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Cross off New Port Richey man's bucket list: Swim around Key West

Bruce Mills always wanted to swim around Key West.

So June 11, in the Florida Keys Community College Swim Around Key West fundraiser, the 51-year-old New Port Richey resident swam 12.5 miles around the island of Key West in 7 hours, 34 minutes.

Mills, an accountant who swims with the Masters program at the New Port Richey Recreation Center, said he was satisfied but exhausted afterward.

"I think it would be pretty accurate to say this was on my bucket list," Mills said.

Mills, and the about 30 other swimmers who participated, started on the south side of Duval Street and its beach, which is on the Atlantic Ocean side, then went round to the gulf side, swimming past the port where the cruise ships dock.

Swimmers had to have their own kayak support systems, or friends or family keeping track of them out in the water.

Mills' sons kept up with him, stopping him about every 20 minutes so he could rest a bit and grab a quick drink.

Mills trained three or four times a week to prepare, and tested himself by swimming 7 miles to see if he was truly ready.

"I felt better than I thought I would" when it was over, said Mills, who swam in high school. "I wanted to do it for a couple years, so I figured I'd better. Later at the award ceremony, I was feeling good, but then I nearly fell asleep. It kind of just hit me later on."

BASEBALL: The Pasco-Hernando Area Senior Baseball League is seeking players and teams for its Labor Day Classic tournament and its fall season.

The league has players ages 18 to 65. Games are played at Pasco-Hernando Community College in New Port Richey. For the fall, the league plans to field eight teams that will play a 10-game schedule Sundays beginning Sept. 13. Afterward, a winter season is scheduled.

Before the fall season starts, the league will host its inaugural Labor Day Classic, Sept. 5-7. Games will be played at PHCC, as well as Frank Tack Park and Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater. Registration is limited to eight teams.

The league will be holding registration sessions Sunday and Aug. 9.

To register or to get more information, call (352) 683-1692 or inquire at

SOFTBALL: The Brooksville Recreation Department is hosting its Men and Co-ed NSA Adult Slow-Pitch Softball League. Both leagues are players 18 and up. The men's teams play Monday evenings and the coed teams on Thursday evenings starting Sept. 14.

Games will be played at Jerome Brown Community Center and cost $30 per player or $170 per team. There is a mandatory coaches meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 3.

For more information, call (352) 540-3835.

TRIATHLON: Athletes Who Care will host a Faces of Courage Triathlon at 7 a.m. Aug. 8 at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Center.

In its sixth year, this will be a sprint triathlon in the run-bike-pool swim format.

The sprint is a 5K run, 10.5-mile bike and 200-yard swim. The supersprint, which also includes kids and parent/child, is a mile run, 4-mile bike and 100-yard pool swim.

Proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The cost, through Friday, is $75 for the sprint, $115 for the sprint relay, $55 for the supersprint and $85 for the parent/child format.

For more information, e-mail Jamie Klingman at jamie@

RUNNING: Gulfside Regional Hospice will host the third annual Hike for Hospice 5K at 9 a.m. Nov. 8 at the Wesley Chapel District Park, 7727 Boyette Road.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mike Alstott will be on hand to start the walk.

Proceeds benefit Gulfside Regional Hospice. The cost is $25 for adults, and kids 10 and younger can walk for free. Hikers will receiver a T-shirt and snacks.

To register, visit or call Jennifer Kirkland toll-free at 1-800-561-4883 or e-mail hikefor

For more information, call (727) 845-5707 or visit

POKER: The Alzheimer's Family Organization will host its Texas hold'em competition at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Aripeka Elks Lodge No. 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson.

Tickets are $30 or two for $50. The overall winner takes home bragging rights for Pasco County, because no monetary prize can be given.

For more information, call (727) 848-8888.

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