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Community sports events: Ride for Hospice, Mud Endeavor run

The Withlacoochee State Forest in Brooksville will host the Mud Endeavor run, a 5-kilometer obstacle mud race designed to appeal to a wide range of competitors, on March 23. With more than 100 feet of elevation changes, organizers say, this course offers great views and scenery while at the same time challenging even the fiercest of competitors.

"Mud Endeavor is excited to return to Brooksville," marketing director Ben Borregard said. "It's going to get nice and muddy. With new challenges and intense terrain, the course will offer surprises and excitement for every competitor."

The Brooksville Mud Endeavor is the first in a four-race series that concludes with a Night Run Under the Lights on July 20 in Dade City. Included in this series are the Mud Endeavor — North Tampa at Hidden Creek Golf Course on April 20 and the Palmetto Mud Run on May 18 in Anderson, S.C.

To register, visit Participants are encouraged to register early because the first waves fill up fast and the registration price increases as the race date nears.

For more information, visit or call (352) 588-4697.

HORSES: The annual International Combined Driving Event will be held Feb. 21-24 at Little Everglades Steeplechase in Dade City. This four-day equestrian event tests carriage drivers and their horses in three different disciplines consisting of dressage, marathon and cones. During the event spectators will see drivers and horses from single ponies to four-in-hand teams from all over the United States and the world. Admission is $10 per day, free for children 12 and under. Gould Road gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. each day. Spectators may bring a chair, but pets are not allowed. For information, call Kevin Campbell at (352) 521-3661.

RADIO CONTROL FLYERS: The J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex hosts open fly nights for radio controlled aircraft from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays and from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturdays. All age flyers are welcome, with help available for those new to flying. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The sessions are free. For information, call (727) 942-7439.

SHOOTING: Ye Notorious Krewe of the Peg Leg Pirate will hold its annual Get on the Good Foot sporting clays benefit shoot Feb. 23 at Tampa Bay Sporting Clays in Land O'Lakes. Profits will support amputees and their families. The contest includes eight stands and 50 shots from shooters on four-person teams. Registration is $325 per team, or $275 for law enforcement, military or amputee groups. Entry fee includes continental breakfast, awards lunch, door prize tickets and a sporting clays gift bag. Registration and breakfast run from 7:30-8:45 a.m., event starts at 9 a.m. Call (813) 323-3644 or visit for information.

BENCH PRESS: The first event in the Strength Series Bench Press Competition will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 23 at New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St. Participants must be at least 14 years old. This competition is the first in a series that will award points to the top three competitors in each division. Cost to preregister by Feb. 21 is $5. $10 to register after Feb. 21. (727) 841-4560.

SKATING: A skating fundraiser will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28 to raise money for Pasco County domestic violence shelters. The event, which is sponsored by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, will be held at SpinNations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., Port Richey. Cost is $8, which includes four-wheeled skate rental (inline skate rental extra). Tickets may be purchased at SpinNations, or contact Pasco sheriff's community relations director Kevin Doll at (727) 844-7759 or Maria Matheus of the Salvation Army at (727) 815-8539. For more information visit

KARATE: The Land O'Lakes Community Center hosts Isshinryu Karate classes from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Kids class lasts one hour from 7 to 8 p.m. and costs $40 per month, while adults class takes the full two hours and costs $50 per month. For information, call (813) 929-1229.

GYMNASTICS: The Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex hosts gymnastics classes on Tuesday nights for kids ages 3-12. Preschoolers (age 3 and 4), Rollers (age 4-6), Flippers (age 7-9) and Tumblers (age 10-12) meet at varying times from 5:45-8 p.m. Cost is $32 per four-week session. Classes are 45 minutes. For information or to register, call Jennifer or Joe Albert at (813) 988-6657.

RUNNING, BIKING: Preregistration is under way for the Alzheimer's Family Organization's annual Pasco Challenge, a series of races being held March 9 to raise money to help people facing Alzheimer's disease.

The races will begin at 8 a.m. March 9 at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd.

Competitive events include a 5K and 10K foot race and a half marathon. Noncompetitive events include a 1-mile walk/fun run and 25K, 50K, and 100K bike tours.

Breakfast, refreshments, goody bags, and custom-designed T-shirts will be available.

Early registration, which ends today, is $25 for any race for adults, except $35 for the half-marathon. After today, the cost is $30 for any race for adults, except $40 for the half-marathon. All races for those 16 and under are $15. Starkey Wilderness Park also has a $2 parking fee.

To register, call toll-free 1-888-496-8004, visit, or register on race day from 6:15 to 7:45 a.m.

To submit items on community sports events, contact David Rice at

Plan now for Ride for Hospice in April

The Pasco Sheriff's Mounted Posse will sponsor the 5th annual Ride for Hospice at 3 p.m. April 13 and 9:45 a.m. April 14 to raise money for Gulfside Regional Hospice. The two-day event takes riders and their horses through the scenic Fair Haven Farms at 15212 State Road 52 in Land O'Lakes. But you don't necessarily need a horse to participate, as the event also offers pony rides, a petting zoo, wagon rides and a nature walk. This year's event includes a new feature: an overnight camping and bonfire event April 13.

Preregistration for riders costs $25 for adults; $15 for kids ages 12 and under. Day-of registration for riders, beginning at 8 a.m., is $30 per participant. Day-of registration for nonriders, beginning at 9:30 a.m., is $15 for adults; $5 for children ages 4-12; free for children 4 and under. Those who attend the event on the first day of the event can return for free on the second day.

Children under 16 must wear a helmet and safe riding attire and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the ride. Riders must present current negative Coggins test results for their horses at the gate in order to participate. For sponsorship information, call Carla Armstrong at (727) 845-5707. For information about the Ride for Hospice, call (813) 220-8459, or visit

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