SUMMER BEACH RUNS 2019
By Trebor Britt
Sarasota Parks and Recreation and Natural Resources kicks off the first of many Kids’ Summer Beach Runs on spectacular Siesta Beach. The one-mile fun runs are an opportunity for kids and families to participate in healthy activities together over the summer. The free Kids’ Summer Beach Runs are offered weekly each Tuesday, June 4 through July 30, on Siesta Beach, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key except Tuesday, July 2. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. near the playground at Siesta Beach. Kids who complete four runs receive a free T-shirt. All runners receive a finisher ribbon after every race. Kids’ Summer Beach Runs are presented by Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, Sarasota Crew, New Balance of Sarasota and Kiwanis Club. Additional sponsors include the Manasota Track Club and Mommy Magazine. If you’ve never joined the hundreds who participate, you’re just not cool. For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.
Sunshine State Outdoor Volleyball Association (SSOVA)
By Trebor Britt
Adult and Junior volleyball players from across the country gathered on Siesta Beach for the Sunshine State Outdoor Volleyball Association (SSOVA) Tournament. Sixty Five adult teams played on Saturday and 85 Junior and 24 Co-Ed teams competed on Sunday. Tournament Director, Matthew Carlin related they are continuing to seek local and national sponsors. He said, “This tournament is run by the players for the players.” Although the tournament focuses on amateur players, the top 3 finishers in the Men’s Open Division do earn prize money. For more information visit their website www.ssova.com/about-us.
Siesta Key Marina hosts Riverview Fishing Charity event
Siesta Key Marina was host of this year’s Ram Grouper/Snapper Shootout Event that took place on June 15th to support the Ram Nation Aquascience program at Riverview High School.
According to their website, Ram Nation Aquascience is one of the most robust research and educational experiences offered in Florida. Students gain experience with real, hands on science; teaching and educating the community and other students, and learn to be environmentally conscientious citizens.
Winners of the contest were as follows:
Team LaGassee Utilities won the Snapper Shootout portion of the contest, coming in with a 19 lb. snapper.
Team Empress Elite won the Grouper Shoot out portion of the contest, coming in with a 29 lb. grouper.
“Big Water Fish Market and Spearfish Grille bought all the fish and the money was given to the program,” said Big Water Fish Market owner, Scott Dolan. Just under $10,000 was raised from this weekend’s event with all proceeds donated to the Riverview High School Aquadome Program.
To learn more about this program or about the various opportunities for recognition for your business or cause with donation, please go to their website at: rhsaquascience.com.