Cycle for Life Tour in Pasco benefits cystic fibrosis research

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Tampa chapter is hosting a Eurand CF Cycle for Life Tour event Saturday in New Port Richey. The 17 city, cross country tour is raising money for cystic fibrosis research and is partnered with Eurand Pharmaceuticals.

"The events are having success with getting people that have not been associated with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in the past becoming involved," said Pat Warbritton, executive director of the Tampa chapter. "We've never put on a bike event, and we've been working on this for about a year. Right now we have about 60 riders from all different areas, and I'm just looking forward to seeing some of these people I've been in contact with out there and having fun."

The event will start and finish at Longleaf Town Center in New Port Richey and include a scenic route available in a 25-mile ride, a 55-mile ride or a 85-mile ride. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the ride will begin at 9 a.m.

Call (813) 374-9041 or visit tampacfcycleforlife.com.

RECREATION: Sports and Field in Wesley Chapel will hold a Halloween Fun Fest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The event will include interactive sports stations, a costume contest, a bounce house, a live band and a slew of community vendors. The cost is $5 per child. Parents and grandparents are welcome to attend the event for free. Call Jessica Legg at (813) 948-5500.

RUNNING: The Greater West Pasco 5K Turkey Trot will take place at 8 a.m. Nov. 7 in New Port Richey. Open to men, women, boys, girls, teams and families, the event is for both runners and walkers. A special invitation is extended to members of local track teams. Thanksgiving turkeys are the prize to the first three finishers in each category. Registration fees are $25 for adults; $15 for children younger than 15. Discounts are available for teams of five and families. Free T-shirts go to the first 300 participants who register by Sunday and participate in the run. Goody bags and water will be available for all runners. Register at turkeytrot.net or by requesting an application from any Kiwanis of Greater West Pasco member or picking one up at the Printing Place, 4936 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. To explore sponsorship availability, volunteer or ask questions about this event, call (727) 376-0359.

LACROSSE: The fourth annual Derek Pieper Memorial Cup lacrosse tournament will return to Wesley Chapel District Park on Nov. 20-21. More than 80 of Florida's top lacrosse teams will compete for a place in the sport's club national championship, the Dick's Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions, which will be held in Wesley Chapel later this year. The event is dedicated to WCAA lacrosse player Derek Pieper, who was murdered in 2006. A portion of the tournament proceeds goes toward the Derek Pieper Memorial Fund, a scholarship program for lacrosse players from needy families, and other local lacrosse programs. The event is free for spectators. There will be fun for all ages including a bungee jump station, a rock climbing wall and apparel vendors. Call WCAA director of lacrosse Frank Britton at (813) 997-3365.

STRENGTH AND SPEED: The Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex will offer Pierre Browne Strength and Speed Training Clinics from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, starting next month. The courses, geared toward children 12 and older, are designed to keep kids in shape while instilling discipline, hard work and other developmental skills that can be used in any sport. Cost is $55. For information, call the complex at (813) 929-1220.

David Rice can be reached at davidrice83@gmail.com.

Cycle for Life Tour in Pasco benefits cystic fibrosis research 10/27/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 8:55pm]

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