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Triathlete hopes to help raise $25,000 for YMCA Hernando Branch

Laura DeWitt is racing to make some money.

This 46-year-old mother of two is participating in the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Clearwater on Nov. 8, as part of her "Tri for the Y." The goal of this Brooksville businesswoman who owns three natural food stores is to help raise $25,000 for the YMCA Hernando Branch in Spring Hill.

The proceeds will benefit the Keeping the Promise Campaign, which provides financial assistance to those who can't afford to go to the YMCA. That program was mostly subsidized by United Way for the past 18 years; however, because of economic strain, the program was denied its usual money.

"There's going to be a lot more people that are going to fall under the threshold and not be able to afford memberships due to economic times," DeWitt said. "One hundred percent of that money goes straight to families who need it and we need to figure out a way to make the usual money we have."

DeWitt, who will go a total of 70.3 miles (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run), has finished six triathlons and plans to finish this one in under five hours.

DeWitt is asking for people to sponsor per mile or give as much as they can so that people who don't have the money "to pay for Y activities don't miss out."

To donate money, call the YMCA in Spring Hill at (352) 688-9622.

RUNNING: The second annual Hike for Hospice, 5K (3.1 miles), is to raise money for Gulfside Regional Hospice. It will happen twice in one day, Nov. 8 — once at 9 a.m. and a second time at 11 a.m. The first will be at the Recreation and Aquatic Center at 6630 Van Buren St. in New Port Richey, and the second at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave. in Zephyrhills. The cost is $35 for adults, $15 for kids 10 and younger.

For information, call Jennifer York toll-free at 1-800-561-4883.

MORE RUNNING: The 15th Annual Flapjack Festival 5K Run will be at 8 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Center. The cost is $15, or $20 the day of the race. The run will be throughout the complex, making it similar to a cross-country run.

For information, call Kris Keppel at

BASKETBALL: The Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a men's fall basketball league at Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson. Registration deadline is Monday and cost is $300 per team. The league caters to players 16 and older, and each team has a 10-game regular season with 6:30 p.m. tipoffs.

Call (727) 861-3033.

VOLLEYBALL: The New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center hosts open volleyball nights from 6 to 9 p.m. every Thursday. The sessions are open to all ages and are free to center members. Call (727) 841-4560.

JAZZERCISE: The New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center is hosting Jazzercise classes through December, with a flat fee of $50 to join. Each one-hour class includes high-energy aerobic routines. Classes meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, and at 5 p.m. Fridays.

For information, call Suzanne Carlson at (727) 560-2383.

SKYDIVING: Skydive City in Zephyrhills is hosting the Thanksgiving Skydive Boogie and Competition in November, with hundreds of divers competing for prizes. For information, call (813) 783-9399.

HORSE RIDING: The Southeastern All Gaited Horse Association will host a show at 10 a.m. Nov. 22 at the Pasco Horsemen's Association, 13215 Fivay Road in Hudson. Signup starts at 9 a.m. and all gaited horses are welcome. For information, call Bob Glover at (352) 297-9056 or visit

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Triathlete hopes to help raise $25,000 for YMCA Hernando Branch 10/20/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 3:35pm]
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