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Lovers Key Turtle Trot Offers Scenic Run

Lovers Key State Park, on Fort Myers Beach, will host the 11th annual Lovers Key Turtle Trot 5K Run/Walk, starting at 8 a.m., May 14. The unique and picturesque trail course, sanctioned by the Fort Myers Track Club, will provide runners with a shady, maritime hammock ecosystem on a hard-packed shell surface, with no running on beach sand.  

The course ends at the beach pavilion, where refreshments will be served and awards presented. Event proceeds will benefit the Friends of Lovers Key, Inc., a volunteer nonprofit group that helps protect, preserve and support the park.

The 500 registered racers will receive official event T-shirts and all will get an official race number, course map and general instructions beginning at 7 a.m. on race day.

Registration fee: $35 for adults and $25 for 18 and under through May 8. $40 day of race for all entries. Location: 8700 Estero Blvd. For more information or to register, call 239-463-4588 or visit FriendsOfLoversKey.org or the park ranger station to pick up a registration form to be mailed back.

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