off at 8 a.m.

UnitedHealthcare is sponsoring a portion of the ride titled “The UnitedHealthcare Metric Century,” a 62-mile route that parallels the Gulf of Mexico and passes through historic Fort De Soto Park on Mullet Key.

Nearly 500 cyclists are expected to participate. Funds raised during this event will support research, programs and services for people living with ALS in Florida. This fundraising community event also serves to generate hope and action around the fight to conquer Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

The day’s ride concludes with a lunch and family celebration at The Holiday Inn Harbourside Hotel. Along with cyclists, many volunteers are also needed before, during and after the event.

To register for the ride or sign up to help, visit

Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic

BROOKSVILLE – The Project Appleseed marksmanship clinic will be held Oct. 11-12 and Nov. 29-30 at the Hernando Sportsman’s Club, located at 16121 Commercial Way (U.S. Hwy. 19).

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The clinic starts at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m.

Project Appleseed is an activity of The Revolutionary War Veterans Association and dedicated to teaching every American our shared heritage and history as well as traditional rifle marksmanship skills. The Revolutionary War Veterans Association is a non-profit organization operated by volunteer instructors.

Their heritage program vividly portrays the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Modern listeners are confronted with the danger, the fear, and the heartbreaking separations that arose out of the choices made on April 19, 1775. They are also reminded of the marksmanship skills and masterful organization that ultimately helped set the colonists on the path to success. Those who attend gain a better understanding of the fundamental choices faced by our ancestors as they began to set the stage for the nation we now enjoy.

Participants are taught fundamental rifle marksmanship skills that allow a rifleman to be accurate out to 400 yards, with iron sights, standard rifle and surplus ammo. Most of the instruction at a Project Appleseed event is conducted on the firing range at 25 meters, at reduced-size targets to simulate 100 to 400 yards. Students will learn safe gun handling, proper use of a sling and Revolutionary War history.

Please bring ear/eye protection, rifle with sling and ammo, rifle mat, bug repellent, hat, sunscreen, a packed lunch, snacks and drinks. Please bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. Food and beverages are also available for purchase for lunch in the clubhouse.

A .22-caliber rifle is recommended due to the cost of ammo, but a centerfire rifle can be used if preferred. About 500 rounds of ammo will be needed per day.

Marksmanship Clinic fees are $60 for adults, $20 for youth under age 18. Active military, Guard and Reserve, law enforcement officers with ID, disabled, elected officials and Revolutionary re-enactors in costume are free. Additional club range fees of $14 per day apply for adults and children age 12 and older.

To register online, go to For more information, contact Trey Dawson at (727) 452-4650 or

J.C. Karate offering classes

RIDGE MANOR – J.C. Karate is currently offering classes starting for only $30 a month.

Come out and train under Soke Master Jason P. Chase Sr., a two-time Triple Crown state champion and 2011 National Instructor of the Year, with no hidden fees or surprise costs, in a family-friendly environment where character development and life skills along with martial arts training will taught.

J.C. Karate is located in Ridge Manor at 31162 Cortez Blvd., in the Winn-Dixie plaza.

For more information, contact (352) 467-0506 or

Tennis camp and classes

SPRING HILL – Ace Performance Tennis is offering Quick Start Drills Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Delta Woods Park.

The cost is $10.00 per class. Drills and games are designed for beginning players using the USTA-approved strategies for 60-foot court players.

Learn to play tennis quickly with age- and size-appropriate equipment and modified courts.

Additionally, Ace Performance Tennis is offering a Ladies Night Out, Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Delta Woods Park.

The cost is $10 per class. Women of beginning and intermediate skill levels will learn to play in a fun social setting.

For more information on the camp and classes, contact John or Louise Downey at (352) 666-0658 or

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