Saturday, November 18, 2017
Outdoors

Take It Outside Planner: Florida Sportsman Expo, women's runs

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GEAR: See the latest at Florida Sportsman Expo

For the 24th year, Florida Sportsman magazine will bring in a range of outdoor supplies and seminars for the Florida Sportsman Expo this weekend at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Some of the popular features include:

• A "Be a Diver" pool so you can try out scuba diving with certified instructors. Bring your own swim suits, but dressing rooms, towels and all the diving equipment (including wetsuits and fins) are provided. It's free to try out diving.

• An archery tournament for school-age students put on by the National Archery in the Schools Program.

• A free kids' Fishing Derby .

• Indoor mobile archery range and inflatable BB gun range

• The popular Riggin' It Right Academy will have room for up to 60 anglers at a time while Florida Sportsman staffers give hands-on instruction on properly rigging baits and lures. The instruction will be presented on a stocked pond.

• A new seminar stage for Ladies in the Outdoors will feature top names from around the state, including Brittney Novalsky, president of Florida Sportswoman; Capt. Alissa Vinoski, professional fly fisher and photographer; world record holder and diver Cheyenne Lee; bowfishing sensation Brooke Thomas; and more.

• Outdoor sports personalities and guides, such as Reel Time's Capt. George Gozdz and Florida Sportsman's Rick Ryals, along with host Dave East from Best Boat will offer tips on trophy fish and game.

• The latest gadgets and gizmos coming in 2017 will be featured on the New Manufacturer's stage. The Florida Sportsman Grand Slam Tank, a 500-gallon mobile saltwater aquarium. Kids will be kept busy and can win free prizes with the FWC's "Fish ID" contest.

Tickets at the Florida State Fairgrounds box office are $8 for adults, free for kids 12 and younger. Some classes cost $39.95-$49.95. The show runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (863) 512-5190. For a discount coupon see floridasportsman.com/expo.

FITNESS: Run like a girl

This weekend brings a couple of fun and vigorous runs that also show support for local women. The Glam Run in Palm Harbor at 8 a.m. Saturday will have awards for top male and female finishers, but all runners are encouraged to "dress accordingly" so expect lots of glamorous pink running gear. Benefits the Taking Care of Your Girls program at Palm Harbor University High School. The school's cheerleaders will be leading the chorus of cheers at the finish line Saturday at Pop Stansell Park, 797 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. $25-$35 at localraces.com. (727) 647-4040.

At Saturday's Lycra and Lace Women's Triathlon, men stand on the sidelines and provide support as women take on a 1/4-mile swim, 10-mile bike and 5K run at Fort De Soto Park. For the women who don't feel they can complete the full distance, there are several relay categories including Mother/Daughter, Sisters and BFFs. It's $75 at racehawk.com. The race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at the park at 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. (813) 874-7223.

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