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Recreation Notebook: Footraces, sports leagues, kayak repair talk

A family-friendly 5k will be held this weekend at Starkey Wilderness Park to raise money for the solar system.

Well, actually for a scaled-down solar system exhibit, which the nonprofit Investigation Station wants to build along a mile of the park's bicycle path.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday for the 8:30 a.m. race. There will be a 5k run/walk and a 1-mile fun run for the children. Cost is $25 for the run/walk, $30 for the run and a picnic lunch, and $8 for the kids' 1-mile fun run. Registration is also available at

ADULT SPORTS: The Samuel W. Pasco Recreation Complex in Zephyrhills is hosting adult 4-v-4 flag football, 7-v-7 flag football (adds blocking) and 4-v-4 soccer. Athletes age 18 and up can participate in the Play Pasco leagues on a recreational or competitive level.

Play takes place Thursday nights beginning Feb. 23. For information, call (727) 992-3010 or visit to register.

RUNNING: The Alzheimer's Family Organization will hold its 2012 Pasco Challenge on March 10 at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey.

More than 600 participants will run, cycle and walk for those who are battling Alzheimer's and their families. Competitive events include a 5k and 10k footrace and a half marathon.

Noncompetitive events include a 1-mile walk/fun run and 25k, 50k and 100k bike tours. To get information about the challenge, sponsor the event or register, call the Alzheimer's Family Organization at (727) 848-8888 or visit

YOUTH BASKETBALL: The Land O'Lakes Basketball Association will hold tryouts March 3 for boy's competitive AAU travel basketball at the Land O'Lakes High School gym.

The session for current sixth-grade boys and younger will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Grades 7-9 will go from noon to 2:30 p.m., and grades 10-11 will go from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

For information, contact Steve Thomopalos at (813) 833-7465.

KAYAK REPAIR: The Salt Springs Alliance is sponsoring a Kayak Repair Seminar at 1 p.m. March 25 at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park.

This is an introduction to kayak repair and maintenance and is open to all levels of paddlers. Participants will learn how to make repairs, patch leaks and maintain their own watercraft.

The seminar will be presented by Thomas Doehleman of Osprey Bay Outdoors. After the seminar, the class will take a short kayak tour around of the mouth of the park. The cost is $10, but Salt Springs Alliance members may attend for free. Reserve a spot and pay with a credit card or PayPal account at the Salt Springs Alliance website — Maps of the park and T-shirts will be available for purchase.

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

Recreation Notebook: Footraces, sports leagues, kayak repair talk 02/01/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 9:07pm]
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