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Salt Springs Classic Kayak race sets off May 12

Paddlers, mark your calendar for May 12.

The Salt Springs Classic Kayak Race & Fun Paddle, a 51/2-mile open-water and river course billed as the Nature Coast's premier kayak competition, will start at 9 a.m. May 12.

The race and paddle begins in the scenic lagoons and inlets of Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, then through the mouth of the park and into open Gulf of Mexico waters, finally heading up the Pithlachascotee River in downtown New Port Richey.

Check-in is at 8 a.m. at the Salt Springs Alliance Headquarters, 9120 Old Post Road, Port Richey, followed by a captain's meeting at 8:30 a.m. Spotters will be along the route to ensure participants make the turn into the mouth of the river.

Cost is $15 for kayak singles race; $25 for tandem race ($12.50 per person); and $10 per person for fun paddle. Entry fee includes transportation after the race back to the launch point for participants to retrieve their vehicles.

Preregistration is recommended. Visit and click on "Upcoming Events."

GOLF: The Mitchell High School boys golf team will host its seventh annual fundraiser golf tournament on May 6 at Fox Hollow Golf Club. Registration begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. The format will be a four-person scramble and is open to all golfers. The cost is $90 per golfer and includes range balls, tee gifts, greens fee with cart, door prizes and an awards dinner immediately following the round. The price drops to $320 for a foursome. For information, contact Coach Rick Hyatt at (727) 372-3176 or email at

SHOOTING: The first River Ridge High School Football Sporting Clays Classic will take place April 28 at Tampa Bay Sporting Clays in Land O'Lakes. This fundraiser for the Knights football team will include dinner, an awards ceremony and auction following the tournament. Registration begins at 1 p.m. with all participants receiving free ammunition and a full round of clays. For information, call Doug Benjamin at (727) 919-6698 or e-mail

YOUTH LEAGUE: i9 Sports, a noncompetitive youth sports league, is holding open registrations for its spring and summer flag football, soccer, basketball and T-ball leagues. The leagues are open to all kids ages 3-16. There are no drafts, tryouts, cuts or fundraising involved with this league. There is an every-child-plays policy and fields are located throughout Pasco County. For information, visit or call (813) 532-1507.

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

Salt Springs Classic Kayak race sets off May 12 04/17/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 3:42pm]
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