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'Kids Summer Beach Runs' return to Siesta and Venice

'Kids Summer Beach Runs' return to Siesta and Venice

Sarasota County Parks and Recreation's popular "Kids Summer Beach Runs" are returning to Siesta Beach and Venice Beach.

The one-mile beach runs are offered Tuesdays at Siesta Beach, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key, and Wednesdays at the Venice Fishing Pier, 1600 Harbor Drive, Venice, through Aug. 15. The runs are presented by Sarasota County Parks and Recreation and New Balance Sarasota.

Team REDS on the Grandest Super Boat Festival in Sarasota

Team REDS on the Grandest Super Boat Festival in Sarasota

The debut of Sarasota’s Team REDS/Watt-Ahh race boat was successful at the Sarasota Super Boat Grand Prix this past weekend.

The team won third place in Production Class P-1 while competing against four other seasoned race teams: Instigator, Sheds Plus, Twisted Metal and Cleveland Construction.

2012 Longboat Key Invitational Golf Tournament

2012 Longboat Key Invitational Golf Tournament

Longboat Key, Florida -- Due to flooding on the Islandside Golf Course from Tropical Storm Debby, the 2012 Longboat Key Invitational Golf Tournament was rescheduled from June 29 to July 13. 

Those who are interested in participating can still register until July 11. 

Registration and the Driving Range opens at 7 a.m.  The Shotgun Start, Scramble Format, and Callaway Handicap System starts at 8 a.m.

6th Annual Firecracker 5K Saturday

6th Annual Firecracker 5K Saturday

North Port, Florida -- Kick off the Fourth of July holiday weekend by participating in the Firecracker 5K Run. 

The 6th Annual Firecracker 5K will take place on Saturday, June 30 at the Morgan Family Community Center.

The race will begin at 7:30 a.m. The cost for all ages to register is $20. Post-race refreshments will be provided.

Boat race festival revs up this weekend

Boat race festival revs up this weekend

Sarasota, Florida -- Time to rev up for the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival. The 28th Annual event starts this weekend with a number of events.

On Saturday morning, golfers tee off at the Aqua Plumbing & Air Grand Prix Golf Classic and the Festival Kickoff Party is Saturday night. The party takes place at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium with the Greg Billings Band.

On Sunday, snazzy cars will be on view at Lakewood Ranch. Also on Sunday, there's a Boat & Personal Watercraft "Fun Run" on Sarasota Bay.

Sarasota Area Sports Alliance announces “Sports Spotlight” event

Sarasota Area Sports Alliance announces “Sports Spotlight” event

Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota Area Sports Alliance (SASA) is hosting its next "Sports Spotlight Country Club" in an effort to continue to connect and unite the greater Sarasota area sports community.

The event will be held on Thursday, June 21 and feature "Sports Spotlight" speaker Lucy Nicandri. Nicandri is the vice president of the Suncoast Charities for Children and director of the 28th Annual Super Boat Grand Prix Festival.

Kids can run off energy

Kids can run off energy

Sarasota, Florida -- Kids love to do it and parents love their worn-out charges. The popular beach runs in Sarasota County are back.

The one-mile beach runs are offered Tuesdays at Siesta Beach (948 Beach Road on Siesta Key), and Wednesdays at the Venice Fishing Pier (1600 Harbor Drive, Venice). The events go on weekly through Aug. 15.

Registration at each location begins at 5:30 p.m. and the runs start at 6:30 p.m.  Registration at Siesta Beach is at the picnic shelter near the playground and registration at Venice Beach is at the entrance to Sharky's on the Pier.