There is a nip in the air and more runners, walkers, bikers and roller skaters are on the road. So please be careful.
Yes, the cool fall weather seems to draw every old warrior out of the woodwork, including me.
But I have seen my best running days due to injuries, so I now limit myself to a 45-minute to 1-hour walk a couple of days a week. That, and cutting the lawn. But with the weather so nice, I'm tempted to ignore that old trick knee and pound the pavement more often.
Might help my weight too.
Of course, that means I would have to skip the post-race goodies at the Flapjack Fall Festival 5K run and 1-mile walk Saturday (Nov. 5) in Land O'Lakes.
Funds from the race go to the Dave Estabrook fund for honorary mayor of Land O'Lakes. He will in turn donate the money to the Land O'Lakes Chamber of Commerce.
The race begins at the Land O'Lakes Community Center on Highway 41. The 5K is $10 and the walk is $8. For more information, call Max Ramos at (813) 996-6080 or (813) 949-6079 in the evening.
Fishing: Cool weather also means good fishing, and the Pasco Chapter of the Florida Conservation Association will feature Capt. Dennis Darragh at its free monthly seminar.
Darragh will speak on all phases of fall grouper fishing. Also, Shari Fodi, three-time state champion custom rod builder, will speak.
The meeting takes place at the Knights of Columbus Building in Port Richey, off U.S. 19, south of Ridge Road. Food and drinks will be served at 6:15 p.m. and the program starts at 7:30. For more information, call (813) 843-0322 or (904) 686-7982.
Tennis: Pasco Healthcare Clinic's second annual tennis tournament will be Nov. 12-13 at Crescent Oaks Country Club.
The fund-raiser helps pay for medicine and other needed supplies at the clinic, which is voluntarily staffed by physicians, nurses and clerical workers.
For more information on the tournament, call Karen Buck at (813) 869-7341.
Martial arts: A tai chi class at Wah Lum Kung Fu of Pasco is forming. Tai chi is a low-impact exercise system that will improve energy, reduce stress and restore flexibility and vitality. For more information, call (813) 842-1404.
Willeys race on: The Jet Ski-racing Willey brothers of Hudson, Adam and Brett, continue to enjoy success.
The Willeys, who compete for the Jet Trends Racing Team, have qualified for the world championships for the second year in a row and will compete later this year.
Adam, who placed sixth in the novice division at last year's world championships, qualified first in the state for this year's worlds. Also, he was the Florida Winter Nationals and Busch World Cup champion.
The Willeys have picked up numerous sponsorships due to their success and also have benefited from generous backing from the West Pasco community.
College hoops: The Webber College women's basketball team started its season this month with Land O'Lakes High graduate Kim Bowers among the starting five.
Bowers, a 5-foot-5 junior guard, averaged 5.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for the Babson Park school.
The team plays locally Nov. 22 at Saint Leo College.
Upcoming: If you are a high school football fan, mark your calender for this Friday. That's when Dade City and Brooksville square off, otherwise known as Pasco vs. Hernando.
The archrivals are 4-0 heading into the district final, and this game will determine the Class 4A, District 7 champ. The loser also makes the playoffs as the district runner-up.
Get your tickets early. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. at W.F. Edwards Stadium in Dade City.
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