It was a perfect day for a run as some 350 eager runners took to the trails and bridges and beach for the 13th annual running of the Lovers Key Turtle Trot 5-K fun race.
Perfect temperatures, slightly overcast skies, and gentle breezes were in store for the runners as the race, sponsored by the FOLKS and the Fort Myers Track Club, departed the starting line at precisely 8 AM. Then it was on to 5 kilometers of scenic trails, bridges, and flats, with a finish at the Beach Pavilion where welcoming snacks, drinks, and well deserved awards awaited.
As in the past, it was a family fun event with skill levels all the way from serious time trial competitors to families enjoying the day. The usual contingent of kids of all ages showed off their special Race Day shirts, made possible by over a dozen area business sponsors. Moms and Dads walked and watched all the kids.
At the finish line awards were presented in over 17 different categories. The most news worthy perhaps being Best Male time: Jordan Maham, 18.02; Best Female time: Beth Schadd, 22.10; and Best Senior time: Rocky Madden 28.03.
On your mark, get set, and plan for next year, the 14th Annual Turtle Trot. FOLKS and the Track Club hope to see you there.
Proceeds from the race benefit the Friends of Lovers Key, Inc. so that we can continue our mission to help protect, preserve and support Lovers Key State Park
Each May hundreds of runners and walkers come out to enjoy the annual party that is Turtle Trot! Join us in May 2019 for the 14th Annual.