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United Way to hold kayak race at Chasco Fiesta

Here's a way to make sure the United Way isn't up the creek without a paddle.

As part of the Chasco Fiesta, the United Way of Pasco County is hosting a kayak race on March 28 at Port Richey Waterfront Park as a way to raise money for the local organization.

There are special rates for the event: $15 each for a tandem kayak and $10 for a single. The participating kayak companies are Maki Kayak, which can be reached at (727) 848-8099, and Windsong Kayak Rental, which can be reached at (727) 859-0213.

In 2008, more than 70 kayakers hit the waters in the Cotee River in New Port Richey; however, there are a limited number of kayaks to rent and participants are encouraged to make their reservations early at or by mail to United Way of Pasco County at 8040 Washington St. No. 100, Port Richey, FL 34673.

Awards will be presented in both the competitive and recreational categories after the race. Fee to register is $25 in each category or $35 for tandem.

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BOWLING: Mariner Lanes held its 14th annual Sweetheart Scotch Doubles Tournament on Feb. 8. Coming in first was the team of Angela Outland and Russell Young, shooting 958 and winning $160. In second was Laura Smith and Rafael Hernandez, shooting 928 and winning $90, and in third was Pat Brennan and Al Bielawski, shooting 906 and winning $50.

Spring Hill Lanes held its 12th annual Valentine's Day Scotch Doubles Tournament on Feb. 6. Coming in first was the team of Charlene and Bill West, shooting 995 and winning $140. Kathy and Dan Moreland, and Penny and Dan Allen tied for second with 944, winning $87.50 each. Bethany Bowe and Adam Leroux finished fourth with 918, winning $55, and Shannon and Phil LaRiviere were fifth with 914, winning $40.

MORE BOWLING: The Florida State Bowling Association Championships will be in Hernando County this summer, and applications to register are still available at local bowling centers.

From April 25 to July 5, the 75th annual Championship Tournament will be held at both Mariner and Spring Hill Lanes. According to the Hernando County Tourism Bureau and the Hernando County Bowling Association, the event is expected to be one of the largest ever held in the area.

There will be team, doubles and singles divisions, and fees are $20 per bowler per division. The team competition will be hosted at Mariner Lanes, while the doubles and singles competitions will be held at Spring Hill Lanes. Deadline for entry is Saturday.

Applications are available at both alleys. All details about the entry process are on the applications, and more information is available from Ron Ditt at (352) 688-1005 or

RUNNING: The seventh annual Chasco Main Street Mile will be at noon March 21, starting at the Schwettman Education Center on Grand Boulevard in New Port Richey.

Participants must register by Friday. The cost is $12 for 17 and under, $17 for adults and $20 on race day. Each participant will receive a medal. Checks can be made to the Gulf High School Athletic Booster Club and mailed to 5636 Alto Ave., Port Richey, FL 34668.

For more information, call Gulf High at (727) 774-3300.

MORE RUNNING: The East Pasco YMCA in Zephyrhills will host its Spring Sprint Triathlon at 8:30 a.m. March 15.

The race is open to ages 14 and up, and the event will include a 300-yard swim in a pool, an 11-mile bike ride and a 5K run for individuals or relay teams. Cost is $55 for individuals and $95 for relay by the deadline March 8 and $65 or $105 on race day.

Registration is available online at pascotri.

For more information, call (813) 780-9622.

Correspondent Derek J. LaRivere contributed to this report. Submit upcoming events, registrations, info to

United Way to hold kayak race at Chasco Fiesta 02/23/09 [Last modified: Monday, February 23, 2009 6:48pm]
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