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Tough Hero Competition to raise funds for military families

Anytime Fitness in Zephyrhills will host a Tough Hero Competition starting at 10 a.m. Nov. 10 to benefit the Active Heroes Charity, which supports military families by helping with financial issues such as mortgage payments, car payments and utility bills. The competition is the nation's largest fundraiser for military families.

"I hope we get a lot of people involved," said Jonathan Carle, owner of the Anytime Fitness at 7341 Gall Blvd. "I noticed this event had been done before and I have a lot of friends that are ex-military, so I always want to do whatever we can to support the military. This isn't a members only type of thing, it's open to the public."

Contestants will compete in four challenge categories: push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and weight lifting. The cost is $40 to enter. People may register at the gym or at For information call Anytime Fitness at (813) 395-5963.

PADDLING: Paddling Pasco Trip #7 is planned for Sunday on the upper Withlacoochee River out of Withlacoochee River Park, 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd., Dade City. The park offers river access, natural and paved trails, a lookout tower, picnic areas, camping areas and playgrounds. The trip will launch at 9 a.m. and paddlers will be on the river for about two hours. Organizers hope to have a local guide along for the journey. There is no cost for the trip, but the park charges $2 for parking. Paddlers should RSVP so organizers know how many people to expect; email or call (813) 929-2760.

SHOOTING: The Hernando Sportsman's Club welcomes the National Rifle Association, which will offer the NRA Personal Protection in the Home course from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cost is $125. This course, offered at the club facility at 16121 U.S. 19 in Brooksville, is open to people who have already completed the NRA Basic Pistol class. Students should expect to shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition and will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation, firearms and the law, and how to choose a handgun for self-defense. To register or for information, call (352) 597-9931.

GOLF: Solid Rock Community School, a private not-for-profit K-12 school in Tarpon Springs that offers transition and gifted programs as well as instruction for students with learning differences, autism and other special needs, will host its first charity golf tournament on Nov. 10 at Crescent Oaks Country Club, 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd., Tarpon Springs. Registration is from noon to 12:30 p.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $80 and includes golf, a buffet dinner and chef's dessert, goodie bag, event prizes and more. Those who wish to attend the dinner only may buy a $35 ticket. For information, call Rob Dolan (727) 271-0720 or e-mail

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

Tough Hero Competition to raise funds for military families 10/23/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 5:27pm]
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