The Wallenda Walk
Things that make Sarasota unique: Where else can you go to a neighborhood park for a walk or bike ride and happen upon a circus aerialist practicing his craft? That was the case on a recent weekday morning as Nik Wallenda held one of his last practice sessions at Nathan Benderson Park before heading to Arizona to take a stroll across the Grand Canyon. A bit of rain was no problem for the Circus Sarasota performer. After all, if he can deal with 3500 feet of vertical drop, what's a little bit of rain? (photo by R. Frederickson)
Pan American Championships
The Pan American International Masters Swim Championships were held in Sarasota and for the first time in the USA. The championships were attended by swimmers from 28 different countries.
Sarasota resident, Tony DeDominicis was ranked 8th for the 800 meter Freestyle and 9th for the 200 meter Breast Stroke. His biggest coup was to be awarded a bronze medal for the one-kilometer Open Water Swim, which he actually accomplished while nursing a broken foot.
Juan Luis Martinez Luccani of Venezuela crossing the finish line of the Pan Am Masters Open-Water Swim Championships. Juan finished in third place in his age category. (Photo by Treber Britt)
Ryan Ballance (48) of Siesta Key, (upper right) looking for his name on the final results sheet of the Pan Am Masters Open-Water Swim Championships. He competed in the three kilometer open-water race in the 45-49 year-old age group and finished 5th. Ryan is a firefighter at Sarasota County Fire Department Fire and Rescue Station 13 on Siesta Key. (photo by Trebor Britt)
Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Race photos by Trebor Britt
Bruce Day (foreground) of Siesta Key, waiting for the start of the 6-mile "Elite" division stand up paddle board race off the glistening shores of Siesta Beach. He and his wife own Siesta Key Fitness Center.
Mia Raffaele (12) and Madison Massey (14) of St. Petersburg posing with the stock paddle boards they will use in 3-mile junior girls race, under 17 division. This is the fifth time they've raced competitively. (Madison Massey finished 2nd in the Junior Girls division)
THEY'RE OFF…Competitors beginning their 6 mile stand up paddle board (SUP) race.
About 130 racers have come from as far north as Georgia, and as far south as Key West. The two other races this year willb be held at Nathan Benderson Park on August 24, and at Sarasota Sailing Squadron October 12.
Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce Announces Dates for 2013 Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition
4th Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic confirmed for November 15-18, 2013
Ten teams of master sand sculptors from the United States and abroad competing for 1st place on the #1 beach will be back Nov. 15-18, 2013, for the 4th Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic. The Crystal Classic has become a favorite of many of the professional sand sculptors who have competed here. Citing the beauty and cleanliness of the pristine white sand, sculptors have remarked that their sculptures look almost as if they are "carved in marble."
Sponsorships and vendor spaces are now available. For more information visit: www.SiestaKeyCrystalClassic.com. VIP Parking packages with multi-day passes starting at $49, will be available for purchase online in the next few weeks.
Proceeds of the Siesta Key Crystal Classic benefit Mote Marine Laboratory's sea turtle research and conservation programs.
For more information about Siesta Key Crystal Classic contact the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce – 941-349-3800; email info@SiestaKeyCrystalClassic; or visit www.SiestaKeyCrystalClassic.com.