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Kayak and 5K races, softball and golf tournaments are part of Chasco festivities

The 2010 Chasco Kayak Race and Fun Paddle saw many participants who couldn’t wait to get their vessels in the Pithlachascotee River. This year’s event is April 2.

TORI HANLEY | Special to the Times (2010)

The 2010 Chasco Kayak Race and Fun Paddle saw many participants who couldn’t wait to get their vessels in the Pithlachascotee River. This year’s event is April 2.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida Inc. will host its second annual Chasco Kayak Race and Fun Paddle on April 2. The event is part of the Chasco Fiesta celebration. It will begin at James E. Grey Preserve in New Port Richey and end with the Fun Paddle at Sims Park.

"It's a great event and the money goes to a good cause," event coordinator Honey Dalton said. "It's a fun-filled day, and we have people there taking photographs of people at the finish line. There was someone else that did a kayak race and didn't make any money a few years back, but last year we were able to take the idea and make it work."

The race is approximately 8 miles long and is a timed event. The paddle is 2 miles and is not timed. All participants receive a T-shirt and are eligible for door prizes before the race. A limited number of kayak rentals will be available.

For information, call (727) 853-1010 or toll-free, 1-866-685-9477. Learn more at

RUNNING: The Chasco Fiesta will also feature the Suncoast Sprint on April 2, a 5K race running alongside the Cotee River. The event will take place in Sims Park in downtown New Port Richey with registration at 7 a.m. and the race beginning at 8. Registration is $25. Awards will be given to male and female runners in various age categories. Lonzalo's Italian Restaurant will provide brunch, and those who preregistered will get goody bags, participation medals and T-shirts. For information, call Kurt Conover at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, event sponsor, at (727) 861-5141.

SOFTBALL: The men's National Softball Association's 30-team Chasco Fiesta charity tournament will take place on April 2 at Veterans Memorial Park and Jack Mitchell Park. The cost is $250 per team. The first-place team will receive a check for $1,000, a paid berth in the state tournament and a four-post trophy. Second place will receive $500 and other prizes. For information, call (727) 942-7439.

GOLF: The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will host the 10th annual Chasco Fiesta Golf Tournament on April 1 at Fox Hollow Golf Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway in Trinity. Golfer registrations are $100 for individuals; $450 for corporate team packages that include four players and a tee sign. Cost includes lunch, green fees, cart, dinner and prizes. Registration begins at 11:30 am with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. For information, contact Dan Sullivan at the West Pasco Chamber at or (727) 842-7651.

ZUMBA: Pasco County Parks and Recreation is hosting Zumba classes with certified instructor Marisel Rosado at Shady Hills Park in Spring Hill on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The cost is $6 per person and lasts for one hour. A minimum of 10 participants is required for the class to take place. For information, call (727) 861-3033.

Kayak and 5K races, softball and golf tournaments are part of Chasco festivities 03/24/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 24, 2011 9:19pm]
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