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By Trebor Britt

Nearly 400 enthusiastic runners of all ages leave the starting line for the first of many mile long Summer Beach Runs along the shoreline of fabulous Siesta Beach

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.

Longtime sponsors and volunteers of the Manasota Track Club, Scott Ventura, Guy Ealey, Dan Pollock, and Paul Wilson. They are responsible for measuring the run distances as well as providing the start/finish line, timer and key announcements
Members of “The V Pack” surround widow, Sue Johnson (white shorts) before this year’s first Summer Beach Run. For the past two years the first run of the season is dedicated to the memory of, Mickey Johnson, who died after being hit by a motorist while riding his bicycle. Johnson was a dedicated runner and volunteer of all the races
The Jester family, Matthew (13), Jody, Kristina (12), Brittany (15) and Gretchen (12) of Sarasota rarely miss participating in the Summer Beach Runs

Sunshine State Outdoor Volleyball Association (SSOVA)
By Trebor Britt

Just a handful of the 160 junior players who traveled a great distance to play in this year’s Sunshine State Outdoor Volleyball Association Tournament on Siesta Beach

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.

Grayson Hall of Bradenton stretches across the sand for a dig in a Woman’s AA match on Siesta Beach. She started playing indoor volleyball when she was 7 years old
Lindsey Wood of Tampa, Jordyn Mulhern of Ocala, and Lauren Wood of Inverness, traveled to amazing Siesta Beach to play in the SSOVA Tournament. Jordyn and Lauren are teamed up in the Junior Tournament 16 year old Division. They play together for Max Performance Volleyball on a nationally ranked indoor team. They are ranked third in Florida and 16th of 3,766 teams in the United States
Helena Hebda (13) of Sarasota, strains to set the ball to her partner during the recent SSOVA Tournament on Siesta Beach
Junior Division player, Helena Hebda (13) of Sarasota digs out a spike during a match in the 14 year old division of the Sunshine State Outdoor Volleyball Association Tournament. She’s been playing locally for four years

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.

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