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NEW PORT RICHEY — Gearlink Racing will host the second annual Gearlink Cup on March 13. The event draws more than 400 cyclists from around the state and will involve riders circumnavigating downtown in a Criterium-style race.

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"The location is absolutely perfect for this type of race," Gearlink president Jared Zimlin said. "The city, area businesses, restaurant owners and residents really embraced us last year, resulting in wonderful feedback from participants and their families. That should draw even more racers this year and result in more business for shop owners and restaurants around New Port Richey."

Cyclists compete for cash prizes and race points, as the event is sanctioned by the Florida Road Cycling Association. The race is spectator-friendly and free of charge. For information about the Gearlink Cup, contact Bob Lecznar at (727) 967-5787 or Jared Zimlin at (727) 204-3461.

GOLF: The United Way of Pasco and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point have partnered to host the 16th annual Swing for Charity golf tournament on March 11 at Plantation Palms Golf Club in Land O'Lakes. The tournament is formatted for foursomes and will begin at 8:30 a.m. All proceeds are directed to the United Way of Pasco, which funds 24 partner agencies. Corporate sponsorship of teams, holes, signs and meals is still available. For information call (727) 869-5494.

RUN/BIKE/WALK: The Alzheimer's Family Organization will hold its 2011 Pasco Challenge on March 12 at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey. The event will include bike tours of 25K, 50K and 100K. There will be a one mile walk/fun run and 5K and 10K foot races. Registrations begin at 6:15 a.m. and will go until 7:45 a.m. Events will begin at 8 a.m. Money raised will benefit individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families in Pasco County. For more information or to register early, call (727) 848-8888.

FOOTBALL: The West Pasco Prowlers football and cheerleading organization will hold registrations for its fall 2011 season on March 5 at the Walmart at the corner of State Road 54 and Little Road. Retro pricing is in effect for athletes signed up before April 15. For tackle football, the price after the deadline will increase to $175 from $100. Similar pricing differences are in effect for cheerleading and flag football. Spring football registrations also will be available. For information, visit www.westpascoprowlers.com or call (727) 359-2243.

Contact David Rice at davidrice83@gmail.com.

Outdoors notebook 02/26/11 [Last modified: Saturday, February 26, 2011 12:18pm]

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