5K Run through the Calusa Nature Center Supports Kids Bringing up Grades

Runners take off at the 7th annual Calusa Bug Chase 5K run. Photo courtesy of Lehigh Acres Gazette

The Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis held the 7th annual Calusa Bug Chase 5K run and BUG Crawl on Jan. 31, 2015 at the Calusa Nature Center  in Fort Myers. The race benefitted the Fort Myers-Metro Kiwanis Club’s BUG (Bringing Up Grades) Program. There were 205 registered participants who traveled the trails at the nature center and a portion of the asphalt bike path on Ortiz. The race was timed with Chrono Track Bib Tag Technology, and was supervised by the Fort Myers Track Club.

Title Big Bug Sponsor for the race was Pool Pros, LLCThe McGregor ClinicNova Southeastern UniversityPaychexCharlie Dodson of State FarmGreat ClipsLeslea Ellis, LLC,  Professional Awards of America, LLCUnited Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and OkeechobeeLaw Offices of Thomas Dryden, P.L., Island Aire of Southwest Florida and Ludden Insurance also committed to sponsorships. The Bagel Factory of Fort MyersLehigh Acres GazetteSun Harvest CitrusIBERIABANK, Target and Calusa Nature Center were in-kind sponsors. Sponsorships raised $2,950. Proceeds from the run are still being calculated by the Fort Myers Track Club.

Caroline Mackenzie won overall female with a time of 20:52. Michael McHugh won overall male with a time of 17:25. Other winners included: Jodi Eltringham (Masters Female), Glen Button (Masters Male), Sandy Taylor (Grand Master Female), Randy McDowell (Grand Master Male), Jeannie Rice (Senior Grand Master Female) and Hal Pearson (Senior Grand Master Male). Age group awards were also presented. Full race results can be found at ftmyerstrackclub.com. Photos from the race can be found on the Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club’s Facebook page and the Lehigh Acres Gazette’s Flckr page

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. The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis currently has BUG programs at Orangewood and Littleton Elementary schools and is actively seeking more schools to participate.

The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club is looking for more service-minded individuals and business professionals who would like to make a direct impact on the community through volunteering. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in Fort Myers. For details on joining the Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club, please call club president Diane Connell at (239) 443-9337 or email deconnell@embarqmail.com.The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club can be found on Facebook or online at www.metro-mcgregor.com.

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