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Gobble Wobble in Land O'Lakes encourages family fitness

Lakeshore Ranch in Land O'Lakes will host the Gobble Wobble Fitness Challenge on Oct. 29. Val Thomopalos, a.k.a. Iron Mom Val and founder of the Athletes Who Care triathlons, is the race director and hopes the event will encourage families to take fitness more seriously.

"I'm 53 now and I have found that maintaining your fitness level as you get older comes down to setting goals," Thomopalos said. "I know that as a mom and grandmother I have to set the example, so our motto is to be the person you want your child to become.

"This race is a benchmark at the year's end to know where your fitness is so that when that New Year's resolution comes around, you're not designing your fitness regimen, you're tweaking it."

The 5k/1 mile family fun run begins at 8 a.m. and will finish with a 74-foot inflatable obstacle course. The cost is $25 for the 5k, $20 for the 1 mile race, and $25 for a 1 mile stroller stride. Registration is available online at For more information, call Thomopalos at (813) 833-7518 or e-mail her at

GOLF: A golf scramble to benefit Toys For Tots of West Pasco County will be held Nov. 5 at River Ridge Golf Course, 11022 Tee Time Circle, New Port Richey. Tee time is 1 p.m., and a dinner buffet follows the scramble. Tickets are $50 per golfer and include golf cart and the buffet.

Drawings for prizes and auctions will be held during dinner. For more information, call Sal Giunta at (727) 364-6592.

MORE GOLF: The Alzheimer's Family Organization will hold its 11th-annual Charity Golf Tournament on Nov. 12 Seven Springs Golf and Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., New Port Richey. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with an 8 a.m. shotgun start, scramble format. Included is breakfast by iHOP, lunch by Argento's Italian Bistro, goody bags, raffles and door prizes. Prizes will be awarded for the top three teams, longest drive and closest to the pin. Full Circle Financial is also sponsoring a putting contest for a chance to win $10,000. Proceeds benefit Pasco residents with Alzheimer's disease and their families. For more information, call (727) 848-8888 or call toll free, (888) 496-8004.

LACROSSE: The Wesley Chapel Athletic Association will host the I Lacrosse My Heart all girls charity lacrosse tournament Oct. 29-30 at Wesley Chapel District Park, 7727 Boyette Road. The tournament will feature a scrimmage between the new women's college lacrosse teams of Saint Leo and Florida Southern. The event includes clinics taught by college coaches and players. Middle and high school age players are invited to play in a four-game minimum seven-vs.-seven tournament for $10 per player. The association will contribute 25 percent of net profits to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital. For information or to register, visit or e-mail

ZUMBA: The Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd., hosts low impact, easy to follow Zumba classes on Mondays and Thursdays. Classes are 5:15-6:15 p.m. and cost $6 each. For more information, call (813) 929-1229.

Gobble Wobble in Land O'Lakes encourages family fitness 10/08/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 8, 2011 2:06pm]
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