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5K Run through the Calusa Nature Center Jan. 27

January 10, 2018
FL Guide

The Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis will hold the 10th annual Calusa Bug Chase 5K run and BUG Crawl on Jan. 27 at the Calusa Nature Center at 3450 Ortiz Avenue in Fort Myers.

The race will benefit the Fort Myers-Metro Kiwanis Club's BUG (Bring Up Grades) Program and other local club sponsored youth service projects. Participants can register online at Last year there were 225 registered runners.

The course, supervised by the Fort Myers Track Club, travels the trails at the nature center and a portion of the asphalt bike path on Ortiz and will be timed with Chrono Track Bib Tag Technology. Packet pick up will take place the day of race from 6:30 a.m.-7:15 a.m. Race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and race time is 7:30 a.m. Adult pre-registration up to Jan. 17 is $20, Jan. 18-26 registration is $25 and race day registration is $35. Youth (17 and under) discounted pre- registration is $10, Jan. 18-26 registration is $15 and race day registration is $25. There will also be a no charge BUG Crawl, a short run/walk guided by race volunteers, for children five-and-under. Registration includes a long-sleeve commemorative T-shirt, complimentary race day admission to the Calusa Nature Center and refreshments. Overall and age group awards for the 5K run will be presented.

All proceeds benefit the Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis BUG (Bring Up Grades) program, designed to provide recognition to local elementary students who raise their grades to an acceptable range and maintain or continue to raise them from one grading period to the next, and other local club sponsored youth service projects. The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis currently has BUG programs at Littleton Elementary School and Orangewood Elementary School, and is actively seeking more schools to participate.

Sponsorship opportunities are now available starting at the $150 level.

For more information regarding the 10th annual Calusa Bug Chase or to become a sponsor, contact Heather Langdale at There is also a Facebook event page to keep updated on the event:

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